Shlok Ramchandran is a former Indian badminton player, who reached a career-high world ranking of No 32 in men’s doubles. Having retired from the highest level of the sport, Shlok Ramchandran is now the Coaching Director at Synergy Badminton Academy, California. You can read the other pieces in his column, Shuttle Zone here.
When we asked for suggestions to write for the next Shuttle Zone column, one specific topic caught my eye. It was from senior journalist Abhijeet Kulkarni. Kulkarni, who has seen me play from my Under-10 days, had asked, “From a player’s perspective, how do you figure your style of play and how to look for an ideal partner if you play paired events?”
Let me try my best to decode this one.
In singles, the game has two major playing styles – the first is playing on the transition, and the second is playing more directly. To explain these better, we’ll use football/soccer terms. Game state refers to players understanding the match situation and switching their play style. Rest defense is when players slow down in the rallies to get their heart-rate back to normal after a series of high-intensity attacking plays.
Playing on the transition
This was discussed briefly in a previous piece on counter-attacking badminton. Playing on the transition is…