In doubles, you need to react quickly to smashes aimed near your body. You can make this easier by using a backhand to defend most of them.
- Difficulty of reacting to fast smashes and changing grip
- Using a backhand to cover most shots
- Preparation biased towards backhand (but not too much)
- This simplifies defence off the body, but forehands are still needed sometimes
You may notice a couple of silly mistakes in this video: in one shot I mixed up backhand with forehand, and in one demo we left the microphone in shot! We’ll try to fix these when we get time. — Mike