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  • i look down at the birdie

    384 20.95%
  • i stare at my opponent

    571 31.15%
  • i look at where i am planning to hit

    418 22.80%
  • i look at empty space.

    220 12.00%
  • i look all over the place

    330 18.00%
  • other.

    204 11.13%
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    first, i look at my opponent's feet,,, from here i can see how are they prepared or how they would like to anticipate my serve

    second, i look at how they position or hold their racket

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    I do the following. I first look at the opponent, see where he stands, then look down at the birdie, finish the racket preparation, then I look at the opponent and serve.

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    Well, I actually chose 'look at the birdie', however I look at my opponent first, then my eyes flicker between the location that I want to hit to and the birdie. So I guess I should have chosen 'others' instead.

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    I vary. Sometimes, especially in doubles when i short serve alot i just concentrate on where i'm placing it because getting it low enough and keeping it tight is most important. it also makes the flick serve more effective when you try it. But I wonder if anyone else sometimes makes it deliberately obvious. I do sometimes, depending he mental strength of my opponent. It makes some players think too much. I sometimes even tell my partner that "i am playing it high - we can take the smash" only just loud enough so the opponent can hear. Then hit it very high and they misjudge their smash. Anyone else do this?

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    When I serve to an opponent, forehand or backhand, short or long, I first look at my opponent and how they're stanced, where they are, is their right foot forward, or left foot forward? Are they leaning more to the back, or to the front? etc. Then I pick a spot, and sometimes, not all the time, I'll look where I'm not going to serve, such as look to the front when I'm actually planning a backhand flick. After I'm done with all that, I look at the shuttle as I serve.

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    1. Look at feet.
    2. Bring shuttle+racket into position
    3. Look where opponent is.
    4. Serve to the corner or straight ahead depending on opponent's position.
    5. Don't look at where you want to serve.

    And receiving:
    1. Stare at shuttle.

    I don't actually look at my opponent's eyes or anything, maybe I should.

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    Actually, I think you're right looking at the shuttle, proddy, because people can trick you with their eyes. :P

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    a quick peek at where i wanted to serve, then look around to see if my opponent is looking at where I might be serving.

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    sometimes i look at the side pretending to serve the birdie there while giving them a normal serve. it leads them to lose their focus while returning the serve as the birdie is not as expected. fun thing to do. haha

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    I have a rigid routine when I serve, whether it be singles or doubles, here is what I do:

    Singles:
    - I stand close to the centre line as possible on my side. I set my feet in position
    - I then take a look at the opponents position, his racket position, whether his weight is favouring one side or not
    - Then I glance at my shuttle as I prepare to serve and flick between this and the opponent
    The above dictates if I will do a low or high serve, mostly I do a high serve in singles.

    Doubles:
    - I stand square on to the front service line, setting my feet.
    - I then glance at my shuttle briefly
    - I then take a look at the opponents position, his racket position, whether his weight is favouring one side or not
    - I make a mental note of where I want my serve to go and a 'back up' incase I have to change during the forward stroke.
    - Then I glance at my shuttle as I prepare to serve. I keep relaxed and serve.
    The above dictates if I will do a low or flick serve, mostly I do a low tight serve in doubles from 'T' to 'T' that my opponent can rarely attack.

    My doubles short serve is so consistent, I can do it with my eyes closed This has always been one of my strengths.

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    I changed my routine to resemble this - in singles, I look at my opponent closely to see where he's positioned and where he's prepared to move to, and in one fluent motion raise the shuttle and serve. That way (while perfectly legal) my serving motion is harder to read, and with some practice, the short serves are accurate enough for singles (scored 6 points in 3 games because my opponent let it fall in^^).
    During the serve, I look at my opponent, how he moves and where his racket goes.

    In doubles/mixed doubles, I try to emulate Tony Gunawan's serving motion - standing still, and starting with the racket pointed down, then turning the racket until it's nearly horizontal during the serve. I look at the net or the opponent for short serves, and just at my opponent when it's a flick.

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    hmm..

    for serving... if the opponent is a pretty ger... I of course look at her...lah...


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    Looking at my opponents when I serve will only make me lose my focus... not that my opponent is ugly of course... It's just that they will give you this cold hard stare at you holding the birdie. A little creepy though. I always keep my eyes on the shuttle before and after I serve.

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    First I look at my feet to make sure im in the right stance and position, then I look at the shuttle and glance to my racket, then i look on the net tape and in my opponents eyes, then i just glance at the spot where i want it and check his foot and body if he's anticipated my plan and I flick to the other corner if he did.

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    How world class player do backhand short serve:


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    Chen Wen Hsing doesn't count...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iqmal B. View Post
    How world class player do backhand short serve:

    Some of those look like my serves

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