Hidayat's main qualities are his backhand (as he is perhaps most famous for his backhand smash revered for its unusually high generation of power) forehand jump smash drop shot (reverse slice in particular) smooth footwork and deceiving net play. This overwhelming power on both his forehand and backhand combined with his tenacity at the net and scope for deceptive shots provide him with an extremely diverse weaponry on court making him one of the most difficult players to face on the open circuit. He has also won the Indonesian Open six times (1999 2000 2002 2003 2004 and 2006).
He has also won the Indonesian Open six times (1999 2000 2002 2003 2004 and 2006). When he was young he joined the SGS Club a badminton club in Bandung where he trained under Iie Sumirat.