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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PARTNER
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George Zink
05-21-2004

If you play enough paddle you know that you and your partner need to “gel” to play great together. When I watch tournament level or club level players, I sometimes wonder if people are getting the most out of their partners. I know from experience that having a good supportive partner makes me play better. I need to know that the communication door is wide open and no matter what, we will fight the battle together. Here are some awesome tips how to get the most out of your partner and how to learn to support each other and win matches.

  1. Communicate after every point-Even if it is only a high five or a look, make sure this happens. So many times when one player loses a point they go into silent mode. This is the worst thing that can happen for a team because it shuts down any form of communication.
  2. Say positive comments after points. Whether you win or lose the point it is important to say positive comments to your partner—“I like the way we played that point”, “awesome effort”—these are the types of things a partner wants to hear.
  3. When discussing game plans, use a positive tone. Many times it is not what you say but how you say it. Tones are everything. Make sure you are upbeat. If you feel your partner is making some game plan mistakes, don’t attack them. Instead communicate and make sure you start your sentence with “we”. “We should hit softer into the wire” instead of “I hate when you hit hard into the wire”.
  4. Use pump up phrases-These really help get the most out of your partner. When your partner is down for a couple of points say some pump up phrases to get them back and confident. “Just keep believing in your shot”, “Trust it”, “Good swing”. Then when they hit a good shot after making some mistakes say things like “That’s it”, “Awesome job”, “So tough”. Make sure you use a strong voice when saying these phrases. Your partner will appreciate it and in no time their confidence will be back.
  5. Have small talks on changeovers—Make sure if things are not going well for your partner that you are supportive on changeovers. Talk about what you need to do, not what has already happened. Talk about what you need to do as a team, not what your partner needs to do. Talk about strategy, not errors. Talk about playing longer points, not about errors.
  6. Players tend to react emotionally and don’t realize it (ie. eye roll, head shake, shoulder slump) when a partner misses a shot. Obviously this isn’t going to help the cause. Keep your body language as positive as your verbal language.
  7. Finally, stay away from making any harsh statements—If you have ever played sub-par paddle (I know you have) then you know it feels horrible and you feel like you are letting your partner down. When we say harsh comments like “Come on man, not so hard”, “That’s a bad shot”, “Just get it in”, “Do you always have to hit that shot”, it makes matters worse. It is your job as a partner to turn it around for your partner. Take responsibility and be a supportive team player.

All these suggestions will help you be a supportive partner and at the same time get the most out of your partner. Remember you win paddle as a team not as an individual. If you can get your partner to play well then most of the time you will be on the winning team.

 

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