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Please recommend on my plan to practice the basic skills
May 19, 2014
12:15 pm
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tony
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Dear all,

 

finally I have found 2 players in my club who would like to practice with me. Some brief background about us:

  • I started badminton not long ago and consider myself an inexperienced player, however I like to keep learning and practicing to improve my game.
  • we have a trainer, who however gives us too much freedom IMO. Whenever we have a training session, he comes and says: “hmm let me think what we do today… ok let's do this and that”. We do this for 1 hour per about 2 weeks, and the exercises change each time. We forget quickly most of what has been taught.
  • I try to do some drills myself (serve, footwork, Paul's armchair exercise)
  • the players who would like to practice with me are female players (my mixed double partners), who already play for quite a long time (longer than me). But they also started late (in their 30's) as hobby players and picked up the wrong techniques from the start.

 

My plan is to practice to get the basic skills right first:

  • right grip
  • right posture
  • right footwork

 

However I got stuck here: I have no coaching experience and don't have an idea how to execute my plan. Can you please share your ideas/tips/recommendations how to get the ball rolling? I prefer something easy and simple to start with, so that we can see the progress which will motivate us.

 

thanks,

Tony

May 19, 2014
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Hi Tony, if your having problems finding a coach. Paul is starting a video coaching club soon which will help you with getting the right technique. Paul has a great way of teaching by breaking down the moves. Like you I started without coaching got loads of bad habits. But like you decided to do something about it. I attended one of Paul’s weekends & I can’t recommend it enough I try & go at least once a year now, you could read the testimonial page about his weekends. I would also ask the best players at your club for help.i would start with grips & footwork first
. But don’t do what I did and try to change everything in one go! Good luck : )

May 20, 2014
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Hi Dobbie,

 

thanks for your informative and encouraging reply. I am aware that taking Paul's coaching weekend is the most efficient thing to do. I attended a few badminton workshop here but I find them little useful: too much theory/information and no personal approach at all. So after these workshops I don't recall a single thing I could take home and continue to practice.

 

However getting visa to the UK is a big issue for me as a non-EU passport holder. It's still on my long-term todo list. The video coaching club sounds however very promising, I will definitively join it.

 

I understand that there is no easy way: one must practice to make progress. However with some guidelines, the effort will not be unnecessarily wasted.

 

It seems that  grips and footwork is the good starting point, I am glad you were in the same boat and found the same. I will continue from this.

 

Regards,

Tony

May 20, 2014
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Tony

 

Within in each practice I would build in at least 10 minutes serving practice. I would also consider 10 minutes on one net shot to include backhand and forehand. With each shot, please ensure the feeder takes their time to feed rather than provide the player with little recovery time. At your stage, it's important to learn to play the shot correctly so focus on the key elements of the shot which are grip, ready position, movement to the shuttle, playing the shot and recovery.

 

Follow this formula and select carefully which shots you practice.

 

Good luck

 

Paul

May 21, 2014
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Paul,

 

thank you for your reply: as always, very informative, concise and right to the point.

btw I use this tool to practice my grips. It's compact so I can have it on the table in my office at work and whenever I have a mini 2 min break, it's convenient to have it in hand. But I am not sure it's a good idea and wonder what you think of it?

 

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Regards,

Tony

May 23, 2014
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Great idea Tony. Many thanks for the picture.

 

Paul

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