Gene’s Tennis Tip of the Month: November 2015

Use SSV Tennis to get an accurate rating of your tennis skills

There is a new program for rating players (okay, not that new, but new to our club and me) that I discovered when visiting a potential tennis destination for the club in Rancho Santa Fe in September.  It’s called SSV, which stands for Serve, Stroke, and Volley.  This “test” uses fairly objective, result-oriented numbers to rate a tennis player on three things:  accuracy, power, and mobility.  It tests your forehand and backhand, the forehand and backhand volleys, and the serve.  The player can score up to 200 points.  You may receive up to two points for power and up to two points for accuracy on each shot.  You hit eight shots with each stroke for a potential score of 160 total points.  In a separate test, you are checked on mobility based on your time when running the lines on court, for which you can also receive up to 40 points.

This program provides a number that gives a quantitative analysis that the creator of the program, Neil Johnson, says is 80% accurate as to who will win a tennis match.  Players can be paired against any other player within ten points above or below them and be pretty much assured of a competitive match.  If you’d like to get evaluated using this new program, please contact Gene at ext. 326 and he will be happy to discuss a time for the evaluation.  It takes about 10 minutes, but you must come warmed up and ready to take the test.  The other great thing about ssv is it becomes very clear from your score sheet where your strengths and weaknesses are, so you know exactly what you need to work on in the future.  For more information on this program, please visit


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