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best way to improve your game, not racket, nor your smash.....

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by kwun, Jun 23, 2003.

  1. angelk8

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    I agree that we need to have a proper footwork but i also believe that we can enjoy playing badminton if we know the proper /correct grip. It's a basic thing also.. Knowing the proper /correct grip then different shots/hits can follow that comes with proper footwork. :)
     
  2. Jim.Sinau

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    wow..footwork thread...:cool: badminton for me at first was a game of who had the most thunderous-break-your-strings-if-you-tried-to-return-it-smash or the oh-blow-my-mind-impossible-flick-of-the-wrist-trick-shot... then it all came crashing down. All the hitting physics will be of nought without the most important foundation of all...covering the real estate...with a practiced/polished footwork I believe the court will magically shrink... I'm not there yet but reading this thread has reaffirmed my opinion even more...even when I'm just a 28yr old newbie.
     
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    Sir, If you have some time then please reply my query..

    I am using Nanoray80 with string nanogy99 with 23lbs tension...
    I am a doubles player.
    I was a heavy smasher and could place a ball anytime to third court . After analyzing my powerful game by my friends and seniors they made tricks to stop me by giving net straight drops and always ready to lift the ball of my smash to third/first court.Then I have changed my strategy to not only stroking with power but also placing the shuttle as drops and critical places.
    Another thing is as a regular player(6days a week) and for heavy gym(weight lifting practice for wrist) and a fall of my body in time of practicing high kicks I have been injured in my right hand .. Nowadays I feel some pain in my right hand and I am suffering from a loss of energy of my right hand in the proper way.. I Do not have any problem with my court coverage.
    Both of them (changing the strategy and injury of hand) resulted me a lack of power .

    So I have been thinking to take rest for some time..Please tell me how can I get back my wrist and hand energy like before I had..

    Now I am thinking to change my racquet as a new experiment.. Chose some : Nanoray 100 , Arcsaber 7 , Voltric 9 , Head Power Helix 8000 . But little confused about which one will be better for me ..As I used Nanoray 80 With 23lbs string tension which is medium stiff and 4U in weight with little Head heavy(yes but does not seem so) , am thinking to choose the one which is medium flexible and some more property which can help me to smash easily and place everywhere to regain the power .One of my friend changed his game and increased his power of smash and shots by changing his racquet Muscle Power 22 plus to Head Youtek flash(Very flexible and Superlight).. I know this is not a technically sound logic but is there any chance of that..

    Please someone help me...please..Sometimes in the game I did smash 20-30 times and finished many games, but now however my smash power is lost by 25-35% for the above two reason. Please help me to regain power and choosing the new racquet.

    Thank you.
     
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    Should start a new thread entitled "Choosing new racket"
     
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    Arcsaber 7 looks like a good choice , VT 9 is really flexible just saying, it's rated stuff but if there were an extra flexible category, I would put it in that.
     
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    I dont think anyone could help you here, it would be best for you to get yourself checked out by a qualified doctor, who will most probably put you in a couple sessions of physiotherapy.
    Get it properly healed before you start stressing it, you will gain proper advice and prevent further injuries + better recovery.
    Regardless of however flexible or good or new the racket is, if your hand is not properly healed the pain and loss of power will exist. Similar to the old saying, "if you can't get there, it doesn't matter how good you can hit the birdie." (thanks Kwun) :D
     
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    #287 Uncle tan, Aug 24, 2014
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    There are so many things to improve from when you have just begin badminton. But I think there should be some priority scale for our own.

    I was once a beginner and felt it hard to improve because when I read and listen of what was my weakness, I think there was so many that had to be done. I then trained to improve and erase the bad parts of my game.

    But the problem was my game drastically dropped which was caused by me overthinking my moves: "The grip should be like this, my step should be like this, my position, etc" which filled my head and made me unable to decide what was the best thing to do at the moment.

    But a friend encouraged me and said what I had done is right although others grinned and my partners were mad by my bad play. He himself was into football, but after a fight between villages because he scored a winning goal, he then switched to badminton. His reason: If a football match causes a fight between villages, a badminton match is ended by a dinner together.

    He already had a good physique because he played another sport-football, but at badminton, he was very bad initially. But he train and learned how to play correctly. For two weeks, his play was bad, even worse than when he started, but then after that, his ability drastically improved.

    So He said to me to not lose heart and continue, as I will get better and better, and concentrate on one thing at a time until I get it right, then I can continue with others. And he was right.

    SO I think the lesson was:

    1. Learn the right things
    2. Don't lose heart and don't give up when your play is bad and worse than before. It is normal
    3.Concentrate at one thing at a time, don't try to correct everything at once
     
  9. john1994

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    I have good footwork but still lose. String tension always pull me down. But I play better with fresh string rather than old string.
     
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    Does running a lot and increase stamina help me improve my game?
     
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    Very useful thanks
     
  12. Lord Darken

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    TQVM for all the tips.
    Yes, I agree that in badminton that footwork will give you control over the area that need to cover in the court.

    Me, myself, at the first I need to gain stamina.
    I have my own training regime set, jogging and eliptical.
    After this, I will add skipping to reduce more weight.
    Therefore, with good stamina I can cover the whole court but with more practice in footwork, I believe it will give more advantages and less tired.

    IMHO.
     
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    I have the most stamina, but if your opponent is better than you, it does not matter. Because he will make u spend all your stamina in just 5 minutes of the game.
     
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    Yup, agree with you, john.
    In anyway, we must improve in very best at all aspect.

    Last week, my partner in doubles advise me when defending or return the ball, try to play stroke and give the area that need him/our opponent to run for it (if opponent at left, return it at right side).
    So, he will get tired, plus our side can be more prepare for the next action.

    Correct me if I'm wrong.:)
     
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    Only a slight hint a truth behind that as technique and great tactical awareness will always be key to winning games. I have spare rackets where the tension may have dropped but I can still hit it like it's a new bed of string. Go figure....
     
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    Maybe by cases. The 1st racket that I had bought was already installed with the string.
    At that time for sure it has been exposed to changing of room temperature at the shop.

    When I used it almost 4 months, my shot was not consistent.
    After, I taken my colleague advice, I changed it to new string with 25lbs.
    Then, my shot was improve and the target more consistence.

    Nevertheless, I do agree that it depends our techniques, power etc.
     
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    Thanks, Can you put some youtube links here, would be grateful.
     
  18. balds86

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    All in all, the main thing is that NOT ONE THING can improve your game, but a summation of all things being in sync together. E.g. You can't have a weak smash but good footwork - you'll never score against an opponent with good defense. You'll need all your tools in the toolbox!

    Smash speed & placement is usually over-hyped, and clever marketing makes us believe that rackets are more like magic wands than just a carbon paddle with strings.

    Just to keep it simple, here's a list of things (in order of importance)
    - Proper footwork
    - Shot Accuracy
    - Swing / Stance habits (e.g. I've seen people dangle their arms loosely then go for shots at the last minute --> usually ends up bad)
    - Mental Preparation (e.g. inconsistencies in performance are largely due to this)
    - Reflexes (e.g. split-second decision to go for the kill during an opponent's bad serve, this is where good defense comes in)
    - Play Strategy (reading your opponents, and in doubles your partner + cross-courts, fakies, where to place shots, etc.)
    - Ability to control game pacing (e.g. know when to break an opponent's rhythm/pace)
    - Power (Yes FINALLY FLASHY SMASHES!)
    - Equipment (rackets, strings, shoes, etc.)

    Give a carbonex 20 with BG65 to Lee Chong Wei and he'll still wallop your a** fine, but take away his footwork, you'll have a pretty easy win.

    Get the above right and practice/play in moderation, and you won't have to worry about injuries either. Have a smashing good time!
     
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    Yeah you are absolutely right !!
     
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    Footwork, footwork, footwork!!!!

    First thing I learned when I competed in junior tennis and first thing I learned when I started competing in badminton. New shoes, new rackets, new wicking clothing.... all great things to be sure but none of it means anything without footwork. Equipment, to me, is less than 5% of what helps me win games. Footwork, endurance, shot decision, mental toughness, shot accuracy/speed. That's the order of importance for me.
     
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