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    Default What are some mind games to play on your opponents in Doubles?

    eg. hitting to just one player only, yelling when you do a good smash, laughing when your opponent misses, calling an out when it's in, pretending/giving the impression that you are taking it easy (to piss them off or not try), saying mean things (jk)

    I don't know if mind games is consider playing dirty or not.. but it seems like badminton is largely a mind game.. and it takes strong minds to not let things like these get to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdy View Post
    eg. hitting to just one player only, yelling when you do a good smash, laughing when your opponent misses, calling an out when it's in, pretending/giving the impression that you are taking it easy (to piss them off or not try), saying mean things (jk)

    I don't know if mind games is consider playing dirty or not.. but it seems like badminton is largely a mind game.. and it takes strong minds to not let things like these get to you.
    Hitting to the weaker player is a valid tactic. Pretending to be taking it easy/being ice calm can be part of a mind game.

    Everything else is pretty much poor sportsmanship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindfields View Post
    Hitting to the weaker player is a valid tactic. Pretending to be taking it easy/being ice calm can be part of a mind game.

    Everything else is pretty much poor sportsmanship.
    True. What other mind games aside from hitting to weaker player and pretending to go easy are there?

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    Don't get me wrong, but judging from the questions you ask, you should NOT care about mind games AT ALL! Your problems are far more basic! Learn proper technique, footwork, tactics, ...

    There's nothing more ridiculous than a lousy player acting cool and arrogant like Taufik. Acting cool is only cool, when you are really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdy View Post
    eg. hitting to just one player only, yelling when you do a good smash, laughing when your opponent misses, calling an out when it's in, pretending/giving the impression that you are taking it easy (to piss them off or not try), saying mean things (jk)

    I don't know if mind games is consider playing dirty or not.. but it seems like badminton is largely a mind game.. and it takes strong minds to not let things like these get to you.

    The best mind games are killing every lift, out driving them in every drive situation, pressuring every serve, wrong footing your opponent and playing all your shots accurate on the lines. That will have your opponents mind in a twist.

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    best mindtactics against me is beeing very friendly and chatty

    i always go into a match very motivated and on fire..determined to "die" on court (i keep it inside tho, dont think im raging all over )

    when an older opponent smiles alot and makes friendly jokes i cool down and get sloppy...and i feel bad when i ignore those guys because its not for money or olympia where i play so it should be fun for everyone and not too grim

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    I shall continue with my non-ambiguous style.. but ill add a hint of bluntness. If a local "social" or even a friendly match means that much to you, that you'd laugh, and scream at your own success... (like some players do) You begin the epitome of a massive douche who no one wants to play with or get to know. Aiming one player.. also douchebag move imo unless ur playing a serious comp.. why would u want the game to be an easy flogging? Why would u make it boring for the other guy.. have some respect.

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    Dress like a bum. I know it's not right but I always assume that a player dressed in rags is a lousy player. There's this intimidating factor about impeccable clothing, preferably a brand like Yonex or sth.
    (and by rags I mean generic sportswear)
    confusing opponents with repetitive choice of shots. Humans are creatures of habit, after three dropshots, you'll probably be expecting a fourth one

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    Strongly recommend fancy dress or costumes
    One power ranger climbing on top of the other for a smash is excellent mind game.
    Furthermore, I believe playing in the nude can be fairly distracting also.
    Just make sure you're hitting the right shuttle cock

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    Quote Originally Posted by jencon13 View Post
    I shall continue with my non-ambiguous style.. but ill add a hint of bluntness. If a local "social" or even a friendly match means that much to you, that you'd laugh, and scream at your own success... (like some players do) You begin the epitome of a massive douche who no one wants to play with or get to know. Aiming one player.. also douchebag move imo unless ur playing a serious comp.. why would u want the game to be an easy flogging? Why would u make it boring for the other guy.. have some respect.
    I know right haha. There's a time and place for mind game strategies, but since I am sort of starting out, I want to learn everything possible. I have played against opponents in recreational level where they either purposely hit to me or to my partner ONLY etc and it gets kind of irritating when you don't know how to counter or play their own game back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ___JVM View Post
    Dress like a bum. I know it's not right but I always assume that a player dressed in rags is a lousy player. There's this intimidating factor about impeccable clothing, preferably a brand like Yonex or sth.
    (and by rags I mean generic sportswear)
    confusing opponents with repetitive choice of shots. Humans are creatures of habit, after three dropshots, you'll probably be expecting a fourth one
    Great point! I also like the patterns that you brought up. Play a particular pattern to your opponent that it creates an expectation in them and then you can use an unexpected shot to catch them off guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0ozafo0 View Post
    Strongly recommend fancy dress or costumes
    One power ranger climbing on top of the other for a smash is excellent mind game.
    Furthermore, I believe playing in the nude can be fairly distracting also.
    Just make sure you're hitting the right shuttle cock
    LOL this made my day

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    Hahahaa u guys are funny, here's a useful one that can be used at all times without fear of getting your opponents to dislike you or anything. Take your time inbetween each rally to catch your breath and even stop your opponent from serving when youre still out of breath. Dont purposely be ready to take the serve, let him serve and then raise your hand saying you're not ready though. That's cheap. Though you can do that to irritate your opponent Or, if your opponent is doing that, purposely serve to him even if he's not ready. Make him pick up, and do it again if he's still delaying hahahaaa

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindfields View Post
    Hitting to the weaker player is a valid tactic. Pretending to be taking it easy/being ice calm can be part of a mind game.

    Everything else is pretty much poor sportsmanship.
    exactly!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwan View Post
    Hahahaa u guys are funny, here's a useful one that can be used at all times without fear of getting your opponents to dislike you or anything. Take your time inbetween each rally to catch your breath and even stop your opponent from serving when youre still out of breath. Dont purposely be ready to take the serve, let him serve and then raise your hand saying you're not ready though. That's cheap. Though you can do that to irritate your opponent Or, if your opponent is doing that, purposely serve to him even if he's not ready. Make him pick up, and do it again if he's still delaying hahahaaa
    how does that "not get your opponent to dislike you", and that's also poor sportsmanship.

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    How is it poor sportsmanship? Every professionals I know circle the court after every point before playing the next rally. Us intermediate players on the other hand, take so little time to catch our breath, taking the shuttle and straight into a service position. It is infact the pinnacle of sportsmanship in this game to take your breath and play your best against your opponent. And your opponent should do likewise If your opponent wants you to play out of breath so you can't play your best on the other hand, and forces you to speed up the game, thats poor sportsmanship. Ofcourse, taking too much time for the sole or added purpose of annoying your opponent would be poor sportsmanship. But if it wasn't in my intent to annoy my opponents, then I would gladly keep doing it even if it were to annoy my opponents.

    If you were referring to the later half of my comment, do take note of the "dont purposely".
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    In professional games rallies are often 20 /30 shots or more. They need more recovery time that us amateurs. The umpire also prevents time wasting by forcing the players to get on with it

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