The dynamics and tactics of playing badminton doubles (2 vs. 2) differ greatly from playing singles. This is because the game is much faster while you also have to get a sense of chemistry playing with your partner in order to win.
FRONT- BACK POSITIONING
Most teams would start out playing Right-Left with each player standing in his own box and taking over the shuttlecocks that fall within their respective location. However, this can be challenging especially during times when the shuttlecock lands in between the two players. Also, the movement of going forward and backward makes it tougher for each player to do change directions to cover the ground needed from front to back. The left-right positioning, however, can be effective when your team is trying to defend from strong smashes and net kills.
Another strategy that is preferred by more players in badminton doubles is the Front-Back positioning. This is done by having Player A stand in the center near the front while Player B is positioned 3-5 steps backward in the center as well. By playing this style, it will be easier to get moving laterally with footwork to cover the left and right sides for each player. Also, this allows each player to focus on strong shots from the back and net shots from the front. Both players immediately go into the front- back positioning right after the serve. Another advantage of the front- back method is that Player B also serves as a safety net for Player A for long shots.
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If the key in singles is to get your opponent moving to wear him down and lead him to making mistakes, for doubles play the key is to always be on the attack. This is because you can’t focus on getting your opponents moving since there’s two of them to return the attacks. Also, since it’s a doubles game both teams return the ball a lot faster so the objective now becomes to be the team that forces the other to make more mistakes. Being on attack mode means always pressuring the opponent by hitting fast and downward through drives or smashes. Doing so puts pressure on the opponent, and gives the attacking team more flexibility to answer lifts (by Player A) or net shots (by Player B). If your opponent is on the offensive, defend by counterattacking with blocks and drives until you’re able to swing the rally in your favor to be the attacker.
When playing as a team, communication is key. In badminton, often teammates mistake a shot to be for the other player. Having constant communication throughout the game is key because just by talking, you’re able to delegate properly and you’re able to let each other know where you are on the court, especially for the player on the back (Player B). Also, communicating will allow each partner to anticipate the next move better.