Bounding to the shuttle

The USA Badminton Coaches Clinic at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center was a huge success with coaches attending from all five regions. Although most of the participants were experienced players already, the national coach (and champion) Steve Butler and assistant coach (and champion) Tom Reidy presented their ideas so clearly that it was useful for instructors of all levels.

How to better your badminton game while having fun in the process

Do you like to play badminton? Do you love the thrill of an exciting match? Do you want to improve your game? But does the thought of doing hours of boring drills sap any enthusiasm right out of you?

Believe it or not, there is a way to have all the fun of competition and improve your game. It's called half-court singles.

The fundamentals part I: Tan Aik Huang

I would like to highlight four "fundamentals" in badminton which I think are very important, especially for young players. A good understanding of these fundamentals and performing them correctly will go a long way to achieving maximum capabilities.

These four very important fundamentals are the grip, footwork, stamina and the service.

Know your self, know your style (by Aik Huang)

In singles, there are three main styles or patterns of play. They are:

1. The fast attacking style
2. The deceptive stroke play
3. The defensive cum straightforward style

Nearly all top players play a combination of two patterns of play with one style dominating.

1. The fast attacking style

Here most of the shots played are smashes, fast drop shots and net shots, attacking lobs, more low services than high services, quick low pushes/flicks to the backcourt from the net, and fast running on the court.

Badminton Strategies and Tactics for the Novice and Recreational Player

Now that you have graduated from backyard badminton, you can no longer rely on physical ability alone to win games. It is time to develop tactics and strategies a game plan to out-think and beat your opponent. By identifying and focusing on his or her weaknesses, you are beginning to use your mental acumen to win. If you play without thinking you will lose without realizing why you lost.

An agressive look at defense

"The best form of defence is offence." True, but only if your offence is so overwhelming that you won't have much to be defensive about. Far too many players, as well as some courtside coaches, do not pay enough heed to the art of defence. Young ones are usually mesmerized by speed and power, and are prone to neglecting other aspects of the game in order to display their ability at net rushing and jump smashing.


Staying motivated is o­ne of the biggest problems that arise for both new and regular fitness persons. Use the following points to help you achieve your goals.

Set Achievable Goals:
Even if you do want to look like Arnold, start with a more reasonable and achievable goal. At first start with a goal you know you can meet. Make that goal and feel good about it, then set another. Reward yourself each time you reach your goal with some thing you like.


Since playing badminton requires quick movement, stretching muscle is very important to prevent your body from injury. Especially, the aged people's muscle and tendon become hard to follow the quick movement. Stretching is very effective before playing. Do it slowly, over 20 seconds, with abdominal breathing.


Plyometrics is an excellent way for conditioned athletes to increase and develop their jumping, sprinting and explosive power. This plyometric workout and single exercises place considerable pressures o­n both the body and joints, for this reason I would not advise plyometrics for persons of poor or average fitness abilities.


Fluid intake - how much and when?

The body can o­nly partially regulate water balance through the sensation of thirst as thirst is quenched before a sufficient amount of fluid has been drunk. In o­ne study where subjects exercised in hot surroundings and were allowed to drink as much as they wanted, it was found that o­nly 70% of the fluid needed to restore the loss was consumed. In another study, the fluid intake of three groups of soldiers marching in a temperature of 25°C was monitored.

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