Shadow drills and playing for real...

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by Loopy, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. Loopy

    Loopy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    777
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    LuckyTown
    I do my footwork shadow drills just fine, moving around and swinging without a shuttle.
    The problem resides when playing for real (in singles). The footwork isn't the same, sometimes I'm more focused about making the stroke and not the footwork, other times I just "forget" to get back to my central position. It's hard work doing proper footwork, focusing on the shuttle and swinging the racket properly at the same time. :p
     
  2. carlo

    carlo Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2006
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Beijing
    Balance when hitting the shot is an important part of footwork. When shadowing I always try to make the hitting action as realistic as possible (try to imagine the opponent's position on the court, the type of shot I'm making etc) so that if I'm caught out of balance at least I'm more aware of it.

    I agree, though it's even harder when you don't know where your opponent is going to send the shuttle next :D
     
  3. kinoko

    kinoko Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Messages:
    137
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New Zealand - Indonesia
    you just need to move quicker with well balanced steps :D and lots and lots and lots of practice. forgetting getting back to central position is one of the sign of muscle tiredness. reading opponent's shot helps saving your footwork's stamina. in singles game, it is super important to have a strong basic of footwork. it is unlikely for the opponent to make a fancy hard trick shot or attacking that might cost him trouble. if you can take the shot in a good well balanced position all the time ull be hard man to beat =)
     
  4. Gollum

    Gollum Regular Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2003
    Messages:
    4,642
    Likes Received:
    286
    Location:
    Surrey, UK
    You need to include more game-like situations in your practice. At the moment, you're doing two very different things:
    • Shadow badminton (footwork practice without a shuttle)
    • Real games
    The skills you learn in shadow badminton are not enough: they won't transfer easily to real games.

    Try doing corners work. You need a partner to stand in one corner of the court. He hits to the four singles corners, while you return the shuttle to his corner. He should not try to beat you; he should try to put just sufficient pressure on your footwork/speed to make it difficult. He can (should) use deception, however.

    You can start with only two corners and progress to four.

    The exercise is excellent for integrating your footwork patterns into a real game. It helps develop your split drop timing, and it's also good for fitness.
     
  5. coachgary

    coachgary Regular Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2006
    Messages:
    472
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    uk
    Shadow footwork drills are a good way to practice specific movement patterns and to work on speed endurance. However it doesn't help your anticipation of your opponents next stroke move or your tactical awareness.

    Gamelike situations is what you need - you can still do this with shadow work by having a partner point to specific areas of the court when you move back to a base position. However, you must remember that your base position is fluid and not fixed. This is why it is better to have a coach or partner to feed shuttles in an "open" practice. The feeder needs to focus on how you use the split drop to change direction and its timing. Probably better to have a competent person feeding while the coach watches and assesses your stroke moves.
     
  6. Sgbad

    Sgbad Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    1,516
    Likes Received:
    1
    Occupation:
    bumming around
    Location:
    Singapore
    I guess another way to get a more gamelike situation is to get another partner. Have him cover the areas he wish and you just have to follow to very place that he goes. Say about 20strokes, then switch over to your turn to decide the places. In these case, its more like a singles game.
     
  7. martin8768

    martin8768 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    503
    Likes Received:
    3
    Occupation:
    sudent
    Location:
    ONTARIO,CANADA
    This isen't as big of a problem as you think it is, it just takes practice. get a partner and tell him to hit slow shots and have a really low pace rally going, no pressure very slow and focus on footwork, first, dont think about the stroke, good badminton players dont think about the stroke they only think about options, or where to place the shuttle and how powerful or spinny(slice) should this shot be? so this is how it should run in ur mind, partner hits the shuttle, you think "get into position to hit this shuttle as fast as possible( so basically focus on footwork, this part will become subconscious with practice and footwork will like just flow) then think of options, dont think about the actual stroke.
     

Share This Page