Badminton Doubles Rules- Everything You Need to Know

Badminton Doubles Rules- Everything You Need to Know

Badminton doubles rules are comparatively different than the badminton single rules.  You will see the doubles player moving differently around the court than the singles one. So the training provided for both games are different. Teamwork is the backbone of badminton doubles.

Players in the same team should have a mutual understanding with each other. If one of them is performing poorly, the other should pick up the game to neutralize the situation.

This high paced game is full of aggression and intensity. One of the players in the same team can be seen as hitting high speed smashes while the other is protecting their partner from any counter attacks.

Badminton Doubles Rules 101

There should be trust between each other so that both can understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses and play accordingly.

Further discussions are provided below about badminton doubles. You will have a clear concept about the game after going through the article.

Rules of Badminton Doubles

Scoring system

The match consists of the best of 3 games. The scoring for doubles is of 21 points. The side getting the point will serve again. When the score reaches 20 all, the side gaining a 2 point lead wins the game. The minimum point for a game is 30 points. If the game reaches for 29 all, the side gaining a 1 point lead wins the game.

Serving position

Before starting the game, you should have a clear understanding of the positioning of the area that you are going to start. For even number (0,2,4…) the serving is done from the right service court and for an odd number (1,3,5…) the serving is done from the left service court.

 If your team starts the game, the serving will take place from the right service court. If you decide to serve first on behalf of your team, you will serve from that position with 0 points. Suppose you win the first rally, 1 point will be added to your team, and the next serve will be done by you from the left service court.

You then lost the rally, a point will be added to the opponent team, and one of them will serve from the left service court as the point is 1 all. Let’s say you won the rally. The score is 2-1 now. Your team will serve from the left service court, but this time your partner will serve because you have lost the previous serving.

Some Common Faults And How To Avoid Them

The player serving from the wrong side of the court is considered as a fault. If you or your partner had served and the shuttlecock touches the net or gets stuck in it, you will get a fault.

None of the players should be abusive in any way towards their opponent as these kinds of gestures are strictly prohibited. Your racket cannot touch the shuttlecock while your partner is serving.

If you are the receiver for your opponents’ serving, only you will return it not your partner on your behalf.

Shots You Need For Doubles

Attacking shots

The most potent attacking shot is the smash. Effectively using this attacking shot can score you and your partner a point. Badminton doubles require more smash than singles.

For hitting a smash, your footwork should position timely according to the response from the opponent. Use your energy efficiently to weaken your opponent team. The next one is the drop shot. This is used to change the rhythm of the match and confuse your opponent team.

Play several smashes continuously and form a rhythm with the opponents. In this way, they will adjust with it, and their foot position will not move frequently. With perfect timing, you can change the smash with the drop shot. This will force the opponents to readjust again, leaving them stranded and giving you a chance to score a point.

Clear shots also add value to doubles game, but this shot cannot be used every time. This shot will only give your opponents a chance for the attack. Only use clear when you or your partner is out of position. If you are attempting for an attack and your opponents are not in their position, go for a clear shot then.

Defensive shots

To defend a smash in doubles, you can use some techniques for a perfect counter-attack. If your opponents are consistently hitting your team with smashes, lifts can be a strategic reply in this situation.

Use lifts to give your opponents a chance to smash so that you can adjust yourself and wait for an opportunity to receive a slower smash to change your technique. Drives can be used to distract the front player. The shuttlecock will move past the front player, and the rear player will come to protect, but the position of the front player will be changed due to the distraction which will give you a chance to score a point.

A block to the net will pressurise the front attacker to play a lift. Pushes can also be used, but this technique needs perfect timing and observation. These are slower than drives, and if the shots are correctly applied, the shuttlecock will move past the front player and towards the mid-court which will pressurise the rear player to play a lift.

To defend a strong drop shot, go for a lift if the incoming shuttlecock is below the net height. For a weak drop shot, the net kill will be the best shot to use.

Strategies On How To Improve Your Game

Be good at serving and receiving

As the pace of the game is fast in doubles, the shuttlecock is kept as low as possible throughout the game. You will lose points if your shots are higher consistently.

Your serving and receiving will determine your winning or losing. Force your opponent for a weaker shot so that you can attack and win the rally.

Don’t stand still

Don’t wait for your partner to play the whole game while you are standing still and waiting for your chance to hit. If you are at the front, move sideways and if you are at the back, walk between the midcourt and the back. The situation of the game is uncertain so you should adjust yourself accordingly.

Work on your balance

Don’t go for an attack if you are off balance. Smashing off balance will direct the movement of shuttlecock in a wrong way which will give your opponents an upper hand. In this situation, hit with less force. At least you will get a bit of time to get on balance and handle it smartly.


Badminton doubles is a game of trust between the partners. Proper training are required for effective performance. This was basics of the badminton double rules, though this game is physically tiresome, if you follow guidelines and take notes from experienced players, you will surely become a top-notch player.




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