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Complete Badminton Training by Zhao Jianhua & Xiao Jie 18

Complete Badminton Training by Zhao Jianhua & Xiao Jie   18


Badminton Coach Xiao Jie Former World Champion Zhao Jianhua Content: How to hit a good lob to baseline? What are the ways of improving forehand lifting? I’m Liu Wei Dong. I’m 24, and I have been playing badminton for 1 year. I have often come across different problems, and hence hope that I can attain significant improvement through some professional guidance and at the same time, enjoy the fun of the game For a player who have only a year of experience, your standard is considered pretty good. Thank you however, during the game, you need to be more relaxed The first impression you gave was you are far too nervousÖ you are totally tensed up even before hitting the shuttle Another point to note is your service- During the serve, you have lifted your foot off the ground. This is against the rules of badminton. Of course itís alright for recreational play, but during competitions the service judge will fault you During the service, your right foot can be slightly raised, but you must be careful not to move it around Next, I shall identify 3 rather fundamental problems with your play: First, by looking at the way you position your arm before hitting the shuttle, I feel that your preparation stance is incorrect. you have placed your hand here ó in singles, there is only one situation where such a stance can be adopted that is, when you are continuously attacking the opponent, and in an advantageous position to keep smashing. Such a stance would be good as you can attack more easily and threaten your opponent However, by using such a preparation stance, for example, when Wang Kun(the sparring partner), executed a smash towards your backhand side, you had to drag your arm from here to all the way here, it would have been too slow to reach the shuttle actually all you have to do is be more prepared when you sense that your opponent is about to attack you lower your arm and keep it HERE (2.31), and tilt your racket head slightly to the left because from this position, you can reach out to both forehand and backhand sides equally fast Thus making it a more logical preparation stance Now try this- imagine holding a shuttlecock underneath your armpit, donít let it fall out. Bring your arm down and position the racket head in front of your abdominal area. thatís betterÖrelax a bit more, tilt your racket to the left to make sure you have your backhand area covered during preparation, it is more logical to position your right foot slightly forward compared to your left. This is the most logical stance when you are being attacked. Also remember to relax You must also keep your center of gravity in check, while staying relaxed. letís look at your lobs now. With your strength, you should be able to clear effortlessly high and deep. But you were too tensed. try adopting this preparation stance- tilt your body sideways. Just now when you were playing, Your body was directly facing the net. This makes your strokes less deceptive. Instead you should tilt your body sideways, with eyes on the shuttle, (4.35) combining it with your footwork, when you see that the shuttle is beginning to fall, raise your elbow, and drop your forearm backwards. the dropping of the forearm is important to generate power. then pronateóand hit the shuttle squarely with the racket head. After contact, remember to bring the racket down to the left side of your body, and not to the right turn your bodyÖyes So how do you maximize efficiency and send the shuttle high and deep? supinate, and pronate, also using your wristsÖlike thisÖÖPA lookÖ.even when Iím only using the forearm, tighten your grip during instance of contactÖ and the shuttle would be sent out easily you shouldnít be swinging your whole arm with a large magnitude like what you did just now move backwards quicker, and prepare for the hit earlier good. That is a big improvement already. Donít you find the entire stroke more relaxed and easy? also remember to go for the sweet spot— which is located slightly above the middle of the stringbed so for you, you have to remember to execute the preparation motion earlier, by starting the initial swing the very moment a high shuttle begins to descend upon you— thatís the best contact point for hitting clears. Wow. I see an even further improvement from you now! Your contact point is much better however, now there are 2 points to note: Always be prepared for the next shot, by returning to your preparation stance immediately after completing a forward stroke secondly, when you tilt your body, and rotate, it is important that you are conscious of ëgoing forwardí for the shuttleó go for the top-forward area, refraining from being too lazy. That way you can always reach the shuttle early you can raise up your left arm, using it as a reference— ëpointingí it at the oncoming shuttle during your preparation stance. then bring your left arm down, and make your hit. At the same time, bring your right foot forward. refrain from making the mistake of getting ready for this movement only after the shuttle have been hit out as itíd have been too late. so stay focused-pay attention to your opponentís racket the instance the shuttle leaves his stringbed, you get into the preparation stance already. And start the initial swing early enough. this way you will play more focused and alert. Try it out… use more strength upwards Do you find that you have much more time to prepare now? Now, letís look at your forehand lift Your main problem is having an overly large arm swing. instead, supinate your forearm, reach for the shuttle, and prepare to pronateÖ. at the same time, take one step forward with your right foot, and hit the shuttle at the moment of landing. ëbackwards stretchí(9.27) ëforward curveí(9.28), ëinward fold (9.29)í ëoutward releaseí(9.31) so for lifting, we need to use a series of wristwork ëbackwards stretchí till ëoutward releaseí tightening your grip during the instant of contact The hit should take place at the moment your foot lands on the floor. The latter should not take place before nor after the former. outward release not evident enoughÖgood since we are lifting, you should be ëwaitingí for the shuttle at a spot below it. You were holding the racket head too high. Now thereís a slight problem with your footwork— you were hitting the shuttle with an uncomfortable angle formed by foot and arm. As a result stability, accuracy and comfort are compromised. instead, you should stretch out your racket hand and foot in the same direction- as it will allow you to hit comfortably and have a range of choice of shots to make so a brief summary-your hit should occur simultaneously with the landing of your foot. Secondly, your foot and arm should be outstretched in the same direction—towards the shuttle. look, you are hitting the shuttle here, yet your foot is there. racket head waiting below the shuttle power is better imparted this wayÖ by the way, there is a practice you can try in your free time. Hit the shuttle high into the air this way. Remember to coordinate your foot. NOT like this—swinging your whole arm with a large magnitude relax a little more, remember to hit during instant of landing! so today weíve looked at 3 fundamental aspects of your gameó the forehand clear is a foundation stroke. When you have mastered it, you will be able to drop/smash easily we have also looked at your forecourt liftingówhich is also a foundation of net play. When you have understood the way to impart power correctly and efficiently, you will execute these strokes with ease. Now Iíll give you a bit more of a challenge. You will try to apply what you have learnt today. A rearcourt lob followed by a forecourt lift. Well, donít you think you are better at returning the shuttles now, even if theyíre pretty well placed? Yea. I find that I have improved tremendously

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