47) THE BACK ROPE

Published on: December 1, 2014

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The back rope tactic provides the greatest scope fr a No. 4 to playmake, while changing defense into attack.
It is a manœuvre which the opposition finds difficult to control, especially if the whole rope changes direction in a few seconds, and No. 4 is unmarked for at least one shot. This tactic can be initiated from any part of the rope but I believe that No. 4 should have the most opportunities. It is based on the principle (…) the best No.3 of this era, that, when taking a backhand, No. 3 is effectively the No. 4 However, No. 4 must turn and move into space early enough to receive the backhand, and Nos. 1 and 2 can assist enormously by playmaking to accept the next pass.

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