Lifting The Shuttle!
You would have often heard from your coaches about the dangers of lifting the shuttle. But there are times when a lift can be tactically advantageous.
To serve or not to serve the badminton flick serve? You can use the badminton flick for all the reasons listed below to your advantage.
You only know this serve
If you are playing at the beginner level the flick or high serve may be the only one you can deliver. As you will further develop skill and power you might not do this so often.
You thought It made sense
Sometimes for no logical or apparent reason, you decide to ‘pop one up’ because you just wanted to try some surprise.
Variation is your weapon
Tactically varying the direction of the shuttle can really change the game. What’s your game plan? Will you serve flick down the center of the court where your opponent has to move faster to intercept or go wide for the tram lines so that your opponent moves the furthest distance.
Your opponent is slow
A slow opponent is an ideal candidate for a flick serve because they prefer to take a more forward stance on the court to return a low serve.
You want to move the weaker player to the rear of the court
This is a good tactical move and you can use it to minimize the severity of the attack and get a good opportunity for a counter-attack. But in this the outcome depends on the accuracy, consistency, and skills of your opponent, so you need to watch out!
You are spatially aware
Do you make it a point to look at the space around you? Is your opponent standing close to the center line thereby providing you an opportunity to flick into the tram lines? Or is your opponent’s position too far to one side of the court or too far forward which presents an easier opportunity for you to quickly place the shuttle behind them? The more you are aware of these spaces the more you will find opportunities as to whether your flick serve may be a tactically sound decision or not.