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Thread: Kim Dong Moon
03-04-2004, 11:49 AM #1
Kim Dong Moon
I have heard and read a lot about this player but don't really have the chance to see his game. So I'd just like to ask the BFer's out there what's so special about his game? Smart placements? Piercing smashings?
03-04-2004, 06:41 PM #2
KDM is a doubles specialist. He plays for Korea with Ha Tae Kwon and is currently world #1 and defending world champion in the mixed doubles with Ra Kyeung-Min.
Technique-wise, he is true blue Korean ie super-high speed & powerful smashes and drives, while putting in a lot of very good placements of shuttles all over the court as well as highly accurate shots. As of most international doubles players, he and partner would do a lot of consecutive jump smashes, but of what I notice myself is that the smashes don't grow weaker with time, but consistent.
He has great awareness of the game, making it quite rare to see him caught off-guard. Defensive-wise, I'd say that he's hard to break and most opponents would be defending most of the time when playing against them. I'd like to say that once they go into attacking mode (him and partner), it is quite common for it to end up as a rally win.
He was the recepient of the Eddy Choong Award last year 2002. He won it again last year in 2003 together with his mixed doubles partner Ra. The current mixed doubles world #1 and world champion, Ha and his partner Ra had won 10 consecutive tournaments since the World Championships of 2003 in Birmingham.
I'm sure the others would have more to add to this.
10-14-2004, 12:09 AM #3
I found this old post and was surprised more people hadn't added their comments. I only saw KDM fairly late into his career, from about 2000 onwards. He'd already been playing with Ra for nearly 4 years then I think and had only lost 6 times in those 4 years. I think the first match I saw was the All England final against Liu Yong and Ge Fei. It was so one-sided, even though the Chinese were regarded as one of the best mixed doubles pairs of all time at that point. I think they won the first game 15-6 after being 6-1 down, and the second game was even quicker.
What I remember most when I first saw him play is how little he smashes. Most doubles specialists smash a lot and have very good smashes. I'd seen loads of Indonesian men and they can smash continuously, shot after shot. But KDM hardly ever smashes, maybe once or twice in a long rally. But when he does smash, it's often a winner. And his smashes are so steep they go right into the floor in front of the opponents. He is tall and can jump high, but he also has amazingly accurate placement. Against Liu Yong, he was putting in 5, 6, 7 drops in a row from the back of the court, then finally when he gets a lift that's even a bit short and wham!, into the floor. It's very impressive. He also wins a lot of points with soft placement shots, and hits a really great backhand smash down the line when there's a gap. He has perfect technique but also the mental discipline to know when best to use it.
10-18-2004, 04:34 PM #4
i know... not many ppl wrote on this thread... WHY??
he's an awesome player obviously... very good in all aspects of the game...the most impressive part of kdm is his deception and penetration during middle court... he can hit it where the player least expects it, and it's super sharp and fast... his defense and smashes are good too...
but theres something that is a problem... this is the same for tony gunawan also.. they make more unforced errors than forced errors, lol... they get like kills that his opponent makes from the front court, but sometimes, when he has a clear hit, they smash into the net or somethign... i'm not saying they are inconcisistent, but if he makes about 3 forced mistakes in a game, he makes like 5 unforced errors... i say the most consistent is candra wijiya... he doesn't make a lot of mistakes when he is on fire... like in the wc finals in 2003.
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