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    Default Mixed doubles serving

    I would like to know which foot i should have forward when serving mixed doubles, i am left handed.

    This section taken from the badminton bible

    Posture and foot position Stand upright, with your chest parallel to the net (both shoulders should be the same distance forwards).
    This also applies if you are the man in mixed doubles: put your left foot forwards.
    Is this a statement for everybody, as i already stand this way or should it be reversed because i am left handed.

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    I beleive you should reverse it becuase if you're left handed, and you put your LEFT foot forward, if they do a flick serve you will have to get back, switch your feet and then get ready for the shot.

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    racket foot forward.

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    oh? Please explain. I know the goal in doubles is to be aggresive, but is there really that high of a chance that you will be able to get a flick serve at the net? Becuase really, if your racket foot is forward, that is the ONLY choice you are leaving yourself. Lunge forward and if you get the serve, great job and if you don't, well sucks for you.

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    If you're playing traditional mixed doubles and not level mixed doubles, the girl should be in the front. She shouldn't be blocking your service view and this would allow for a better serve be it flick or low. The girl would get the front half of the court and with your racket foot forwards, after your serve, you should half step-- get ready for the incoming shots. You normally bend down, get low and bounce around but your racket foot always forward making it easier to lunge, thus, making it much more effective to have your racket foot forward.

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    if you are serving forehand, then non-racket foot forward.

    if you are serving backhand, then racket foot forward.

    that should be the same for mixed or regular doubles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuetronist View Post
    oh? Please explain. I know the goal in doubles is to be aggresive, but is there really that high of a chance that you will be able to get a flick serve at the net? Becuase really, if your racket foot is forward, that is the ONLY choice you are leaving yourself. Lunge forward and if you get the serve, great job and if you don't, well sucks for you.
    He is talking about when HE is serving, not when he is receiving the serve!

    And when you serve, about 90% of players serve with their racket foot forwards.

    As for receiving... every player receives with their non-racket foot forwards.

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    if you are serving forehand, then non-racket foot forward.
    if you are serving backhand, then racket foot forward.
    I do and i do

    As for receiving... every player receives with their non-racket foot forwards.
    and I do.

    I was on the right road, only thing slightly different to a righty is the woman has to move over as sometimes shes in my way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lagigolo View Post
    I was on the right road, only thing slightly different to a righty is the woman has to move over as sometimes shes in my way.
    in mixed, if you are serving forehand, the lady should always be slightly to the left side of the "T", regardless of whether you are serving from the left or right service court.

    conversely, if you are serving backhand, the lady should always be slightly to the right side of the "T".

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwun View Post
    conversely, if you are serving backhand, the lady should always be slightly to the right side of the "T".
    Thats what I thought too until I watched a few mixed doubles videos: just a few examples:

    Clark and Kellog: Clark (lefty) serving from left service court, Kellog stands on the right side of the T. When Clark switches to the right service court, Kellog sands on the left side of the T.

    Same thing for Bonde and Nielson (Dannish Pair, both right handed). From the right side of the court, the lady stands to the left side of the T.

    Same goes for Layborn and Juhl (Dannish pair, Layborn is right handed and Juhl is left handed).

    Same for Widianto and Natsir, Robertson and Emms, Zhongbo and Yawen.


    On the other hand, Lee Yong Dae's partner always stands slightly right of the T.

    It seems that the general rule has changed to: The women always stands as close as possible to where the man will be serving (so that she is ready for straight net replies).


    Just an observation, I hope it helped

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    yes. i was a bit conservative on the lady's position. by all means, if the position don't obstruct the service nor obstruct the view of the receiver, it is desirable for the lady to stand as close to the guy as possible.

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    Have you ever noticed if any of the pairs give signs to each other to tell them which serve they're going to do? I don't think I've seen any but I was just thinking about it and that'd totally work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phamd124 View Post
    Have you ever noticed if any of the pairs give signs to each other to tell them which serve they're going to do? I don't think I've seen any but I was just thinking about it and that'd totally work!
    Yes, I've seen a few pairs (on video again, but I don't remember which pairs) giving each other signs about what serve they will be using. The signs were usually fingers behind their back (1 for short and 2 for flick serve for instance)
    I was pretty surpised as I did not know this was allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phamd124 View Post
    Have you ever noticed if any of the pairs give signs to each other to tell them which serve they're going to do? I don't think I've seen any but I was just thinking about it and that'd totally work!
    that's very common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathieu View Post
    He is talking about when HE is serving, not when he is receiving the serve!
    Ah, my apologies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuetronist View Post
    Ah, my apologies
    Its alright. I did not mean to be rude in any way.

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    Rather than copping a page full of confusion, go to youtube or download a professional mixed doubles match.
    grab a notepad and a pen. And take notes on important factors such as which foot is forward at different times, movements between rallys etc etc.

    Watch it and learn for yourself exactly what is needed for effective mixed doubles positioning and play.

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