Pre Match Set-up
Published: 14 Jul 2004 - 18:08 by rippa rit
Updated: 15 Aug 2006 - 22:04
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In our preparation section, there are lots of tips on how to be ready for a competition match.
Also, visualisation and rehearsal were part of this exercise.
Taking this a step further, it is possible to almost pre play the match given sufficient information about the opponent's game/strokes. I had an up and coming student playing in the final of a State Championship who was very anxious to do well. So we arranged to do a session beforehand addressing all the aspects of the opponent's game that could cause a problem, eg
- returning the serve to the best possible spot on the court,
- returning boasts to gain the best result, which shots to attack,
- when to be patient, etc.
- How did we do this?
- I (the Coach) set up:-
- ...the types of serves that the opponent would play, and we replayed them over and over, and with other variations as well.
- ...boasts from the position the opponent was most likely to play them.
- Again we practised them over and over and with slight variations.
- By the end of the session we had covered most possibilities, and practised the ideal executions.
- And, what happened on the night of the real match?
- It looked to me that my student had played the game before.
- The result was positive.
- A new State Champion had emerged.
- And, after speaking to that player almost 20 years later, the match was still a memory of a great performance.
- My other comment is, it is always easier to discuss problems, fears and solutions the day before a match, as opposed to the few seconds allowed between games on the day.
- The early coaching session also gave the player a stronger focus during the match resulting in better concentration.
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