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    Default Badminton Now vs Badminton 15 Years ago

    What do you think of badminton today compare to badminton 15 years ago? Is badminton more popular now days than before???

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    I wish I could comment, but I didn't know what badminton was fifteen years ago, heh.

    But in a lesser time span, I do think it's gained popularity in my region, but this is mostly due to the hard efforts of our provincial coach to start clinics everywhere, from major high schools to towns strung across Manitoba up to eight hour drives away. Now many of them come in for tournaments and the sport has certainly expanded in that regard. When I started at the age of 7, it was basically private club players playing, and that was it. Now we have all sorts of identified player programs, etc., which has really made it more popular.

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    There is a huge difference in my opinion between badminton today and 15 years ago.

    Today, more people are over with the idea that badminton is a simple sport, and even some people whom have not play the game before ask me if it really takes alot of stamina, and they know it is not easy.

    Also, if you noticed the appeals of professional players has changed so much over the years. Back then, everybody wears the simple white shirt, white sport pants, and white everything.... Today, you see they wear much better looking yonex colored shirts.

    Rackets has better looks and performance, and that makes a big difference in terms of sales and profit. PLUS today there are fake rackets in the market whereas 15 years ago probably don't have many, if any.

    21 point system is now gaining much more popularity in where I live, and it seems like people who want to get better or "evolve" are more willing to use it than people who just want to stay at the good old days. Although I do prefer using 15 points in singles in recreational play myself... the feeling of tiring your opponent to the point that they pretty much want to quit is TOO GOOD!!!

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    still remember when i was a kid watching my brothers and sisters play badminton 15 yrs ago, popularity of badminton by that time (in Malaysia) was pretty dense. Comparing to today, I do not notice an increasing popularity as the sport has already been liked by alot of Malaysians for a very very long time. However, I would say that it has gained popularity around the world. The sports has been overshadowed by alot of other over-rated sports but long lived the badminton! the one who loves it really loves it alot! I can't imagine a day without thinking of badminton or better if I can play everyday!

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    Badminton is getting more popular in SF bay area compared to 15 years ago. There was no dedicated badminton facility in 1992; there are now 5 badminton club in greater SF bay area.

    Another indicator is I took badminton class in a community college, and there are now waiting lists on two sessions, while only one session has waiting list 10 years ago.

    There are at least two more shops specializing in badminton(i.e. carry high end rackets, knowledgeable about badminton, etc.) in south bay now, in addition to pro shops in clubs. Asby used to be the only one I was aware of 10 years ago in south bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mettayogi
    Badminton is getting more popular in SF bay area compared to 15 years ago.
    However, I have to wonder... are these increases related to popularization of the sport with inhabitants or influx of immigrants already familiar with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by westwood_13
    However, I have to wonder... are these increases related to popularization of the sport with inhabitants or influx of immigrants already familiar with it?
    I believe that is one of the major factor too, half of the faces I see in local tournament are Asian. But if they do help to promote badminton then why not?

    I also want to hear some story other than Canada and US, like UK, Korea, India and the rest of the globe.

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    I can't say what I saw is representative, but I went to two HS OG regularly, and I saw only one Caucasian last year in one HS, two European alumni at a different one (btw, they were good). The rest are American-born or immigrant Asians AFAIK.

    Sometimes girls varsity basketball or volleyball was played before OG, and it's more a mixed race. So yeah, badminton in HS here may look like an Asian sport.

    I saw more Caucasians in clubs, but still far fewer than Asians. Beginner's badminton class in community college? The only Caucasians I can remember were unfit and not athletic, probably thinking badminton is 'easy'.

    Quote Originally Posted by westwood_13
    However, I have to wonder... are these increases related to popularization of the sport with inhabitants or influx of immigrants already familiar with it?

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    Man......15 years ago Pro Kennex was king! I had:

    Boron 800, 787, 767, 727

    That was when most yonex users were still using the carbonex 8 with the aluminum head. Kennex ruled. Now......sigh......at least Jonnasen is using it.

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    bow b4 my Boron 900 which is still alive and kicking then

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitar_pic
    Man......15 years ago Pro Kennex was king! I had:

    Boron 800, 787, 767, 727

    That was when most yonex users were still using the carbonex 8 with the aluminum head. Kennex ruled. Now......sigh......at least Jonnasen is using it.
    man... those were the days!!

    the cab 8 was fantastic and still is, and that cab 9 was nice too...

    as for the game itself... play wise, i've noticed it's becoming a much quicker attacking offensive style type of game... i think others had mentioned this in other threads...
    The footwork, and court movement back in the day was artfully done... today while the players seem bigger and stronger, and possibly more powerful, equally as skilled... it just seems (my opinion... i can be wrong), that the game has lost some of the finesse players that it used to have... at least from the matches i've downloaded and viewed.

    In terms of popularity... i dont know about on a global scale, but i think the electronic & information age we're currently in, has served to help the proliferation of the sport, in that more players new and old, are now able to gain more access to info regarding tournaments and goings on in the international community... in turn creating a lot more excitement.

    As i've noted to a few people since my return though... without more financial backing from corporations, and especially from governments, athletes will continue to struggle with paying their own way to achieve greater success.
    But it seems the winds are changing in Canada now, with the recent announcement of funding becoming available to athletes...
    I hope the momentum continues!

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    Carbonex rules the court

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    zhao jian hua !!!
    skills, power and finesse !!

    pleasure to watch.

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    Badminton is popular mostly among asians,or in asia countries.Almost every country in asia have their own national team n doing good.From europe,Netherlands n denmark r doing well.UK,german some other countries r catching up already.US,once had their double WC,now gone with the wind.Dunno what happend.But,i believe,at least this brings more n more competition to this sport competition,n it'll slowly,but sure,badminton will gain its popularity.

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    From what I know, Badminton was not very popular in our country. The only courts existed back then was predominantly from country clubs and basketball was and still king of the sports in terms of the men playing it. But thanks to the exposure given by the former first lady, Badminton became a crazy thing here. Courts sprouted like mushrooms everywhere and you have to wait to get a court and have to spend a huge amount for court fees.

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    Is their any changes in technique or footwork?
    From 1970's?

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    Not sure in 70's but in 80's..... they tend to serve high balls (MS).

    Also they do do a lot of backhand clears coz in those days players don't jump smash as much.

    an example: 1980's match
    1983 match between Misbun and Icuk:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsZGpnXzy5c

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