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    Default Recovery and Home Training tips

    I was wondering how do you recover and play against a player who is very good at pushing the shuttles right to the corners of the court. This is in terms of singles. We have one player who has this ability but in terms of physical ability he is very average. This means that every time he gets the shuttle right into the corners most often i have to rush back quickly just to get to his shuttles thus making me hit bad quality returns and being out of position alot of times. Also this player has the ability to defend very well most often returning the shuttle high and deep back into the court.

    I noticed that if i rally with this type of player i get some success with points however is there a quicker way of dealing with a very good player who has good skill but lacks physical ability.

    Having watched a thomas cup dvd and watching the great hendrawan haha i see he sometimes smash straight into the body to recover. However the player that i play against can return hard smashes tight into the front corners of the net. Making me run again Sigh oh well i know at the end of the day i have to work on my stamina.

    However rather than giving tips on how to beat this guy i would rather like to know what training i should do which would be useful. My strengths are mainly my drop and smash. However i am technically not that good if i was involved with quick rallys. Is there anyway of improving ones defence without having a partner smashing ten thousand shuttles at you. I'm mostly working however i like to train at home. Is there any home training tips.

    Haha i know i just about asked a million questions (looks like i would need to practice alot of things)

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    Instead of watching the Thomas Cup DVD, I suggest a better match to learn from is Gopichand against Peter Gade and Chen Hong in the 2001 AE. You can watch how Gopichand copes with shuttles deep into the back corners. More importantly, look at the path of the shuttle and where the shuttle would land in the court.

    As for the smashing problem, maybe take some pace off the smash and play steeper smashes down the sidelines. Playing cross court returns are more difficult with shuttles straight at the body (as you have noticed) and stretched out far to the side

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    I would give this a go. Funnily enough this player is a smoker but he is very good on his shots which gets him out of trouble. Any ideas on training on footwork at home? I don't want to look stupid running around a car park. I notice that skipping is good however recovering from a deep lunge is a problem.

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    difficult to explain.
    difficult to train this at home without being shown. Hence the referral to the matches.

    And people who play good quality shots consistently are harder to play than the very physical ones who have poorer quality shots (IMHO).

    rather than saying your footwork is at fault, may I suggest that your centre of balance contributes to your problems.

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    Default balance

    hmm balance...... is correct balance trainable or is it tried to be maintained throughout a game consiciously or subconciously? its easy to do when the shuttle is reachable however i don't think it would be much thought about when met with a tight spinning net shot or a deep attacking clear into the corners of the rear court.

    Is there any ideas to correct imbalance or is it a thing which needs experience to correct? any tips to help improve balance............ I'd really like my game to mature and play to a level that is experienced.

    thanks for the reply

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