Hi to all badminton fans, my name is Chris and I am a 23 years old college student from Germany. As some of you can see on my nickname I am from a city called Mannheim. The first time I played badminton was in physical education at school. I liked it from the beginning but never thought about it till the last year. I had watched a youtube video from Taufik Hidayat and his phenomenal backhand smash when I got caught. I was infected by this great sport. Since then I played with friends at my level of skill once or sometimes twice a month. I watched more and more badminton videos and tried to learn the correct techniques. I can't rate my level of skill but I think it is maybe in between a greenhorn and an advanced player. I am able to play a clear from my own backcourt to the opponents backcourt, somtimes I hit a good smash but this is not the case. After watching this youtube video last week, I noticed that my stroke is wrong. So I grabed my racket and did some dry runs at home. At the court I didn't hit all shuttles as I wanted but the shuttlespeed inceases a lot. Enough talk, I am happy to be registered here and hope I get some good tips to improve my game. Best regards, Chris PS: This is my first English-speaking forum so please correct me if you find spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Thanks!