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Thread: Hiting harder?
02-27-2009, 11:02 PM #1
So i was at badminton practice for 2 weeks already
and about half the team has told me to hit harder
dose anyone know what they mean by hitting harder?
also how do you make a popping noise when hitting the birdie?
could any one give me some tips on improving my game?
I guess im a mid intermediate player
im working on increasing my muscle strength via weight training
im a male 5' 5'' age 14
between weak and strong
im trying to maximize my accuracy and speed of my shots
i've been playing badminton competitively for about 1 year
and im currently playing badminton for my high school as a freshman
im very good at being deceptive but i get defeated by super fast shots
my recent games :
2 - 3 (loss)
3 - 2 (won)
3 - 1 (won)
02-28-2009, 02:30 AM #2
You make "the popping noise" by absolutely middling the sweetspot with a fairly hard shot. High tensions make a different, nicer pop but that's no reason to string at a tension you can handle.
They'll mean just hit faster and more powerfully if you know what I mean.
As for hitting harder, you're reasonably young so I'll assume your team mates are. A lot of people around their sort of younger teenage years think the most important skill in badminton is to be able to hit the feathers off the shuttle. Yes, I'm fifteen and yes, I hit hard but it's far from my only skill. Hitting hard can help but good placement and deception are much more important. Work on your basic game and once the fundamentals are good, your power will improve naturally. Then, you'll be able to work on hitting harder but by that point, I doubt you'll want to.
02-28-2009, 10:28 AM #3
Sorry, I was in a rush to get to badminton practise when I posted that, I missed a bit off.
You'll get stronger and hit harder anyway with age, technique is definitely more important now. I don't care if you can smash harder than Fu Haifeng, if you a.)can't place it and b.) can't do anything else well, you're still not gonna be a great player. People will just play shots that prevent you from smashing and you'll be stuffed. A much better way to develop power is to just incorporate it in to your game. Work on your technique for things like clears, make sure they always touch the baseline. Work on your smash, make sure it always goes sharply downwards and where-ever your opponent isn't. Make sure your drives always go in to your opponent's hip. Those are the sort of things you need to work on more than how to hit hard. Hitting hard usually comes with age (if you're a junior) and technique. Technique comes from practise - you know what to do.
02-28-2009, 10:52 AM #4
I think at 5'5" you're going to have to jump-smash to hit really hard without the shuttle going long. Having said that, I'm not suggetsing you go practice nothing but jump smashes - there are more important things to worry about than power.
Also, Dan's definitely right - power will come as you get taller, stronger, and more experienced.
02-28-2009, 01:05 PM #5
02-28-2009, 01:50 PM #6
well i have pretty long arms so i could smash at a low angle
ty dan and sketchy
03-02-2009, 07:03 PM #7
its nothing to do with trying to hit it as hard as u can...concentrate on your technique and add in shoulder rotation and wrist flicks to increase your power. as you get better and more consistant you can start putting more and more energy and power into it.
03-03-2009, 12:05 AM #8
Hitting harder doesn't always equate to smashing during high school practice (coming from personal experience). Some times they want you to hit deeper clears or faster drives. But hitting hard is all about technique.
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