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January 22, 2020 2 min read

Here's a quick one! So what do you think of the question above? Do you know the difference? If not, let me give you some insight.

Let's start with the definitions. While I could google this for you, I'm going to give you my interpretation instead. 

Trickshot: A trickshot is a shot played very unconventionally or differently to how a shot is normally played and it requires quite a bit of skill to perform successfully. It is visually very different from how you would normally hit the shuttle. Examples of these shots are: around the back, through the legs and the famous Peter Gade shot below! (Start at 4:56 or watch them all!)


While a trickshot can be deceptive, it's not always the case. For example, hitting it through the legs (see below video starting at 0:39) is a trickshot, but it is easily read and does not deceive the opponent. 

 

Now let's talk deception. 

Deception: In badminton, it would make sense that deception is a shot that deceives the opponent. It's really that simple. 

So when you have mastered the basics or have become very good at the basics, deception/trickshots are an extension of the skills you have. The subtle deception in badminton that you don't see much of in other sports is one of the reasons why I love badminton so much. The challenge with watching and understanding deception when seeing games on the screen is that these intricacies are often missed as it's happening so quickly! 

The key here is to remember to get the basics right before working hard on trickshots and deception :)

Agree/Disagree? Comment below! 

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Henry Wong
Henry Wong

Henry is an ex-state badminton player who represented South Australia as well as Melbourne University. He remains an avid badminton player in the social scenes of Melbourne. His passion for all things badminton lead him to be a co-founder of Volant Wear.


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