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    Post Serve preference for singles

    What serve do you prefer in singles game.
    A short serve, or
    A long high serve, or
    A fast serve.

    IMO, a short serve gives the opponent to play anywhere in the court, but not too fast. A long serve gives you time, but you reflex must be fast enough to defend a much faster smash.

    Share your opinions!!

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    Depends on opponents.

    For better opponents, I tend to use short serves to limit his attacking opportunities.

    Against lower level players, I use the high serve, because they will make errors on their own.

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    Depends on opponents. Some are stronger receiving overhead and some are stronger at receiving low serves. Also depends on your own abilities at taking the third shot. Are you comfortable in taking the shuttle from the invents overhead or do you prefer it if they hit up from your low serve.

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    If they have a weak backhand I generally drive serve it to their backhand , then it generally goes up where I can kill it. Short serves against people thAt can fight against drive serves and smash down with high serves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Are you comfortable in taking the shuttle from the invents overhead or do you prefer it if they hit up from your low serve.
    If they hit up, then it's fine. But if they do a fast drive to my backhand side, I find it difficult to do a clear or cross clear. Guess I have to work on my backhand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilavu View Post
    If they hit up, then it's fine. But if they do a fast drive to my backhand side, I find it difficult to do a clear or cross clear. Guess I have to work on my backhand.
    You can always drive back or block it at the net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilavu View Post
    If they hit up, then it's fine. But if they do a fast drive to my backhand side, I find it difficult to do a clear or cross clear. Guess I have to work on my backhand.
    Footwork first, then check grip. If the shuttle goes past you, it becomes very disadvantageous so you have to consciously anticipate these drives and be prepared a split second earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alien9113 View Post
    You can always drive back or block it at the net.
    I'm only 5.3". Can't block all the drives!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilavu View Post
    I'm only 5.3". Can't block all the drives!!
    I don't have 5'...

    As my coach says... Move! Haha... You can't be lazy if you are physically disadvantaged.

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    I was hoping for more replies..

    Singles players ..please share your thoughts about the topic

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilavu View Post
    I was hoping for more replies..

    Singles players ..please share your thoughts about the topic
    Its singles - the serve has very little importance compared to doubles. With that in mind, try all the different serves:

    Low serve: doesn't let opponents attack downwards overhead, but does give them deceptive net opportunities which are dangerous. Only use if your opponents net skills are less threatening than their overhead skills. It is a risky serve if you cannot defend your deep back corners properly e.g. you worry about drives or pushes to the backhand

    Flick serve: good to force your opponent back in poor balance, but risky against a fast opponent with a good half smash. Use this to make your low serve safer.

    High serve: good against players who either struggle with having lots of time (the like a fast game) or have a weak overhead attack. Only players who are accurate will cause you trouble with this serve, hence it is used a lot below competition level. It is very safe.

    Drive serve: only use it down the middle as a means of trying to get the shuttle deep behind your opponent quickly. It can be risky as it gives you very little time to get to base, and can be attacked by a skilled opponent. However, at a lower level of play, it can work very nicely.

    The key thing: mix up your serves. If you always serve short, your opponent will simply stand further forwards.

    The advice I have just given applies to singles and to doubles. As a singles player, I would start with low serves, and then use flick and drive serves as well. However, if I were more worried about my movement, or I had a very good defence, I would use more high serves.

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    What Matt said. Good post.

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    Thanks, MSeeley. That's very useful.

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    I think like many others posted, it really depends on your opponent's level, and MSeeley's post breaks it down in great detail.

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