Serving is arguably the most important aspect of the game, as it is the one shot which has to be in every single rally. You have as much time as you need to get ready for it, so there is no excuse for not getting it right. Good serves put opponents under pressure, and give servers a better opportunity for success.
There are 3 basic serves:
- High Serve - used in singles only.
- Low Serve - used in both singles and doubles.
- Flick serve - used in doubles.
When it comes to serving there are a few rules that must be obeyed to ensure the serve is legal.
- Players must make contact with the shuttle below the waist
- The racket shaft must be pointing downwards at any degree, ie, the head of the racket must be below the racket hand before making contact with the shuttle.
- Both feet should be on the floor
These rules mean that the shuttle will have to go up in the air to clear the net, because of this, most players now see the serve as a defensive shot. This means it is even more important because if playing a bad defensive shot is likely to lose the point.
Some serves are used more often than others depending if it is a singles or doubles match. The most commonly used serve in singles is the High Serve, if this is played correctly it is difficult for an opponent to hit an effective return. However in doubles the Low Serve is more widely used, maybe because the court is made shorter and wider in doubles the High Serve is not so effective. The flick serve is used unexpectedly to reduce the receivers thinking time.
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