How to Adapt During a Badminton Match
During a match, anything can happen. Your environment can change, your opponent can do the unexpected, you might be nervous — really, anything can happen! In this post, we will explore a few ways that you can adapt during a match, to change a losing game into a winning game!
Use Breaks to Analyze
In a badminton match, we take breaks at 11 points and between games after 21 points, particularly during tournament matches. At each of the breaks, take a second to think about what worked and what didn’t work during the previous half. You can look at some rallies where you quickly won easy points (maybe your opponent has a weakness), and the other rallies where you couldn’t buy a point at all!
If you learn from the previous half, you can start to change your game to play more of the ones where you had an easy time winning, and avoid the scenarios where it was very hard to finish up the rally.
Test New Strategies
If your current game plan isn’t working at all, you can completely pivot to surprise your opponent! Maybe you started off the match with a completely offensive play style but your opponent was just too used to it. Your smash couldn’t get through them at all!
At the next half or next game, try playing a rallying or defensive play style instead. Maybe your opponent is not comfortable with attacking first and they will start to make mistakes, or they will be surprised at your change of game speed and will be uncomfortable with playing their own game. If you are losing to begin with, this change might just help you get the advantage back.
Have a Coach To Help You
You might be too focused during the match to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. At this point, having an on-court coach to give you tips in between rallies or sets might be your best bet!
At most tournaments, they will allow you to have one coach sit behind you. They can help you analyze your opponents weaknesses and change your own game plan. If there is a coach or another player that you trust to help you win, don’t be afraid to ask for help and have them sit behind you! If anything, even the moral support will go a long way to help you win the match.
Adaptation is Key
It’s hard to win if you ever only play one game style, especially as you play stronger and stronger opponents. Badminton is like a game of cat and mouse, where each player keeps pushing and changing while the other keeps having to adapt and eventually push back. If you are able to adapt quickly and change your game, these mix ups will help you win the match!
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