Trick 22 – Don’t Make It Easy
for your Opponent
Rating: variable, because this tip only helps
when you are not doing well...
There are times when your opponent can counter everything you throw
at him or her. In these cases, try to not be too hard on yourself.
Just make sure that you actually DO throw everything at him or her.
If you keep doing the same thing that the opponent is quite happy to
handle and make the point, then what are you doing? Yes, the other player
may have an excellent smash, but if you realize that you have to provide
a “clear” type of shot in order for the opponent to do a
smash, then you realize you are actually in control of your own destiny.
In other words, look at what YOU are doing that provides the opportunity
for the opponent, and do something else from now on. “Something
else” may even be something that is normally a bad idea, but hey,
if you’re not doing well, there’s no reason to NOT change
your game. Try drops, horizontal shots, mid-height returns, slow returns,
fake shots, etc. It’s been covered in other Badminton Tricks,
but it’s worth repeating that you never know what a “strong”
player is not strong at. The qualification is that you must also be
sensitive to when a player finds their groove on a particular shot.
In other words, a player may miss the return of 4 consecutive drop shots
and then find his or her rythym and ace 15 in a row after that. Which
fits in with the point of this Badminton Trick: don’t keep doing
what isn’t working.