Layers of trust in doubles – trust my partner – part 4 of 7

trust my partner in badminton

The end of the previous article: “If all the layers underneath the tertiary layer are strong, it could allow the person to fight to achieve its dreams, which is impossible right now.”

In the previous article, we went through a situation of mutual trust between the players. In this case, trust has 2 sides. One is mine towards you, the other is yours towards me. Both of us need to put in our own to achieve a mutual goal, together. In this article, I want to break down what do I need to do to trust my partner. I want to make a brainteaser before I jump to the needs of mine.

I have played with many partners throughout my career and still. Sometimes hard, sometimes easy to synchronize with a new partner but still an old one could cause confusion. What I found out, if I understand my current limits, I can understand what I need from my partner. First of all, I need a couple of points or a game where I can test the limit of my current abilities while I can see what my partner can cover independently. A training environment is a good place to try but if it is not available then allow yourself to make mistakes without being too hard on yourself or your partner. You can let your partner know in advance if you want to risk your performance at the altar of success. In this way, your partner will see what you are able to do in an ideal or a competitive environment and if you succeed, your partner will allow you to exert more dominance in certain situations. Or the opposite, when your partner will step closer to you to cover a part of your area, but with that, (s)he is risking his/her own territory.

Now let`s stop here a little bit to talk about the importance of dominance in mutual trust and address relevant questions. How players with good abilities decide who is more dominant? What if both of them think that they are rather rear-court players in doubles? Who will take charge in the front then? Or the opposite, if both of them think they are so fast and agile to intercept at drives or at the net and do not feel strong enough to smash, then who will take charge over the rear court then? If they agree who is the dominant one, does that mean that the less-dominant player will concede some territory or some shots at every situation? Is the dominant player will always exert dominance in both situations, in attack and in defence? Is there a time when both of them needs to be equally dominant? What if we have no time to figure out dominance and need to trust blindly in our partner? Does all of that mean that every player on the court has more dominant and less dominant positions on different parts of the court and we need to see how our partner will react on these positions before we decide to maintain our trust to them? The level of complexity is enormous and the variations are close to infinity. That`s why it is beautiful and fascinating when it works just right. Especially when it works well for the first time. That`s rare indeed.

So a mutual agreement can form on the court based on the badminton knowledge and capabilities of the players with no words. Furthermore, your partner would feel entitled to follow you and try the same risk-taking challenge for the same reason. Or maybe not, but this is also good feedback that your partner rather would like to perform safe and consistent. Differences can make their unity stronger if they are valued. If your level of abilities is much different, it will come to light quickly and after that, there should be no question about dominance in most cases. You can evaluate your matches in a long chat with your permanent partner during stretches or after the training session. If you had an occasional partner and there is no time to talk about the match, you can still evaluate your performance and ask yourself if you could help your partner better to thrive together on court. Of course, communication is important on the court if you keep it short and informative, but agree on dominance is not the kind of topic that should be discussed on court. If a pair decide to talk through a situation to release pressure, it will destroy their current performance. But, it might save the unity in the long term fight to become the best pair around. One thing is sure, you should not take any kind of mistake, misunderstanding or disagreement with your partner as a confrontation against your persona.

In short, for the first time, we give our trust blindly. Maintaining trust during the game means of hard work. I want to know if I am the stronger one and also want to know if (s)he accepted that or I want to make sure (s)he is aware that I am weaker and I need support under pressure. I want to know if my reactions with the racket and footwork pace are better and (s)he is aware of that or the other way round. I want to know if (s)he follows the rules of rotation. If not, then what does (s)he prefer to do so? I want to know if (s)he will go to the front or rather stays mid-court. I want to know if (s)he is aware of the consequences of lifting in doubles. I want to know if (s)he has alternative shots at every corner and not easy to read the path how is (s)he plays badminton. I need to know if (s)he wants to fight or playing for leisure so I will apply the correct manner.

I`m sure because we are all different, you would need other or more answers about your partner before a game. I would go with these and in the first 10 points, those answers will probably come and help to maintain a positive balance of trust.

End of part four.


I am a vivid psychology lover and always interested in how performance builds up and my interest is not limited to sports. Below there is a collection of links about the articles or concepts are helped me to understand the layers of trust in Badminton. Please see links below:


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