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Tip of the Day - How to Win

By Larry Hodges | Nov. 05, 2013, 9 a.m. (ET)

Xiaona Shan

Xiaona Shan (GER) at the Liebherr 2013 European Championships

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How to Win

Larry HodgesYou can't win unless you can find tactical match-ups where you are better than your opponent. For example, you might find your block is better than your opponent’s loop, or that your varied loop is better than your opponent’s blocking or counterattack. The idea behind this is pretty obvious, but few players actually think this way when playing. Get into the habit of learning quickly in a match what tactical match-ups you can do where you are better than your opponent and then find strategies to force these match-ups.

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