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    Default [Video] How can I improve? :)

    Hello everyone,

    Just wondering what I can improve on, in particular my singles.

    Here are the 2 more equally matched games, but there's a few more on my channel (and a few more still yet to be uploaded).

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    I'm wearing red.
    Singles: http://youtu.be/tzq1oFK5n7o

    I'm wearing black and red.
    Doubles: http://youtu.be/NnTGeMm0heY

    April 2015
    I'm wearing white.
    https://youtu.be/JCfhgQwTQKs

    January 2016
    I'm wearing yellow.
    https://youtu.be/c9sl-jQTitM
    https://youtu.be/3T3TiHVejCM

    Thanks!
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    from watching singles vid:

    no split steps and you are too upright when waiting and moving for the shuttle. Improve these and you will be much faster around court and have better coverage.

    too lazy/too many backhands

    recovery is generally slow, but especially noticeable on smashes where you don't move in after them
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    Usually I point out a couple of things on my initial comments.

    Agree with the split step and upright stance. After you smash, try to end up with your shoulders dropping forward to accelerate forward to the forecourt. It helps the balance a lot.

    Moving backwards, you don't have a good side step.

    Going to rear forehand corner, you have a good cross over step but you definitely have the capability to do the sidestep and jump up in this area. That would help you take shuttles a lot earlier.

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    BTW, where is this place. It looks nice!

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    except for the floor - has similar properties to your local ice rink by the looks of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amleto View Post
    except for the floor - has similar properties to your local ice rink by the looks of it.
    Wouldn't go by the looks. Those guys are not sliding around so it looks to have enough friction. Could it be wimbledon? But looks a bit different.

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    Alright, thanks you guys. Will take on board and try and adjust.
    It's South Croydon. And the floors are pretty decent, just needs a sweep before play as it can get quite dusty.

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    You played well; you can try pronate a little more hitting overhead forehand, and smashes. Enjoy the games.

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    1. Your backhand clears come too short. If you can't really produce good powered backhand clears just do a backhand drop(This is what I do).

    2. You do a great job in mixing your shots so that the opponents have a hard time getting to them. But the smash only go to the right side(in your point of view). Try sending it to the left sometimes...

    This is all I could see.

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    Your footwork have very serious problems, including singles and doubles, as well as many of the basic technology is hidden in a lot of bad mistakes action, you need the good coach to teach the skill. Otherwise, you will accumulate a lot of bad habits action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    Wouldn't go by the looks. Those guys are not sliding around so it looks to have enough friction. Could it be wimbledon? But looks a bit different.
    I meant by the looks of the guys sliding around on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razor-BladE View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Just wondering what I can improve on, in particular my singles.
    I have watched some of your singles, and the things that really stand out for me are:

    At the back of the court, your "scissor kick" is always moving backwards - this means you are never behind the shuttle properly. The scissor kick motion (where your feet switch position from right foot back and left forwards, to the other way around) should be performed on the spot (not travelling backwards) and with the body weight leaning forwards (rather than backwards). Sometimes, particularly very very deep in the backhand corner, you may not be able to do it in this way and will have to step back, but that should be a rare exception.

    The second major thing, is all of your backhand strokes - you do not use any kind of backhand grip. Because your backhand does not make effective use of the thumb (and fingers!) your shots have no power and are not very "crisp" - this includes the serve, net shots, net kills, backhand overhead (clear and drop) as well as backhand lifts from the net. Considering the rest of your game, I am surprised to see how poor all your backhand strokes are - I suggest this is your best area for improvement!

    Good luck!

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    Been a while! Didn't say it but thanks all for the feedback btw.

    I had a recent internal club tournament and got through to the finals of my grade's doubles.
    Comparing to the previous videos it doesn't really seem like I've made that much improvement. What do you guys think?

    https://youtu.be/JCfhgQwTQKs

    I'm the one in white.

    I know I need to work on my consistency a lot as I made so so many mistakes, especially during that first set (which is probably what cost us the game; IIRC the first set we lost on 19).
    Won second set on about 11, then lost last at about 19 again.

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    I'm no state player nor coach. Just a social player started 3 years ago. All I can say is that you still dont have the split step. Split step is the most important thing before u move to the shuttle. Even in defensive stance, split step is very needed. U may have improve ur strokes and gameplay, but as long you dont realize how important is the split step, your improvement is limited. I'm not gonna comment more about the gameplay or your strokes, it may have change throughout this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Series View Post
    All I can say is that you still dont have the split step.
    I see him using the split step effectively plenty of times. He definitely has it. Although you're right of course that this is an important area to work on.

    OP -- there are also some times when you don't use a split step, or when it's a bit weak. It can be improved by getting a bit lower in your posture; sometimes you are too upright and this kills your agility.

    Of course, you need to find a balance. Being really low all the time is unhelpful and hard work. But by the time your opponent is hitting the shuttle, you could often benefit from being lower than you are.

    One tactical suggestion: you have a nice smash, but I feel you aim at the body too much. This is good if you're in a winning position, but otherwise you're making life easy on your opponent. Your best smashes are not the most powerful ones, but the ones where you hit accurately near the side lines. Do more of this.
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    On the other side, when I watched your previous video in singles, i can see your split step clearly. But when I watched the doubles video, the split steps gone. Especially when you were defending.

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    Oops, I should have mentioned I was looking at the singles, hence the advice for smashing to the sides.

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