Knowing and understanding your ball–striking range (keeping the balance between under and over-hitting).

The Ball-striking Scale below is from 1-10

10 – Checking Out (hitting a ball in desperation and a bail-out on the point).

9 – Winner after a well-constructed point.

8 – A forcing shot that puts the opponent on defense.

7 – Comfortable rally tempo relative to one’s ability level.

6 – Good for defensive play and scrambling.

5 – Pushing and not releasing racket head.

1 to 4 – Ball-striking that is not good enough to compete.

(You must know what your #6, #7, and #8 level is for the situation and on that day to be effective)