Strategy & Tactics

Matches are often won and lost by tactics, rather than ability. This section covers some different effective strategies to help you win more matches including singles strategy, doubles strategy and positioning.

A teams positioning in doubles is determined by both teams shots, however there are certain times in a match when both teams should be in specific positions. Here we explain doubles positioning as well as some top tips to give you and your partner an advantage.

The new scoring system has led to some players re-thinking their doubles strategies. This maybe because at the end of each rally a point is now scored, so having the serve is less important. The team that wins the coin toss can choose:

  • A side of the net to start from
  • Whether to serve
  • Whether to receive

The new scoring system has led to some players re-thinking their singles strategies. This maybe because at the end of each rally a point is now scored, so having the serve is less important. If a player wins the coin toss they can choose:

  • A side of the net to start from
  • Whether to serve
  • Whether to receive

The scoring system for badminton has changed in recent years. This was done to speed games up and make them more entertaining to watch. A badminton game is now played up to 21 points, and a point can be scored from every rally, regardless of who is serving. Under the old system a point could only be scored by the player holding the serve.

Badminton is a very tactical and strategic game. Basically you need to keep returning the shuttle for longer than the opponent whilst trying to outwit them, and move them around the court using a variety of shots, with disguise if possible. Being a quick thinker is important to make decisions about what shot to play, in the limited time players have to return the shuttle effectively.

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