Establishing Patterns in Competition

Winning in competition is all about maximizing your strengths against your opponent’s weaknesses.

If your opponent is an established tournament player, the key to winning is to determine what pattern of play (e.g. forehand to backhand) will give you the relative advantage and then execute that pattern effectively. There are three basic patterns: forehand to forehand, backhand to backhand, and forehand to backhand.

To determine your most effective pattern choice, pay close attention to the warm-up and your first few games or even a point. Which pattern does your opponent have the most trouble returning, either causing them to make errors or setting you up for a winning shot? Execute that pattern effectively throughout the match and you’ll be well on your way to a win.

Watch the video below to hear Ean explain how patterns can help you win and don’t forget to leave a comment below to tell us about your most effective pattern play.

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