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Bad-Ass Lin Dan.

Bad-Ass Lin Dan.

  • Question: My footwork needs a lot of work, I always seem to be one step too late. Do you have any tips for increasing speed? Also, what pattern of footwork would be beneficial for a female in mixed doubles? - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    female would need to work mostly on the side to side motion as you will be in the front getting all the netshots, the importance here is stepping on the heel first then the toes whenever you land on your foot for forehand shots. if you land straight on the toes first you will have alot of pressure on your knees, so always heel then toes like a lever. being late is just you not being prepared enough, you have to stay on the balls of your feet in order to move fast.

  • Question: Just wondering is it necessary for me to wear my badminton shoes for my school team? - asianpersuasian88
  • Answer:

    yes if you don’t want to lose your ankles. I busted my right ankle with the correct official Yonex badminton shoes so there is absolutely no good reason not to wear proper badminton shoes.

  • Question: how long have u played badminton? - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    ~5 years

  • Question: What are all basic footwork must be done before playing badminton? - giriprashad
  • Answer:

    diagonal, forward, back, sideways. you must shadow these steps to the point it becomes automatic for your legs. what i mean by that is your legs will just automatically move by themselves due to high muscle memory. of course this footwork needs to be done correctly, lefty or righty, with the correct landing foot and position. ankle work is important.

  • Question: I have been playing badminton for a year now and my backhand needs work. Do you have any tips for making my backhand shots better? Thanks! :) - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    back hand is by far the hardest and sometimes not very useful shot to do. most of the times it’s because you are lazy that you choose to do back hands. since you have been playing badminton for only a year, the chances are you probably haven’t gotten your forehands down. always be WILLING to move around to do a forehand shot, NEVER EVER try to do lazy backhands. 1 small tip for backhand is make sure you try to point your elbow at the birdie (which means you are taking the birdie early) and work on the snap. other tips are impossible to explain in words, but focus on your wrist action.

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"Practice makes perfect"

No. Turn it into this:

"Quality Practice makes BETTER"

It doesn’t matter how much you practice badminton or any other sport.

If you don’t practice correctly and use your time wisely, you will never ever get better at anything you do in life.

Lee Chong Wei Jump Smash

Lee Chong Wei Jump Smash

  • Question: How do you practice if you don't have a partner to practice with? - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    you practice against a wall and try to keep hitting birdie to the same spot as many times as possible (close up arm length of course), this will improve you control and speed drastically

  • Question: What should i wear to badminton tryouts? Like the softie shorts with spandex under them? My old tennis shorts? Basketball shorts(lol joking on this one)? - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    i would just go with the tennis shorts, just wear something comfortable so u can extend your legs far etc.

  • Question: What is a good racket to buy for high school? - cali--summer
  • Answer:

    depends how good YOU are sir. high school doesn’t have anything to do with racquets :p

  • Question: Ive been playing badminton for a year now and i have trouble with choosing my doubles patner and lose focus in court and i tend to get very shy and nervous when i compete. Sometimes i become so stiff and afraid :( - Anonymous
  • Answer:

    its quite easy for less exped players to freeze up. u just need to play more thats it theres no magic, make sure u do dynamic stretching and relax b4 u play

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Please don’t be lazy.

I know it’s easier said than done, but you really have to try and move and get behind the shuttle and NOT do lazy shots that put you in disadvantage.

For example, don’t do lazy drop shots in doubles, you will only learn from hitting hard and smashing in doubles. Drop shots will only be effective IF you learn the feel of the shots FIRST and they are literally perfect just skimming the net and going over. Otherwise, please try to smash everything and get behind every shuttle.

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Stay Low. Hit High.

Keeping your knees bent in a ready to pounce stance puts you in a huge advantage in terms of reaction speed/reflexes.

It’s simple science, your moves/footwork will be more powerful and responsive if you contract and then release your muscles.

Think of your body as an elastic band.

  • Most important advice for badminton.
  • Timing of everything for the highest quality of shots.
  • How to achieve this timing perfection?
  • There is no easy way, it is all through experience.