Scouting 101-scouting the champs is my job and it is fun to watch carefully the little things that will make the difference between winning and losing. Things I watch for:
1. Mental approach-how tough are they? Many champions are a house of cards-they appear impressive but take away one card and they are as tough as a box of wet kleenex!
2. Mechanical issues-okay they are the champs-but they have to have a weakness-don’t they? I look for tell-tale issues talked about here on this forum many many times-such as: stepping to the side wall, swinging vertically instead of horizontally, and poor positioning.
3. The game plan-they are the champs for a reason. Any game plan has to be a living breathing entity that changes as the match goes on. Champs adjust so challengers have to also! In other words-champs have a plan B, C and D at the ready!
4. Champs do the little subtle things nobody notices. Example: warn the ref about foot faults off to the side before the match if the champ knows the opponent often foot faults.
Other examples on my CD Coach’s Toolbox, tips and tricks for racquetball excellence-on my website!