Published: 22 Jan 2007 - 15:24 by rippa rit
Updated: 02 Mar 2009 - 05:02
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Think outside the square is what I would like you to focus on.
We talk about change of pace, upsetting an opponent's rhythm, slowing the opponent down, keeping the opponent off balance, unsteady the opponent, and many more similar things.
Variety is really one and the same stuff, eg
- Side to Side
- Down the line
Just keep doing it, and providing you have practised this pattern of play, it gradually will make inroads into the opponent's game. How?
- Causes indecision (not knowing what to expect next).
- Lack of confidence (not knowing if to come forward or stay back)
- Lack of rhythm (start to hit more shots around the frame and mistime strokes)
- Unforced Errors (try to hit the shots too fine and miss easy shots)
- Doubt the ability to win the match (the head takes over).
- Tests anticipation and movement skills of opponent.
- Draws on an array of shots from the opponent (recover from the corners with safety).
- Slows the take off (puts doubt in the opponent's ability to cover the court).
Just occasionally I watch a match played by a tactical thinking player and get excited that there is heaps more to this game than hit the cover off the ball. It does not matter how hard the ball is hit, provided the opponent's skills are fully tested, there is always the chance to change a losing game. Once the opponent starts to make mistakes, and shows frustration, that is the time to really concentrate on the game plan. Keep rubbing it in so to speak.
Warning - to be in your comfort zone doing this, spend weekly practice sessions paying attention to the stragegies mentioned above. Be patient but untrustworthy.
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