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

If the opponents win the toss and they choose the side, then the other team still have the choice of whether to serve or receive. Or if they choose to serve or receive the other team can choose the side to start from.

What to do: If a team wins the toss under the new scoring system they may prefer to choose a side to start from instead of receiving. In doubles a team should never opt to serve first, the first choice should be to take the bad side. Differences can include:

  • The court surface
  • The background
  • Reflections
  • Ceiling or wall lighting
  • Placement of windows

There are a few reasons why a team should choose the bad side. If a team win the first set from the bad side then they have a good chance to win the next set and the match from the good side. Playing from the good side should be easier, which will increase the confidence, maybe upping the performance when going back to the bad side for the first part of the third set if the match goes that far. Also choosing the bad side first will mean if the match does go to the third set a team will finish on the good side.

What to do: If the opponents win the toss and selects the bad side, opt to receive the serve first. This is because of the new scoring system making it much easier to win points when receiving the serve. If the server now fails to hit the shuttle into the service area a point is awarded to the receiving player. In the old system if this happened the serve would just switch to the other player and there would be no change in the score.

The serve is often a defensive shot because it has to be hit from below the waist, meaning it has an upward trajectory to travel over the net. This allows the receiving player to attack and control the rally. However if serving is a strong part of a players game they may decide to go first.

Serving First: If a team does serve first, because of the rule in doubles about designating which player is starting from each side, the team may want to put their best server starting the match, therefore being on the even side.

Receiving First: If a team is receiving first then they should put their best receiver in the even court to try and win the first rally. This will also mean that their

Impact of the new scoring system: In doubles it seems the new scoring does not have such a great effect as it does in singles. The only real change that has been noticed are scores being closer, and rallies being longer due to the more conservative play.

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