One of the best ways to play your best is to watch the top players. Their techniques and timing will rub off on you. Your subconscious, which really controls your play, will especially pick up on it. Choose a top player who has a similar game and strokes, and just imagine being that player as you watch. Focus on:
- their strokes;
- their consistency;
- how they move;
- how they serve to set up their shots;
- how they receive to stop the server from making a strong attack;
- how focused they are.
Just remember not to over-play. What looks like a big shot from a top player is often just an average shot for them. Focus on their techniques, tactics, mental strength, and consistency.