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Badminton Techniques, The Life of Badminton

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Basic Badminton gripping techniques

Over here I will cover different basic badminton techniques and what they’re for. As you progress, future techniques will build upon these basic strokes.

Here’s a simple table breakdown of all the techniques. badminton has techniques that can be classified into four different areas.

  • Serve ~ The first swing that starts the rally
  • Front Court ~ Near the net
  • Mid Court ~ The center of the court or the sides of the center e.g side defend
  • Rear Court ~ The techniques executed furthest away from the net, also known as baseline

And within each area, there are various skills! Here’s a further breakdown of the different skill set.

Area of the Court

Different Badminton Techniques in that Area

Serve / Service

  • High/Long Serve
  • Short Serve
  • Flick Serve

Front Court

(Also known as Net Play!)

  • Lift / Clear
  • Net Shot
  • Net Kill

Mid Court

  • Block
  • Side Drive Shot
  • Lift / Clear

Rear Court/ Baseline

  • Lob Shot
  • Smash
  • Drop Shot

(Note: For every technique, you can hit straight or cross)

Often while practicing you’ll hear random people, friends or other players giving you advice on how you should execute a particular technique. And my advice is that before you follow or pass up any tips, always rationalize and test its effectiveness or efficiency on the court!

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Badminton Rules for Beginners in 5 Minutes

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In this page, we’ll cover the necessary basics to quickly get started in a proper game of Badminton. First I’d like you to understand that most people take quite a few sessions to remember all the rules so do not be too hard on yourself if you forget! (Especially when your friends put you down for not knowing the rules)

Objective of the Game

The objective is to get to 21 points first! You get a point when…

  • Your opponent’s shuttle hits the net
  • Your opponent is unable to return the shuttle
  • Your opponent hits the shuttle out of the boundaries!
  • Your opponent got a fault (E.g Touching the net during the rally, hitting the shuttle twice, Fault Service)

Know that every mistake is a point earned! (Whoops, no room for errors here!)

Types of event

There are 5 categories in Badminton

  • Man or Woman Singles
  • Men or Women or Mixed Doubles

Setting up

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The picture is self-explanatory~

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Who serve’s first?

This can be solved using rock paper scissors or tossing the shuttle, and whoever it point towards will serve.

How Scores are Counted

For scoring system, you need to understand there are Points and Sets.

Badminton is played best of 3 sets, each set lasting 21 points.

An exception to this is when there is a deuce; when the score reaches 20-20. When this happens, the first person to have a two-point lead wins. E.g 24-22, 25-27. The deuce has a cutoff point at 30, meaning the closest set would be a 29-30 score.

Next, you need to understand

1) The winner of the rally serves for the next rally (And his score will be said first, Eg 1 – 0)

2) Service in badminton are all diagonal, refer to the diagram below

3) When facing the net, even numbers(0, 2, 4, 14, 20) serves from the right

4) When facing the net, odd numbers(1, 3, 5, 9, 19) serves from the left

What are the Lines for?

The lines mark the Boundaries of the court, below are two diagrams — one for singles, the other for doubles– I’ve made to help you understand better.

The ‘In’ and ‘Out’ of a badminton court can be seen in a diagram below!

Simplified Court Boundary in Badminton

– Red areas are out-of-bounds

– Yellow areas are out-of-bounds for singles only

– All service are diagonal (right to right, left to left)

– All service must pass the short service line

– Doubles have a small service area (notice the nearer long service line for doubles)

Now… I want you to quickly re-read all those points above because I’m going to give you a mini quiz! Well if you don’t understand you can always refer back to the top! Post your answers in the comment section below!

Quiz Time!

1) What happens if I hit the shuttle into the net?

a) My opponent gets a point

b) I get a point

c) Nothing happens!

2) Which category has a bigger court boundary? (Exclude service)

a) Singles!

b) Doubles!

3) When does the game end?

a) When the time is up

b) When someone reaches 21 points

c) Until someone gets tired

4) Where do I stand (Facing the net) to serve when the score is 17?

a) Left

b) Right

5) When my opponent is serving, and the score is 9 – 10, where do I stand?

a) Left

b) Right

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Badminton History – From Battledore to Poona to Badminton

Badminton history can be traced back more than 2,000 years ago, and had to go through several key transformations before it became what it is today. Interestingly enough, with the history of badminton spanning over twenty centuries, the official rules were created about 130 years back.

5th Century B.C

Let us go all the way back in time where it all started. The sport has origins in ancient civilisations in Europe and Asia more than 2000 years ago, although where it truly began is debatable.

The oldest evidence suggested that at around the 5th century B.C the first shuttlecock game is played. It involved players using their feet instead of rackets to hit the shuttlecock.

1st Century B.C

Battledore

This is the time where people in Asia started playing battledore where the shuttle is hit back and forth without touching the floor as seen.

19th Century

During the 19th century, British military officers in the Indian town of Poona added a net to the ancient game of battledore (meaning ‘bat’) and shuttlecock, and named this new game after the Indian town.

In year 1867, the rules for Poona were written.

The sport of Poona was eventually brought back home by the officers, and was played at the Duke of Beaufort’s Gloucestershire residence in 1873. The residence was (and is still) called Badminton House, which is how this thrilling sport got the name used today.

And in year 1877 the Bath Badminton Club developed the first written rules for the sport. The following year the New York Badminton Club was founded, the world’s first badminton organization. The New York Badminton Club became society leaders weekend meeting place.

In year 1893 the Badminton Association was formed by 14 affiliated clubs and together they standardised of the measurements of the court, and a set of rules for the sport was agreed upon.

In year 1898, the first unofficial all-England badminton championships for men were held.

20th Century

In the 1930s the sport boomed as Hollywood personalities Bette Davis, Douglas Fairbanks and many more showed a keen interest in the sport. Also, during that time, many educational institutions, YMCAs and sports academies offered badminton in their curriculum, which fuelled the popularity of Badminton.

As Badminton grew rapidly on a global scale, the Badminton Association felt that a more ‘Internationally representative’ body was needed to govern the sport.

Eventually in the morning of 5 July 1934 at 10:30am, in Centre Block, Bush House, London, the IBF (International Badminton Federation) was created with 9 founding members (Canada, Denmark, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales) and has since expanded to 173 members with its head office at Cheltenham, UK.

Following that, America’s various badminton group formed the American Badminton Association and standardised the rules and regulations and became a member of IBF in 1938.

Soon in year 1948, the first major IBF tournament, the Thomas Cup is held, leading to the first Uber Cup competition 8 years later.

In year 1966 Badminton was added into the Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and has been part of the games since then.

In year 1972, Badminton is played as a demonstration sport at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. Badminton then shortly became a full medal sport at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Spain and 4 years later in the Atlanta Olympics, the mixed doubles was added.

In the 1990’s, Para-badminton started to become competed internationally, with the first World Championships in Amersfoort, Netherlands in 1998.

21 Century

On October 1,2005, the IBF was relocated to Kuala Lumpur and on September 24, 2006, after the extraordinary general meeting in Madrid, IBF decided to change their name to Badminton World Federation (BWF). Their official site is http://www.bwfbadminton.org/

BWF then puts Para-badminton as a priority in the year 2008.

In the Year 2009, BWF Celebrated their 75th Anniversary with wrote a book titled “International Badminton – The First 75 years, written by many people including Eddy Chong, Noriko Takagi, Li Lingwei, Nora Perry, Lu Shengrong, Richard Eaton, Judy Hashman, Richard Purser and many more.

Here are the links to the soft copy on BWF website.

Part 1 (Pages 1 – 78) http://www.bwfbadminton.org/file.aspx?id=571914&dl=1

Part 2 (Page 79 – 161) http://www.bwfbadminton.org/file.aspx?id=571913&dl=1

BWF became recognised as an International Organization by the International Paralympics Committee (IPC).

In the year 2013, the regulations for Para-badminton have been agreed upon (did not state which parties but I’m assuming it’s BWF with the International Paralympics Committee, IPC).

7 October 2014, Para badminton has been selected for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games sport for the first time.

Conclusion

Badminton has come a long way to become an all-inclusive and fun sport for everybody to enjoy and as we move towards the future, we will leave more awesome footprints of our Badminton History and dear old me (by then) would have to update this page again.

In the meantime do leave a comment if I have missed anything out and if you’ve any questions, and please do me a big favor by sharing this page if it was helpful! Smash On peeps!

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OUE Singapore Open 2016 Discount Code

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OUE Singapore Open 2016 Discount Code

Here’s what I received from my inbox. A great discount code for OUE Singapore that I thought is absolutely worth sharing!

So if you haven’t gotten your tickets, here’s a promo code you could use!

Email Message:

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Catch the intense action from some of the world’s top badminton shuttlers as they play to gain qualifying points for the Rio Olympics in August 2016.

ActiveSG members get to enjoy 10% off the ticket price!
Use promo code ActiveSG2016 at the
ticketing page below to enjoy the offer.

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Why You should Join a Competition this Holiday

Once again the holiday competitions are back right after the big exams! And to many of you(or your kids, I’ll use you & your kid interchangeably from now on) who are not in tip-top shape, you’ll be wondering should you even join this competition.

So I’d like to shed some light on what are some of the common concerns & fears people have about competing in a national tournament. (And why you really should take part!)

CONTENT:

> Common Concerns
> Key Information for Pilot Pen
> Key Information for Alpha Age Group
> Key Information for Rich Badminton Challenge

Common Concerns (And the problems with them)

  1. They don’t stand a fighting chance

    Yes, that may be true in some cases, but winning 1 national competition doesn’t make you all special either. In my opinion, I feel that the process is just as important than the outcome because, if you get the process right, the results will come. And even if you don’t win, the habits and traits learnt are applicable to other areas of our lives too.

    If you stand to learn any skill, strategy, attitude, passion by competing and while so, give yourself a compelling reason to watch and analyze your competitors to beat them, it’s worth competing.

    #PRO TIP 1: You’ll get to meet some really great players/coaches and you can ask for a tip or two in developing your game(or your child’s)!

  2. Pricey

    National Championships are really expensive! Yes, I know and can totally empathize with that. With the high fee comes the biggest prestige, the best teams, players & coaches so would it make sense then?
    I’d say it’s worth the experience if you haven’t done so already because playing in front of your class versus a 1,000 or 10,000 people crowd feels Very different!

    #PRO TIP 2: Schools and sports academies usually send their players for this competition, and if you ask, you may get sponsored for the registration fees and get to compete for free! (Plus a free T-shirt too!)

  3. No Transportation

    Sometimes the holidays are just meant for parents to de-stress and unwind (Parent’s get really stressed up over exams too!) and now we have to send them for this competition instead of going for a nice vacation?
    Who’s going to send them there and pick them up? Moreover, the competition schedules are so unpredictable and clash with my work?

    Fortunately, most coaches and schools send a team of players to compete, and with that being said, you can arrange for your kids to travel (or even stay over) together with his best friend to compete, it’ll feel like an overseas competition trip that’ll be both fun & exciting for your child and we’ll be able to unwind for a little while too!

In a Nutshell

Healthy competition is good for kids (and everyone), it opens up the mind to see what’s going on beyond the school badminton hall and although it can be inconvenient, the benefits from the experience would outweigh the cost, but do think it through everybody’s situation is different!

So here is some key information on the upcoming competitions

Pilot Pen Championships 2016 (National Championship)

Key Information

PIlot-Pen-Championship-2016 Poster Holiday Competition

HOW TO REGISTER?

  1. To view the full details of the tournament, download the Tournament Prospectus here:  Pilot Pen Championships 2016 PROSPECTUS (90 downloads)
  2. If you are registering on your own, please download and fill in this Registration Form here:  Pilot Pen Championships 2016 Registration Form (IND) (45 downloads)
  3. If you are registering on behalf of your school / club, please download and fill in this Registration Form here:  Pilot Pen Championships 2016 Registration Form (GRP) (21 downloads)
  4. Please mail the completed Registration Form, together with the cheque payment for your entries, to World-Champ Distributor, located at Blk 848 Sims Ave #01-720 Singapore 400848

Things to note:

  • Your entry will only be processed* upon receipt of your entry form and payment, and you will receive an SMS confirmation from us within 5 working days.
  • Submission of form and payment in person at the above-mentioned address will be accepted.
  • For enquiries, we expect our hotline to be busy during this period of time. Alternatively, please email us atwcd.agegroup@gmail.com or message us on our Facebook Page (fb.com/victorsport.sg) and we will get back to you within a working day.

*We typically experience a surge in registrations closer to the end of the eligible period. Please be informed that all entries will be processed on a first-come-first-served basis and registration for specific categories will end once the maximum of 64 entries has been reached. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to register early to ensure a place in the category that you are competing in.

GOODIE BAG COLLECTION

** Each participant is entitled to ONE goodie bag per entry

Date and Time: 4 – 5 June 2016 (Sat – Sun) from 12 – 5pm

Location:  VICTOR Flagship Store located at Blk 848 Sims Ave #01-720 Singapore 400848

  • Please kindly note that collection of goodie bags outside this window period will not be entertained.
  • There will be no collection at the tournament venue. Goodie bags which have not been collected will be forfeited.

 

Alpha Academy Age Group

Date: 20 – 26 June 2016

Location: United World College Dover Campus,
1207 Dover Road Singapore 139654

Categories:
Boys’ & Girls’ Singles 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, 17&U and 19&U
Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles 10&U, 12&U, 14&U, 17&U and 19&U

Registration Fees: Please refer to the table below

Closing Date: 13 June 2016

Prospectus / Rules & Regulations:
http://bit.ly/1J3UXbt

Registration Form:
http://bit.ly/1IpbRkM (Bulk Signup)

For more information, email info@alphaacad.com. See you all there!

RICH Badminton Challenge

Rich badminton challenge 2016 Holiday Competition

Double Smashers Championship

Double Smashers Championship

Double Smashers Championship

Do share with me how did you fare for this competition and any other competitions that you’ve come across alright? I wish you the best of luck in winning, and let the games begin!

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6 Important Rules for Your Badminton Strategies

When should you do a drive shot, net or other techniques? In this post, I’m going to talk about 6 important rules to help you get started in crafting your own Badminton strategy.

An Overview of a Strategy in Badminton

The rule of thumb of a good strategy is simple. First, the strategies you create must help you score points. Secondly, it must stop your opponent from scoring points.

With that in mind, strategies will differ with different opponents. As they have different strengths and weakness, you will need to customize your strategy for each opponent. 

The Killer Misconception

A common misconception is that student wants a one size fits all solution, like a particular technique that can score a lot of points.

And for me to feed that ideology would be poisonous as they would only use this technique when playing against any opponents.

Techniques are used as part of your strategy, but they are not the strategy.

Instead, a better approach would be to understand the fundamentals of a good strategy and practice creating them to beat specific opponents.

That’ll leave you with no choice but to work those thinking muscles, killing two birds with one stone! 

Here are the 6 rules that you’ll need to know

How to Score

1) Vary your strategy according to the opponent – every opponent is different

2) Choose to attack versus rallying/defending the shuttle – attackers always have the advantage. 

3) Attack your opponent’s Baseline Backhand corner (If applicable) – most people are very weak in this area

4) Exploit your opponent’s Bad Habits – pay close attention to find out the weak spots of your opponent

How to Not Lose Points

1) Get Focused before you serve/receive the shuttle – take your time to get yourself into a peak state of focus

2) Notice your opponent’s scoring trend – identify under what circumstances or techniques they scored more points, and find a way to counter-attack their best shots, destroying their mental confidence. 

This list is not exhaustive but it will get you started on a solid foundation. As you get better along the way you’ll find new principles that work across the board, so don’t get fixated on these 6 rules. Ultimately, Badminton is an evolving sport with better methodologies and equipment being created so we’ve got to be open and improve along with the sport! 

In the meantime keep smashing and I wish you the very best of luck!

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Which Badminton String and What Tension Should I Use?

Category : Badminton Equipment

Which Badminton String and What Tension Should I Use?

 

Welcome to episode 2 of the Q & A series. If you have any training or equipment questions, simply follow the steps outlined below to get the answers you want.

 

How to ask Your Questions?

 

All you have to do to participate is

1) View the video in Youtube (Click Here)
2) Post your question/s in the comments section (The more detailed your question, the better the response I can provide to help you, e.g. what have you tried and the obstacles you faced)

 

 

There are two areas you need to take note of.

1) The type of string

The most important factor is the thickness of the string. Thinner strings have a lot more force. 

Another factor is the feel of the string. I prefer soft feels, as if the string is stretchable. You will need to try out different feels to find out which is the most suitable for you. 

2) The Tension of the string 

For absolute beginners who are ladies and kids, start with 22 pounds. For guys who are totally new to badminton, start off with 24 pounds. 

Tight strings causes the shuttlecock to have a very quick rebound upon contact. It makes your opponent feel that the shuttlecock travels really fast towards him. But don’t get complacent yet! It travels fast, but it does not travel that far. If you want to increase the distance it travels, you have to use a lot of strength. 

Using a lot of strength makes it easy for you to get all sorts of injuries, especially if you are new to badminton. Stay safe and start off with a low tension. As a bonus, the string lasts much longer too. So you can avoid getting injured and save money at the same time!

As you face stronger players in future, you will need a badminton racket with a higher tension. Higher tensions means a faster speed of your shuttlecock, increasing the chance that you can score points against your opponent. 

How can you tell if the racket is of high or low tension? Just listen! A low tension racket creates a rather low-pitched sound, whereas a high tension racket a much higher-pitched sound. 

You are now ready to choose the right string and tension for yourself. If you have further questions, please let me know. I’ll be so glad to address them.

Have fun with your new racket!

 

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How to Get Power and Consistency in Your Shots

Episode 1: How to Get Power and Consistency in Your Shots

Hi everyone! Welcome to the very first episode of the Questions and Answers (Q & A) series.

How does this work?

 

So far the questions for the next few episodes have been asked by my students and now I’m inviting you to join in and ask any badminton questions that you may have and I’ll do my best to answer all of them.

All you have to do to participate is

1) View the video in Youtube (Click Here)
2) Post your question/s in the comments section (The more detailed your question, the better the response, e.g what have you tried and the obstacles you faced)

In the meantime, enjoy the first Episode of Q & A of getting power and consistency in your badminton game.

 

 

Having difficulty in the power and consistency of your shots?

Fret not, as it is rather common for players who are new to badminton. You are not alone. The shuttlecock simply doesn’t move according to how you want it to, despite your best efforts. 

 

Power

There are two things you need to learn to increase the power of your badminton shots.

First, learn how to comfortably use the full range of motion and find the sweet spot to hit the shuttle. 

Second, you need to improve your strength.

One way is to practice power-intensive drills. Another way is to use weighted training to accustom your body to moving with a higher level of weight. The third way is to follow a workout routine at a gym. 

 

Consistency 

Once you have mastered the full range of motion, you are ready to make your shots more consistent. The key is to cultivate muscle memory. 

There are several methods you can use to train for consistency. 

First, aim to keep the shuttle in the court. Once you can achieve that consistency, then you can work on the quality of your shots.  

Second, you need to master your position. When you are out of balance, you will find it difficult to perform techniques properly. The solution is to improve your footwork. 

Third is your opponent. Sometimes, you have the wrong opponent. What do I mean? If you opponent is too strong and delivers really fast shots, you will not be able to execute shots properly as the shuttle is simply coming towards you too quickly. Find a training group at a lower level 

Fourth, your mental state. If you feel too anxious, or are not well-rested, consistency falls off a cliff. Use relaxation techniques to calm yourself down and slow down the pace of the game. 

Lastly, there may also be external factors that affect your performance, such as some wind in the badminton hall, the quality of your shuttlecock, or the whether your badminton string is well-maintained. 

If you have more questions, please join our Facebook group below. I look forward to seeing you there.

In the meantime, have fun!

 

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How to Do a Consistent Serve in Badminton

The badminton serve marks the start of a rally, it’s Simple yet, very difficult! If you’ve been playing for a while you’ll quickly realize the importance of a good service, especially in the game of doubles.

 

Service is a HUGE chapter, so let me warn you that this page only touches on the tip of the iceberg. Having said that, theory will stay theory without practice, so after reading this article please be patient and Practice, A Lot. I had to practice many times at various stages of my career, I was playing daily at 11 years old.  At age 12, in preparation for the national age group tournament, I practiced an hour daily for about a month. 4 years later when I was a national player I practiced an hour and a half daily, for 3 months and about 500 shuttles daily, even with that I still have not come anywhere close to mastering the badminton serve because there is just so much to it.

 

Point is, your service can always be better. After reading this article if you haven’t served differently or had a ‘Aha!’ moment, then I’ve failed my mission.

 

Before you start watching the videos I compiled for you(Yay videos!) , I need you to understand why something so ‘simple’ is so important? Read the chart below

Consequences of Bad Serve
  1. Immediately Lose a point E.g Out/Into the net
  2. Put yourself into a very difficult position E.g Opponent doing a full smash at midcourt
  3. Low confidence & the Fear to serve
  4. Takes all of your focus to serve, ignoring/neglecting the next move or what the opponent is doing
  5. Breaks your momentum, because you cannot score a streak of points easily
Advantages of Good Serve
  1. Ability to strategize your serve
  2. Coordinate with your partner to effectively to ‘follow up’ for the next shot
  3. Take easy points if your opponent is not well prepared
  4. Confidence
  5. Frees your mind to think and respond to your opponent’s return

 

What Should Be My Focus Now as a Beginner?

Similar to the gripping of the racket, my advice is to work on one type of service at a time because every mistake is a point for your opponent, so consistency is key.

 

The best players are very mechanical with their serve and relies less on their ‘feel’ because as humans we all have good & bad days. The trick is to use a reference as a guide and stick to it.

 

Different Types of Service

There’s three proper types of service and one foul type of service that are commonly seen.

– High Serve

– Short Serve (Called low serve too!)

– Flick Serve

– Unofficial Drive Serve(Will tell you more later)

It’s hard to show you how they’re done with words so I’ve handpicked quality service videos to demonstrate how it’s done!

High Serve

Forehand high serve by Badminton England

A Detailed breakdown with explanation of the High Serve

A few things points to note from the video.

1) Drop the shuttle from shoulder height, don’t throw it downwards so that it’s flight is stable

2) Do a full swing (Think of drawing a semi-circle) to maximize power and consistency, instead of using just the wrist.

Low Serve

By Lin Dan – two time Olympic Gold Medalist , World Champion

Simple, Short and excellent video by a World Champion. No flaws here! (Duh!)

Translation Summary

He says the only reason he uses the backhand serve is because all the world-class players use this serve and he goes on explaining the steps.

Steps to Serve
1) Racket Head move backwards
2) Use the strength from your thumb (More power & control)
3) A big advantage is the flick serve ( Opponent dare not stay too front)
4) Demonstration of Flick Serve

 

By Badminton England

Another professionally done video on how to do the forehand short serve. My advice is to make sure you do one well first before moving on to the other!

 

Flick Serve

Howcast

By Bwf and HowCast Respectively
Two well done videos explaining what the flick is all about. One explaining the forehand and the other, the backhand flick serve.

Unofficial Drive serve

So why do i call this an unofficial drive serve? This is not to be confused with the flick serve! Personally I feel it’s an underhand trick people use to win that i definitely don’t endorse because it causes unhappiness and dispute among players which are not worth it. The problem with this serve is that it causes an unfair disadvantage to the receiver not because of good strategic nor tactical serve.

Whenever a player does this in competition, it often results in 1) Service Faults 2) Opponent complaining to the umpire. During friendly matches, it spoils the atmosphere because you come across as ‘playing dirty’ and this may result in angering your opponents and/or causing them to use the same trick on you. (Not a friendly sight)

Although I see people out there teaching this ‘Serve’ I personally don’t see why we need to rely on this form of serve in order to win Cheap points, hence I dubbed it an ‘unofficial’ technique.

Apparently I am unable to find a proper video of the drive serve (many were just simply flick serve termed wrongly).

This video explains the drive serve but demonstrates the flick serve half the time, only the lady did the drive serve (Not a good one for you to see the ‘cheat’ in it sadly)

Guess that someday I’ll have to find the time to make a drive serve for you all you all to see! (Finally seeing me huh!)

 

What’s a ‘Good’ Serve

A good serve is one that has a clear objective and is a strategy for the next shot. To give you a very very basic example (for those new to badminton), when I serve to the back of the court, making sure all the shuttle falls at the double lines at the back of the court is simply serving.

 

A good serve would be adjusting the height so that the shuttle is just out of your opponent’s reach (so they have no choice but to move to the baseline to take the shuttle) but have less time to do a full jump smash ( Hard smasher maybe?).

 

Of course this are very advanced serving tactics/techniques out there which I won’t cover just yet (Maybe soon!) because my aim here is to get the basic idea of service correct to help set you up to learn on your own effectively.

 

Improving to the Next Level

 

This paragraph is for those who have been playing for awhile now as after you’re able to consistency serve over you may be wondering what’s next? Well now you need to analyze every time you serve. Is there a pattern to the way people receive shuttles?

 

A simple example, in doubles if you do a short serve near the T section in the middle and often realize people flick the shuttle right above your head. A natural fix is to raise your racket up to intercept the shot. Alternatively If they keep avoiding you and does a straight net shot, then after the serve quickly re-position yourself to go for the straight shot since it’s a recurring pattern.

 

As you analyze more frequently in all aspects of your game, you’ll analyze faster and sharper and eventually you’ll even notice certain habits that are very common among groups of people,e.g; at certain angles they can only execute certain shots/ players from the same training academy having similar style.

 


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The Long Forgotten Fun in Badminton

Category : Badminton Training

As the days went by, I realise I needed to make Badminton more fun for my students, because what we’ve done have been just training and playing matches, I felt it could much better…

This is an important issue, especially for recreational players that train or play once a week. Problem is, after a week, they’ll forget techniques taught in the previous lessons, making me repeat or craft similar programs and that makes it kind of boring after a while. (At least I think they feel bored!)

I desperately wanted to make them burn with passion, or at least have fun and a good laugh training. And thus I started trying various methods to try and make badminton more fun like finding appropriate playing groups for them to get involved, competitions for them to compete and feel the excitement in the sport, adding a lot of variations to the program and more.

Still.. after much testing, I still felt training could be way more interesting. I clearly remember that I had a lot of fun in my good old training days, I just couldn’t figure out what was missing…

Finally I resort to asking my students themselves “How should training be? Like how can I make it really fun for you?”

And I’ve got some Really interesting answers that I absolutely have to share with you all!

Some students told me
“I like everything the way it is”

Some said
“Don’t worry, leave the fun part for us to find”

Others joked
“We can think about fun after I’ve lost X pounds/ inches off my waist”

And then there’s this student that said
“I think cheap thrills would be nice”

Bingo! I needed games with a little more thrill in them. I had been teaching for years and somehow over time I had forgetten these little games and challenges that gets everyone screaming their lungs out and cheering their teammates on. Basically games that are both fun while still meeting training objectives.

How could I have missed out?! Yes i know it’s bad for me to openly spell out my mistake but I really hope you don’t make the same mistake like I did, by being overly focused on improvement and neglect the joy & fun of the sport! Sure enough competing can be really fun, but sometimes we too need a mental break or just a good laugh to relieve stress from work/school/etc.

After reading this I really hope you don’t forget to add some cheap thrills into your trainings to make it way more fun.

Some examples are
E.g loser treats everyone drinks
– Any funny(but not dangerous) sorts of forfeits
– 5 versus 5
– touch & go
– Who can smashes the box most number of time wins
– Mimic the player opposite doing footwork

And the list goes on and on!

I really hope this list has benefitted you in some way and Please do share with me what are some of your favorite Cheap Thrills! I’d totally love to hear and try them out too.

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