Hi there, I've been playing pretty competitive badminton for six or seven years now, but I'm still only 19 years old. I have the fundamentals down and I usually play a lot of doubles with my friend. Just night, after a drop in session, I had a began to think of a weird badminton strategy that in theory works well, but I've never heard of it so I want to ask you guys if it's reasonable. Here goes. Normally in badminton when your team lifts, it's a sign of defense and from what I've been taught, both players should play "sides". This can result in the opponent smashing at you from the back end. The thing is I'm not too great of a smash returner but my partner is really good. If I were to lift to the back of the court (aiming for the back corners) could it be possible to have my partner rush to the net on his side? The reason for this is that he can very quickly cut off the shot(standing so close to the net and it still would take a while for the birdie to travel that distance since the opponent is smashing from the end of the court) and either counter with a block and tip over the net or if the partner is even better, even counter the smash before it reaches a heighter lower than the net and smash it back (this second one seems really difficult but in theory is possible. Since the person is at the back, if he/she doesn't jump the angle is probably flatter than if he had that extra height). If my partner manages to pull it off we would probably be the aggressors again and he/she would be at the net, then I would cover the mid section of the court and once again our team would be set for offensive play(this play would go really quickly and catch both players in a difficult position, but it's hard to carry out. The guy standing at the net would be hardpressed to reach that distance still the birdie practically falls down once contact is made from the smash, and the other partner probably doesn't have enough time to react if my partner could counter and hit him back before he even lands from the previous smash). One weakness is the clear shot, but I think since I would be roughly at the middle of my side, I could easily diagonal shuffle step to reach that clear since it takes a good amount of time. If my opponents tries to do a lob over my partner at the net, I would simply cut it off my shuffling horizontally and smashing it down. I think this is a reasonable strategy for players who are decently balanced but one is a better smash returner than the other. If your partner is blocking up front on his side then you know if he does smashes he can only hit to your side (smash or drop) make you more readily to counter (my weakness is I don't have quick enough reflexes, but if I know it's coming I'm pretty good). This example only works if you lift to the back corners and if you just lift in the middle, I would still consider playing sides for us. What do you guys think of this?? Does it make sense?