On the other day, I was listening to a badminton podcasts where the participants have discussed that a good relationship is important in doubles between the players. I found that vague and I want to break it down to you to understand HOW you can define and then build a good relationship with your doubles partner.
When I was 17 I was amazed by a local duo who could cover all the little corners of the court. A skinny and an athletic guy, they have had no brutally strong smashes nor lots of tricks. But they were consistently everywhere. I was wondering about how they could do that? Everyone has said: Because they have played so much with each other. But it did not make any sense to the 17-year-old-me as I knew already there are rules of the rotation in doubles. “If you keep it, you can do it with everybody!” I thought. It was an unquestionable theory from my point of view at that time. But reality put me back to my place and shown several times how it won`t work. After that, I started studying the relationship bond between players for many many years and have tried many things but those did not bring me the required clarity. During these times, I`ve done level 1 coaching qualifications in 2 countries and still have not found answers. Also started to read psychology textbooks for different reasons but learnt a lot about myself and my thoughts and feelings.
And then someone asked me about a situation of what to do. I believe this situation representing it pretty well of what is the most important mental skill for doubles. Here is the situation. I said to the guy: “You will not be able to cover this side alone. You cannot cover both, the front and the rear. You don`t have time to do. In this situation, you need to accept your vulnerability and let the trick happen to you. Stay at the front otherwise, you will lose. Imagine, you are at your base position in the middle of the half-court prepared to defend your half. You have 2 options:
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I am a vivid psychology lover and always interested in how performance builds up and my interest is not limited to sports. Below I wanted to make a collection of links which are helped me to understand the layers of trust in Badminton. Please see links to the articles here:
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