For doubles, should we play more shots to the opponents backhand side of the court?
I was thinking that for doubles, if we play more shots to the opponents backhand side (assuming they are both right handers), then we have the better advantage since we can smash any shots that come to our forehand side. Is this necessary true?
I don't think it is always true, because if you give me on my backhand side, really, we have time to do around the head shot (so we do forehand for our backhand area) since most likely we have time to react as we already in position to do the shot (such as front back) to hit the shuttle
it is a little bit easier to win points if you give it there, but not always there. because it is getting dull..
really, my friend usually play cross court drop (very tight one) to my backhand side. but after 2-3 times, I am ready to kill it (and it is much easier for me to do it as I already predict the pattern)
Still applies if one of yr opponents is noticeably weak on his backhand and does not have an excellent overhead shots.
Just as avenger advised though, don't overdo it. Occasionally it's OK n maybe much more effective. As a matter of fact, one of the golden rules in badminton is to be unpredictable in yr shots. That will slow down yr opponents reactions considerably and makes it easier for u too. Examples of such unpredictable shots legends are Zhao Jian Hua and Taufik Hidayat.
Backhand drilling is always overpowered in any level of play. Why? It's exceptionally easy to do in most cases.. requires the same effort as any other shot, and creates a more difficult shot to return, regardless of level of play. All be it, versing better players the around the head shot will still allow them to forehand, or if confident backhand considerably well.. however to put it simply... almost 100% of the baddy population preferes a shot on their forehand side then backhand side...
If you mean a low/short backhand shot, then it doesn't really matter as these shots will be easily returned regardless of the level of play (assuming no errors). But it's a different matter if you are forcing them to backhand clear, drop or smash. At lower level play, most have non-existent to weak backhand.
As others have mentioned, if you keep using it, your opponents will realize that and prepare for a more favourable position. You might find yourself getting ready for a big kill/big offense instead.
Also, depends on where you hit it from - straight or cross-court.
Furthermore, backhand is not necessarily weaker than forehand. Above discussion all assume an overhead shots. For underhand shot, backhand defense could be better than forehand.
Finally, backhand side might not be better than the "middle" between the two opponents, as they could be confused in the latter case.
The type of shot is really important because much of the time, players prefer backhand driving, a clear in doubles is suicide if you want to keep the attack, but if you manage a fast, accurate drive to the backhand, the time taken to return to a ready position, especially with the extra turn needed, would give you the upper hand.
A clear is not necessarily suicidal in doubles, depending on the relative skill levels. It doesn't always need to be deep either, if you play flat attacking clear; it needs to be sudden (unexpected), and get past opponent. Best to play this when your opponents are more forward. If they're deep, it's better to play drops.
Thanks for the responses everyone!
So it appears that attacking the backhand may or may not be an advantage depending on factors like opponents skill level and the type of shots that you make to it. If the opponents are not good, then hitting it to the back hand can play to your advantage but if the opponents are good, they can overhead smash it or use the backhand drive (which is usually more stronger than the forehand drive). However, if you do force a backhand drive from opponent you can exploit his right side of the court.
And also there are other spots like hitting to the centre/between the opponents that is could be much better. Not sure about this one, but I feel like badminton is almost like a game of chess.