The Mode = 1

The most common rally length in tennis = 1 Shot.

The shortest rally happens the most.

A missed return of serve is the culprit.

At the start of 2016, I have been a speaker at quite a few USPTA, PTR coaching symposiums, and other coach education weekends.

About half way through the presentation, I come to the mode.

I initially explain that the mode is a math term, meaning the most common, or most abundant.

Then I ask all the coaches in the room – “what is the mode in tennis?”

I give them a minute to discuss their thoughts with the coach sitting next to them, and then I ask for their guesses.

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