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    Default What should i do to improve my footwork???

    elow guyz...im a begineer so pls teach me how to improve my game specialy my footwork........plz....
    thnx..............

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    o.. the best way to improve footwork... is to... DO A SEARCH . lol . anywayz u want to improve on which part ? speed ? stamina? reaction ? technique???

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    To improve footwork, you need to know what's the correct footwork should be. Either consult with a reputable coach, or watch some fundamental badminton training vcds. Once you know what's the correct steps, time to practice. It might be a bit boring, but will benefit you in a long run.

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    Lightbulb Put Your Best Foot Forward

    If your sights are fixed on the All England Open or some other similarly lofty target, the sooner you sign up with a professional coach, the better.

    However, if your sights are fixed on just the recreational side of badminton, you'd be getting off on the wrong foot (pun intended) if you intend to 'learn' first. Although it will surely hold you in good stead later, nothing is as unexciting as 'learning' footwork.

    My advice (unless you are determined to best Lin Dan within the year) is to dive right into play and, with a broad grin, take the punishment from other players in your stride. At worst, all that 'running around' in the beginning will get you stronger legs.

    After every game, while you stand bent over gulping air into your bruised lungs, ignore your partner's scowl and try to look back at what you just went through. What was missing in your game? Was it timing, was it reach, was it speed, was it control, was it power, was it coordination, was it anticipation... in the beginning, just about all of these will be missing.

    If you can summon some patience and work on these aspects, one at a time, you will see something magical happen. During every session, devote your energies to getting the shuttle safely back into play... but devote your attention to just one aspect until you no longer need to think about it.

    On Day 1, you might focus, say, on getting the upper half of your racquet face to meet the shuttle every time. Day 2 might be devoted to getting to the shuttle before it drops below your waistline. Day 3 might be about staring at the shuttle so hard that you see nothing else. Day 4 could be baseline day where you are determined to get every lift headed for the back box.

    It's here, at this self-analysis stage, that videos and guides might be of help. The trick is to observe and adapt, not copy. It doesn't matter if your stir it left or right so long as the soup tastes fine.

    The magical part relates to footwork. At about Day 30, provided you have been diligent enough in your self-correction and no longer have to think about what to do, you will find that your feet don't get crossed and that you are moving smoothly, easily, fluidly and unhurriedly. It means your eyes, arms and legs have begun to work as a single unit. And that means your footwork is fine.

    It's then time to move on to higher things like crisp backhand smashes and how to channel more power into your strokes.

    Alternatively, you could pay to have a coach teach you what you could easily learn yourself if you have it in you.

    Have fun.

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    Great post, Oldhand.

    Coaches don't do magic - you only get as much out of practice as you put into it. Learn to think critically of your own abilities, find your weaknesses, and hammer them until they're not longer your weakness. Then, figure out what your new weaknesses are and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumblingfeet View Post
    Great post, Oldhand.

    Coaches don't do magic - you only get as much out of practice as you put into it. Learn to think critically of your own abilities, find your weaknesses, and hammer them until they're not longer your weakness. Then, figure out what your new weaknesses are and repeat.
    I kinda like your name... Stumblingfeet
    Does it have anything to do with (possibly sloppy) footwork, er, perhaps sometime in the past?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumblingfeet View Post
    Great post, Oldhand.

    Coaches don't do magic - you only get as much out of practice as you put into it. Learn to think critically of your own abilities, find your weaknesses, and hammer them until they're not longer your weakness. Then, figure out what your new weaknesses are and repeat.
    Let me tell you a story.

    In a previous life as a sports commentator, I had the privilege of meeting Gheorghe Hagi, one of the greatest footballers Europe has seen.

    He talked of his early career, a time when his left foot was his weak point. So well known was this weakness that opposing defenders would always attack Hagi on his right side, forcing him to switch the ball to his left side. As his left leg lacked power, this strategy ensured that he would not attempt a shot at goal. Hagi could only pass the ball... and, for quite a while, that kept him from scoring goals even when inside the penalty area.

    After one particularly harrowing season, he set about remedying this. He decided to practice long shots with only his left foot. For three weeks, he kept his right foot out of the way until it became completely natural to attempt long shots with his left foot.

    It was a self-correction that would change not just his game, but his life as well. So keenly did Hagi practice that by the time the next season began, his left leg had been transformed from a derided weak point to one of European football's most lethal weapons.

    The rest is history.

    Today, I don't see why aspiring badminton players can't do a Hagi.

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    Hear, hear.

    The determination to succeed is by far the most important attribute. That and good genes, of course. While we can't do much about our genes, we are certainly responsible for our motivation.

    Coaching can help, but without the will to help thyself, then coaching is just a waste of time and money. And I'm speaking both as a player and a coach.

    Wayne Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwiplayer View Post
    Coaching can help, but without the will to help thyself, then coaching is just a waste of time and money.
    I couldn't agree more

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    well i got a good friend who coaches me he is a B ranked player, so i get free lessons. I just stand in the middle oposite side and he would drop from both angles and clear from either side my job is two return it to where he is, practicing my footwork. I think thats a good way to practice footwork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remix441 View Post
    I just stand in the middle oposite side and he would drop from both angles and clear from either side my job is to return it to where he is, practicing my footwork.
    This is precisely the problem.
    Finally, you'll end up automatically returning every shot to where it came from, which is the surest way to allow your opponent to take control of the rally.

    The ideal feed is a mix of shots, completely unpredictable and from everywhere and at varying speeds. The only situation that matches this set of requirements is actual gameplay.

    So there you are.
    Go play a game.
    That's the way to begin learning.

    Feeds, if at all, can come later when you begin refining your shots.

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    speed and stamina.....can u help on dat one????pls

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    returning the ball to the feeder's position may not necessarily be a bad idea. such practice is good for aiming the weaker opponent in doubles and of course, the feeder can change his standing positions.

    So as long as such drills are not carried out singly, and instead are done with many other practices, i don't think one would cultivate a habit of returning a shot to where it came from

    anyway great first post by oldhand. i'd strongly advise you not to rush into training speed and power if your technique isn't too good yet.

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    To improve your footwork you can watch professional players training video. Each time study a little section and try to practice and remember. Hence it will be natural to for you in game or anytime. You can practice with shadow drills for moving to the four corners. Once you master it you can get your partner to feed the shuttlecock to you and practice the footwork. Other exercise would help skipping rope, jogging, running, push up, sit up, and sketching but not cold sketching(which prevent injury )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    I kinda like your name... Stumblingfeet
    Does it have anything to do with (possibly sloppy) footwork, er, perhaps sometime in the past?
    I had a leg injury with some nerve damage a few years ago, and I wasn't able to move my right foot properly for several months. Thankfully, my feet work pretty well these days - in fact they work better than ever. For example, it is possible to train your feet/ankles to resist against ankle sprains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumblingfeet View Post
    I had a leg injury with some nerve damage a few years ago, and I wasn't able to move my right foot properly for several months. Thankfully, my feet work pretty well these days - in fact they work better than ever. For example, it is possible to train your feet/ankles to resist against ankle sprains.
    Do share that method with us.
    I'm at that stage of life where time begins to take its toll.

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    Default training methods?

    I heard from a friend of mine, that a shuttle run helps footwork and reaction time....but I dunno what exactly is a shuttle run?

    Also I saw from the internet the China national team jog on the sand or beach...to train their footwork.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1WCa0pf_Aw
    at 2.49 minutes...

    Can anyone or coaches confirm that these techniques work?

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