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Thread: Which arm to use
01-28-2014, 10:47 AM #18
01-28-2014, 10:52 AM #19
01-28-2014, 11:49 AM #20
In defensive positions with left / right players holding rackets on the outsides of the court, fast shots down the middle of the court is harder than say with both partners with same hand, right/right or left/left.
Being a rec player, it's something I have not practiced consistently enough (smash in middle handled by cross court player). Sure there are games where this happens, but also are the cases where in case of down the middle, the forehand player commonly takes it.
Granted, I don't have the experience and years compared to many others. I play in a club ranging from teens to players in their 50s and will typically have different 3-5 partners in a night. Some players that have little knowledge in rotation and positioning to ones that have great knowledge of that and shot selection and placement. Some willing to learn, others not so much.
So there are games where my partner and I are in sync and games where a new partner and I are totally out of sync.
Do you have more info on that rule regarding who takes the smash down the middle, regardless of forehand/backhand? I don't have formal training so I want to "have a look".
01-28-2014, 01:50 PM #21
01-28-2014, 01:53 PM #22
01-29-2014, 03:30 AM #23
Thus, if your opponent tries to smash "down the middle", it will actually be going towards the cross court defender, who is stood near the middle. The cross court defender can then play a "straight" defensive shot, into the open space. Thus, from a tactical point of view it makes sense for the cross court defender to take any shots that come down the middle, as they can more easily defend into the open gaps of the court.
So, in all of this, I haven't mentioned whether each player is left or right handed, because it doesn't matter.
Now, things become much more difficult if you lift down the middle. Now the opposing team can smash straight, down the middle of the court, and there is no cross court defender to protect against this smash. Which is why you should never lift down the middle.
Thus, if you hit your shots to the sides (not the middle), then the shuttle will always be coming towards one player or the other, and that player should take the shot! It didn't matter who was left or right handed! Its all about positioning so that shots come to you, rather than into gaps in your formation.
As a result of all of this, the scenarios like hitting shots down the centre of the court to expose left/right handers is fairly pointless. The only time it will be difficult for them is if they have already done something that would have been stupid regardless of what partner they played with.
Hope that explains it!