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Playing Better Doubles
 
Watch most recreational doubles play and it’s not difficult to get a pretty good sense for which team is playing chess and which team is playing checkers. Below are descriptions of three elements you’ll see present with the more successful doubles partnerships. 
  • Presence refers to the confidence a team projects during a match. It’s all about sync'd up court position and readiness, paddle preparation, player communication, and smooth transitions between offense and defense. Teams with a strong court presence are continuously looking for opportunities to dictate the flow and tempo of a point.
  • Placement is about making conscious choices about shot selection and having the ability to execute that shot reliably. It's not about perfection. Placement takes discipline, and lots of practice.
  • Patience is all about situational awareness. It's built around the ability to stay in the moment, see the court, then make your play. Rallies rely on patience. If you aren't making it to the third shot before you crush a ball into the net or fly it into the next zip code you might still have some work to do. Go slow to go fast.
Is this a lot for doubles partners to manage? Absolutely. Just keep in mind....you will play like you practice....but you have to practice.
 
Need to see Presence, Placement, and Patience in action? Check this out. (BTW, these are recreational players, not pros.)