Gettin' older!

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by scamp, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. scamp

    scamp Regular Member

    May 19, 2018
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    My speed around the court has diminished in recent years...not helped by an illness a while back. Yup, it's normal that you slow down with advancing years but i find it frustrating. What to do? Some of those speed exercises are okay for when you're a fledgling but not when you're an old owl.
  2. Cheung

    Cheung Moderator

    Apr 25, 2002
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    wannabe badminton phototaker
    Outside the box
    Basic strength and balance exercises are not to be underestimated.

    Being able to maintain balance after hitting the shot enabled better recovery. If not improve your speed, at least slow its decline :)
  3. BadmintonDave

    BadmintonDave Regular Member

    Feb 1, 2022
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    Hampshire, England
    The clubs I have played for and against have varying levels of "old owls".

    I've seen some that hardly move. Hardly move and can hit winners. Move well. And still move well and give good games.

    As long as you take care of yourself and can move comfortably round the court, losing a bit of speed isn't the end of the world.

    The biggest movement mistake I see some people make (of any age) is not ending on a lunge and taking a bit too long to move back into position.
  4. SnowWhite

    SnowWhite Regular Member

    Oct 13, 2018
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    1. As inevitable the physical decline is, do your best to stave it off. It is easier to stay in shape than to get in shape, and the older you are, the harder it will become.

    2. Some badminton qualities are less affected by age, and others not at all. It is likely still possible to improve consistency, footwork efficiency, technique. Maybe add deceptions to your arsenal. Another factor of time, and this may or may not apply to you, is that the older you are, the more likely it is that you have won whatever you wanted to win, or you have proven yourself to others, and to yourself. This takes the burden of expectation off the shoulders. Younger players are usually more eager to win, and have psychologically more at stake. This results in the trend that older players are likely more mentally resilient and less likely to psychologically falter during a game.

    3. You can play in a way that takes the match away from fitness. Ahsan and Setiawan try to keep rallies short, relying on superior shot quality, their aggressive netplay, their ability to play difficult shots under pressure, and mental resilience. At the club level it's a bit of a stereotype to have two older (often heavier) players that stand still and just defend everything. Often they win points by counterattacking. Bonus points if they have deceptive skills as well. It's far less physically demanding to defend than to attack, so as long as the defense is good enough it's a viable strategy.

    In singles it will be more difficult, but still possible. To balance the scales against a younger fitter opponent, the goal is to win your points as cheaply as possible and to make sure the opponent has to work hard for their points. If you can play deceptively without making mistakes, it is a great tool to win cheap points, or at least to tire the opponent more. Playing into the opponent's weakness is another way to take the game away from a fitness-competition. At lower levels, playing the opponent's backcourt backhand are simply free points, but even at higher and higher levels, the backhand is still a weaker and less powerful side for most players, and playing it relentlessly can be a way to put pressure on the opponent while making your own court smaller.

    Badminton is a complex game where many factors play a role in the outcome of the game. Fitness is only a component, that while important, can be minimized by playing in ways where the players' fitness matters less. What do you consider your strengths? Try to play in a way where those strengths have more influence on the game.
  5. Budi

    Budi Regular Member

    Feb 10, 2019
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    What is the purpose you play badminton? Is it for tournament or enjoy the sports competitively?

    If its for fun, age wont be able to stop you enjoy the games.
    1. Speed & power are not the most important in badminton. There is also brain for strategy, consistency, & mental strength. Look at the daddies. Both are quite old, all 4 injuried leg & i think they are the slowest player, but their shot consistency, quality, strategy makes them still standing on the final many times even with their so many handicap agains younger player.
    2. Playing with abit lower level might also be an option to keep up the games. We also had old player in our club before Covid & they mixed playing between challanging games & easier games like at 1st games, playing serious games but later have fun with some lower level.
    3. Just reminder, dont ever takes a shuttle by bowing. Never put your head lower than your hip. Idk how to explain the medical stuff in english just that you dont want all your blood flow down to your head.

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