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    Not sure why anyone wants to imitate the pros. Mostly importantly, as some already pointed out, it's injury prone, including thumb fracture, when it's trapped on landing between the floor and the racket.

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    It is not imitating, it's just late reaction/reflexes + most important point, the fighting spirit, not to let the shuttle touch our floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.leung View Post
    I've never done or attempted to dive. Because I'm usually quick enough to return most of the birds. I've noticed that my body is slowing down. My recovery time between injuries and workouts are longer. It's sad to say but I feel old
    I'm only 24 for those who are curious. Haha
    I don't wanna risk injury for one point in recreational play.
    But then again, I never really had to...
    I hear you brother! I'm 25 and I can feel your pain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    It is not imitating, it's just late reaction/reflexes + most important point, the fighting spirit, not to let the shuttle touch our floor.
    Fighting spirit is good. That's why I preserve the energy to come back strong the next point.
    Also missing work because of a badminton injury sucks. I rather play more and stay healthy. I've had a severe ankle injury before and it was no fun doing the rehabilitation and being inactive for also a year...

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    Generally speaking a dive makes you stick your racquet out as far infront of you to intercept the shuttle as early as possible, so in some cases can even be a better shot if you don't actually need to.

    I think I would classify my dives as useful but generally when i've made a mistake and you don't want to give up the rally, should be used as a last resort. When you make a judgement error and you can't get to a shuttle quick enough.

    If anyone wants ideas for training to become used to diving, you need to actually train to get up again after thedive, because a dive 99% of the time does not produce winners and is likely to simply continue the rally and prevent a winning shot from being made by your opponent.

    I'd suggest some plyometric leap frog push ups ( you can do over cones if you don't want to do it with a partner). It's applicable in the sense that if you dive, you may have the opportunity to hit a smash on the next shot by recovering quickly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vplirmu5Z0Q

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    I have done a few dives during regular play but I try not to because it gives me an advantage to my opponent.
    One time I dive at the net in doubles and just about got it over the net and continued play.
    Generally I dive mostly in Singles

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    Wooden floors are not very nice to you when you dive on them
    I generally avoid it because... well it's only a point and it's not worth my risk to injury. I'm not exactly getting paid to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dimcorner View Post
    Wooden floors are not very nice to you when you dive on them
    I generally avoid it because... well it's only a point and it's not worth my risk to injury. I'm not exactly getting paid to win.
    I prefer to dive on wooden floors compared brick floors (it is usually multi-purpose halls)

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    hehe diving is fun although I too only dive on floors with mats. Wood is a killer...

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    I have only dipped my knee to graze the wood floor and it leaves burn marks.

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    so how do you exactly land when you dive?
    can you slide on wood? no right...?
    i feel like if i dive on a wood floor, im not gonna slide and land all on my wrist which might incur in an injury

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    Don't dive on the green mats. They burn far worse than hard wood. If it's recreational play, don't risk it. Competitions on a big point, maybe. Sometimes you just have to weigh the benefits of making your opponent hit an extra shot to the potential physical injuries you could sustain.

    Unless you're a pro and have developed the dive technique without getting hurt.

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    diving is pretty fun, just make sure you're balanced. when ever i need to dive, its not too far from me so i can reach out and still have control. the wonders of being 17 :P

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    Ok you guys have convinced me... I want to learn to dive. How/where do I start?

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    Quote Originally Posted by logicalguy View Post
    Ok you guys have convinced me... I want to learn to dive. How/where do I start?
    try a few on a grass lawn. have someone feed you the shuttle and you are not supposed step out of your small circle but can dive out to hit the shuttle. let us know how you do after....

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    Quote Originally Posted by logicalguy View Post
    Ok you guys have convinced me... I want to learn to dive. How/where do I start?
    watch jung jae sung or lee chong wei

    just be careful to do it only on smooth matted floor with good cushioning underlay

    concrete and wood is too hard, and some of those green mat floors are quite rough leading to severe abrasions on the arms and elbows... not worth it for a measly point

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    never dived before, now i am itching for one

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