Observation and analysis are two words that often get thrown together to mean one, or with a stroke in-between to say they might be a bit different but no-one really knows the difference! A bit like vision/mission, aims/objectives, strategy/tactics and any others you care to come up with!I like this simple definition. Observation is the 'what' you see/record. For example, Kathrin Woerle (Germany and pictured below) against Victoria Azarenka in their first round Aussie Open encounter had a winning first serve percentage of 41% (11/27). Fact. The analysis is the 'why' which of course can be far more open to debate. Anything from attitude, injury, poor technique, great returning from Azarenka could be reasons why. Coaches and players alike need to be keen observers. But observing is not enough - becoming excellent analysts is vital, both to on-court mid-correction and post-match analysis and improvement. Might be an idea to practice that this week. What do you see happening? Can you be specific and measure this? Then ask yourself why it's happening and see where your analysis takes you, because it's only in the analysis that we can actually begin to seek solutions to getting better.