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    Hi guys,

    I just changed from a 4u to 3u racquet, and I'm having trouble timing my smashes when I do a full arm swing. I can smash when I dont do a full swing, but the smashes are weak. And when I do a full swing the timing goes off, and I dont get to hit the sweet spot like 90% of the time, and I dont even bother to try jump smash.
    I think I ned to improve my swing speed by training my arm. Can anyone advise what sort of exercises to do for achieving that.

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    Use weights. Rest your arm on your leg and lift the weights just using your wrist. Use a squash or tennis racket to swing around for a few minutes, do not swing it as fast as your badminton racket as injury may occure. Take your racket and stretch your hand up full length and then using your wrist only, swing the racket forward backwards forwards backwards.....

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    thanks for the suggestions, but will those exercises improve on swing speed?
    it sounds like they will improve wrist power, but i think i need to improve on wrist power too. thanks!

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    on the subject of wrist strength, even though that's not what you're really looking for, i'd recommend an alternative to swinging a squash racket. buy a generic aluminum racket from any sporting goods store. they tend to be heavier than regular rackets, obviously, and also obviously, they're more like a real badminton racket than a squash or tennis racket. also, they cost like 10 bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightsmash
    Hi guys,

    I just changed from a 4u to 3u racquet, and I'm having trouble timing my smashes when I do a full arm swing. I can smash when I dont do a full swing, but the smashes are weak. And when I do a full swing the timing goes off, and I dont get to hit the sweet spot like 90% of the time, and I dont even bother to try jump smash.
    I think I ned to improve my swing speed by training my arm. Can anyone advise what sort of exercises to do for achieving that.
    i highly doubt the 4u to 3u is the case since i use a different racket everytime i play, and its the crappy school rackets too (mines at home, always forget it). Anyways im not sure what the problem with your timing is but instead of swining faster, why not swing a bit eariler? or use your body weight so you can get more power and swing faster at the same time? I dont think weight training or excerises will increase your swing speed significantly enough for a huge difference. Swing speed is not really something you can train, unless yours is not very fast at all. there is a limit of how fast a human hand can move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xkenji
    i highly doubt the 4u to 3u is the case since i use a different racket everytime i play, and its the crappy school rackets too (mines at home, always forget it). Anyways im not sure what the problem with your timing is but instead of swining faster, why not swing a bit eariler? or use your body weight so you can get more power and swing faster at the same time? I dont think weight training or excerises will increase your swing speed significantly enough for a huge difference. Swing speed is not really something you can train, unless yours is not very fast at all. there is a limit of how fast a human hand can move.
    Going from 4u to 3u won't make a big difference for those with decent wrist strength, but might be more noticeable for weaker wrists. Do you find it harder to repeatedly return drives alternating on both sides? If you do, then your swing may indeed be slower, and I'd recommend the strength training mentioned above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyw85
    Going from 4u to 3u won't make a big difference for those with decent wrist strength, but might be more noticeable for weaker wrists. Do you find it harder to repeatedly return drives alternating on both sides? If you do, then your swing may indeed be slower, and I'd recommend the strength training mentioned above.
    repeatedly returning drives is hard for me even on my old 4u racquet, using my current 3u racquet only makes it worse. I think i may really need to do some str training.

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    not only do you have to do strength training, you'll need to maintain it. i lost power after I stopped wrist strength training for a while.

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    hi i'm no expert but i think the best thing to do is to use your new racket every single time you play badminton, that way, your arm will get used to it, your'll develop new techniques such as hand and eye coordination..the usual stuffs that your learn as if you're a beginner(again)..hth

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    thanks for all the advises, i feel so loved.

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    .....use red bull.....guaranteed rocket arm speed......

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    red bull is not good for health.

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    ??? Why isn't it not good for health... Sorry off topic a little. But if red bull isn't good for health, try LIVITA GOLD!

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    Strength for your forearms, wrists and fingers is speed-specific. That means that just because you're strong at the slower movements (wrist curl) doesn't mean you'll be strong (or powerful) in the full speed movements. Also, an important part of swinging quickly is to learn how to relax the muscles that oppose the movement you're trying to do.

    I suggest hitting lots of drives.

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    Loh, can I offer you some suggestions? After observing the way you play, I suggest you train up your wrist strength. I dare to say all the strokes in badminton involves the wrist to a large extend, be it a hard smash or a subtle drop or an attacking drive. Also, be more observant on how the advanced players play and put yourself in their shoes to visualize how they execute these strokes. I also observed that you were not very mobile on the court. Now, the position of the body just before hitting the bird is crucial, so correct footwork is something you definitely must improve. We can share ideas and improve together the next time we meet! See ya.

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    Red Bull is EXTREMELY bad for health. Some athletes drink it before a hard match and they have heart attacks.Many people are trying to get energy drinks outlawed. I also hear its illegal in Canada. (not sure on the last one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by madman
    Loh, can I offer you some suggestions? After observing the way you play, I suggest you train up your wrist strength. I dare to say all the strokes in badminton involves the wrist to a large extend, be it a hard smash or a subtle drop or an attacking drive. Also, be more observant on how the advanced players play and put yourself in their shoes to visualize how they execute these strokes. I also observed that you were not very mobile on the court. Now, the position of the body just before hitting the bird is crucial, so correct footwork is something you definitely must improve. We can share ideas and improve together the next time we meet! See ya.
    Hello Daniel,
    Thank you for your valuable advises and feedback. I donno how to train my weak wrist, sometimes I think i move too rashly, thats why always got tricked by your signature move. My footwork isnt very good, as I have never received proper badminton training before, and even though I have watched pros play and try to learn from their footwork...my body just doesnt move the way my brain wants them to. Btw, you are so good liao, shud not partner lee to bully newbies like me. Next time partner me and teach me some of your marvelous trick shot. hehe

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