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Building Your Game On Solid Ground
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 essential threads that hold together a solid, reliable game. They are also the magic so clearly present in a high-performing team.
POSITION                  PLACEMENT                    PATIENCE
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 place 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.
Position-Placement-Patience In Action:
If you want to see those three elements in the real world check out this 2019 US Open Pro Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match.