When you hear tennis players or coaches or commentators talk about “patterns of play”, it all sounds very official and organized and clever. But can you actually name a pattern of play? Now you definitely can! 😁
The video below is my Wimbledon Channel analysis of a pattern of play called the “3-1”. Yes I know, it’s an unusual name for where tennis balls are hit, but stick with me on this one!
The “3” in the 3-1 represents three balls hit to the same spot in a rally. There is no change in direction or intent. A player is simply trying to gain their advantage with depth & height & spin & power – in the same direction.
The “1” in the 3-1 represents the change of direction shot after the three shots.
The 2-1 Pattern is rule #18 in the 25 Golden Rules of Singles Strategy.
The goal with the “3” is to keep attacking the same spot and to also condition your opponent’s mind to think a fourth ball is coming that way. That’s when you pull the switch and go the other way.
Watch the five-minute video below and learn the 3-1 pattern from the best players in the world at Wimbledon 2019. You can then copy and paste this winning pattern into your own game.
2019 Wimbledon Channel: Craig O’Shannessy analyzes the 3-1 pattern.