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What do you fellow players do to warm pre match
February 23, 2014
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Dobbie98
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I was wondering what fellow players did as a warm up & their preparation before a match once you have arrived at your venue?

Hopefully not what some players in my team do! i.e not walking on court & start hitting the shuttle over the net trying to smash hell out the shuttle playing a type of half court singles.

February 23, 2014
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Hi Dobbie,
At my club we have a routine where we start with a little net play, move on to pings (flat drives), then figure of eights (alternate drop and clear) then when warmed up smashes then clears and finish with service practice. It’s easier for home matches as we have plenty of time but away matches can be more of a problem due to club nights etc.
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February 24, 2014
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It's very important to do stretches, static and dynamic, before you even pick up a racket. The short pre game knock up that you see the professionals do prior to a game is just the end of their warm up process. 

February 26, 2014
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^ Seconded. The pros step into the arena already warmed-up well.

Although the topic’s context is match situation, I found it both important and beneficial to get properly warmed up for recreational games too. It minimizes injury risk and allows me to get straight into the game hard and fired up.

Basically just do the stretches for a substantial amount of time.
Meanwhile I notice a few of my playmates get by with short stretching works by applying anti-inflamatory ointments (any that contains methyl salicylate) on their muscles. But I do not recommend this as a substitute to proper warm-up.

February 27, 2014
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My warm up consist of jogging round the courts 3 times, then chasse steps, short sprints then running backwards.
I tend to use the best shuttle I can find for knocking up & test the speed so not to aggravate my shoulder.

I then agree with my partner the shots we will start with till we go through all the shots that we will be using in the game, starting off slowly & gradually building the pace.

If playing an away game I like to have a hit both sides of the court to help get a better feel for the hall. Then I decide if one end is better which end I want to start.

February 27, 2014
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Sadly you won't find many players warm up properly before a game. i have to confess and do more work at home before I travel to club night. However, I do ensure I warm into a game rather than go full out. That said, i am not playing matches so it makes it easier for me as effectively i have nothing to play for…except fun!

 

Otherwise, I would take a little longer in my preparation not just of my body but of my mind. Nowadays I like to quieten the mind beforehand so that i can focus on what is about to happen rather than still be processing the events of the day or anything else for that matter.

 

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