– Doesn’t actually have any real weaknesses in his game.
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– Every player sometimes has a hard time in certain situations, including the complete player.
– Try to get them in these situations
– Play from your own strengths
– Keep looking and anticipating
– Attack with confidence
– Keep shots deep and well along the wall
– Vary the speed
– Try to find a weaker point…
D.What definitely “don’t” do
– Waiting too long for your opponent to use his strengths even more
– Don’t be tempted to go too fast for winner either
– Show no frustration
– Going along at his pace
The “complete player” is very difficult to play. For coaches, we all want to train our young talents in this mode, but in the long run, that’s not the case.
The beauty with which these players approach the game is delightful. It’s also great that they can play against any type of opponent, they can easily absorb other styles of play and because of their technical ability they can execute all tactical plans to perfection.
At the World Championships for women’s teams, which took place earlier this month in Nîmes (France), it was again clear that the use of your own strengths can take you very far in a match. Sometimes it’s just not possible to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, because you just don’t have the technique and style to play that kind of game yourself. My advice at that moment is to focus on your own strong qualities and use them as perfectly as possible. Playing a game that doesn’t suit you at all isn’t going to help you much either.
The style of play I want to develop this time is that of the Runner.
– Is very fast and also moves very well over the entire track.
– Has an enormous stamina, is fit
– Forces his opponent to make mistakes by continuing to pick up everything
– Seduces players to play risky shots
– Is used to playing long games, is even a kick for this kind of player
– Technically usually not very good
– Tactically not brilliant
– Be patient and really play out the points
– Make a minimum of 4 shots to the back of the court.
– Find the volley
– Be ‘deceptive’
– Use your boast and drop in a ‘calculated’ way
– Minimize angles by keeping the ball tight.
D.What certainly do NOT do
– Don’t be tempted to hit ‘winners’ too quickly.
– Don’t be discouraged when your opponent picks up ‘normal winners’.
– Don’t play shots you don’t feel comfortable with
– Play within yourself, keep focus on your own game
The runner is a difficult player to play against. The rallies are long, the runner does relatively little with the ball and gets the most out of all his opponents. Are you the runner?