Whenever you play a badminton game or match, you will inevitably be playing a tactical game, even if you don’t know it. This may be very simplistic, especially for beginners when hitting the shuttle to the rear court followed by “dinking” the shuttle just over the net is all the player knows and needs.
As readers of my blog will know, I love tactical badminton. It’s the one area where the right tactics in badminton can completely swing the game in your favour if properly executed. Tactics can also be the great leveler when playing a pair who are slightly better equipped in their skillset. I’m not talking about a huge divide here but sufficient to win.
If tactics are so critical in achieving a positive result in a match i.e. a win, why is it so few players, especially at intermediate level even consider applying a tactical approach to enhance their chances of winning?
This has intrigued me for a long time. So I began talking to players before they walked onto court. The results amazed me…
Most players I interviewed hadn’t even discussed their opponents, never mind worked out a way to beat them. In fact, they rarely communicate throughout the match. All I could fathom from watching was an idea that when they were losing they needed to “try harder.”
Generally this “trying harder” resulted in a short burst of intensity and a more aggressive attitude.
Occasionally this will work, but for the most part it’s sadly lacking and will not help you win. Generally club players are unable to maintain this intensity and run out of steam. Or they do not have the skills to execute shots at this level with any degree of consistency or accuracy which then leads to more errors.
Advanced players tend to have a far greater understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. They are also capable of assessing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the opposition and quickly adapt their tactics to change the game. They also tend to possess the racket and movement skills to carry out their change in tactics.