04-14-2007, 12:06 PM #1
Own up - wanting to be smashed at
Something that got in my mind on Friday's match - I have this rather unhealthy liking of going into a smashing duel as the defender sometimes. At times I'd deliberately lift it high just to wait for the other side to pepper us (I only play doubles...) stupid with smashes that gets lifted back again and again and again and again...
It's almost like contest of wills for some sort - the endurace of the attacker to keep pummeling the shuttle hard to the rubber/parquet/wood/cement, the mental concentration of the receiver to keep making quality returns ie high to the back of the court.
I understand it's unwise to deliberately concede the attacking advantage to the other team but you just can't beat the feeling of being 'unkillable' when everything they threw to you including the kitchen sink gets returned back.
Furthermore, against similar levelled players it could well wear them out
which is not too bad.
Come on, help prove that I'm no freak here.
04-14-2007, 12:09 PM #2
yeah, i do that as well.
i think at our level, most of us have a better defense than attack anyways, so the strategy often pays off in the long run if the opponent tires out.
but, if you're playing a stronger pair with a mighty smash, then i'd advise keep it low and driving a lot more.
04-14-2007, 12:09 PM #3
It's a m'sian thing
04-14-2007, 12:12 PM #4
hahaha, possibly .... let's see what the non-malaysians think.
04-14-2007, 12:12 PM #5
Originally Posted by Cheung
04-14-2007, 12:14 PM #6
Hear, hear. I liked being smashed at in singles, especially from the back corners, as it puts the opponent under SO much pressure to recover position. By the time they are in the air I have picked out where I will poke the return. Personally, I never smash unless I'm fairly certain it's going to be a winner, as, at 200lb, a smash drains me badly.
From what limited stuff I've seen on TV, there are some Chinese pairs who actually structure their entire game around having smashes drilled at them, only to do cheeky flicks into the resulting gaps. Smashing really does take it out of a player, so this is a very justifiable tactic.
04-14-2007, 12:15 PM #7
Originally Posted by Mark A
i find candra and sigit used to do that too, depending on who their opponents are.
04-14-2007, 12:16 PM #8
Cheung, be a friend and correct the topic? Cheers.
04-14-2007, 12:16 PM #9
Originally Posted by jamesd20
04-14-2007, 12:19 PM #10
Originally Posted by Dreamzz
04-14-2007, 12:29 PM #11
maybe its some sado masochistic thing, we like to see people try to torment us... :-p
i too enjoy being smashed but have a lousy return
04-14-2007, 12:39 PM #12
the best defense is the best offense.
04-14-2007, 12:44 PM #13
Originally Posted by Cheung
04-14-2007, 12:46 PM #14
Originally Posted by kwun
04-14-2007, 12:48 PM #15
don't you guys in the far east need sleep??
04-14-2007, 12:52 PM #16
It's Saturday/Sunday morning, mon ami.
04-14-2007, 01:23 PM #17
Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
hahaha, i get it, it means there's no chance of catching you awake before afternoon tea on sunday.
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