Badminton double tactics, advanced racket sport
Your range of tactical options will be heavily influenced by your hitting skill, your movement skill, and your physical fitness. For example: if your smash is weak, then it will be a much less effective choice of shot. Or if you are unfit, then you will miss out on many attacking opportunities. This guide is written with the assumption that you do not have any obvious weaknesses.
Positioning Yourself for Attack and Defence in Badminton Doubles
At high levels of play, one basic strategy is completely dominant: aggressive attacking play! Attacking in doubles involves hitting the shuttlecock downwards , especially with net kills and smashes.
These two shots are the most common winning shots. In doubles, however, it is difficult to escape the attack because the two attackers work together to maintain their attack. One player smashes from the back, and the other intercepts any replies to the net or midcourt.
Attacking play is based around the smash. When you play a powerful smash, it creates a dilemma for the defenders.
Doubles Badminton Tactics
What can they do? If they lift the shuttlecock, you just continue smashing.
If they block the shuttlecock to the net instead, your partner will play a net kill. It is possible to escape the attack, of course; and indeed, turning defence into attack is a crucial element of good doubles play.
Starting the Match
Once they started smashing, you can easily find yourself trapped: your defence crumbles a little each shot; the smasher is a little nearer each time; and the front player cuts out all your attempts at counter-attack. Attacking play is exhausting. You need a high level of fitness to maintain a prolonged, powerful attack.
You also need determination: you need to be motivated to make the effort. Smashing requires a violent throwing action. Covering the court so that you can keep on smashing requires fast, explosive movements including sideways and backwards jumps.
While the attackers are doing all this hard physical work, the defenders are standing relatively still and using little effort to lift the shuttlecock. The defenders are likely to make the first mistake. Edit page Doubles tactics are mostly based around attacking play.