For us more Men's Singles inclined folk, it's normal to end up playing MS games against players more familiar with MD, and play in such a style. MD players playing MS tend to be characterised by their preference for: mostly playing downwards strokes if given lifts/clears e.g. drops/smashes/drives playing punch clears/flat lifts and favouring a faster game moving forward aggressively after playing from the rearcourt (normally front MD players) hanging back after playing from the rearcourt (normally rear MD players) biasing themselves more strongly to a side in defence The playstyle leads to a very aggressive MS style which can work if the player has a strong smash and has lots of stamina. What are your thoughts on how to more effectively counter such players? I seem to meet them more often in early rounds of MS tournaments, and being able to conserve energy seems like an achievable aim. I sometimes see very experienced (not necessarily physically stronger or even technically stronger) MS players win against MD-leaning MS players by changing the game to what i can only describe as a more MS style match - the exact mechanics, I don't understand. Some ideas I would have thought: blocking smashes/drops tighter (more looped) to the net playing lifts/clears higher/deeper so they need to move the full distance to the shuttle, and for recovery playing more crosscourt strokes from the rearcourt, as they are more likely to be used to covering the straight in MD doubles defence The difficulty I see in these suggestions is that if the MD style player really pushes for downwards strokes all the time, then the game will be very 'defensive' and ultimately the idea would be to wait for the opponent to make a mistake (by attacking too hard and being unable to follow up), to counterattack with a varied defence, or to tire out the opposition. Is this reasonable, or are there other ways to be less defensive and proactively create advantages against MD style players?