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Thread: Rejection and Improvement
03-20-2010, 05:18 AM #18
I guess that kind of training is good enough for club play where speed isn't that much of a factor and people get by even with mediocre placing.
03-20-2010, 04:13 PM #19
There are so many ways to learn this game. If you can't get into the team right now, ask if there is a way of helping out. This way you get to see and hear what the coaches are teaching the students. You can practice elsewhere but at least you know the information.
Use video from youtube to study players. Choose a player you admire and try to copy them. Focus on their technique rather than watching the game. Try to copy and learn what's working and where you still need help.
You have to be selfish in training to get what you want out of it. Ask others for help but make sure you help them too. Use this forum to ask questions and never ever give up.
To your success
03-20-2010, 07:40 PM #20
03-20-2010, 10:56 PM #21
I youtube a lot, looking at various instructional videos and I watch a lot of professional videos as well. The thing with professional videos is that it's possible that what they do is too advanced for my level right now that it'd simply too ambitious to try and copy them right away.
03-20-2010, 11:24 PM #22
03-21-2010, 11:30 AM #23
Focus on the basics first ... proper footwork, correct grip, right execution of shots. Once you already have a strong foundation, start with improving your strategy, endurance, speed, strength, etc.
Training is good, but never give up playing with the right people. It sounds harsh, but you will never improve if you play with weaker players. I'm sure there are a lot of club players who are even better than varsity players. Go play with them. Join queueings.
Oh! Choose the right coach. This is harsh, but sometimes, there are coaches who aren't certified coaches. I had a coach who was teaching me wrong tactics and strategies. What she was teaching me is totally different from what is written in badmintonbible.com and what BCers (and even Jonas Rasmussen) usually advise. The worse thing is, she's a university coach. Poor kids. No wonder their university never wins a tournament. All I'm saying is, be wise in what advise to follow.
03-21-2010, 11:46 AM #24
Yeah, I'm building up on knowledge from badmintonbible and youtube videos while waiting for my injury to fully heal, so as to be able to be vigilant on what I'll learn from others. I guess I should combine self-learning with actual coaching, and apply it to club queuing to be able to improve to varsity level.
BTW, d'you mind disclosing who that coach is? Our school's coaches happen to be female as well :P
03-23-2010, 11:28 PM #25
I'd rather not say. But here's the thing. I've experienced training under four different coaches. They have different strenghts and weaknesses when it comes to teaching. Luckily, my first coach taught me a good basic foundation. That's the most important thing, because if you're taught the wrong footwork and what not from the very start, it would be very much hard to unlearn. Plus, I was with the right crowd. Our senior varsity players helped me a lot.
My second coach was even better because he imposed self-discipline, had a good knowledge of the sport, and was a good player himself. Unfortunately, I had to quit the team because of my priorities/studies, and I couldn't cope up with the training schedule (as he is more strict than our first coach). But I'm sure that I would have been a better player by now had I continued training under him.
My third coach was so-so. He's a fantastic player on court, but off court, he's not a good teacher. My training with him was only a refresher course because I came back playing baddy again after college.
My last coach was the worst. I can't see any trace of knowledge about good tactics. She doesn't even know the right terminologies. She doesn't use the terms push, drive, etc, and instead uses invented words. Enough said.
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