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Thread: Badminton in your Head
08-29-2008, 09:36 PM #1
Badminton in your Head
So I was watching sportcenter the other day. And Lou Holtz was talking about an experiment that was performed.
It was something like...
Group A was told to practice 100 free throws (for basketball) everyday for a month. Group B was told to picture shooting 100 free throws in their heads everyday for a month, to mentally focus on an image of themselves shooting a basket and having the ball go in. Group C was told to do nothing.
In the end Group C didnt improve..obviously, they actually digressed. But surprisingly, Group A didn't improve anymore then Group B did.
So my question is. Is this an actual experiment with actual gains? or just a confucionist fable like story?
Just for fun, I have been picturing doing footwork or smashing or dropping or etc. for the last few days.
08-30-2008, 12:28 AM #2
Yop, I think about playing badminton quite alot, especially when I'm very bored.
It helps if I watch some pro's play ( ie: on youtube ).
08-30-2008, 01:25 AM #3
08-30-2008, 01:50 AM #4
sometimes i visualize deceptive shots in my mind and sometimes even try to come up with new ones (meaning ones i've never employed). i believe it does help because when it comes to the real thing on court, i've already 'practised' numerous times.
08-30-2008, 02:49 AM #5
mental imagery. sometimes it can be as effective as a real practice, and sometimes it won't. it depends on how strong your mental strength is, and how it affects you during games.
08-30-2008, 04:11 AM #6
i reckon it is worthwhile thinking about the game a little off the courts.
what i've found useful is thinking about:
1) why i've lost/won a particular game, what lessons to learn
3) shot selection when playing with/against different people
4) or just reliving recent/past glories!
08-30-2008, 04:30 AM #7
Interesting. I believe that it is very individual how each of us learn, personally I learn much better if I give self the time to think through and imagine all the details of the movement, rather than just jump directly into a lot of excises.
08-30-2008, 05:41 PM #8
If you think about it enough, it becomes something like imprinted in your mind and you just remember the exact steps on how to do things I guess.
08-30-2008, 08:59 PM #9
And Shaq has thrown over 100 free throws in games, I don't think he's getting any better either haha.
09-02-2008, 08:48 AM #10
I don't really imagine myself doing the actual swing repeatedly. I usually think a lot about why I lost, weaknesses and strategies used.
I need to compile my reasoning and make them into natural reactions for situations. I don't want to reinvent the wheel every time during a game.
During off court time I think about what I want to improve the next time I go back on court and make short term goals for each session.
09-02-2008, 06:19 PM #11
i've actually heard of this story, just group a playing 50% of before, group b playing 125% of before, and group c playing 200% of before.. but of course.. this was told for religious reasons..
i personally believe it works, and i actually do it.. and it helps me focus during games.. and imagining the shot that im about to make
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