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STRATEGY/TRICKS

  1. It is noted that often rallies finish with a smash, however setting up the smash requires subtler strokes. For e.g., a net-shot can compel the opponent to raise the shuttlecock, which gives an opportunity to hit a smash. If the net-shot is tense and dropping, then the opponent's raise will not reach the back of the court, which in turn makes the following smash hits much harder to return.
  2. Deception is also important- practice for many different strokes that look identical, and use slicing to trick the opponent about the speed or trajectory of the stroke.
  3. In the midcourt, a high shuttlecock will usually be incoming your direction – hitting downwards. It is advised to go for a Smash Hit to outright the incoming. It can also be faced with a high jump smash hit.
  4. In the rear court- the half near to the boundary, players should go all-out to hit the shuttlecock while it is still overhead, rather than allowing it to fall lower to body level.
  5. The Clear Shot: you can buy more time for yourself using this shot to return to spot before the next return. It is also considered strategic to use when your opponent is near to the fore-court, forcing him to pull back to the back to retrieve the shuttle.
  6. The Drop Shot: This shot is tactical to use when the opponent is in the back court, expecting your stroke to be a clear or drive. If you are in the mid-court you can try slicing the shuttlecock so that it bounces over the net. If the opponent is in the back court, this shot will make him/her dash forward and return the shot- this ma y lead to a miss and a score to you.
  7. If a player does not lift, his only remaining option is to thrust the shuttlecock gently back to the net: in the forecourt this is called a netshot; in the midcourt or rear court, it is often called a push or block.
For Singles
  1. The strokes of singles game/match should normally be directed to the corners of the court.
  2. Players exploit the length of the court by mixing lifts and clears with drop shots and net shots.
  3. Strong smashing can be used to open the rally and weak smashes can be used to end the rallies.
For Doubles
  1. Both pairs should try to gain and maintain the attack, smashing downwards when possible. A pair should adopt an ideal attacking arrangement with one player hitting downwards – Clear shot from the rear court, and his partner in the midcourt taking all smash returns except the lifts.
  2. In the case when one of the partners in rear court plays a drop-shot, the other partner should move into the forecourt to pressurize the net reply. If a pair cannot hit downwards, they should use flat strokes in an effort to achieve the attack.
  3. If a pair is forced to take a lift or clear shot, then they must defend: they should take up a side-by-side position in the back of the midcourt, and should cover the full width of their court to face the opponents' smashes.
  4. Players should generally hit smash to the middle court between two players in order to take advantage of confusion and clashes of the opponent pair. 5. Flick serves are used to avoid the opponent from anticipating the low serve and attacking it positively.
For Mixed Doubles
  1. In mixed doubles, both pairs should typically try to keep an attacking formation where the woman should be at the front and the man be at the back. This should be so because the male players are usually significantly stronger, and can hence hit smashes that are more influential.
  2. Cleverly the opponents will try to turn around the principal position, by either forcing the woman towards the back or the man towards the front. In order to avoid this change, mixed players must be watchful and systematic in their shot selection.