In badminton, players must hit the shuttlecock back over the
net before it touches the ground. A player win points when her opponent
cannot return the shuttlecock or when her opponent hits the shuttlecock
out of bounds or into the net. In singles badminton, one player must
cover the whole court. Because of this challenge, singles badminton
requires certain different strategies than doubles badminton.
Create Movement Pressure
Badminton Bible recommends that singles players focus more on creating
movement pressure rather than shot-making pressure. When you create
movement pressure, you force your opponent to move into different areas
of the court so that she no longer holds the optimal position for
covering the court and making offensive shots. Alternate long shots with
drop shots, for example, to keep your opponent moving. Force your
opponent to travel the longest possible distance by hitting shots to the
corners of the court.
the shuttlecock so that it passes just over the net. Low shots require
your opponent to hit a defensive shot, hitting the shuttlecock upwards
rather than downwards. When your opponent hits the shuttlecock upwards
and high over the net, you will have a better opportunity to attack the
shuttlecock and hit it downwards toward the surface of your opponent’s
court. Beware of smashing the shuttlecock when your opponent is near the
net; he could simply block it back onto your side of the court.
your opponent to move to the back of the court by serving high and
long. Though a high serve can give your opponent the opportunity to
attack the shuttlecock in a downwards motion, a high and long serve will
require her to surrender the center of the court. From the back of the
court, your opponent will not be in as good a position to attack the
placement and speed of your serves and shots. Serve to different parts
of the service box and with different amounts of force. Vary the amount
of time you take to serve the shuttlecock. Serve and shot variety will
keep your opponent guessing, and will make it harder for your opponent
to predict your shots.
In singles badminton, you will often find yourself running
to an extreme end of the court to hit the shuttlecock before it touches
the court’s surface. If your opponent pushes you to the edges of the
court, recover by hitting a high and long shot that will give you time
to return to the center of the court. Be prepared for another attack
from your opponent, as any high shot will give your opponent the
opportunity to smash the shuttlecock. In many situations, however, the
high shot will be your best option.
At first glance, badminton appears to be a simple game.
Opponents use rackets to hit a shuttlecock, or birdie, back and forth
over a center net. However, you can use many different strategies during
a badminton match. And strategy is all the more important in singles
badminton, where players face off head-to-head without the assistance of
and most obvious strategy in singles badminton is simply to tire out
your opponent. Without a doubles partner, singles competitors have twice
the ground to protect. Covering all four corners of the playing surface
can prove an exhausting exercise. Using the entire court and running your opponent from side to side and from the net to the back-line can tire him out and lead to easy winners.
close eye on opponents when they're serving. If the server displays a
tendency to step backward after service, try to return with short drop
shots to the front court. On the other hand, if the server charges the
net after service, employ deep lobs to exploit the exposed back-line.
Varying the depth, pace and location of returns keeps opponents off
singles badminton players use service to set up their opponents.
Consistently serving high, deep shots into the opposing back court can
lull your opposition to sleep. Once you have established the pattern of
high serves, firing a low hard serve can catch your opponent by surprise
and help you capture a quick point.
singles badminton, use the entire length of the playing surface. Pinning
your opponent to the back-line with repeated deep shots effectively
stretches the court. Continually pinning the opponent along the back-line
opens up the front court for short drop shots. You also can pin
opponents into one specific back corner before placing a shot in the
opposite front corner.
control the angles in singles badminton. While hitting shots to the
corners can produce scoring chances, it also provides your opponent with
more advantageous return angles. Hitting a shot into the middle of the
court robs your opponent of any beneficial scoring angles. If your
opponent seizes control of a rally, dropping shots into the middle of
the court can slow the pace down and provide an opportunity to regroup.
overhead smashes for decisive blows. Soften your opponent with
effective clears and drops before attempting a forceful smash to win the
point. If used too early or too often, smashes lose all significance
and only serve to sap needed energy.
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