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03-10-2011, 09:20 AM #1
Holding your racket up at the Net
Is it a fault to hold your racket at the net up high with the intention of blocking opponent's shot ? If yes, which rule does it offend? thanks
03-10-2011, 10:57 AM #2
It shall be a "fault":
13.4 if, in play, a player:
13.4.4 obstructs an opponent, i.e. prevents an opponent from making a legal stroke where the shuttle is followed over the net;
03-10-2011, 12:25 PM #3
I believe it is also a fault if:
1) you strike the shuttle whilst it's over the opposition's side of the net.
2) you don't actually move the racket head. I.e. it hits your static racket and bounces over.
It is however, perfectly legal for you to follow through to over the net, as long as you've hit the shuttle when it was on your side.
03-10-2011, 12:39 PM #4
03-10-2011, 12:56 PM #5
One situation I see from time to time, is where someone plays an extremely tight net shot, and then anticipating that you will be forced to play a very steep lift, they hold their racket up very close to the next (but still on their own side) such that it's difficult to avoid it.
Some people even try and "mirror" the shuttle when they play a very loose net shot, in the hopes of getting a lucky deflection or just putting the opponent off as they're about to smash it (I think they learn not to do that fairly quickly though, as they're asking to get the shuttle smashed in their face).
As far as I know, both are perfectly legal, but not very clever...
03-10-2011, 01:39 PM #6
prevents an opponent from making a legal stroke where the shuttle is followed over the net;
In your first case there is no issue at all as there is no way for the opponent to have a follow through from below the net to across the net. On the second though, if the opponent goes for a kill shot and you stick your racket into his stroke path then I'd call that a fault even though you stay on your own side of the net, the opponent making the kill can legally follow the shuttle over the net with the racket (as long as contact was made on his side of the net).
Basically, you can block a shot in any method you want to as long as you don't obstruct the racket of an opponent.
Last edited by druss; 03-10-2011 at 01:43 PM.
03-10-2011, 01:52 PM #7
03-10-2011, 09:04 PM #8
One fellow believed a player faulted because "he had no intention/hope of returning the shot with that desperate action". If I could only count the points I got on purpose, my record would be a lot worse than it already is.
03-11-2011, 07:21 AM #9
I have vague memories of being taught that a static racket wasn't deliberate, therefore not a "proper shot". Can't find anything in the rules against it (section 13.4 is most relevant) & have never seen it applied, so must be one of those old interpretations that is long since redundant. Sorry for posting something so far out of date.
As for desperate actions, I firmly believe that you should always make the oppositon play one more shot, even if it's an easy kill. I've lost count of the number of occasions where an experienced player puts an easy kill/smash into the net.
My 'worst' winner came after I'd played a loose net shot to the centre of the opponents court. This was driven flat, but hit the handle of my racket (not my fingers, see rule 13.3.5) and bounced back over the net!
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