Today we're going to look at doubles net cords and more specifically how to hit a net cord
every time even if your opponent is right there.
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In this video on the doubles net cord we'll be covering the technique and how to practice
it with a special guest appearance from Olympic medalist and expert net player Chris Langridge.
So your racket should be pretty much horizontal when you're playing the shot. This means that
you can play a tighter net shot and also gives you options to play other shots like the push
This is so that your opponents don't know what's coming. If your shaft is angled downwards like this
then your only options are to play a net shot or a lift making it much easier for your opponents
to predict. This is okay in singles but not in doubles and is where a lot of people go wrong.
Now there are three more quick points to help you play this shot successfully. So the angle of your
strings depends on where you're taking the shuttle. If you're taking it around this height then your
string should be flatter whereas if you're taking it later, around this height then you should angle
your strings more towards the ceiling so that it goes over. And you need to have a really relaxed
grip. A forehand grip on the forehand side and a relaxed backhand grip on the backhand side
and this is really important for your quality and consistency in the shot. If you're really tense in
your grip then you just won't have any control and before we move on to our final point here's what
Chris, or Lango as we call him believes is really important when hitting a good quality doubles netshot.
You need to make sure when you're striking the shot you're on balance, you want to take it as
early as possible but you have to believe that you have touch to be able to play a tight net shot. If
you come in tense, if you're coming in off balance if you're coming in you know where you're like
jabbing the shuttle in an aggressive way it's not going to work. Feel the shuttle over the net and
as i said you have to be on balance, you have to be stable and it's a lot of practice. I mean
I've been practicing this for 20 years. As Lango's just said, your balance is really important and
our final technical point will help you with this, and this is your foot timing. You want your lunging
front foot to land as you're striking the net shot. Landing before you hit the shot means you can no
longer adjust your body and landing after means that you aren't in control of your body like this.
So as Lango also said this shot is all about practice practice practice.
So to practice net cords, you should get a feeder to throw shuttles from a variety of angles
and they can also racket feed. Getting your confidence high in a controlled environment
means that you're more likely to play the shot and play the shot well in a match. It's
of course also important to practice when moving at speed like we would in a match.
Now we're about to have a three-way doubles net cord challenge but before we do this
here's Lango's concluding thoughts on why the doubles net is such an important part of the game
For me definitely doubles net is really important because some of the best players
in the world have the ability to be able to take the net away from their opponent. Now the big thing
about this is generally when you get the net your opponent has to lift. If you're attacking
it's the best formation, it's the best style to have because when you're attacking
it gives you the best chance of trying to win the point so if you can take the net
away from your opponent you can play a tight net shot in front of them so they have to lift
or even that you're there so early you can get a net cord they can't even get it back
or you know you can come in you can turn the shuttle away by having good touch. All
these things are such advantages because if your opponent's in a low position if they're late they
can't do anything to hurt you as a partnership. There's so many things and so many advantages and
I think it's such a massive thing in all doubles events and men's doubles especially.
So we each have 10 shuttles and whoever gets the most net courts wins!
If i don't get seven i'm gonna be sad.
If you're lucky enough to be on court at the moment then have a go at that challenge and
let us know how you get on. Tag us in your attempt on Instagram using the hashtag #10shuttlechallenge
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