So I have been playing for a few years now, and I have decent footwork and technique, but, I find it hard to play singles "smartly", I was wondering if there are ways or videos or etc that would help in Singles badminton strategy?
it all depends on your level of play!
for beginners, there are easy strategies (e.g.: start with an aggressive clear to your opponents backhand ist always a good starting point).
the more advanced you are, the more refined strategies you need and it all becomes individually different, depending on your own weaknesses and strengths.
so i would suggest you upload some video of your singels-play, then you probably get more individual advice then by some vague explanation concernig your level of play...
I play singles every week against 2 guys for about an hour. We get about 6 games in (each player gets 4 games). At my skill level (low-mid intermediate) against my friends...I win about 80% of the time.
I serve backhand cuz my forehand sucks (cuz I hook or slice it...it always goes out).
I generally serve short and flick serve if they creep close to the net. And then everything else is dependent on what return they give back.
For example...start of game 0-0. I short serve. He does a net drop. I will either make a net drop or lift to a corner. My opponents generally stays too close to the net so I make a backhand lift to the rear opposite corner (ie. a right-handed player's backhand corner). Since both of their backhands are weak...I generally roam around the middle to the sidelines waiting for a bad return to smash it or net drop quickly. Most of the time they hit it into the net.
When I receive service...I generally drive/clear to the corners. Or smash it down the sidelines if it's a long forehand serve. I try to alternate drops, lifts, clears, and drives. Whatever shots I can make to put them out of position.
Sometimes I purposely smash down the sidelines for a few points to get them to cheat (ie. stand closer to the sidelines that I smash to). Once they are cheating...instead of a smash...I do a forehand slice net drop for the point. I can get the slice net drop to work about 60% of the time.
But basic strategy is to hit the shuttle to where they are not. Make them run and make an error.
The games I lose are generally when I make more errors than they do. And that's cuz my stamina sucks compared to them. I'm usually huffing and puffing mid-game. So I try look to close it out quickly. I also have a bad habit of thinking my shot will win it (admiring my shot) but they return it and I'm already out of position so I lose the point.
There's a website called BadmintonBible.com. You may want to check out. There're some Singles strategies.
There's an article posted here at B.C. a long time ago, titled "Causing Damages". I might have recalled the title wrong, but do search for it.
I vaguely recall BadmintonLife.com might have a short manual (less than 10 pages) on Singles.
Lee Jia Bok has videos on court coverage for Singles (I believe).
Jake Downey, in addition to Winning Badminton Doubles, also has a book on Winning Badminton Singles. There's also an older book called "Advanced Singles" back in 70-80's, if you check your library for it.
Finally, I learn this last trick from chess. Watch the videos between top players against lesser players. The strategy/tactics used would be that much more apparent. This is a better learning tool, than to watch matches between two Greats (e.g. LCW and LD). Especially, watch women Singles.