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    Yeah I have a differant mentality because:
    1. When I'm in doubles i think about smashes more
    2.When I'm in singles i think more about my placements of shots to out maneouver the oppenant.
    3. As stated above me I aim my shots to differant places because of the boundry lines.

    When in doubles i sometimes go to try to out maneouver the opponents but with two stron players doing softer shots will be easier to stop even if it takes them out of position cause they have there teamate to help out. (Your shots are faster if you shoot in a "straight" line)

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    Yes as there are quite a lot different about the two as follows IMO:
    1) winning in doubles involves being quicker and over-powering your opponents while setting shots up that your partner can finish easily for max efficiency.
    2) winning in singles requires patience, setting up shots for yourself and putting your opponent out of a comfort zone with strategic placements.

    In short, doubles I'm more aggressive, taking shots early and lots of smashes. Singles is a bit more drives and drops to the corners and making your opponent run.

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    Yeah definitelty , singles is about out manouevring your apponent until finally they lose the points.

    But doubles is attacking play the whole way.

    After a night of doubles I probably do tend to lose my singles , because I keep playing attacking shots , and won't have enough stamina for it

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    i usually am not that good at doubles becuase of my natural love/hate relationship with singles lol. but yes there is deffinetly a difference between the 2. you do have to be more attacking in doubles but you need teamwork more than anything and have to set eachother up and make sure to play as a team and not an individual. where as in singles fitness, shot placement and stragety play a much higher part in it setting yourself up so that you can end it off on you winning the point or the opponent making an error.

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    I read in a book somewhere,

    In singles, when in trouble play the clear. [preferbly to opponent's backhand]

    In doubles, when in doubt, play the smash. [preferbly straight at the centre line.]

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    I voted 'yes'.
    In doubles, you are always on the offensive. You take every opportunity to send the shuttle downward as fast as you possibly can. And as was said previously, always smash when in doubt. Also, the court is bigger and you have a nice little "hit here" indicator strip (in between the 2 different court lines for singles & doubles).
    While in singles you have to be a lot more strategic, I fail miserably as a singles player because I always smash/clear just outside the court lines and just inside the doubles court line, and it really pisses me off =.= But anyways, back to the differences. In singles you have to take a lot more time in deciding what your next shot will be because you want to set your opponent up to be the unfortunate receiver decent smash or a nice net shot when he isnt ready to return it. And so ends my 2 cents, please, dont flame me.

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    Yes
    In singles you play smash only when you are certain that you are going to end the rally immedialtely withing next 2 shots and your strategic shot is clear. You want to attack the sidelines and corners.

    In doubles, you want to play any other shot only when smash is not viable. You try not to clear unless forced to & you try to attck the middle line which would be suicidel in singles.

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    I have began to start disagreeing with my previous sentiments. I had previously been one inclined to agree that singles and doubles are two very different things, but having reviewed badminton for a longer period of time now (a few years), having seen more videos and matches and having played in many more since then.

    Obviously, there are some fundamental differences (where you aim, formations as opposed to no formations, etc.), but there are more similarities in how we ideally play than I had previously thought.

    Defense is very difficult to use to win a match outright in both singles and doubles for most of the time, as being able to maintain the attack is fundamentally important as an advantage. Of course, defense is easier to maintain in doubles than singles, and there is typically more neutral play in singles, but this part remains the same.

    Also, as to the argument that smashing in singles is more risky and used less often than in doubles (and a similar argument that drops are much more common place in singles than doubles), I find that these arguments pertain more to a style of play more common to past eras and users of the Old Scoring System (OSS).

    Singles, I find, is now much more versatile and displays a much more explosive style of play, particularly among professionals. The more ground-based sort of play that utilizes more drops and clears and fewer smashes and drives is usually more of an indication of the limit of one's playing skills rather than the general style of the game.

    With doubles, drops are still an integral part of the game, and while it is much easier to apply pressure with smashes than it is with singles, drops are still a very useful component of the game both to throw the pacing as well as to ensure that your opponents spend more energy on footwork while playing defense, potentially setting up better smash positions just as you would in singles.

    Similarly, it is still possible to apply pressure using only smashes, even if it is generally limited to the higher tiers of play due to the lack of a front player to cover up mistakes from the back (ie flat smashes, inability to recover quickly from smashing, etc.).

    Returning back to the general view of these two and their styles as well as adjusting to playing both doubles and singles, I think that people generally have initial issues such as aiming at the right lines, serves, pacing, etc. However, I think that like many transitions in badminton (OSS/NSS, different flooring materials, varying height of nets, etc.), this is simply an issue of practice and experience. Over time, most of the issues will no longer be issues but automatically and subconsciously (if not unconsciously) adjusted for in the mind (which is really the main issue: whether or not you can adjust to the different conditions in your mind).

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    although i said yes because of basic fundamentals(2 players, sustained attack, less movement pressure in doubles), i find that todays singles game is fast becoming far more aggressive with heavy jump smashes and attacking the net more often than lifting

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    Default Very Different

    I surmize i am entirely different player in singles and doubles. serve style is different, use smashes much more in singles - near side lines. In singles i make lot of points by back hand cross court drops, in doubles i use it sporadically as other player is there.

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    of course?
    doubles is more faster, if you play slow ly your definatly gunna lose
    vice versa with singles

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    Default change in mentality

    For myself, singles and doubles require a change in mentality for me. For a few years now, I have not found a good doubles partner, so I've focused on singles. I'm a naturally attacking player and tend to do so for singles - I'm not that much into the whole aspect of tiring and setting up my opponent (since I also run, I have the stamina to do this at my intermediate level).
    In doubles, it's hard to depend on a partner -I tend to see them as a liability and relegate them to playing in one part of the court . Doubles definitely require teamwork so I have to keep in mind that I have someone to cover me and not run into them...

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    I am a comparatively outstanding Singles player, ranked 7th in a club where there are 4 professionals-in-training (who are better than me; there are a few younger ones who I can beat). But I am disgusting at Doubles. I take all of my partner's shots and think of the partner as a hindrance. On the couple of occasions where I have played with someone as good or better than me, our strategy was to take halfs of the court, which didn't really change my mentality.

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    I take a different mentality, but not a completely different mentality. In doubles, I try to attack one person at a time to win the point (unless they leave court openings) and force them to lift so I can smash. In singles I do something similar, however I focus more on movement to/from the birdie than power.

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    After voting "yes", it came to mind that the poll question is a bit weird.

    You don't define what you mean by the term "mentality". Do you mean attack vs. defense, or smashing vs. playing into corners, or "winning vs. not losing"? Or do you simply mean the general play style?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Addict123 View Post
    After voting "yes", it came to mind that the poll question is a bit weird.

    You don't define what you mean by the term "mentality". Do you mean attack vs. defense, or smashing vs. playing into corners, or "winning vs. not losing"? Or do you simply mean the general play style?
    I voted "yes" as well. I guess the mentality here means what goes in your mind which then translate into lets say one extreme category is "attack+smash+kill shots+speed" and on the other end will be "defence+placement+trick shots+tempo control". And everything in between is a combination of both.

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    i voted no because i seldom try and play on the defense when ever i can i try and attack even in impossible positions, i'm lucky i'm like lightening around the court because i do a smash straight down the side and most people don't relift it high, they stretch and pop it up just above the net and luckily this is where my speed come in and do a net kill. i do this for both double and single but normally i don't have to run in, in double cos my partner will have it:P but i do focus more on placement in singles and consistancy

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