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    Default Singles tactics [Badminton Bible]

    Badminton singles tactics

    This is a long article -- over 17,000 words! I don't believe many of those words are wasted, however. I hope you will find some new and interesting ideas in there.

    I've also updated the singles serving tactics page from my serving guide.

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    Thanks again for another great guide. Keep up the good work!!!

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    Thanks for the effort.

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    Glad you liked it.

    I wonder whether anyone's finished reading it yet!

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    not yet finished. still reading............

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmintonbible
    How often have you found yourself tapping your feet along to a song, when you don’t even like the music? Your conscious mind says, I will show my disdain for this awful music; but your subconscious mind says, Ooh! Rhythm! Let’s beat along to it!
    +1 for great writing

    I'm still reading through it, liking it a lot I must say.

    Though, when it comes to tactics, I can't say I disagree with it ("movement pressure" is indeed important)
    But to make it sound like "picking corners to play" is tactics... I'd say "up to a certain level".

    Luckily, you explain all the building shots (is this from jack Downey? I seem to recall something) in great detail. And you go into much more detail...

    In my mind, I'd say a reference to later chapter would be nice. If only to stop us cocky players thinking "oh...I know this beginners stuff already, I'm way past it"

    And, now I'm nitpicking, maybe a small reference at the drive-drop about it's effectiveness when hit to the center...

    Love your work, and keep it up! (I confess, I'm also guilty of not reading the full 100%.... though 75% is a fair guess)

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    read it all, and absorbed lots of new info, thanks Gollum

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    My thanks to Neil, whose eagle eyes spotted several spelling and stylistic errors!

    Quote Originally Posted by andrew chan View Post
    read it all, and absorbed lots of new info, thanks Gollum
    That was quick. You deserve some kind of prize for best student.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    But to make it sound like "picking corners to play" is tactics... I'd say "up to a certain level".
    I suppose it's a foundation for tactics. It's good to understand some reasons for picking one corner over another, rather than just pick them randomly. But as you say, there's a lot more to it than just picking corners.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    Luckily, you explain all the building shots (is this from jack Downey? I seem to recall something) in great detail. And you go into much more detail...
    I believe Jake Downey deserves credit for inventing, or at least popularising, the term "building shot" in badminton. I didn't actually follow his tactical framework for this article -- I wanted to make a fresh start -- but I did use his term.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    In my mind, I'd say a reference to later chapter would be nice. If only to stop us cocky players thinking "oh...I know this beginners stuff already, I'm way past it"
    Good point, but I do challenge readers immediately in my introductory paragraphs. This bit:

    Quote Originally Posted by Badminton Bible
    If so, then you don’t yet understand the nature of these shots. You can learn about them more deeply later in this guide (clears and drops).
    I'll think about this idea some more. Perhaps I can make it more apparent.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    And, now I'm nitpicking, maybe a small reference at the drive-drop about it's effectiveness when hit to the center...
    Excellent suggestion! I haven't said anything about angles for drive-drops.

    +1 for great writing
    That was one of the parts I most enjoyed writing. It's my inner failed novelist screaming for attention.

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    lol, i read really fast, but i was reading in the morning, and badminton happens to be one of my favorite subjects. hahaha

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    Great job again Gollum! Nicely arranged and well written.

    But, gosh-darn you Brits, by the second paragraph I had to reach for my trusty old Oxford dictionary (1964). Anodyne is right there on page 47. Same page as an old favourite, anserine--as in, "I've inflammed my anserine bursa. Aren't I a silly goose".

    So thanks for teaching badminton and vocabulary.
    Looking forward to the next article (and any future novels).
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    Great article, Gollum!

    Have read the whole thing and was enlightened, to be frank

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    Thanks for all the answers Gollum, and all the best with your article!

    (and just one more compliment for the road)
    It's great to read a guide that's is so descriptive and usefull, hardly without pictures. It doesn't even need any

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidget View Post
    Great job again Gollum! Nicely arranged and well written.
    Great article, Gollum!

    Have read the whole thing and was enlightened, to be frank
    Thank you both. Glad you enjoyed it.

    But, gosh-darn you Brits, by the second paragraph I had to reach for my trusty old Oxford dictionary (1964). Anodyne
    Ah, sorry about that. It was the perfect word for the job, and I couldn't quite resist it. In my defence, the context made the idea clear enough even without "anodyne"; if the meaning were entirely dependent on understanding that word, I wouldn't have used it. Nevertheless, it's an indulgence.

    It's not a peculiarly British thing. In England, I'd estimate that less than 10% of the population know the word "anodyne", and less than half of those really understand it's meaning -- which is a shame, because it's a lovely word.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerby
    It's great to read a guide that's is so descriptive and usefull, hardly without pictures. It doesn't even need any
    Thanks jerby. I will add some pictures eventually, though. If nothing else, it would really benefit from some shot trajectory diagrams.
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    gollum--really very good! I'm reading it slowly, ever so slowly because of other things...but on a quick run through, the only thing I thought might be useful was some kind of overall summary, a list of basic principles. At 17000 words it's pretty long: there's a lot to take in, not just for a beginner but for an intermediate or higher.... I think you've done something like this at the beginning but it could be made a little more explicit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by No one View Post
    gollum--really very good! I'm reading it slowly, ever so slowly because of other things...but on a quick run through, the only thing I thought might be useful was some kind of overall summary, a list of basic principles. At 17000 words it's pretty long: there's a lot to take in, not just for a beginner but for an intermediate or higher.... I think you've done something like this at the beginning but it could be made a little more explicit?
    That's a good point. I think I'll make the first page more of an overview. Actually, this is something I've been meaning to do with other articles too, but in this case the need is greater.

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    Okay, I've added an overview of the guide on the first page, and shifted the strategy onto a separate page.

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    bravo!

    just a thought--really to exploit the benefits of the interweb, and also because now there are quite a few articles in "BB"--but have you thought of adding hyperlinks to various shots, or create some sort of set of references to particular shots (like an index)? so clicking on 'clear' would lead to say a new page in which you had "clear: in doubles; in singles; as an attacking shot; as a defensive shot; grip" etc etc

    It's just a thought: I like the idea in theory, but wonder if in practice this would overly complicate matters (do we need that many links and interconnections? possibly not--it could be really annoying).

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