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    Neil,

    Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, i dont think this centre has the equipment to measure body fat, i'll ask for you! However, since i've started the gym i have lost alot of body fat, a hell of alot. People are commenting on how much i have shed but this has turned into muscle. At the moment, i currently weigh 10 and a half stone, suprising because i aint that tall. I'll ask for you.

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    I must say you're one hell of a hard worker. Not only do you do badminton drills but alot of fitness drills.

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    What I'd like to see is the description of the training routines you do and what have you learnt that day (if anything) or what felt particularly good or bad.

    How do you decide what routines and shots to practice? Do you practice footwork? what special things about body movement did you and the coach work on?

    For example, I'd like to know when you practice drives, you felt it was faster because of practicing with head cover on. But there must be some techniques that cause improvement, right? Maybe the angle at which the racquet face meets the shuttle, the impact point, footwork, rhythm etc

    Also, when you play practice games, I'd also like to know about these as well. If you lost, why you lost. If you won, why you won. I, for one, would definately be interested in some analyses rather than just only description.

    Having things like these would probably maintain more interest in the site. Harder work for you though

    Where do we find your name in the rankings?

    Keep it up!!

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    Cheung,

    Not taken of what you said, thanks for the advice. I dont think i can really describe about the technique being different with the racket had cover on. However, i do realise that when using this, you have to keep a minimul grip on it and to clench fingers hard to get further distance. However, point of contact etc will not change, and to be honest i dont really look at that when playing, very hard to. If you start thinking about the shots, then chances are you'll do it during a game which could see you decline. For example, in singles, Hendrawan is a thinker, but he thinks too mucha bout the shots and thats why, along with age, he has declined.

    Yodums: the next couple of years are make or break for me to get in the national squad. I'm starting national tournaments come August and need to get in shape for it. I'm getting there, slowly but surely. Alot of people here underestimate fitness, they want to know techniques etc. If you have good fitness with OK skills, you can still progress far. I was one of these players, but since going to the gym, i have understoood the importance of fitness work.

    Matt

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    here's another, maybe you practice dropshots. Do you practice different types of dropshots? if you do how does the technique differ?

    When do you use the different dropshots? what was the effect of them in a game? effective or ineffective in opening the game up.

    I think basically, I look for why you do the routine, can you do it (if not the reasons why), how you yourself improved performance and how you managed to use it in a playing situation. I would find this very educational. After all, you must be doing some thinking during your routines to give you some improvement......no?

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    Does this mean you are playing badminton full time?

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    Rohly,

    Not full time. I am still at college about to do a second year. However, i train every evening after college, 3 days a week in the gym, another 3 days on court, sunday i have a rest or coach.

    Matt

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    Default Log Updated

    It only shows to the 9th June ....

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    Hi,

    It should show a long post written yesterday, Friday 13th June?

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    Sean apprantly your browser isn't showing the updated page.If you have a problem with websites not refreshing press ctrl + f5 that forces refresh, even when the normal refresh doens't work

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    To follow on from what Cheung was saying...

    Knowing what you are practicing, and why you are practicing it, and knowing what results you get from it are very important.

    "Practice makes perfect" is an oft used phrase, but I think "Practice makes permanent" is a better one. If you practice something incorrectly, you'll always do it incorrectly. (I'm not saying that you do, but you have to be aware)

    Jake Downeys books have excellent sections on HOW to practice. You don't have to practice the technical/tactical skills his way, but the methodology is good.
    e.g. when you practice the dropshot, what are you actually practicing?
    The technical ability to be able to play a dropshot?
    The technical ability to be able to play a dropshot when not pressured?
    The technical ability to be able to play a dropshot when pressured?
    The strategic ability to know when to choose a dropshot?
    The tactical ability to know which type of dropshot to play in a certain situation?
    and so on.

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    I have also started a journal of coaching sessions and hopefully later progress/results (I coach not play)

    www.badmincoach.blogspot.com

    I think it is interesting to see what others do! We could start a list of members jnls. Please feel free to pm me or comment in my jnl.

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