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Thread: Is doubles inferior?
04-19-2005, 06:38 PM #1
Is doubles inferior?
The thread about Wong CH switching to doubles with Lee WW got me thinking. In China, all the kids starting off play singles. Only later on in their careers, do they specialise (I believed Gade was the other way round). This is good, as it develops the basic skills (footwork / strokes) and technical abilities.
In China, there is some kind of prejudice against doubles. Many times when I explained that I was a doubles player, they seemed to be less keen to play against/with me (ok it might be a lack of my skills, but lets not go there). I also noticed that all the good players in the badminton halls are predominantly singles players, and occasionally play some doubles if courts are scarce.
Thus, is this the reason why China is less developed in mens doubles? It can't be a lack of talent, or coaching. So is all the mens talent gravitating to singles?
Edit: there might be a lack of coaching. They drew on Tang Xian Hu to coach mens doubles, when Tang is a singles coach.
Last edited by jcl49; 04-19-2005 at 06:52 PM.
04-22-2005, 04:57 AM #2Originally Posted by jcl49
04-22-2005, 05:08 AM #3
In Malaysia (or KL more specifically), at almost every recreational badminton courts, you will see doubles matches. I personally started off playing doubles in school because there was a lack of courts and satisfying 4 people is better than 2. So, in Malaysia, doubles and singles are similarly superior.
04-27-2005, 06:12 AM #4
For both badminton & tennis, some of the quickest, most athletic & creative players are the doubles specialists. Singles tends to be more of a stamina contest. The truly impressive players are the ones that can play both singles & doubles at a very high level... however, you just don't see this as much anymore since players tend to specialize (in both badminton & tennis).
04-27-2005, 11:56 PM #5Originally Posted by jcl49
Last edited by catman; 04-28-2005 at 12:01 AM.
04-28-2005, 12:36 AM #6
i dont think that either one is superior but i myself prefer singles.... for singles it requires a lot more running around and quicker recovery because theres no one to cover for you. for doubles, team work and coordination is very important or else you will either be hitting each others racquet all the time or theres the hole in the middle where no one gets the bird... i prefer singles because im afraid for my racquet
04-28-2005, 10:57 AM #7
I prefer doubles because it's much more fun playing with 2. Having fun is the most important thing for me in badminton
04-28-2005, 02:26 PM #8
Try getting two good singles players to play doubles against a good doubles team. I would bet on the doubles team to win. As others have mentioned, singles and doubles are very different beasts. Also, it's just a matter of perspective. Everybody has a preference and those preferences are often influenced by their social group and society in general.
06-03-2005, 09:11 PM #9
I honestly think doubles is faster, and harder. The shot selection is very different, and must be faster because less time in between shots. I think that doubles players (the good ones) are much quicker than the good singles players. When endurance isn't a factor, doubles is "harder" to play I think. I personally like singles more cause I suck at doubles. Lack that "killer instinct".
06-03-2005, 10:38 PM #10
Doubles are not inferior. Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles, are all different games together requiring different techniques.
And if you want to win the Sudirman Cup, you need to win at least one Doubles to win the match. So it would be unfair to call any one particular game inferior.
And China is now focusing on Doubles too. China had been so behind in MD for many years and now they have Fu/Cai pair so I guess they now realize the importance of Doubles if they haven't before.
Last edited by winstonchan; 06-03-2005 at 10:40 PM.
06-06-2005, 12:30 AM #11
Not inferior, just different... pace is faster. and four people on court doesn't equate to hitting the ball 50% less.
for me I prefer doubles, when the rotation is good on both sides, and the skill level is even, you get incredibles rallies, saves and shots.. its like watching a fast paced ballet for me.. the description "poetry in motion" pretty much sums it up..
06-06-2005, 01:11 AM #12
as a spectator, i definitely say that doubles have more spectacle. The game is faster and involves more smashes, drives, tight net shots, etc.
during the Sudirman Cup final, i was hoping that Indo will at least win one event so that the men double game will proceed. no luck though.
06-06-2005, 01:44 PM #13Originally Posted by Kamen
lol, i was really disappointed too, but seriously, Indonesia never had a chance in the ladies singles. The gap between the 2 players are just too big...
When Lin Dan beat Taufik, could have guess that MD would not take place.
06-06-2005, 04:26 PM #14Originally Posted by jcl49
06-10-2005, 10:01 AM #15
i prefer doubles or even mixed doubles. more interesting to play as a team and i think physically less demanding.
06-10-2005, 03:50 PM #16Originally Posted by chinek
06-10-2005, 03:53 PM #17
I think the endurance factor is a huge influence in singles though.
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