How do you know if you are adjusting correctly and quickly enough when playing ? By the results you may reply. But it is possible to win playing badly and to lose playing well, and it is important to know that you can only play as well as you are allowed to.
Hugh Dawnay's Tips
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For the purpose of illustrating this exercise, I will use as an example a group of six people. They should form up in a horizontal line, with the appointed playmaker positioned in one of the middle spots. If numbered from the left, No. 6 will be on the far right and No. 3 or No. 4 can be the playmaker, who is responsible for setting the speed and the direction for the figure of eight, to which the rest must conform.
If you are a group of four people or less, you should position yourself in a vertical upfield line, equidistant one behind the other, five or six yards apart, or whatever distance is decided by you or your coach.
The back rope tactic provides the greatest scope fr a No. 4 to playmake, while changing defense into attack.
A hook is necessary when you are in the 25% but it is clear that your relevant opponent has an advantage, in that it is too late for you to win a ride-off and not possible to look for a foul.