To win a game of badminton often requires a wide range of strokes to be played by both sides. This ranges from the delicate net cuts to the powerful smashes. Though the rally ends with a smash, softer strokes are required to set up that smash.
The court in this case is narrower than the doubles court, though of the same length. Since one player is expected to occupy the entire court, the basic strategy here is to tire the opponent by making the player move around as much as possible – meaning the strokes are generally aimed at the corners of the court. Players exploit the length of the court by using all possible shots – like the lifts, clears, drop shots and net shots. A smash is rare in singles as there is no partner to combat the effective and skillfully placed return which generally happens at international games. Besides, a smash is very exhausting and tires the player faster. However, a skill smash is always in the player’s dictionary to end the rally in response to a weak stroke by the opposition.
Generally, players start the serves with a forehand high or a flick serve to gain and advantage, though low serves are also frequent. However, the drive strokes are rare.
Singles requires real high fitness levels and one has to keep conserving energy during play by strategizing such as to reduce movements and jumps. Singles is a game of patient positional manoeuvring, unlike the aggression of doubles.
There is men’s doubles and women’s doubles where there are two players or a pair of players of the same gender in each side.
Here, is all about attack as the responsibility is equally split between both the players of each side. There is a lot of aggression involved as the pair will adopt an attacking formation where one player will hit down from the rarecourt and the partner positioned in the fore midcourt will combat the smash responses. Case where the rearcourt attacker plays a dropshot, his partner will move into the forecourt to threaten the net reply. They will use a flat stroke to gain the attack in a situation where they are unable to hit downwards.
At a high level, the backhand strokes have become highly popular compared to the forehand strokes as they are more powerful and successful. The straight low serve is used most frequently, in an attempt to prevent the opponents gaining the attack immediately. Flick serves are used to prevent the opponent from anticipating the low serve and attacking it decisively.
Though this also requires a high fitness level, especially at the international stage, the main thing here is aggression and attacks. The rallies are really fast especially the men’s doubles resulting in loads of excitement and entertainment to the audiences and spectators.
Badminton Mixed Doubles
This is a mix of women and a man in each side. Here, they typically maintain an attacking strategy by having women at the front and man at the back since the male players are comparatively more physically stronger and can produce more powerful smashes compared to their female counterpart. The softer strokes that require skill more than power and can be played by the fore or midcourt are taken care of by the females. Certain teams reverse this strategy to confuse the opponents. At high levels of play though, the positioning is more flexible with women at the back as some are equally capable of producing powerful smashing so that men can take up the more subtler role.
Apart from good fitness level, this requires a lot of understand between the pair so that both players don’t attempt to respond to the same opponent stroke as it will lead to confusion and trouble.