Topics: Play, Diagonal, The Return Pages: 8 (3100 words) Published: October 14, 2010
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Translation of an article written by Gu Xiamin, 1998 All England Champion and Bronze medalist at the 1987 World Championships. Printed in Badminton Magazine, Japan.
DAMAGE 1 � MAKE THE OPPONENT RUN

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DAMAGE 2 � DON`T ALLOW THE OPPONENT TO GO WHERE THEY WANT TO.

Making the opponent run diagonally is �ruthlessness� at its basic level, however as the level of play gets better this is not the only thing. Connected with the �diagonal� concept is the role of the catcher in baseball. If a high inside ball is thrown the next ball will likely be a low outside pitch. The eye has an after image of the inside ball and to then have a pitch on a course further away confuses the batter. However if the batter recognizes this tactic and knows that after a high inside ball the next pitch will be low and outside they can probably swing and connect with that pitch. In this case the pitchers intent to fool the batter backfires, as he is waiting and ready for this pitch. Badminton is the same. If you continually play the �diagonal� tactic it becomes too easy for your opponent to read the course of the shuttle. For example in diagram 2, B plays a cross court clear from the round-the-head position to A. In this case if you follow the �diagonal� theory A should play a straight cut/smash to B`s forehand front corner. This is because the distance B will have to travel is the greatest, right? However to reach this straight reply may take the...