Originally Posted by anubis
I heard of a concept once upon a time that talked about figuring out where your opponent's "wheelhouse" is as far as number of rallies, and then preventing him from reaching it.
If your opponent can comfortably hit a 10 shot rally, then he's probably got a window of "comfort" between 6 to 10 shots. If he's there, he feels confident. He may not like when you try to end the point early, and he may not like it when the rally goes beyond 10 shots. So try for that.
In an entire match I may have 1 or two points that last that long. At a certain level people can hit winners before people hit their consistency threshold. Also, your own consistency issues can prevent that from happening as your opponent might be trying to do the same thing.