I think I stumbled on a valuable insight recently. Many coaches and players praise variety as a valuable asset, but IMO it can sometimes also be a disadvantage. Variety has never been a struggle for me. I don't have big weapons, but do have a wide arsenal of shots. I am pretty athletic and have good feel and racquet control, so angles, flicks, drop-shots, running passes etc. are all within my range of ability. However, I notice that all these options sometimes hurt my game. Since I know that I am a good shotmaker, I tend to go for these lower-percentage shots at ill-advised moments. The amount of options I have also clutters my mind and makes decision making and shot selection more difficult. When all of them are working, my game is very good. But that rarely happens. Most of the time it just makes the process of winning a point unnecessarily complicated and error prone. Recently I realized that I can have better results by sticking to basics. Meat and potatoes tennis. Crosscourt patterns. Heavy baseline hitting. Exploiting one single weakness. Looking for the short ball to attack and come to net. What do you think of this? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the options on a tennis court? Have you ever felt the need to stick to the very basics? Do you feel that variety is sometimes an overrrated concept?