We’ve covered the four styles of player and discussed the tactics to test against them. Have you noticed a common factor or factors to beat each style?
In general there are two “topics” in this article
1) Playing opposite to your opponent’s favourite style (unless you are superior at this style yourself).
2) Learning the critical importance of pace in the game. When you understand how important pace is to the outcome of a game tactically then your job in practice sessions is to learn to slow down and speed up rallies without making errors – a very difficult skill to master.
Whenever you watch a pair or player in action, they will have favourite shots, favourite areas of the court to play in and finally, a pace they prefer to play at. Your job is to figure out what these 3 assets are in each opponent and then learn how to adapt your game to make it difficult for your opponent to play to these strengths.
Essentially, whenever you play a match, you need to play to your strengths and ensure your opponents are unable to play to theirs, unless you are playing to the same strengths and you are more skilful than they are. If not, are you capable of playing a virtually error-free alien style game? You should always train to play an alternative style or pace to the one your favour to have a strong second game plan.
Badminton is a game that is NOT won through hitting out and out winners. It is a game where you try to create pressure which leads to openings for a set-up followed by a winner or a mistake from your opponent. More points are won from mistakes rather than winners.
The more you are able to make your opponents play a game that is alien to them, the more mistakes they will make.
Not seen part 1, 2 or 3 yet? Here are the links:
Designing Winning Tactics In Badminton – Part 1
Designing Winning Tactics In Badminton – Part 2
Designing Winning Tactics In Badminton – Part 3
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