I play a lot of MD and sometimes you are the strongest among the four, sometimes you are the worst, and other times you are in the middle. My game somehow is “friendly” when I don’t have to “lead” as I can play both front and back, don’t make many errors, and defend well (obviously all in relative as a recreational player). My main strength is shuttle placement, which I use to make the opponents run and hit poor shots that I can exploit. However, when the situation requires me to “do more”, my weakness is exposed: 1. my smash is weak so often I need my partner to be the “finisher”. 2. when “in doubt” I clear to opponent’s rear as I can rely on my defense and don’t mind them smashing. However my partner may not be as good in defense and they may smash to his side. This basically is my challenge right now. In these types of situations, I tend to “overdo” myself by smashing with full strength which doesn’t add much power due to my technique but in reverse make it hard for me to recover in time for the next shot, or by going a little faster or a little more to the boundary lines during fast exchange for more advantage but also more risky. It typically doesn’t end very well : ) So my question is, how can I be more effective as a “leader” without sheer power to back me up?