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Thread: Men's Double Tactics
05-14-2013, 11:23 AM #35
05-20-2013, 01:42 AM #36
Guys, any tips on how to give signal to your double partner when doing cross-court smash or drop so that they can cover you?
05-20-2013, 05:58 AM #37
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07-25-2013, 01:20 AM #38
There's a situation that beg me to differ on how effective a shot can be.
I serve, opponent drive it ( slightly upward ) toward my partner's backhand, and he backhand smash it.
Most of the time, opponents could put it away on the other side which empty since I'm still at the front. We've discussed about this but my partner still doing it and I have to be ready for worst-case scenario ( miss-hit, half-court, BAM! My face swell... ).
07-25-2013, 01:44 AM #39
^ If he's truly backhand smashing it, there's no way your opponent would be able to put it away.
07-25-2013, 07:08 AM #40
Firstly, are you serving to the 't' or out wide? If it's out wide, then the opposition can drive down-the line and put you & your partner (y&yp) on the defensive. Unless your partner has one hell of a backhand drive, then he may have to lift.
If you're serving to the 't', then any pushes and/or drives to y&yp's rear corners should be intercepted mid-court by your partner and driven down-the-line. Similarly, this should put your opponents on the defensive.
Secondly, if the shuttle is going to be hit by your (rear-court) partner, you need to take a couple of steps back from the service line. This is precisely so that you can intercept driven responses. If your partner does a drop, you have time to go back in again.
Finally, your opposition should never be able to hit y&yp's smashes downwards. If your partner is struggling with angle, he should try hitting with 90% power and concentrate on getting a tighter angle to the tape.
07-25-2013, 08:27 AM #41
07-25-2013, 08:33 AM #42
07-25-2013, 08:52 AM #43
On 2nd paragraph, this is the exact situation I'm trying to describe. "Should be intercepted mid-court by rear player and driven down-the-line." This kind of drives that makes us always had to work the rally before we have to be in attacking-mode again.
So I did some research by watching local tourney's video of men's double final matches. To my surprise the rear player always drive it down almost like a smash.
It seems like the drive backfired them, and in this case, us.
So it makes me wonder how effective can this drive be. At the moment, as we have discussed, if such scenario will happen again I must step back a little and be ready for the shuttle.
P/S : and yes, my partner has one hell of a backhand drive
07-25-2013, 09:02 AM #44
When your opponent returns your serve by driving it to your partners backhand, you should still be in attacking formation and standing slightly further back from the T. Assuming your partner executes the smash well, it will be difficult for them to drive it into the open court. However, the important thing to note is that it is YOUR responsibility to cover the cross court drive. Your partner will struggle to execute a BH smash and still have time to turn and cover the other side too. You need to be able to intercept any drives cross court – hence why standing slight further back will help. I accept it is not easy to intercept a cross court drive but it can be done. Even if you try and get your racquet to it, you can play a drop…. If anything, it will make your opponents think twice about driving past you. So, remember the basic things… racquet up, stay low and anticipate!
Obviously if you are good at covering the drives and are a threat to your opponents, they may opt for the lift instead which your partner shouldn’t have a problem with.
Also, I would suggest that your partner mixes up his shots a bit to keep them guessing, BH smashes are only good when they surprise your opponents or is intended to just maintain the attack and shouldn’t be assumed to be winners unless your name is Taufik Hidayat! It’s good to mix a few drops, drives and even attacking clears.
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07-25-2013, 10:28 AM #45
07-25-2013, 10:38 AM #46
Then as the post above, he has to mix up his speed and trajectory a bit. His opponents are expecting and preparing for drives already so he needs to learn to fast drop down the middle or slightly to the non receiver side. Or even backhand clear to the weaker player, or down the middle back if they're standing side by side.
In other words, have some shot variations. Don't just always drive, this is a game situation, not a practice or a drill after all.
Last edited by visor; 07-25-2013 at 10:48 AM.
07-25-2013, 11:47 PM #47
07-26-2013, 12:05 AM #48
Huh? First you say backhand smash mostly, now you're saying the cork faces upward? And it's not a drive, not a clear. Bro, you sure make it tough for us to help you.
But whatever it is, just tell him to be unpredictable.
Last edited by visor; 07-26-2013 at 12:08 AM.
08-30-2013, 01:16 AM #49