Episode 02 Season 24: Shaun Boyce & Justin Yeo

In this episode of Ten Minutes of Tennis, Shaun and Justin talk about defining, understanding, and potentially expanding your “Tennis Toolkit.”

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Hey, hey, this is Shaun with GoTennis!

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And today I am talking to Justin Yeo, and our topic is know your tennis toolkit and

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how to expand it.

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So Justin, let's jump right in.

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What is the definition of a tennis toolkit?

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Let's start there.

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Yeah, good morning, everyone.

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Yeah, I would just say it's mainly understanding all the research that you're having today

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and also making sure that they apply to some kind of tactic.

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I think a lot of people don't understand the mix between technique and attack people very

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well.

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So once they start understanding that a bit more, they understand the toolkit.

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So technique versus tactic, you said.

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So tactic, being like a strategy, technique, being how I hit my forehand?

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Yeah, absolutely.

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Some people get caught very regularly getting down the line and it's mainly because of either

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the Newman Patents or style of technique and they can't seem to get it back across court.

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So commonly, you need to sort of fix, you need to decide what tactic or what game style

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you'd like to play more of and then make sure you design your technique around one.

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Because otherwise, you know, you tool boxes, you tool box, you could be just a variety pack

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of everything.

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But you're actually looking to say, well, I'd like to play more aggression, which is going

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to take the ball in the rods.

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So pretty hard to be aggressive.

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All right, so the toolkit itself is what I have in my toolkit.

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So if I have a forehand, but that's not, everybody's got a forehand.

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The toolkit is more about do I have an aggressive inside out forehand or do I have a forehand

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drop shot and forehand inside out drop shot?

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So we're talking like which golf clubs are in your bag kind of thing, right?

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Yeah, well, golf clubs are a little bit different though, because we bury a golf club for a

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different shot.

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We don't bury the racket.

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So no, it is really understanding, trying to understand the game.

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I've spent probably 30 plus years profiling plays first in my first set of lessons to understand

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what their function, what the movements are, whether they're athletic, whether they've

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slightly had to work harder if they've let us in.

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Then you actually sort of find out what kind of style of play they are.

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And then also then talk about personality, but I've seen a lot of people that are very,

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very, very aggressive, very intense people, but they're counter punching all day because

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their toolkit just doesn't allow them to be that aggressive.

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So toolbox is really understanding what you are, what you're about, what your game style

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is.

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I hope you've been doing it for 20 years the same way.

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And then whether you'd like to flip the switch a little bit or add something to it and

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it changes things up a little bit and whether you're by your last at two and you're game

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by that.

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So you've all kept an eye to change.

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I say that over and over again.

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Now I'm 50 now and I've had the adjustment serve from my body, still cramping, you know,

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on 20 mile per serves just purely by adjusting the toolkit where I need to make sure I still

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get the outcome I'm looking for.

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But in that case that sounds like, in that specific example, that sounded more like a technique

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adjustment to keep the toolkit functional, right?

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So that if the toolkit includes like, I don't have a one twenty first serve that's just

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never really been part of my game.

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I need my kick serve working or I will lose.

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So in that case, as I get older, I might adjust the technique to keep the toolkit in play.

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Yeah, yeah.

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I mean, it's been very clear with what RAPFY 100 has done in the last few years.

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No vac change in the third or two, yeah.

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He's playing a variety of first serve and people don't understand he really adjusted the

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serve.

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He spent six months mentally believing that he can have been like change the first serve

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up versus just going bang first serve.

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And then into a second serve.

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So he's created that and worked hard at trying to mix up the first serve to allow him to

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penetrate on the third shot.

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So that's been very obvious in the last few, at least the last couple years.

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So it just shows that guy too has evolved from nine feet, ten feet back on the baseline

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to two feet in the front of the baseline.

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But does anyone that's evolved to pit is RAPFY 100?

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So yeah.

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And we watched the younger guys coming in.

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You watch somebody like Alkaraz who is able to take what Nadal has done and learn from it

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ahead of time and his coach.

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And a lot of this is the coaching, right?

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So you've got somebody as phenomenal as Ferraro to be able to say, all right, let Nadal

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took six, eight years to figure out how to go from clay to actually being really, if not

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really competitive, the best RASCord player in over a couple of years.

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But he did this.

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These are the adjustments he made.

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And a guy like Alkaraz is making those adjustments even sooner.

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Right, right.

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He used to have upgrades a ton of looking still to become dominant for what he can be.

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But just understanding it's okay means you can actually row your toolkit.

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I think RAPFY 100 is just a perfect example.

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And Carlos, more you came in, sat with Uncle Tony and took basically, hey, how do we shorten

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the time on the court to prevent the injury so the ton of, you know, RAPFY can be played.

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So he doesn't have to retire at 30 years old, yeah.

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And that's what they did.

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And the guy reduced the 2020 to 30% of his court time by taking the ball more early.

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And the runs away said, "Bolly was one of the best until he learned to move up."

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There was no way he was going to use the ball.

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Now means a volume machine.

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So, but that takes time.

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It took him like two years of sacrificing what he likes to play versus where he has to play.

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And that's a perfect example of changing the toolkit and staying within his range still.

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Still the same forehand, still the same backhand.

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We just haven't learned the timing difference and adjust what he had to do to get a better

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outcome.

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Yeah, that makes sense.

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And if I'm making that adjustment, so from a toolkit point of view, you're not using

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a doll as an example, but is there an example of somebody removing something from their

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toolkit to say, "Hey, Medvedev, maybe you should not come to the net ever for a couple

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of years until you figure this out?"

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I wouldn't say that because the game is all about taking time away, right now.

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Taking the time forward, taking time away, otherwise we're just going to see robots going like

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this or that, like, let him do it.

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And it's not that game anymore.

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So, Medvedev is going to have to force him to do it.

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This February, it's the same.

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These tall, big guys that have great leveraging, great height, it's just not taking the ball

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early enough to be able to come in and hurt the players.

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And one of the things I have to understand is the players that are coming out, I learned

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this comes in there, getting forward and taking the ball on the right.

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So, there's going to be a whole strip of kids coming up that if they don't learn to come

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forward, they're not going to don't want, they're going to keep getting long, long, long rallies

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and get dominated.

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And so, food speed is part of that, too, obviously.

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So, we're going to see some incredible athletes in the Alcoraz, taking the whole thing

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up another notch.

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Well, let's assume I'm not Alcoraz and let's assume I'm the club player.

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I'm going to say, "Okay, I've got to go to my coach tomorrow."

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And say, "Okay, I saw these guys on YouTube and they were talking about my tennis toolkit."

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What do you suggest?

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Say, "Okay, club, Joe tennis player, go to your coach, talk to them about this and see what

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you can add, see what you could maybe even subtract if you need to, but there's some patience

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involved because there's going to be some lessons and some work and maybe even some

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technique to get me there, right?

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But, yep, I wouldn't subtract.

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I would just give...

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My two tips would be the first one, the majority of the time to increase speed, watch the

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plays rapid, watch the plays rapid and read the ball better.

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You'll be amazed how much faster, how much quicker your split step and how much faster

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you can get to the ball without having to go do 50,000 sprints.

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I don't see that focused enough on the...

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I don't know if that higher level, I mean, Jockovich, you see him like this all the time.

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You know, you're looking and looking because he's trying to make sure he sees that time and

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get those milliseconds that the process is faster, the movements faster, the perceptions

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faster.

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So, that's my first tip.

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Second tip would be understand what your body type can do because I wouldn't subtract

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or I wouldn't add it until you know what your body type can do.

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We cannot...

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If you're... I'm 50, there's no way my shoulder development will allow me to come down under

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the ball like the play is sitting out there.

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My shoulder development internally rotate, won't happen.

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So I'm more of a tape that's up for him and it's always going to be good.

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So understand your tool pit and then work with that because you can always grow.

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I like it, Justin Yeo.

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Thanks for...

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I appreciate it.

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Well, I'll come back.

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See you next week.

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