Winning Analytics Revealed

Winning Analytics is a point mapping system developed by Styrling Strother and the Art of Winning Team.  We are pleased to present to you one of the first of many matches to be mapped with our new system in 2019.  On January 6, 2019 we point mapped a 12s Boys match between two High Performance Junior Players.  Winning Analytics is designed to identify particular winning combinations and patterns, momentum and conversion points, average rally length per game and set, as well as the new Momentum/Conversion Flow Chart.

 

Set 1 Boys 12s Match Play Winning Analytics

set 1 flow chart 01.06.2019

As you can see above, each point was mapped to reveal the number of successful shots.  Only Player A was mapped, however, the analytics also show Player B data as well.  When Player A wins a Momentum Point (2 points in a row), the point is highlighted with a RED square.  When Player A wins a Conversion Point (3 points in a row), the point is highlighted with a RED triangle.

When Player B wins a Momentum Point (2 points in a row), the point is highlighted with a BLACK square.  When Player B wins a Conversion Point (3 points in a row), the point is highlighted with a BLACK triangle.

As you look at the point flow throughout Set 1, you can clearing see how Player A was able to maintain and extend the lead by winning momentum and conversion points.  Conversion points (3 in a row) are what we call BIG momentum in Winning Analytics.  By the end of Game 4, Player A had scored 2 Conversion / 2 Momentum Points to Player B only able to score 2 Momentum Points.  Starting strong in the first 4 Games will build confidence in a player.  Focusing on winning momentum and conversion points is a great weapon for any player to help them focus in the moment.  Underneath the Momentum Flow Chart is the Point Mapping Data for each point, the # of successful shots and the Serve and Return Combinations for Player A.  The average rally length for each game is also recorded.

 

Winning Analytics Conversion Scoring Chart

set 1 conversion scoring

Set 1 Winning Analytics Conversion Scoring shows a momentum advantage gained by Player A over Player B.

 

 

set 1 match analytics

The Match Analytics Data shows the number of shots played in each of the 3 main rally length categories.  Point mapping is a powerful tool to help player, parent, and coach understand the amount of points that end 0-8 shots in match play.  In Set 1, it was 98%.

 

 

set 1 rally length

The Rally Length Win/Loss Ratio Chart shows when Player A won or loss each point.  For example, when Player A was Serving and the point ended with a shot rally length of 5, Player A won the point, when the shot rally length was 2, Player A lost the point.  The difference column shows the net gain or loss for each of the rally length categories.  This can be extremely helpful for transforming a player’s awareness and practice court strategies to improve specific shot length scenarios.

For example, Player A in Set 1 struggled with Return of Serve losing 6 out of 8 points on the Return only.

 

set 1 first strike combo

The First Strike Combinations were totaled for Player A on the Serve and Return.  This is important analytics to know as it can reveal which combinations a player is strong or weak as well as the number of times in match play the combination was played.  In the Flow Chart, a more detailed view of when in the game a specific combination was played can be studied, especially with regards to the score.  For example, a player should aim to play their “best” combination, especially when UP in the score.  In this particular Chart for Set 1, I am pleased to see that Player A played more FH/FH and BH/FH combinations than FH/BH.  It is always better if a player can play as many FHs within the first 2-shots of a point.  As you look back at the point by point analytics, the C (Cage) Serves and C/FH Serve combination were very successful for Player A.

 

Set 2 Boys 12s Match Play Winning Analytics

set 2 flow chart 01.06.2019

 

As we look at the Momentum/Conversion Flow Chart for Set 2, Player A continues to build from the momentum gained in the last 2 games of Set 1.  In Game 8 and 9 of Set 1, Player A won 2 Conversion Points and 1 Momentum Point.  This was a big confidence boost to start Set 2 as you can see Player A wins 2 Momentum Points and 1 Conversion Point in the first 2 games.  Game 4 we see our first Mini-Battle where Player A and B fight for the momentum of Set 2.  But because of so much confidence by Player A winning Conversion Points (3 in a row), it is enough to extend the lead to 4-1 in the Set.  Player B makes a push and gains some ground back however was unable to fight off the enormous amount of confidence Player A was able to collect with the conversion and momentum points won at the end of Set 1 and beginning of Set 2.

 

Winning Analytics Conversion Scoring Chart

set 2 conversion scoring

Set 2 Winning Analytics Conversion Scoring shows a momentum advantage gained by Player A winning more conversion and momentum points than Player B.

 

 

set 2 match analyticsThe Match Analytics Data shows the number of shots played in each of the 3 main rally length categories.  As in Set 1, the percentage number of points ending 0-8 shots (98%) did not change much, only that there were more points played that ended 0-4 shots.

 

set 2 rally length

As we look at Set 2 Rally Length Win/Loss Ratio Chart, Player A did seem to struggle a bit more on the Serve with a -1 Ratio Difference racking up 7 double faults vs. 3 double faults in Set 1.  However, Player A did Return better in the 2nd Set, while benefiting from 6 double faults by Player B.  Winning Analytics Rally Length Ratio Chart is the chart that reveals “when” a point was won or lost, this is one of the important charts developed.

 

set 2 first strike combo

In Set 2, Player A continues to play many more FH/FH Return combinations as well as C/FH Serve combinations.  Always a good idea to stick with a winning strategy.  When players know which combinations they are using the most and are working better than others, they are able to win more often.  They are able to practice them with more proficiency in practice and execute them in their next match.

At the Art of Winning, we are available to come and Point Map your player to give you the information and strategy your player needs to win more in match play.  Analytics are becoming the leading technologic tool to implement better tactics and strategy in tennis.  Contact Styrling Strother in the USA or Dan Travis in the UK to come out and help you transform your practice with the Winning Analytics System.

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