Using Deception in Singles Badminton

Learning how to cleverly use deception can open up completely new possibilities for winning your rallies. If you successfully decieve your opponent, they will move in the wrong direction before you hit the shuttle. Then, when you play your shot, it will be much harder for them to change direction!

Decption is often not used to its best effect by players anc coaches. Here are some ideas to help you use deception tactics in your game.


Slicing the shuttle involves hitting with an angled racket face. This means that the racket does not match the direction of the racket angle when moving.  This can cause you to hit the shuttle with a glancing blow rather than a straightforward hit, altering the direction and speed of the shot. This can give the impression of a powerful shot, which actually ends up being a softer shot in a different direction in reality.