“A point won with the head is worth three times its face value”
Many, many years ago legendary Russian coach Vyacheslav Platonov made that statement. In the intervening years I have always interpreted it as an explanation of the psychological effect that comes from out thinking your opponent during the match. Until yesterday…
That was the day that I came across a video of the Soviet team playing against the USA in 1984. On set point in the first set, the Soviet star Alexander Savin used his head to play the ball, leading to a point and the set for his team. Now I understand that he was referring to the physchological effect of winning a point by playing the ball with your head.
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