I feel I have a lot to work on, but where should I start first?

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  1. precrime3

    precrime3 Regular Member

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    I'm Not Dead! 11-12

    Hey guys, I know it's been a while. Life has been busy, outside of badminton as my career has become a bit more involved (in a good way.)

    Since my last update:
    - Took a week off in Mexico city (work related travels)
    - Am cleared from Physical therapy!
    - Have yet to lose the 10-15 pounds I got from not training in September :p
    - experienced what private lessons are like when your coach speaks the same language as you, so feel I learned a lot there

    - In/overcoming a mentality slump (some wouldn't call it this)

    Slump
    This slump I'm calling it has only been going on for a few days, and may not really even be a slump by some peoples definitions. Regardless, I noticed that lately I've been really frustrated with my game, and not getting as much pleasure from training as I used to. THere' been many times in Thailand where I'm tired or didn't want to show up to practice, but this feeling seemed different - almost a true dread.

    Could be burn out, who knows. COuld also be that after I beat Ben, my friend from back home, I didn't have a goal that pushed me as much as the thought of beating him did. Working wth my coach, I've been trying to mentally reframe myself to win smaller goals - reduce serve errors, good contact point, things I can directly control. Instead of worrying about points, which are sometimes out of your control.

    It's been working and yesterday was actually a good day for once, but we'll see.

    As for gameplay footage below are some singles matches:

    at 45:40
    at 47:14
    starting at 10:51 (a buch of single one set to 21)

    I def am beginning to feel that the physical is holding me back but technically feel am improving as I am getting better at flatter lifts, being more aggressive on serves, etc. One thing I'd like to focus coming up is faster drops, after I cement the contact point.

    Malaysia Soon? Hopefully
    I originally was planning to stay in Raleigh until end of decemebr but the wonderlust in me plus general loneliness is getting to me - only person here I know is my girlfriend and a friend from home who also came up here before me to train!

    I've always wanted to go to Tactical badminton but wasn't able to due to COVID but now seems it is possible:
    - Starting nov 29th, vaccinated people from Singapore are able to go to Malaysia via land border.
    - Singapore has no quarantine now.

    SOOOO my thinking is go to Singapore for 2 weeks to just explore the place and do a light offseason, and then travel to Malaysia via the land border and start trading with Coach Andrew @ Tactical. I talked with him yesterday about this on Whatsapp and he said that would be fine with him. So now gotta see if that is legally/ technically possible. If so, I'll probably make my way there around mid December and celebrate Xmas in Singapore lol.

    That's it for now guys :)

     
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    One week in Singapore should be enough. It's not that big a place.
     
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    Hitherto land travels between Singapore and Malaysia ( Johor Bahru) is still closed, only air travels between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur starting from November 29th but details are still vague.
     
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    Yeah this is what I'm banking on. I'm assuming they will require you to be in Singapore for at least 2 weeks, maybe 3. It maybe just for citizens of the respective countries which if that's the case then Im toast
     
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    SmashBounce Atlanta Tournament 11-19-11/21 Results
    Let's start with some pro's:

    I made it past my first round in singles and doubles (singles on a technicality lol)
    Was def a lot more calm, not nervous? Still made some unforced errors but they were more on misjudging shuttlecocks than straight nerves.
    Performance was better compared to last year.

    I didn't even play singles last time haha! Anyways, here's our video from last year:


    And the footage from this year:
    (singles game, first game didn't record wtf. Score was 15-21 and 19-21. The second game was def winnable but the guy kept giving dishonest line judges (I counted 4 after reviewing footage). Really upset about it.

    (Doubles game. Haven't played with my partner prior to this match and the guys were not too good. The second round we got destroyed but have yet to upload it as still traveling).

    For December what is the plan?
    If Korea would open, I was just thinking of going tbh. But I don't want to quarantine for 10 days again. Japan would be fun to travel to but still closed. Am debating going to:
    - Mexico (to learn Spanish and travel)
    - France/Spain (friend + family both traveling there)
    - Malaysia/Singapore (badminton training, but first have to go to Singapore to get to Malaysia via Land border cause COVID)

    - Or just stay home... I've gained 20 pounds since Thailand and def feel that's making a negative impact on my health/game.
     
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    I am no expert, but with your MS match, I think your takeaway from it is probably unhelpful. I didn't see many incorrect line calls. For example, if you are thinking of the one at the 2.21 mark then you need to consider that your camera is not at a good angle to judge that backline, because the person on the sideline with a better line of sight also gestured that it is out (and the trajectory certainly looks like it's too flat too stay in).

    However, you are right in that the match was winnable. My coach always talks about critical thinking, and the question here should be why you didn't capitalise on the obvious opportunities to beat your opponent. He is clearly less fit, his footwork is sloppy and he is also unable to play a proper backhand shot. I would advise re-watching the video with that mindset.

    Good examples of what actually you can do to win the game are the mistake in the split step/anticipation at 3.10 to a relatively standard service return, the lack of a proper jump chain + taking the shuttle low at 3.26 and also the service error at 5.14. At 8.15 you manage to construct a good rally, but rush the kill. That's already 4 points, so even if your opponent was being dishonest you should still be winning the game.
     
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    No absolutely. Even if those 4 points were truly mine, I should've wiped the floor. I go over the points you talk about in my reaction/analysis video of this match but there was far more I did wrong than he did
     
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    Quick Update: Flying out to Korea December 8th. After Quarantine, I should be able to start doing full time training again with my coach/partner (transition to front doubles) starting December 19th!
     

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