10-07-2006, 10:28 PM #18
One pedagogical tool that some coaches use is to imagine a rope between the partners. If the bird is lifted wide to one side, the net player moves over towards that side. If the bird is lifted deep, the net player moves back and covers midcourt.
The further back the smasher hits from, the less angle and speed their shot has when it reaches the defender. The flatness makes it difficult to play a tight net return, but makes it quite easy to drive back a fast, flat shot. At all times the net player should be thinking "what is the easiest return for my opponent?" and move into position to take away that easy shot.
Standing closer to the T when the bird is lifted deep also leaves a huge space between yourself and your partner. It should be fairly easy to get a fast flat shot past the net player, leaving the back player to cover a huge portion of the court. In that case, by the time the back player gets to that shot, it has dropped and he/she may no longer have an opportunity to hit it downwards.
10-09-2006, 01:54 AM #19
Having watched a few of the WC2006 videos, i noticed that when channel attacking, for several pairs, eg: Chinese WD, the front player moves back further from the T than normal.
I presume because that's because the front player's priority in channel attack is to drop back to prevent any chance of a cross-court reply, and that even takes priority over the chance of an easier net kill?
10-09-2006, 05:27 AM #20
I'm not a coach and my positional play can be dire at times but one thing I have noticed with watching the professionals play is that, when attacking, the front player tends to stand a few steps behind the T and then moves forward when their partner smashes. Just about every pair I've ever seen does this and I after thinking about the reasons this is what I've come up with:
1. Forward momentum - I guess it's easier to play a net kill with power if you are moving forward.
2. If your partner doesn't smash but rather clears it's easier to move into a 'sides' position if you are behind the T. If you're on the T you have to move both sideways and backwards quite quickly which will be difficult to do.
3. You're covering more of the court and asking your partner to do less work.
10-10-2006, 11:00 AM #21
Its a developing progress and double tatics have been changing over times..
The traditional believe is the magic of the T which is a decent neutral way to play, but nowadays we have faster, stronger player and speedier racket, each player simply can actually cover more area so they can play smarter and be more interactive then before. Nowadays when double goes into attackig postion (front back) the net player would generally be more tilled to the side on covering the Straight line expecting a weak return to intercept. So the base position is no longer solid at the T spot anymore,
and the reason why they take a step back from the T is because the net player nowadays actually cover any weak half court clear return as well.
if u watch some tournment videos lately u'll notice u don't see as many
instand kill smash anymore, instead most of the time the back guy's smash is to create opportunity for the front guy to intercept and pick out weak shots to win the point, playing the net guy simply is becoming more fun and exciting then ever
10-10-2006, 08:50 PM #22
Umm... they played that way back in the day too! Things haven't changed that much.
10-11-2006, 09:58 AM #23Originally Posted by Gollum
10-11-2006, 10:24 AM #24Originally Posted by stumblingfeet
atleast thats what i was taught back when i was like 10yrs old
i could have been feed with wrong tatic about the T but thats what i
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