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    Default [Video] Where Should I Improve?

    Wanted to post a recent clip of myself playing. I am in red practicing against two friends, my doubles side is "in".

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFrHs9em6Sg

    Stamina is a big issue for me, but any technique / footwork suggestions? Of course my level is not anything to write home about so would like to have constructive criticism.

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    You seem to play ok, but there are 2 things to mention:

    1. You need to sharpen your technique when it comes to producing videos.
    2. You need to get better training-buddies. Despite the fact that this is 2vs.1, they are to weak to put any pressure on you. So we can't really judge what you do wrong, as you're pretty relaxed and in your comfort zone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by |_Footwork_| View Post
    You seem to play ok, but there are 2 things to mention:

    1. You need to sharpen your technique when it comes to producing videos.
    2. You need to get better training-buddies. Despite the fact that this is 2vs.1, they are to weak to put any pressure on you. So we can't really judge what you do wrong, as you're pretty relaxed and in your comfort zone...
    +1

    rly agreed with point 2

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    basically same as above, you seem like a half decent player but the guys you are playing against arent pushing you at all.

    Fix camera lol

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    Well, your training partners are too weak and put the shuttle nicely to you. They don't push you to your borders. The lob and clear too much. Too much high and steep netplay. The don't put you under pressure and don't make you to run. If you would choose 2 guys at your level, it would be interesting to see, how you act.

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    Ok from the first few minutes I saw a few of your techniques. Overall, they are okay for the intermediate level. But if you want to get better than I suggest you pay more attention to your technique (1:15 your drop doesn't look like a drop it looks really forced) because it isn't smooth enough.

    Also I noticed at (1:29) I am questioning whether that smash was a forced shot. I notice that alot of people tend to do a forced weak shot like a slow drop or a weak smash because they can't get there in time. If at (1:29) your friend pushed you about 5 cm would you have been able to clear it perfectly to the back. I noticed that at (2:45) when your friend pushed you back you were unable to clear it to the back which means you need to work on footwork, technique and anticipation.

    You should try to work on your backhand (4:34) tells me you can't really backhand if it goes behind you. Which means you need to work on footwork, but besides footwork you should know how to get there and change your grip from backhand grip to bevel grip or even panhandle grip to back hand it properly. Because a change in grip allows your racket face to face directly to the net. Try testing it out sometime or watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07XrnkvVSCU .
    Yeah I think you should work on your backhand because I don't think you can backhand clear you always tend to do a forced weak shot like a backhand drop or some weak backhand smash.

    Against your friends/opponents if you want to practice something try practicing a 2 types of shots only. Say for example I will only clear and net shot. That way you won't do any other shots to see if you have problems at certain scenarios.


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    agree on both the video bit, and you need to tell your partners to play harder than just swatting flies, if that's the best they can do, then ditch them and find someone as strong as you because you might be able to work on your consistency here, but they will never be able to push you. if i can take a guess you're probably only playing at most 50% of your full potential?

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    Nobody mentioned this, which I find strange because it's the most critical and obvious thing to me. Your elbow doesn't control your racket movement, you always move it up in the last split second haphazardly. Your "ready" stance is with the racket almost touching the floor. You will always be late to the shuttle like this, for no reason other than a lazy right arm.

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    against these 2, you are ok. didn't see you get pushed; hence didn't see the "real" recovery step....it is almost all "walking" back to base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontmakeme View Post
    You should try to work on your backhand (4:34) tells me you can't really backhand if it goes behind you...Against your friends/opponents if you want to practice something try practicing a 2 types of shots only. Say for example I will only clear and net shot. That way you won't do any other shots to see if you have problems at certain scenarios.
    Thanks for the comments. I can backhand clear but I have problems doing anything besides a straight drop if the shuttle goes past my body. I want to add cross-court drop to my arsenal and that involves going from bevel grip to panhandle, something I need to practice.

    These guys are the best in my area, admittedly they weren't playing their hardest. I will try restricting my shots and see how that goes as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordrogue View Post
    Nobody mentioned this...Your elbow doesn't control your racket movement, you always move it up in the last split second haphazardly. Your "ready" stance is with the racket almost touching the floor. You will always be late to the shuttle like this, for no reason other than a lazy right arm.
    Can you explain this in further detail? I would also like confirmation from others that I am indeed, lifting my elbow "too late". I haven't heard this comment before and would just like further elaboration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by exalted View Post
    Can you explain this in further detail? I would also like confirmation from others that I am indeed, lifting my elbow "too late". I haven't heard this comment before and would just like further elaboration.
    It's not a complex issue so there isn't much to explain really. The elbow controls your preparation to the shuttle. You move your racket arm up just as the shuttle is coming at you. Imagine you throwing a ball, and you want to aim as accurate as possible and get as much power as possible. How do you proceed? You sure as hell don't start with your arm down and then instantly snap up and throw it. It's the same thing, same movement. You get more consistency and power (and have a choice to intercept the shuttle earlier) by lifting your racket arm earlier, or even better, having it up at all times.

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    good practice in singles , enjoyed the watching.

    then a comparitive study here, I watched Peter Gade against
    Taufik for two minutes ... and ... well the unfair comparison:

    first backhand wasn't even close to necessary ...
    the shuttle would have landed in the middle. watch for that:
    get behind the shuttle and smash it like bananas.

    and then in a 2v1 situation you better play not singles, others would kill you,
    shoot the middle as in MD ... there was a G-A-P in 7 out of 8 minutes of the video

    killing is not a luxury

    you're aggressive, everybody gets that, but so slower than necessary. you need
    speed-train

    in one scene, the shuttle crosses your head in the midcourt
    ready for a kill/push .. but your racket head was somewhere
    in the region of ... say ... the socks. cmon. however, problem
    is not your racket arm.

    most dont keep up a racket either, but many more are super quick in getting it up. you\r
    not ... not yet.

    The left arm does counter-balance any
    winding of right. You did it into the lunge for obvious reasons
    but then your left arm returns to 'hang around state', quick reminder:
    this is not paralympics, where they dont have that arm,
    you have one, so use it.

    Taufik and Co are so much more often behind the shuttle
    in the rearcourt, you re not. Why is that?

    Now forget 99% what I said and pick one you can work on

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