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What innovative ideas do your coaches use to train you?
July 28, 2013
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Matt

 

I like the pole idea, however to create it physically is a challenge too far at the moment. Also the length of the pole will be subjective.

 

I agree that the bungee chord has drawbacks but the idea behind this was to close the gaps which is by far the biggest problem on court rather than two players being to close.

 

I also like targets on court and tend to find in games my opponents make good ones! Aside from that i use a lot of targets from two tubes of shuttles to create my goal posts to upturned cones, racket head covers, tube ends and anything else I can find if the need arises.

 

The outstretched arms and bouncy balls is a good exercise. We use that at county junior practice. 

 

Players that know me will testify how good rackets covers are for teaching technique and for training wrists and forearms.

 

Perhaps my greatest invention is the net above the net. This will be making a welcome return to lilleshall in September for the advanced group and boy will they have the opportunity of seeing the variety of ways in which this can be used. Hopefully i'll take photos of it this time so you'll see this in action.  As Matt will testify, I introduced this a year or so ago and tested it in our serving competition. It caught so many players and immediately improved many serves as there was simply no margin for error.

 

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July 29, 2013
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Yeah – I think the bungie chord is the right starting point. What I find, interestingly, is that if in mens doubles you need to tweak positioning, it is normally with bungie chord (to keep them closer), whilst in mixed or ladies, the pole would be more appropriate. This is simply because men tend to back off from the net too much (and you need the bungie chord to pull them forwards to the mid court), and women not enough (you need the pole to force them BACK into the midcourt) 😉 Notice how it id better use of the midcourt people need! The above has been my general experience at the least!

With regard to this net above the net… firstly, yes I would love to PRACTICE (not demonstrate) serving through the gap, but you will NOT be catching me anywhere near it when we do net shots or whatever other crazy ideas you have (returns or serves? drives? what kind of evil plotting awaits these participants?). It was amazing how quickly people started serving OVER the second net. And these are people with good, tight low serves!

July 29, 2013
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So would you purchase a plastic tube from a plumber merchant & then pass bungee rope through the tube to make this work?

July 29, 2013
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Re serving, if I can serve between the nets, I’m certain Matt you can do it! Would love to see the video for this, especially the rest of what Paul’s got lined up as it sounds like mission impossible, I would pay just to watch. Good luck

July 29, 2013
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Matt

 

How about a net doubles with this in play?

 

Also, how about serve, return and the third shot? Mmm get's you thinking doesn't it? And yes, these two ideas are both included in September along with numerous other goodies.

 

This course in September is completely new and will not follow the format of the old courses although there will be some elements that will crop up.

 

This courses will ensure that all players will be tested beyond anything they've done before and I expect many will suffer mentally more than physically because of the sheer concentration required as we progress through the weekend.

 

If I was you I'd be sharpening up in terms of taking the shuttle early from the position of being my partner when I serve. You'll need it!

 

Paul

 

PS I've not finished tinkering with the program yet but I'm being careful what I tell you.

July 29, 2013
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Why are you doing this to me paul? Why?

Well, I will have you know that I will rise to the occasion (hopefully)! Its not only the participants that suffer mentally though 😉

However, your warning has been noted. I will work on third shot footwork tonight. I wish you'de given me more than a few months warning though!

July 29, 2013
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To be honest dobbie, I think that the concept of the tube is more important than the physical push and pull. For every slight movement of one player, they move to a different area of the court and are thus covering the court differently. A good partner must adjust their position for the slightest movement of their partner, so that the court remains covered between them.

And I don't mind serving through the gap, but give me a couple of minutes to warm up and get “in the groove”! Before everyone starts judging my serve 🙂

July 31, 2013
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Matt your a top player, bet you will have your eye within 3 serves, I remember you demonstrating serves and at least two skimmed the net & landed in.

When I was down the leisure centre about 6 yrs ago whilst getting into badminton. I saw a coach getting a player to crouch down facing the net in front of the service line. He would then hit a clear, the player had to get back & hit to a position the coach called out. The player glided to the back of court & played the shots perfectly. It was a joy to just watch.

At a club night when practicing clears we had one player feeding, one player hitting the clear the rest of us at the rear of the courtin a line with rackets held up, you got 5 shuttles, to which to get in the tram lines. After each feed we took a step back. The coach judged who was most successful at clearing & hitting the back line.

July 31, 2013
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I wish I could remember that demonstration! My serve isn't so solid nowadays – lack of dedicated practice (i.e. matches)!

August 4, 2013
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Last Monday at one of my clubs i was practicing smash defence & I was doing ok, when the coach pulled a bench on court, this was about 2 feet from the service line & fed smashes at different angles which was a lot harder but a good work out for correcting your base position ( dependant on where the coach was on the bench) racket preparation & reaction.

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