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    Hi,
    your message about improving footwork is logical, so my question is how to go about improving your footwork? I want to improve my footwork as well but I don't really know where to start. Any suggestions? thanks

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    Footwork is all about speedy movement, and although smoothness is needed, so is leg and lower body power. Badminton is an explosive game so leg exercises are a good choice.
    You can practice traditional exercises, such as squats etc, but I find standing on my tiptoes, while shifting wieght quickly from one foot to another helps. Bending your legs is neccesary. This replicates a similar stance found on a badminton court, and it helps with leg strength and balance.

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    I agree Footwork is definitely the MOST importantly skills in badminton. In an extreme case, if you are fast enough, you can basically avoid doing backhand clear for the whole game. (Obviously no one is THAT fast, but you get the point.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by acwong
    I agree Footwork is definitely the MOST importantly skills in badminton. In an extreme case, if you are fast enough, you can basically avoid doing backhand clear for the whole game. (Obviously no one is THAT fast, but you get the point.)
    Lin dan is ALMOST fast enough. Watch the Ae 2004, I think he only did around 5 backhand clears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnanchala
    there is a saying. to play good doubles, you need singles footwork.
    Are you sure man...?

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    Hmm true...but how do i improve my footwork ? And shall we have another sticky on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai91
    Hmm true...but how do i improve my footwork ? And shall we have another sticky on this?
    1. Get a coach

    2. Watch VCDs, recommend the training ones which including all the slow motion, step by step explanation / instruction.

    3. Practice, practice, and more...

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    I've purchased a number of badminton training VCDs from a forum member (bluejeff I believe) and almost all of them dedicate a section showing how footwork should be practised. I find these VCDs very useful for me as a beginner.

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    Where can you buy the latest VCD's I have been looking at internet sites and can only find the usual equipment and accessories. Thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by S430S
    I've purchased a number of badminton training VCDs from a forum member (bluejeff I believe) and almost all of them dedicate a section showing how footwork should be practised. I find these VCDs very useful for me as a beginner.

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    Default The latestBadminton VCDs

    I don't think there are any recent coaching badminton VCDs...Apart from that Korean coach at : http://www.ibbs.tv/IBBS/home/firsttimers.aspx

    Don't think there is a big enough demand for various coaching books, DVDs etc. to come out for badminton

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchy_girl94
    Where can you buy the latest VCD's I have been looking at internet sites and can only find the usual equipment and accessories. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by confuzzledfreak
    i totally agree with this.....recently my strokes have been getting better, but definatly not my consistancy, ive decided it is due to my footwork, as I am so lazy (and always caught flat-footed)
    I think the more you train the more consistant your shots are ; footwork doesn't really play a huge part in consistancy ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbella122
    I think the more you train the more consistant your shots are ; footwork doesn't really play a huge part in consistancy ...
    i suggest u do some more research and reading.

    like http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=21851

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbella122
    I think the more you train the more consistant your shots are ; footwork doesn't really play a huge part in consistancy ...
    I think you stopped Kwun's heart with that statement.

    -dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbella122
    ....... footwork doesn't really play a huge part in consistancy .......

    It's clear from your statement that your journey of badminton self discovery has a long way to go my friend. I'm sure wisdom will come to you in time.

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    Footwork is probably the first thing to go when you're playing against a higher skilled/more experienced player. When your footwork breaks down, everything else falls apart cuz you have to overcompensate to get the shot. So don't make that claim just yet until you have played at the highest level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbella122
    I think the more you train the more consistant your shots are ; footwork doesn't really play a huge part in consistancy ...
    ...hmm...well...when you think about it...i guess it might be somewhat true...cause after thinking about it...i see it like...good footwork gets you to where you want to go faster and being constsient is like being able to pull the shot of over and over again properly. so like...being able to get to the bird fast enough doesn't ensure that you'll hit the bird properly or even over the net every time although it helps and is beneficial.

    ...cause like...someone could like feed you 10 birds a few steps away from you for you to smash and you could like only get 3 of them over even though you could get to them instantly...

    ...so like...consistentcy in footwork is possible
    however, good footwork doesn't necessarially mean consistency...cause like consistency comes slowly with skill and practice and not really the result of something else...just a thought
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    As the great Lee Jae Bok says:

    "You hit shuttle with your feet."

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