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    Quote Originally Posted by alien9113 View Post
    Be very calm and cool. And vary your shots. It disturbs even advanced players that they will be more wary.
    yep, control yourself first before even thinking about trying to control your opponents...

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    How is this for a mind game... Recently heard of twin brothers, a lefty and a righty, who would wear different shirts when playing doubles together. But between games they'd switch shirts to confuse their opponents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    How is this for a mind game... Recently heard of twin brothers, a lefty and a righty, who would wear different shirts when playing doubles together. But between games they'd switch shirts to confuse their opponents.
    For this to work, we all need to find our lost twin brothers and teach them badminton first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    How is this for a mind game... Recently heard of twin brothers, a lefty and a righty, who would wear different shirts when playing doubles together. But between games they'd switch shirts to confuse their opponents.
    How is that confusing? One of them is a lefty, while the other uses his right hand. Swapping clothes has no effect (at least for me) unless they change their handedness as well?

    But playing against identical twins with same handedness is probably another issue. Live example - the Luo twins in WD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    How is this for a mind game... Recently heard of twin brothers, a lefty and a righty, who would wear different shirts when playing doubles together. But between games they'd switch shirts to confuse their opponents.
    Yeah I would be mind confused. Even playing against lefty is already quite a mind game to me ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    twin brothers, a lefty and a righty, who would wear different shirts ...they'd switch shirts to confuse their opponents.
    good one, haha. i had a very old technical official once tell me a story about such a case, although he focused more about the challenges they face, rather than what their opponents face. for instance, when facing higher ranked pairs, they used to dress up alike head to toe and switch (or not switch) serves when they weren't supposed to, and confuse both opponents and the umpire. their first names differed by a single (non-starting) letter so it was hard to diffrentiate them, and even if their shirts displayed their first names, asking them to turn around each time isn't practical lol. both had differing skill sets so it made it that much more tougher for the official/unfair for the opponents.

    during nonserious games/practice, purely for entertainment's sake, i'd like to implement:
    -- pretend to have a serious strategy discussion with partner, point to a corner/player, to make them think we'd be targeting that area/person
    -- just as partner's about to serve, not so loudly, but still audibly, yell out random stuff 'backcourt, forehand, crosscourt shot' etc... opponent would be focusing on the serve, so with good timing and luck, you can probably sumliminally get him ready to anticipate one shot, a shot that you're never going to play
    -- act like you're fighting/blaming partner, so they think you guys're off-focus and try to take advantage of that instead of going for the most ideal finishing shot of the rally....
    -- loudly yell at partner 'u let opponent1 smash at you.. shameful! you know he's strong (or weak) at it...', thus trying to irk said opponent so he believes we think he's actually strong/weak in that shot, and he tries to try (or totally avoids) that shot more and more till he makes a mistake etc etc
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    bah... if you're going to go to all that, may just as well do what i do...
    yell out really loudly and pretend to smash or play a hard shot, then gently drop or dink it over...

    works every single time...

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    ^^ Once bitten, twice shy. Doesn't really work on me now, lol. In fact, I find most people will actually adjust to it after being faked once or twice.

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    My men's dubs partner often says out loud so the opposition can hear, "hit it on that one" and points with his racket at the weaker player

    He'll also say "watch the high one" when receiving serve almost every time against decent opposition in a tournament. This concentrates me on watching the flick serve to make a call and also puts doubt in the opposition's mind as to what serve my partner is anticipating them to produce.

    Another is us saying "who's got the big balls" after the opposition goes for a net kill and misses when attacking particularly tight net shot or chip and charge from us, where we've had to try especially hard to resist lifting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    bah... if you're going to go to all that, may just as well do what i do...
    yell out really loudly and pretend to smash or play a hard shot, then gently drop or dink it over...

    works every single time...
    I do this. I can be known to get quite noisy.

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    I only think the mindgames is on for myself. It's easy to disperse these mindgames effect by inhaling much air, keep it for a couple of seconds, then exhale with some loud shouting. then focus your mind again. simple.

    I think the greatest mindgames is the face expression, just choose the smile or expressionless. Don't show you are tired and worried. The other thing is to hand over the shuttle with respect. just like what Lee jong Bak taught. Pick the shuttle, and handover it with respect. it takes time and allows us to breath. don't be disrespectful as it will show you have already lost the mental battle.

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    blow your noses every 5 minutes.

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    Badminton is also about mental toughness, I use this to my advantage, only during club training or practice I will say to the opponent 'no pressure' when it is a tough point (19 all or something like that). I see it all the time, they most likely make a mistake.

    In a match I will talk to myself alot and sometimes say 'no more errors, lets go'. I cannot stress how important making sure you practice the mental aspect of the game is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvincibleAjay View Post
    Badminton is also about mental toughness, I use this to my advantage, only during club training or practice I will say to the opponent 'no pressure' when it is a tough point (19 all or something like that). I see it all the time, they most likely make a mistake.

    In a match I will talk to myself alot and sometimes say 'no more errors, lets go'. I cannot stress how important making sure you practice the mental aspect of the game is.

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    I think saying "no pressure", "calm down", "no more errors", "relax" will just make the one you said it to (yourself, friend, enemy) will actually make them more nervous

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    Yes I say it jokingly at club nights to test mental toughness of players and most likely I am right and they make an error.

    During matches I only talk to myself to control my mental attitude and only encourage my partner with 'don't worry about that shot, lets get the next one.' or 'bad luck, right shot'. I never criticise my partner on court, my role is the calm one to help him or her stay positive in all aspects, even under pressure.

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    Mind games? Why? You mean you actually need them?

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    Aside from hitting to the slightly weaker opponent, I will increase my swing speed on serve last moment to add some deception.

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