Badminton is the best thing there is besides Nutella. Here are 10 handy tips from Coollang to get you started with Badminton that will have you going from beginners to intermediate player in no time.
1. Let me put the most important tip first. WARM UP! Ideally, you should break into a sweat before entering the court. Stretch your muscles. Not warming up properly can lead to serious injuries (I learned it the hard way).
2. Concentrate on the strokes. Don't rush to play games. Practice hitting 100 accurate tosses, drops, smashes, etc. Work on your precision. Our coach used to draw boxes with chalk to get us to target the right areas. Learn your strokes by the book and practice to perfection. Know your grips (forehand, backhand, net) and use them in daily practice.
3. Learn the footwork. I think of it as a choreographed dance. Learn how to 'move' on the court and not run. It will make you faster and conserve a lot of your energy. See how perfect Lin Dan's footwork is.
4. Watch advanced players. You can learn strategies, techniques and tactics no book or coach will tell you.
5. Improvise. Once you have mastered the strokes, don't be afraid to give them a personal touch. Deception is also an important aspect of the game.
6.Try to play with people who are better than you. This can be hard sometimes but it does make a big difference to your game.
7. Understand your opponent, his psychology. When you play a game, you have to constantly think about his game too, not just yours. Where are you getting points? What is his strength and weakness? How can you make him play what you want? How can you catch him on the wrong foot? The moment you stop thinking, you lose.
8. Don't focus on winning or losing during your initial days. Your aim should be to play a good game, to minimize errors and make sure the shuttle behaves exactly as you intended it to. You may win against a good player if he makes a lot of unforced errors or he isn't in proper form, but would it really be a win?
9. Play to win, not to defeat. As you play more matches, you will understand why this is important. Be confident and strong willed- do not give up! Half of the game is always played in the head and most of that is determined by your attitude.
10. After practice, cool down and stretch. This will help your muscles relax after an intense practice session, get your heart rate back to normal and help prevent injury. It helps to put on warm clothes too!