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04-27-2005, 09:35 PM #1
Playing in a nice gym, then tournaments
If you play regularly in a nice gym, it could work against you when playing in tournaments.
Frequently tournaments are held in halls which are less than 'ideal'.
Does anybody play in two or venues on a regular basis to cope with this problem of getting used to different conditions?
04-27-2005, 09:52 PM #2
i remember when i had a tournament where the walls were white and we were using white plastic birds....
that was absolutely brutal... but it creates an interesting aspect of the game, it may change your strategy... it certainly did for me in that case..
but to answer your question, no, i do not regularly play at 2 different places. i just try my best to adapt to the new situation
04-29-2005, 09:04 AM #3
Just played in a local sports centre which has 8 badminton courts. My regular gym is smaller with a lower ceiling. It makes a big difference playing in a larger facility (and not being used to the size).
I think playing in a smaller facility (when you usually play in a large hall) might be easier.
04-29-2005, 10:56 AM #4Originally Posted by Cheung
I've just finished my first season at 2 new clubs (after moving house).
One of them plays matches for one particular league in an old style 1 court village hall. Radiator on the back line and everything. I hate it.
04-29-2005, 11:06 AM #5
I must say that one court is really small. I played in a private club here that has one court. One big difference is that echos of the sound come back pretty fast. Is it just me but does the shuttle go faster than usual in a one court hall?
04-29-2005, 12:39 PM #6Originally Posted by Cheung
kinda like this...
if you put me beside gary coleman i seem like monster
if you put me beside Shaq i then become a midget
04-30-2005, 04:58 AM #7Originally Posted by Cheung
But I think we do this more because of the height limitations. You can't hit a proper clear, so if you try to hit something deep, it's on quite a flat trajectory, so normal speed shuttles would go long.
04-30-2005, 04:34 PM #8Originally Posted by Cheung
In a big gym, say 4 courts like those here in the community centers, the movement in the gym and the sounds from other games around you might be quite distracting if you are not used to. Further to this, there's almost no echo of your strokes, it seems that you are mishitting the shuttle all the time.
I would say, practicing in a big gym with lots of people may help you focus your game and also easier to adjust in tournaments. During the preliminary rounds, there are so many things happening around that you do not want to know if you are on 1 of the courts playing.
04-30-2005, 09:49 PM #9
I play at a club where the floor is nice and clean, high ceiling, and good lights. Then when i have practice at school, dirty floor, poor lighting, and low ceiling. Lol.
Then when i go to other schools to play league games, the atmosphere is different again.
05-01-2005, 12:30 AM #10
well, pros probably have to cope with these issues regularly, since they have to play in differnet gyms in tournaments. Not only that, they have to cope with climate, time-zone difference, percipitation, lightings, etc. maybe that's why pros like wong choong hann are so inconsistent, because he can't get used to the different environment.
05-02-2005, 08:10 AM #11Originally Posted by ChocoChipWaffle
climate/precipitation maybe a factor but shouldn't be since most halls have internal climate controls, at least the top venues. problems due to timezone diffs can be readily alleviated (i.e. arrive a week before the tourney to adjust).
while we mortals have to cope with substandard badminton halls (with incorrect ceiling heights, draft!, lights, badly painted walls, bad CRs/WCs).
Last edited by sessyargc; 05-02-2005 at 08:14 AM.
05-02-2005, 09:07 AM #12Originally Posted by Cheung
06-30-2007, 01:43 PM #13
We are spoiled
When friends invite us to play at their clubs, it's so difficult to get used to the surroundings. The lines on the court are volleyball/badminton/basketball/etc. The ends of the net doesn't necessarily mean that is the width of the badminton court (I found this most frustrating). And it's very difficult to play in other gymnasiums when you've been spoiled the way they do so at our club.
That being said, it's such an incredible challenge and great feeling when you win at other clubs because of the differences in the environment.
I welcome the difficulty & try to adapt to my surroundings.
06-30-2007, 02:22 PM #14
that is why the term 'home crowd' or 'home court' advantage.
06-30-2007, 02:32 PM #15
I play in a gym that's one fo the highest badminton-gyms in our country... 75% of all my tournaments were in lower halls.
i served short in singles
Though I'm pretty spoiled in our badminton-specific club...
06-30-2007, 04:50 PM #16
06-30-2007, 07:35 PM #17
Anyway, I got used to playing at those two gyms. Now, anywhere I go to play is "pretty good".
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