I've a dilemma that's driving me a bit nuts, and it's a terrible habit which I can't seem to shake off.
My badminton consists of one game of singles once a week with a pal, which we've been doing now for about 7 years I think. Before that I'd played at many clubs around my area, but I really enjoy the singles game with my pal.
The problem I have is watching the shuttle instead of my pal during our games. And he seems to just beat me all the time. And tonight was another 4 - 0 defeat which sounds bad, but the first two games had only two points in them, and frustratingly this seems to happen too often.
So, how can I change my thinking or inner talk to watch my opponent instead of the direction of the shuttle?
simple. play without a shuttle!
seriously, do a game simulation. pretend it's a real game and the birdie's traveling. you'd have nothing to focus on, except him. works better if you start slow. you can ease into the habit during a real game too.
When the shuttle is hit above you and you have time for it to fall, you basically HAVE to force yourself to take a quick glance at your pal. It's not going to be easy in the beginning but just keep doing it. Best is to practice this during warm ups. Easiest is with clears, take your eye off the shuttle and glance at your opponent.
Two biggest issues I see all the time when we all start learning are one, we stand around and hit directly back across to the other person (also standing around), and two, we stare at the shuttle instead of taking peeks at the other person's position. These two severely slow the progress of improvement.