It is easier
to control a crisp pass and make your next move with the ball
when you receive a sharp pass rather than a soft lazy pass. It
takes less effort to re-direct the ball into a space when it is
played to you with pace.
there are also times when you want to play a soft pass. Send a
different message by the weight of the pass. A slow pass means
the player should come back to receive the pass, thus opening up
the space behind the player. A hard pass means you are marked
tightly and must shield the ball or play a one touch pass.
the ball with pace also creates intensity around your
game. You are ready to receive the ball back and it sends
a message of assertiveness, you want to play, it keeps
the game flowing quickly, and again it is easier to control
a sharp pass.
importantly though, a teammate is only open for a short period
of time before they will be closed down, it's key to get that
teammate the ball as soon as possible to take advantage of the
time and space they have - to shoot and score.