I have made some! I've just got back from a bottom tier national event (UK 'bronze' circuit).
I got put in a box with two juniors who are 3 grades above me so I knew it was going to be tough.
I managed to win the first set in my first match, so I was already happy for the day - that is the first set I have won in a national tournament (played one silver and one bronze previously). I did lose the match though, going down to 19 in the last game.
Something that I will take away from the match is that I was happy with how I adjusted to his tactics - anything he had mid court he would drive to my backhand and gave him good results at first. This was partly due to my poor defensive returns that were too passive. I kept adjusting my base to so that I could better deal with that kind of attack, and in the end my defense and rallying won the game.
I had a bad start to the second game with a few errors, and he cottoned on to my flat-ish flick/long serve which I used for the majority.
Third game was better and at this point I realised I had to do better with my defense so my smash returns were flatter + deeper and I also threw some cross court returns in. I managed to get to 19-17 up but then got a bit nervous and played some bad shots and lost
My next opponent was better and employed more varied attacks. I struggled to stay in the rallies in the first game - I think partly due to poor length on my part. I lost to ~ 10.
Next game I concentrated on length of my lifts/clears, and got to 4-1 down due to hitting everything out of the back! I adjusted and moved him around much better in this game. I thought I got to 18-16 then 18-17, but he argued that he had one more point. I won the next point which was a long rally and very satisfying. In the next I got a smash opportunity and got the bird on the floor. He controversially called it out - there were one or two funny looks from the observers behind the court. He argued that he had been 'generous' earlier in the game, but tbh there weren't many calls that could have gone either way.
I think here I should have argued more for a let, but I didn't. He won 21-19.
Anyway, I am happy that I was competitive with higher-graded players for 3 out of 5 sets. I achieved a short-term target of winning a set, and I am pleased with my match-play and adaptiveness - especially considering I have not been sparring with anyone for weeks due to injury.
Oh yeah, and I'm still injured (left ankle) so there is definitely more to come in the short term.
I'm assuming you were at the BPC bronze then? I got drawn against the second seed in my box singles (lost in 3) and got a set off the Polish pair in my doubles box but again lost in 3, close games! I'm sure I saw you at some point but I have no reference on who you played (names might help )
Wasn't expecting it to go well after recent practice session (see 'post vids of yourself' thread), so I was surprised that I won the first set - mainly down to oppo mistakes rather than my play I think. Downhill fast after that
I see some things in the game that you might be able to work on. Won't do movement because you've been injured
Service return: each of your service returns were from the same height - you have let them drop very low. So the opponent can adjust his timing very easily to your service return (mostly lifts). Once he worked out your service return was non-threatening, he got ready for controlling the rally and he just zoomed in confidence.
Overhead action; two things to work on. Probably many times you can't quite get a comfortable hitting motion on backcourt overhead shots. Probably difficult to get power on smashes as well and it feels difficult to hit clipshots when the shuttle is faster even though you can 'see' the shuttle. You might feel you can't quite get the timing right when the pace goes up.
a) you have a double motion when you swing the shuttle. i.e. you raise the racquet for the overhead ready position. Then when you start the stroke, your racquet head drops forward before going back behind you. You lose a split second of timing with you opponent gaining a precious split second.
b) when you strike the shuttle on the overhead, your arm is bent at the elbow. With the elbow bent, you've lost height, power and speed in your shot.
Going back to the match, your opponent was a bag of nerves and there for the taking. Unfortunately, the technique difficulties limit your variation of the game and slow your shots down. I think he probably got told to calm down and rally things out. Once, he realised you were tired and can read your game, he had control over you.
I pulled out of the tournament I was going to do in January due to ongoing achilles issue. I strained it in September and it's being really slow to heal.
I tried club night on Monday - first badminton in ~6 weeks. Although not very intensely, my achilles has been aching ever since Tuesday morning. sigh That basically means I can't do any more tournaments for three months because I cant play frequently enough for fitness, consistency and coaching - that means the rest of the season is a write-off :'(
Didn't do any tournaments last year as I had surgery on my foot.
Physio has given up on my shoulder - referred to specialist but don't know what will come of that... ignoring it for now and entered what will be my first tournament in two years (gloucs senior bronze #2)! Got butterflies already