Condition games are an important part of developing new skills in the context of match play.
Simply put, the coach will invite players to play a regular match, but with one or more conditions placed on the type of shot that is allowed (or not allowed) in the rally.
There are a number of reasons we use condition games as part of the regular training program.
Within the context of a single club, players quickly become familiar with their opponents strengths and weaknesses, since they are playing the same small handful of comparable opponents every week. Because of this familiarity players may drift into “tried and true” shots that they know to be consistent winners against their opponent. When this happens players start to stagnate in their development, and in some case can become bored with the play.
Also, players tend to have particular shots that they are simply more comfortable with and so exercise those skills to the detriment of other important shots that should be in their toolbox.
The goal of the condition game is to make players think about their shots, and the shots their opponent is obligated to make in return. The long term aim is to improve tactics; to learn by repetition how to read certain shots and how to get creative within the confines of the condition.