When learning how to play badminton, you may think that it does not matter who teaches you, but you would be wrong, by choosing a professional qualified badminton coach/instructor, you will be able to get the ultimate in instruction to help every facet of your playing.
Just teaching yourself how to play is not enough to play well. You want a professional qualified badminton coach/instructor to teach you the skills of badminton to allow you to play well, rather than just passably. What can you expect from a professional coach?
Professional badminton coach gives you the essential foundation of the game
Teaching you the essentials. Just as with any sport, the essentials form the foundation of your game. A professional badminton coach can give you the foundation in essentials that will allow you to play your game much better and more competitively.
By choosing a qualified coach, you will be able to learn these essentials correctly to help you develop your skills and game.
Skill development. Just showing you one time how to make a better shot is not enough for most people. You want an instructor that will give you the skills to take a shot and encourage you in making that shot until it is comfortable for you.
They can keep you from learning bad habits when you are developing your skills, which can save you time and frustration in the future.
Motivation. Learning any sport can often be frustrating and time-consuming. Having someone that will motivate and inspire you can make the difference in your learning.
A professional qualified badminton coach/instructor can offer you that motivation to keep you going even when you get frustrated and overwhelmed with the training.
Knowledge. Even if you know what to do, if you don’t know why you are doing it and the proper rules, it will not help you very much.
By taking advantage of the knowledge that a professional coach has, you can become a better overall badminton player, both physically and mentally. This can go a long way to helping your badminton game now and in the future.
Badminton Coach Help You Develop Your Skills
A professional qualified badminton coach/instructor can offer you much more than learning on your own or learning from a friend.
From teaching you the essentials to developing badminton skills to giving you the motivation to increase your overall badminton knowledge, you will find that a professional qualified badminton coach/instructor will help you make your badminton game into one that you will be proud of.
Coaching Badminton and Sports Science
A badminton player requires high levels of speed, power stamina and skill to succeed at the highest level. The nature of the game is such that a player has to constantly move a short distance (normally up to 3 meters) play a shot and then return to a suitable court position before their opponent has played their next shot.
A rally can vary in length from a couple of seconds to minutes, it is important for a player to be able to keep their movement speed throughout each rally. A good player always appears to have a lot of time; this is because h/she is often in a position to play their shot.
In badminton, you need to start, stop and change direction rapidly in order to compete. When considering on-court speed it must be remembered that the first step taken is the most important.
Many coaches and players believe that the ‘first step’ is in the mind, this statement is correct in that the body’s nervous systems have to be stimulated in such a manner to develop specific limb movements to propel the body towards the desired area.
In order to develop fast movements around a badminton court the following areas need to be examined: Movement off the mark Stopping Posture – Centre of Gravity, balance and control Recovery It is important to attain minimum foot and floor contact time in order to develop speed.
Movement off the Mark First initial movement is the most important, this is the role of the ‘split jump’, for which people tend to use a number of names.
The timing of a ‘split jump’ is of paramount importance; a player should land immediately after their opponent has hit the shuttle, therefore their brain knows in which direction to move. The ‘split jump’ should place the feet in such a manner that the player can move anywhere on the court in as short a time as possible.
Following the ‘split jump’, the first steps are crucial. In most cases to move somewhere fast, the player may take a small step in the wrong direction in order to widen the base and enable a wider angle of the push against the body’s center of gravity.
A player needs good posture, especially in the upper legs and lower trunk areas. Control of these posture muscles is important to ensure that the body can move efficiently.
Due to the short distances moved on a court a player needs to rapidly reach their peak speed. Once achieved the next problem for the body is playing the shot and stop. To play the shot successfully the player’s body needs to be well balanced, this relies on good position and body control.
Stopping is a case of applying a ‘brake’, bring the body to a stop and then being able to recover. In the forecourt, the ‘brake’ is developed by lunging. The front foot (normally racket leg) takes the player’s weight; the player’s knee must act as a shock absorber to soften the sudden stop.
The foot needs to be pointing in the direction the player is traveling with the knee moving directly in line with it. The lunging foot needs to be placed heel first on the floor, followed by the forefoot.
The player’s non-racket leg also assists in braking. The back foot rolls on to the big toe area whilst remaining in contact with the floor, the foot should slide a little but not the extent that the feet move together. The end position should be balanced so a controlled shot can be played and immediate recovery commended.
In the rear court, the back ‘brake’ foot should be placed at almost right angles to the direction of travel to enhance push off the floor and decrease the chance of injury to the calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
The foot should be placed flat on to the floor; the knee should be placed directly over it and in line with the foot. If his braking action is done well, it can be pushed off from strongly to start recovery back to a suitable position.
A player should be in a position to use the power from both legs to recover to a suitable court position. Using both legs to power back into position is not only quicker but it should also mean that the player’s dominant racket leg is not getting tired through doing all the work.
Once recovery is happening the player should be aware of when their opponent is going to make a contract with the shuttle in order for them to start their next movement with the split jump.
The following routines can be done to train a player’s speed.
Basic plyometric training
- Jumping, feet shoulder-width apart over low objects.
- Jumping on the spot with a sudden sprint up to 5 steps. o Fast jumping on the spot with short lunge movements to the side and in front, (shadow shots can be played).
- Multi feeding – fast feed, low number of shots, e.g. 5 shots, fed very fast, continue with a number of sets.
- Forecourt very fast feed.
- Hand-feed for side to side movement.
- The advantage of being above to move fast is clear. The quicker a player can move, the earlier they may be able to play their shot, thereby giving their opponent less time for their reply.
Points to remember
- Taking the shuttle early is of paramount importance.
- Minimum foot and floor contract time is required.
- Posture needs to be balanced and controlled and able to move in all directions. First steps need to be fast and short. The first step is in the mind!
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