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    hey, i've been playing badminton for about a month now (my user name is pretty contradictory) and i learned all the basic rules, techniques (the forearm technique etc.), and how to hit the shuttle. the only thing i cant do so far is to catch the dam birde in mid-air with your racket. for example: when your opponent misses a shot and lost the you got a point, your opponent needs to give the birde back to you. then he just slightly taps the shuttle over the net. how do you catch the ball with your racket from your opponent when he slightly hits the ball over? this may seem like something very trivial and easy to accomplish, but as you can see, i am pretty n00by to all this badminton stuff. i am also looking for a good beginner website where i can learn more. thnks fer any help you can give me!
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    hi...i might be mistaken but u must mean..."craddling" or "cushioning" the birdie on the strings of your racket instead of grabbing it with your hands or letting it drop on your hand...this just seems more easier and less complicated...

    well my way is having ur racket out pointed at the birdie with the face of the head of the racket pointing to the sides and not to the ceiling or the floor...this gives easier cushioning to the birdie when attempting to catch it...then when the birdie gets near ur racket head lightly brush the birdie and go in a motion where ur moving ur racket down at the speed of the birdie and by the time u get to ur waist or some where near that area cushion it...just as u would when u jump from a high surface and when u hit the ground u control ur impact by moving ur body weight downward to prevent shock to ur legs and a loud *bang*...

    well i dont know if this has helped...maybe a bit confusing...i will try and make a diagram for u if u have some trouble still...

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    You basically cushion/support the bird on its way down. You let it drop and you hold your racquet vertically so the strings are pointing left and right then you do a C shaped figure with your racquet just that the curve on the "C" is on the floor.

    It's rather hard to explain!

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    Originally posted by Yodums
    You basically cushion/support the bird on its way down. You let it drop and you hold your racquet vertically so the strings are pointing left and right then you do a C shaped figure with your racquet just that the curve on the "C" is on the floor.

    It's rather hard to explain!
    J shaped seems better

    btw, because by cushioning the bird on its way down, you're basically matching its speed and slowly decreasing it, it'll take some to master it. Have someone show you! I always find that it's the fastest/easiest/best way to learn.

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    Originally posted by JChen99
    J shaped seems better

    btw, because by cushioning the bird on its way down, you're basically matching its speed and slowly decreasing it, it'll take some to master it. Have someone show you! I always find that it's the fastest/easiest/best way to learn.
    Oh ya.. basically a hook .. sorry!

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    1337-b4dminton,

    Just keep practicing it and once you've accomplished that, try backhand, forehand, backhand, forehand...just keep going, learn some control from that. I think it closely resembles a net drop in my opinion. Can you pick up the bird from the floor with your racquet yet? If you cant, keep practicing...

    Are you still in highschool? If you are, what school do you go to?

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    Originally posted by Joseph
    1337-b4dminton,

    Just keep practicing it and once you've accomplished that, try backhand, forehand, backhand, forehand...just keep going, learn some control from that. I think it closely resembles a net drop in my opinion. Can you pick up the bird from the floor with your racquet yet? If you cant, keep practicing...

    Are you still in highschool? If you are, what school do you go to?
    I think he's probably in grade 12 since his profile says he's 18

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    yeah i'm still in high school. actually, i lied about my age. i'm really in 10th grade. i go to msj high school (the 5th best school in california!). OUR BADMINTON TEAM OWNS (i'm on JV badminton by the way)!!! anyways, all those varsity members on our team can do what you call "cushioning" hella well. they do that J-shaped swish to catch the birde, but i can't do it no matter how much i practice. the birde keeps on bouncing off and i end up having to use my hand to catch the birde. i am not very good at getting the birde off the ground either (with the racket). thanks for the feedback!! if any of you have a diagram on how "cushioning" works, feel free to post it! also, are there any good beginner / intermediate website i can learn more froom? thanks!
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    Originally posted by 1337-b4dminton
    they do that J-shaped swish to catch the birde, but i can't do it no matter how much i practice. the birde keeps on bouncing off and i end up having to use my hand to catch the birde
    delicacy is the key. btw, you dong hav to be good at badminton for you to be able to cushion with ease. a few months into the game I can pick up and cushion with ease. At that time, I could still barely hit the shuttle

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    my way: let the bird make contact wif ur racquet...then juss bring ur racquet down wif the bird at the same speed until the bird stops

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    first have some practice without racquet and shuttle - use your hand and a raw egg. toss the egg, and catch the egg without cracking it. your hand motion becomes one of absorbing the shock of the falling egg. If you don't cushion it properly it will crack the egg.

    It's the same motion with the shuttle. In this case instead of the shuttle cracking - it bounces off.

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    How good are people at cushioning the birdie with the racket anyway? I can do it but quite often I am not successful and the birdie falls to the ground. I can also scoop the birdie from the ground but I often get to be an idiot and keep scooping up the bird several times before I get it on my racket .

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    Originally posted by ronk
    How good are people at cushioning the birdie with the racket anyway? I can do it but quite often I am not successful and the birdie falls to the ground. I can also scoop the birdie from the ground but I often get to be an idiot and keep scooping up the bird several times before I get it on my racket .

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    Well, I'm pretty good at catching it. Sometimes I miss. As for scooping it, I usually do what you said at least once a night. Sometimes I do it 2-3 times before picking up the bird. LOL, the people on the court are just about to fall asleep when that happens

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    Originally posted by ronk
    How good are people at cushioning the birdie with the racket anyway? I can do it but quite often I am not successful and the birdie falls to the ground. I can also scoop the birdie from the ground but I often get to be an idiot and keep scooping up the bird several times before I get it on my racket .

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    I can catch, but I usually just bounce it off my racket and snatch it off the air with my left hand
    Catching takes too much effort
    I'd rather save those ATPs for duing game use

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    Originally posted by Yodums
    Well, I'm pretty good at catching it. Sometimes I miss. As for scooping it, I usually do what you said at least once a night. Sometimes I do it 2-3 times before picking up the bird. LOL, the people on the court are just about to fall asleep when that happens
    A good practice drill as a feeder is to catch the smashed shuttle with your racquet. Give it a try sometimes. If you can control your racquet and reaction to catch the shuttle from a smash, you will be able to control return any smash.

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    Originally posted by badrad
    A good practice drill as a feeder is to catch the smashed shuttle with your racquet. Give it a try sometimes. If you can control your racquet and reaction to catch the shuttle from a smash, you will be able to control return any smash.
    Yeah right !. Next thing is you want me to stand on the center line and get power smashers like Xia or Peter Rasmussen smash at the doubles alleys (unpredictably) and my task is to catch the birds with my racket 100 out of 100 times. If I could do that, I will be playing for the world championships.

    Scooping up the little birdies from the floor leaves scratch marks on my rackets .

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    i tend to have my racket perpendicular to the ceiling or floor, then i would sort of follow the bird as it comes down, i would start turning my racket to be parallel to the floor, sort of like making a J shape.

    once you do it many times, you will be able to catch it many different ways, like without even turning the racket and just moving it up or down.

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