A great coach is behind every great badminton player. Early on in a player’s career, the coach fills the all-important role of being a mentor, the spiritual and emotional guide for the young player encouraging him or her to push on despite losses, and directing him or her towards the right path during moments of success. Simply put, a coach can make or break a badminton player’s career.
Now badminton coaching is the act of giving sound advice to a badminton player by his or her legal coach. Badminton coaching applies anytime: during practice, during a meeting, during pep talk or, most especially, during the game itself. During a game, while the player is busy duking it out with his or her opponent on the court, it is the coach’s duty to analyze the opposing team’s gaming strategy, and then relay that information to the player so that he or she can adapt to a more suitable playing style.
Basic Coaching Strategies
Singles – Since a singles game consists of only one player per side of the court, the court dimensions used for these games are narrower than those used for doubles. The length of the court is the same.
The rule of the thumb in singles is to force the opposing player to move around as much as possible, meaning a majority of single strokes are aimed towards the corners of the playing field. By combining a mixture of netshots and dropshots with lifts and clears, players are able to exploit the length of the court, hopefully paving way for his or her opponent to commit a mistake.
Doubles – Courts for doubles are wider at the sides. The length is the same.
Men’s doubles is badminton in its more aggressive form. High level techniques are a common sight, and so are quick exchanges propelled by powerful jump smashes.
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