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Position - Placement - Patience
When you watch experienced partners play you can almost feel the "flow" of each point as it unfolds. That flow is built around three essential elements. These aren't luxuries. They are the foundational building blocks that support a solid, reliable game. Each element should be woven into the fabric of every point.
POSITION: Before and during a point, your physical location on the court and alignment with your target both have an influence on the outcome of the point. Are you moving in sync with your partner? Are you set-up to attack your opponents' vulnerabilities? Are you prepared to protect yours? Are you stuck wandering around somewhere in no-man's land or have you made a decisive move to the NV Line?
PLACEMENT: The ability to hit a drop shot, backhand, forehand, half-volley or overhead smash is not the same as doing it with intent. Not even close. Intent is that conscious choice we make to land the ball in a specific location on the court with a specific amount of pace. When you hit with intent you are also far better prepared for the opponent's return. Intent needs thought and execution. Execution takes patience and lots of practice.
PATIENCE: Go slow to go fast. Quiet your head, quiet your hands. Let the game come to you. If you take the shot you can make versus the one you wish you could make, you have taken a BIG step toward taking control of your game. Rushing shots or taking high-risk shots may feel good....but winning a point by staying in it feels much better.
How to use this information to build a better game:The effect of each of these elements are observable in every point played. Once you start using them as a personal assessment tool you can begin focusing your improvement efforts in a more meaningful way. 
  • You will be able to identify where your strengths and improvement opportunities are most evident.
  • You will begin to recognize when your position helped or hindered your ability to attack or defend. 
  • You will begin to recognize if you have made a wise shot selection, looking for spaces not faces.
  • You will begin to recognize when you have matched your tempo to the moment. Improvement is a continuous, incremental process.