Post videos of yourself playing

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by GTAveteran, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Dangho

    Dangho Regular Member

    Aug 25, 2013
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    The void

    From Bulgarian International 2017 I think. I'm the guy in grey shirt and head band. We are a small group of friends who travel every year to get knocked out in the first round and spend the rest of our visit as a vacation. It's quite nice :)
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  2. Joyson Menezes

    Joyson Menezes New Member

    Mar 25, 2020
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    Hello Badminton lovers,

    I would appreciate if you can provide feedback on how to improve my game:

    Singles game (I am in blue jersey):


    Doubles game (I am in black jersey)

    Thank you,
    #2822 Joyson Menezes, Mar 31, 2020
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2020
  3. alexchristen

    alexchristen New Member

    May 15, 2020
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    SEO service provider in Singapore
    It would be real fun if I post. I am a beginner. Worth posting?
  4. j4ckie

    j4ckie Regular Member

    Aug 12, 2010
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    Just a few very short points, please excuse my short and direct language, it's not meant negatively:

    - Fix your service. It's illegal most of the time and not in a way that would give you an advantage. Your racket is pointing upwards, you'll need to raise your racket hand higher, especially in doubles this service motion appears to give you a lot of trouble in regards to consistency and quality.

    - In order to move faster around the court, work on your split-step. It doesn't always need to be big (essentially, you make it bigger when you're in trouble and anticipate a rally-ending attack, e.g. when you lifted short), but it always needs to be there. In faster play, especially doubles, that can mean that your feet don't actually leave the ground at all, but you just lower your body weight in the moment you anticipate your opponent contacting the shuttle. The essential part of the "split-step" is not actually your feet moving, it's that downwards movement of your center of mass.

    - In singles, you have a tendency to stand in your base position with your right foot in front of your left, regardless of rally situation. That makes your short BH and deep FH corner more vulnerable. Try to practice with your feet neutral/parallel.
    Adapting your foot placement in your base position will make it easier to reach some parts of the court and harder to get to others. It'll always be easier to travel along the line that goes through both your feet and harder to move perpendicularly to it. Adapting your stance accordingly is slightly advanced footwork that you should practice after you have the split-step down to an instinctual level and got rid of that habit of placing the right foot forward.

    - You should avoid smashing with power when you hit the shuttle moving backwards (unless it's 95% sure to immediately end the rally, e.g. because your opponent is really out of position). Try instead to go for a half-smash or 'smop' (somewhere in-between a smash and a drop) - that'll give you more time to get back to your base position, and also make it harder for your opponent to just guide the shuttle into a good postition by feeding off your pace. It makes it much more likely that the return is going to be short and probably longline (as that is the easiest shot, and playing an accurate crosscourt shot with no pace to feed off requires more control and better technique). Additionally, your opponent's contact point is likely to be lower, which has the dual benefit of a) limiting their options and making it easier to see if they want to lift and b) giving you even more time to move back forward as they'll have to play a shot with a more upwards trajectory.

    - A few general observations of your technique:
    You seem to hold the racket rotated a bit too far towards a panhandle grip. That limits your shot selection in the deep FH corner. A more neutral grip would be advisable imop, but it should be prioritized below your footwork and serve.
    Your follow through goes towards your right hip, not your left (especially on smashes). It's healthier and more efficient to go towards your left hip. You also don't rotate your upper body a lot. Try to think of a smash or a clear as a rotational movement and of your arm as a sling shot. Maybe do a bit of dry swinging and remember how a different movement feels in your body.
    You have a tendency to not move fully behind the shuttle at the back of the court, even when you have time. That has the side effect of you not having all shot options as well as making your smash less powerful. It will also mean you're going to be slower onto the next shot than if you were to move back further and reverse direction _before_ hitting the shuttle, moving forwards already as you make contact.
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