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Thread: Badminton Lessons
03-08-2008, 12:29 PM #1
Hey, i've been playing badminton for a long time now, and i'm thinking about going into lessons so that i can improve myself.
Anyways, i was thinking that if i went in, it would mess me up, since i am so used to my way of playing. So the question is, if i go into lessons, would it mess up my way of playing?
03-08-2008, 12:34 PM #2
No, I don't think that you can speak of messing up your game by learning the proper technique. There may be a short time of feeling strange using the proper form if you've played your own way till now, but in the long run getting coached is certainly the best solution if you want to improve.
03-08-2008, 12:50 PM #3
Ooo, gotcha. Alright, thanks for the advice!
03-08-2008, 01:04 PM #4
if you have the oppertunity to go to lessons then deffinetly go to them so that you can learn proper form. alot of the kids i coach have that same mentality "ive been doing it this way and its worked for me" but in reality not using the proper form can only allow you to do so much where as once you have proper form you will be able to go further and learn much more. It will take you time to get use to it and you might feel like its taking a step back with relearning all your techniques if thats the case but in the end it would be worth it and you will see a huge improvement in your game just from learing proper technique.
03-08-2008, 02:00 PM #5
that's exactly what training is for isn't it?? bad habits must go, only then good habits can be learned. Learn and adapt! With determination you can do it!
Think of it this way instead. You might not see but you're 'messed up' now in some sense, and training will gradually make you less messed up...
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03-09-2008, 01:11 PM #6
So how long would you think i would have to get used to the "proper form"?
03-09-2008, 02:41 PM #7
03-09-2008, 03:18 PM #8
As for the length of time thats all independent as well on the amount of training that your getting and the serveness of your "bad habbits" if you have any that have to be corrected. but like after a few lessons im sure that you would start to see some improvement in your game for sure and then as time passes you will notice alot more.
03-09-2008, 03:41 PM #9
It's so important to have proper form when playing. Regardless of how long one's played, he or she should keep an open mind about improving their own technique. Using myself as an example, I still struggle in properly getting behind the shuttle due to laziness / poor footwork - I need to continue working on footwork exercises and also reinforcing the proper hit timing.
In the past, I didn't properly use body rotation and overexerted my arms during clears - this led to severe arm pain and could have led to serious potential injury. In short, learning proper form can:
o help prevent injury
o allow for greater deception in one's shots
o improve consistency and accuracy of shot (once used to it)
03-09-2008, 07:39 PM #10
Hm. Sounds awesome. Do you think 2 times a week is good enough?
03-09-2008, 08:19 PM #11
Two to three times is good. If you train four time a week, you might be pushing yourself too hard.
My advice for you is to start now. Who cares about how long it takes to improve, because you can start improving now . I dont literally mean 'now' as in.. 'get off your computer and start training', but i mean 'as soon as possible'.
03-09-2008, 09:12 PM #12
Oh, i wish i could. The sign ups are in October/November. I don't understand why they don't allow us to join all year long....
03-09-2008, 09:43 PM #13
You can still ask some advanced players or coaches to check your basic forehand technique. Most of them wouldn't mind, would they ?
03-09-2008, 10:33 PM #14
I don't think so. I'm trying out for the badminton team also tomorrow, and we have 2 coaches, so i'll try them also.
03-09-2008, 10:40 PM #15
03-09-2008, 10:50 PM #16
Oh i have a dying will to get on.
I just recently (yesterday actually) went and played with 2 friends of mine for about 2 hours. I won 6 games straight, then i just got tired out...on the plus side, i've just semi-mastered smashes.
03-09-2008, 11:34 PM #17
1) group coaching does not produce the same results (slower improvement) as very small group coaching (2 or 3 persons per coach)
2) say clearly to the coach what your objectives are. If you are satisfied with a little improvement, the coach may only work on consistency rather than form. If you say you want to work on form, tell him that, and he should do more in that area (but takes longer to get results)
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