Getting access to a court has always been difficult for many people and me. We all have hectic schedules, so finding time to get access to a badminton court and high-quality training is challenging. That sucks a lot if you want to get really good at badminton. But luckily, you can still get better at badminton without a court. In this post, I will show you how to get better at badminton without a court.
Watch And Analyze Pro Players
If you want to be the best at something, you have to learn from the best.
When you’re stuck somewhere with nothing to do, and you’re unable to play some badminton, spend your time watching professionals play badminton. Hopefully, you live in a country where you can get access to badminton videos for free.
The catch is, you’re not just watching for the fun of it. You have to think while you watch and analyze. Throughout the video, you should be slowing down and replaying individual clips and think about why a pro player did what he/she did.
Here’s a list of things you should think about:
Strategy – Why did the pro play this shot? Where was his opponent standing or doing?
Technique – How does the pro swing? How does the pro approach the shuttle?
Footwork – How does the pro move? When does he split-step? Where are the players’ positioning?
Hopefully, by watching pro players play, you’ll learn new tactics and badminton shots. Next time you get on the court, you can practice those shots and strategies and become a deadly badminton player.
Shadow Training With Your Racket
What is shadow training?
Shadow training is where you “play” badminton without a shuttle or court. In this context, I want you to pick up your badminton racket and start swinging it. Pretend you’re smashing a shuttle in a badminton match.
Ideally, you want to copy a pro’s form. After analyzing some pro players, try to copy the exact way they swing their rackets. Most people practice overhead swings, but you can practice other shots like lifts, net shots, drives, backhand, etc. This is one of the best ways to refine your swing form.
This way, you can build strength at the same time by training with a heavier racket. Next time you get on the court, your shots will be super crisp and effortless. Practice swing a thousand times per day, and you’re going to see tremendous improvement.
If You Have Space… Footwork Practice!
For people who have space in their house or outside, you can do footwork practice. Measure an area of 22 by 20 feet and mark each corner.
Now that you have a guideline for where to move, you can practice footwork by moving to each corner and swinging your racket as you would do in a real game. Try to imagine you’re in a real game and responding to what your opponent plays.
There are many variations you can do.
The standard drill that our club often has us do is either 5 or 10 sets of 20. Every time you move to a corner, that counts as one rep, and you need to do that 20 times randomly or via a partner pointing.
But there are some other variations I would like you to try.
One variation is to focus on one or two corners that you really need to work on. For example, if you’re having a lot of trouble returning a push shot to your backhand after you play a net shot, focus on moving to the net and then to the backcourt.
Another variation is a drill focused on speed. Instead of doing numbered reps, time yourself instead. Try 10 sets of 30-second reps and just go all out. It’s tiring but perfect for building your speed and stamina.
Here are some more drills you can do to improve your footwork.
On The Spot Agility Training
You might not have enough space to do footwork practice, especially if you need to train in your house. Luckily, there are still things you can do to help out with your footwork, such as agility training.
The first thing you should try is to get on your tip-toes and start hopping. If you have a skipping rope and enough space, do some skipping instead. This will help you build leg strength, agility, and stamina.
Another on the spot agility workout is fast feet.
Get your knees slightly bent and in a ready position. Then make alternating steps on the spot as fast as you can.
There are many different variations you could try. For example, you could move your feet side to side, front and back, or a combination. The main focus is to be super quick on your feet.
Another great way to train without a court is to do bodyweight strength training exercises. Having strong muscles is vital in badminton. Strong legs will allow you to reach the shuttle. Strong arms will allow you to hit harder without being tired out.
There are two exercises I like a lot. Push-ups and squats.
If you do 50 to 100 push-ups and squats every day, I promise you will see results. You will grow a lot stronger. Your racket swings will be faster, and your legs will push you further.
Additionally, you can add in other exercises like sit-ups, supermans, and calf raises to make it more of a complete workout. These compliment the two core workouts very well, and it’s good to do them if you decide to work out for more extended periods.
If things become too easy for you, you can also add variants to make things more difficult. For example, do clap push-ups and squat jumps instead of regular push-ups and squats.
What you should also be doing before and after each workout is warming up and recovering respectively. This will allow for optimal growth and minimize the chances of injury.
Remember, to get better at badminton, the main focus isn’t necessarily what you do but how you do it. Consistency is the key to success.
If you can spend 30 minutes on shadow training every day, that will skyrocket your badminton progress. If you put more work into it and do everything else I mentioned in this blog post, you will improve even more. And this is all without a badminton court. You can do almost all of these activities anywhere.
I hope you found my post on how to get better at badminton without a court useful. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them down below. I’ll make sure to respond!
Motivation has always been one of my issues. Admittedly, I would rather spend an entire day playing games than conditioning myself. However, it is common knowledge that to be great at anything, you must put in work and give up on unnecessary activities. To be a top badminton player, I have to focus on getting good at badminton, not video games. And so, I have devised a challenge called Get Good Or Get Jacked that I would like to share with you.
Are You Unproductive Right Now?
Do you feel unproductive right now? Sometimes I do. I’m often sitting around doing nothing but watching videos and playing games, and I wish I was doing more.
A lot of people are the exact same as me. People who usually should be in school are sitting at home and playing games. I’m looking at my brother, and he spends almost all his time on random video games.
It’s the same for me, and it sucks. How am I going to be a top badminton player when I spend all day playing games?
Thus, I have formulated a challenge to help you become more productive and condition yourself.
The Get Good Or Get Jacked Challenge
A long time ago, a friend of mine came up with the idea of doing a push up every time he died in a game. The idea was to either get really good at the game he was playing or become super fit.
I have modified the challenge a little bit and generalized it.
The idea of the challenge is to take your unproductive activities and calculate how much time you spend on those activities and then assign yourself reps for a particular exercise based on a rate. Then you will do the number of reps you have assigned yourself the next day.
For example, for every hour you watch TV, you might give yourself 10 push-ups. If you watched 3 hours of TV today, then tomorrow, you will do 30 push-ups.
The challenge is totally customizable. You can use any exercise and any activity you deem to be unproductive. Racket swings and footwork are great ideas for badminton specific exercises.
So the first thing you have to do is determine your unproductive activities. Then your next step is to figure out which exercise(s) you want to do with them. And lastly, determine your rate.
Once you have the formula set up, keep track of what you do every day and see if you have the willpower to do the exercises you have given yourself consistently.
I’ve organized my challenge into a spreadsheet. I have assigned push-ups based on the games I play and how productive or unproductive I am during the day. It’s vital to keep organized like this in order to be clear of what you’re doing and to measure your results of the challenge.
The Two Outcomes
There are two outcomes. Either you become super fit, or you will stop doing unproductive tasks.
A very likely outcome is that you do not want to do the exercises and end up stopping or minimizing the amount of time you spend on unproductive tasks. That gives you more time to do productive jobs, and if you’re not doing something unproductive, you must be doing something productive.
The other outcome is that you exercise more, and you still spend a lot of time on unproductive tasks. This outcome isn’t adverse either as you will become stronger, which is beneficial to your badminton play and body in general.
One thing I noticed while doing this challenge was that you experience a little bit of both. The exercises take time and may actually eat into the time you spend on unproductive tasks. Thus, you’re training more and spending less time watching TV.
Do This Challenge With Your Friends
There is a significant flaw in this challenge. How do you stay disciplined enough so that you actually do the exercises you assign yourself? This challenge is based on the premises of punishing yourself, so you will definitely need a mind and will strong enough to take the punishments.
What has helped me immensely was doing this challenge with friends. When you have others doing the same challenge as you, you will feel more motivated to complete it.
There’s a little more excitement from the competition when you complete this challenge with your friends. Plus, you are held accountable. There’s a feeling of guilt if you don’t do the challenge, and that is often enough to make you exercise.
The first few days are the hardest to maintain discipline. Once you’ve been able to do it for a few days, the challenge not only becomes more manageable, but it becomes a habit as well.
Get Good Or Get Jacked, It’s Your Choice
Try this challenge out, and let me know how it goes for you! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, and I will respond. I hope you have a great day and improve your game!
It’s been a long and crazy few months since I last posted. I was putting a lot of focus into some of the new projects I wanted to bring into Get Good At Badminton until COVID-19 hit. I had to completely shift what I was doing. So during these few months, I’ve been creating the foundations for something I really wanted to do with Get Good At Badminton in the future. And today, I’m announcing the Get Good At Badminton’s Shop Launch.
Let’s talk a little more about what’s happening.
COVID-19 and Its Effect On Get Good At Badminton
I haven’t been posting for a long time, and part of the reason was due to COVID-19. I’ve lost a lot of motivation because I couldn’t get access to any courts and didn’t produce any content.
All public badminton facilities and courts have been closed, and with that, all the tournaments as well. So there’s nothing upcoming to be really training for.
Without any courts, it’s been more challenging to produce content anyways. I couldn’t review any badminton products and couldn’t really test any badminton strategies or drills. The only things I could do was create posts on training at home and analytical videos of pro players.
At the time, I didn’t feel like it. However, I will put in the work now.
The Planned Projects
Initially, there were two things I really wanted to do. One, I wanted to create online training to help everyone who can’t afford private coaches and those that want to take their game to the next level. Two, I wanted to create a badminton store.
The first project is on hold because I can’t get access to any courts. My second project, the store, was planned for after I can sell genuine branded badminton products. For example, Yonex, Victor, and Li-Ning. Being able to do that was going to take a few months at the minimum.
Things have definitely changed, however, which I will talk about next.
Amazon Associate Slashes
Around the end of April, Amazon sent out news to all its associates/affiliates telling them that their commission rates will be cut. This is one of the ways I make money from Get Good At Badminton. I review products, and then I put in Amazon affiliate links. If you click on one of those links and buy the product, I take a percentage of the sale.
Since I write about badminton, I promote products in the sports industry. Amazon has slashed commission rates for sports from 5% to 3%.
Now, this doesn’t affect me much. To be honest, I hardly make any money from Amazon affiliate links. What did concern me, though, was a new revelation as a result of Amazon’s actions.
Why should I let my gigs be entirely controlled by another company’s actions? Why should Get Good At Badminton’s success be solely dependent on what Amazon does?
During this time, I was scrolling through my emails. I get a lot of promotional emails about ways to make money online. One thing that caught my eye, however, was a course for print on demand. Now, you may have no idea what I’m talking about, but this was what pushed me to start the Get Good At Badminton store much earlier.
I thought, “Hey, I wanted to start a store anyways, why not do it now?”
Why Not Start A Store?
Why don’t I just start this store now? I could build it and, in the beginning, focus on selling my custom designs. That’s what print on demand is. I create custom designs and put them onto clothing and other merchandise and then ship it to you if you buy.
From a business standpoint, this way is better. Any sales I make now will fund the effort into getting genuine branded products into my store, and I will have an existing customer base, which will help a lot.
Currently, we only sell clothing, but over time, our collection will grow, and we will offer more.
A Special Gift To You
As a gift to all Get Good At Badminton readers, use the code GGAB for 25% OFF your next order! I just want to thank everyone who supports Get Good At Badminton and let you know that there will be great things going forward.
The Yonex Aerobite badminton string is the first of a revolutionary string created by Yonex, where your racket is strung with two different strings instead of being uniform all around. But does the new stringing strategy really make a difference? Find out in my Yonex Aerobite badminton string review.
This is the most powerful string I have ever played with. Smashes with the Yonex Aerobite badminton string were much more potent than some of the other strings I have used in the past.
My opinion on the Yonex Aerobite’s power is a bit controversial as to what many people think, however.
I gave a rating of 9.5 out of 10, which is my highest rating I have ever given on a badminton string review so far. Many people think that the Yonex Aerobite doesn’t match up in power to strings like the BG66 Ultimax or the BG80, and Yonex has even listed the string as a control string.
But I’m afraid I have to disagree.
When I play with the Yonex Aerobite on my Yonex Astrox 99 compared to other strings, my smashes hit a lot harder, and other shots like clears and drives are a lot easier to play.
For me, the Yonex Aerobite is the badminton string that generates the most power I ever played with.
Just as a cool note, Kento Momota actually uses the same stringing and racket combination that I really like. He pairs up the Yonex Astrox 99 and the Yonex Aerobite strings together, and it has done him well, allowing him to claim the world number one spot.
Top-Notch Badminton Control
The control of the Yonex Aerobite is where the string really shines. It was designed by Yonex specifically as a string that’s good for control play.
I was actually quite surprised by my ability to control various shots with Yonex Aerobite.
When I first heard of a string that is the combination of two different strings, I thought it would be lackluster in control. I thought the unevenness between the two different strings would make the shuttle move awkwardly and not in the way that you would like it to move.
I was utterly wrong.
The control of the Yonex Aerobite badminton strings is fantastic.
All my net shots, smashes, drops, etc., are all super tight to the net when I play with the Yonex Aerobite strings. I’ve produced the most net rolls with this string compared to all the other ones I have tested. For net shots specifically, the very design of combining two different strings into one actually helps you produce better spinning shots.
Additionally, my steepest smashes and drops were with the Yonex Aerobite strings as well. It was almost impossible to respond to my steep smashes and drops from a lot of my club members.
It was effortless to create the shots that I wanted to create with the Yonex Aerobite strings.
Durability – The Weakness
Some things must be sacrificed when you want to be the best at something. That saying goes towards the Yonex Aerobite strings.
The Yonex Aerobite string is the most powerful and best control string I have played with. But, it’s also the worst string when it comes to durability.
These strings break extremely fast. On average, I can only play with the string for two weeks before I have to change to a new string.
It sucks because I love the Aerobite strings so much. Still, it’s getting costly and time-consuming to replace the strings on my racket. On average, the string only costs about $10, which is the same as many other strings. However, I have to replace it two times faster than all other strings, so it ends up costing me more.
Part of the reason the durability is so weak is that it uses a combination of two strings. One of the strings, the main is 0.67 mm thick and the other, the cross is 0.61 mm.
Apart from the fact that 0.61 mm is the thinnest string Yonex has ever created, having a combination of two strings of different thickness causes the two strings to “eat into each other” as you play weakening the durability of the string very quickly.
That’s why I have the Yonex Aerobite’s string rated at 4.5 out of 10.
For me, playing with the Yonex Aerobite strings is like a sweet treat. I’m not rich enough to continually replace my strings, so the Yonex Aerobite string has become one that I solely use for special occasions like tournaments. But eventually, I might move into using the Yonex Aerobite strings in all my play when it becomes more convenient to string my rackets.
Thanks for coming to my Yonex Aerobite badminton string review. I hope you enjoyed this review and learned something new. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below. As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!
Lee Chong Wei was one of the greatest badminton players of all time. In this post, I will talk about Lee Chong Wei’s badminton racket throughout his entire career. By the end of this post, you will know what badminton rackets Lee Chong Wei has used in his career.
Let’s jump right in!
2019 – Present: Yonex Astrox 99 LCW Edition
After almost 20 years of professional badminton, the three-time Olympic silver medalist, Lee Chong Wei, finally retired in 2019 after a fierce battle with nose cancer.
Initially, when the Yonex Astrox 99 came out, Lee Chong Wei was going to be the leading ambassador for the racket. All of the Yonex promo videos involved him using it.
Unfortunately, Lee Chong Wei never got to use the Yonex Astrox 99 competitively because of nose cancer.
Later on, Yonex made a Lee Chong Wei limited edition Yonex Astrox 99 to honor Lee Chong Wei’s lasting impact on the game of badminton and his legacy.
Although Lee Chong Wei has never used this racket in competitive play, I will still include it in this blog post as it is Lee Chong Wei’s badminton racket.
In 2009, Lee Chong Wei had also been seen playing competitively with the Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash, specifically in the 2009 Japan Open.
The racket was definitely not as popular as some of the other rackets. However, it is still one of Lee Chong Wei’s badminton rackets that he used professionally.
The Yonex Arcsaber Z Slash has also been discontinued as well.
2007 – 2008: Yonex Armortec 900 Power
As we dive deeper into Lee Chong Wei’s history, we come across Yonex racket series that don’t even exist anymore. One of these series is the Armortec series, which used to be one of the most popular series with players such as Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei playing with these rackets in the 2008 Olympics.
Like the many of the other rackets on this list, there is a limited edition of Lee Chong Wei’s badminton racket. The Yonex Armortec 900 Power has a red/white version as well as a Lee Chong Wei yellow edition.
2006: Yonex Nanospeed 9000
I had to go even deeper into research when I was looking for what rackets Lee Chong Wei used early in
I was searching around various pictures of Lee Chong Wei playing competitively. I found a gold, white, and blue racket that I could not identify.
Later, after asking around and doing my research, I confirmed it to be the Yonex Nanospeed 9000, another long discontinued badminton racket from Yonex.
2000 – 2005: Yonex Muscle Power 88
I didn’t just stop at 2006 either, I went even deeper. What was Lee Chong Wei’s racket before 2006?
I found a few pictures of a blue and silver racket that I had never seen before.
After searching around, I found out that it was the Yonex Muscle Power 88, which is quite weird because it is noted as a beginner-friendly racket.
It just shows that to be the best in the world, doesn’t necessarily mean you need the best equipment.
Lee Chong Wei’s Badminton Racket
I hoped you enjoyed today’s post on Lee Chong Wei’s badminton racket throughout his entire career. It’s always very interesting looking into the history of pro players and badminton companies.
As a quick recap, here’s a list of Lee Chong Wei’s badminton rackets:
Hey everybody, I’m Kevin from Get Good At Badminton and welcome to another blog post. A couple of weeks back, I started a training program called Vert Shock, which is designed to improve your vertical jump height and help you become more explosive. After about 3 weeks of training, I decided to make a video showing my results.
Here’s the video:
But since I know that not everybody wants to watch a video, I’m also creating this blog post for those people who love to read instead.
The content is basically the same from both the video and the blog post.
What Is Vert Shock?
You may be wondering, what is Vert Shock?
As mentioned in the introduction, Vert Shock is a training program designed to improve your vertical jump height and help you become more explosive.
It claims that you can get a 9-15+ inch increase in your vertical within the 8 weeks of the 3-step program. Here are the three steps:
Pre-Shock Phase (1 Week) Meant To Ease Into The Training
Shock Phase (6 Weeks) Regular Training
Post Shock Phase (1 Week) Cooldown
I’m currently in the shock phase starting week 4. So far, I’ve been pretty impressed.
If you check out the Vert Shock website, you’ll notice that it talks a lot about dunking and is primarily targeted towards basketball players.
But after doing the Vert Shock program for some time, I can confirm that it helps a lot with badminton as well.
Not only will you be able to get steeper jump smashes, but you also become more explosive on the court and move a lot faster. Every time I go on court, I feel like I’m much more springy, and it’s easier for me to attack.
I’ll tell you about some of the results later on in this post. First, what I like.
What I Like
1. It Works
The training program has definitely proven to work so far. Within the first week, I was able to get an extra 4 inches on my vertical jump and then add another 2 inches two weeks later.
Recently, I did a quick test again (a few days after creating the video), and I got another 3 inches.
It’s quite amazing how much I progressed.
2. You Can Train Anywhere
Unlike many training programs that require you to have a gym or weights, you can do Vert Shock anywhere.
All the exercises in the Vert Shock training program are bodyweight exercises.
If you watch the video, you’ll actually see that I’m training in a house going through renovations because it’s too cold outside since I live in Canada and it’s winter.
There’s hardly any space in my house right now.
Wooden baseboards and tools are lying everywhere. So if I can do Vert Shock with a house that’s going through renovations, you undoubtedly can as well.
3. Beginner Friendly
The third thing I like about Vert Shock is that it’s beginner-friendly.
The pre-shock phase was quite good at easing you into the program, and the video tutorials on how to do the exercises are very easy to follow along as well.
What I Dislike
1. Lack Of Advanced Training
On the note of Vert Shock’s beginner friendliness, Vert Shock is disadvantaged in that it doesn’t offer anything to those that want to do more.
Sometimes, the training just feels lackluster. The shock phase doesn’t change at all across the span of its 6 weeks. You’re always doing the same amount of sets and reps.
I feel like Vert Shock should slowly increase the intensity or add extra training drills for advanced trainees.
2. No Endurance Training
Vert Shock is meant to increase your vertical jump height, and it’s proven to be able to do so. It’s a fantastic training program with hardly any holes.
But if I were to be nit-picky and really try to point out something, I would talk about how I wish Vert Shock not just improved your vertical jump, but also how it could improve the number of times you can perform those vertical jumps.
Although I play more explosively on the court and can jump smash harder, my stamina has still remained relatively the same.
So for a few rallies, I can go full speed and dominate my opponents. Then for the rest of the game, I play at a slow pace.
Like I said in the video, it kind of sucks when your deadly jump smash is a one-time thing. It would be lovely if Vert Shock trained your ability to jump over and over again.
Other than these two things, I haven’t really found anything that I dislike about Vert Shock. I truly am impressed with Vert Shock’s quality and ability to generate results.
Speaking of results, let’s jump right into my vertical jump increases.
Results – Gaining Inches On My Vertical Jump
Like mentioned before, I added an entire 6 inches to my vertical jump across the span of 3 weeks.
My brother is also doing Vert Shock, but unfortunately, he started late and only got a 1-inch increase.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue to train and show you the results of Vert Shock. Hopefully, we’ll continue to build vertical jump gains.
If you would like to give Vert Shock a try for yourself, check it out in the link below.
I’ve only been doing Vert Shock for 3 weeks, and it is already showing results. I can’t wait until a few more weeks pass and see what happens.
There are also a ton of bonuses Vert Shock gives out that I will go test out and show you if they’re helpful or not. Definitely give Vert Shock a try if you want to jump higher and create more deadly jump smashes.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to put them down in the comment section below. Good luck in your games and have a great day!
After about three weeks of training in China, I learned a lot about badminton. Training in China allowed me to take a completely different perspective of badminton as a game. In this post, I will tell you about what I learned from playing badminton in China.
This post is sort of like a follow-up post to my Badminton Training Program In China post, where I talk about the structure of the training and the types of drills I did in China.
This post, however, I will be going through some of the other things I learned that you could apply in your games.
How To Create Super Steep Angles
When I was training in China, the coaches saw lots of issues with my swing after watching me play various drop shots and smashes.
I could never produce a great angle on these shots.
My drop shots were often too high above the net, either giving my opponent time to recover on the defense or an opportunity to end the rally right away.
My smashes were up at my opponent’s body, allowing him to quickly use all the power that I had generated against me to play a block angled downward on my side.
My coach was looking at my swing and saying that I needed to angle my shots down more by hitting the shuttle with my racket face at a lower point.
I needed to hit the shuttle at a lower contact point to get a steeper angle on my shot.
My coach said that any contact point as long as it’s before your arm becoming parallel with ground is fine, so do your best to hit it at the lowest point possible.
Then he told me to do some shadow drills. He said to swing my racket slowly and look at my contact point and envision myself hitting the shuttle.
That’s what I did a lot.
Whenever I had the chance, I would pull out my racket and swing my racket slowly looking at my contact point for smashes and drops.
The other thing he told me to do was explicitly focus on the moments directly before contacting the shuttle. He wanted me to focus on the flexibility of my wrist and forearm rotation.
I practiced that shadow movement a lot, and it helped me focus on how to create steeper angles in my smashes and drops.
Badminton Is A Game Of Speed, Not Strength
My backhand sucks, and my coach and teammates found that out.
We were drilling backhand clears, and I just couldn’t do it. The clears were always inconsistent and to the middle of the court. I didn’t practice this shot enough as I always made it through playing drop shots.
My coach and some of the other players tried to give me some advice on my swing. Stuff about how I should flick my arm faster, hit it higher, etc., but it didn’t click.
Later on in the week, I went to have a mini private lesson with a friend of my grandparents.
She was a gym teacher in her 40s who used to play badminton competitively and was kind enough to give me a few tips and pointers on badminton and feed me a few shots.
At the gym, I asked to practice my backhand clear. After a few swings, I was still frustrated at my backhand clear.
Luckily, one of the coaches for Changsha’s top school team was there, and my teacher asked him to give me some pointers.
I went through a whole reform on my swing starting from the beginning. The coach taught me Taufik Hidayat’s backhand form, and currently, I’m still practicing it.
The new form has undoubtedly made my backhand drops cleaner. Now I’m focusing on improving my clears.
The coach that taught me a new backhand form said two essential things.
Badminton is a game of speed, not strength.
Playing a backhand shot should feel super relaxed.
Sometimes, my clears and smashes on both my forehand and backhand suck.
I can distinctively remember some jump smashes.
I would tense every muscle in my body up, jump up, and swing as hard as I could. I either end up smashing into the ground or producing a shot that my opponent easily deflects.
Either way, it was not a good fate for me.
I couldn’t produce as much power as I wanted to, especially in a climate where it’s much more humid, and shuttles fly a lot slower than here in Canada.
After getting a few pointers for my backhand shot, I learned that the two tips I listed above applies to everything.
If I wanted a huge power smash or effortless clears, I needed to be relaxed and focused on hitting the shuttle fast instead of focusing on using as much force as possible.
The Art Of Slice Drop Shots
Chinese players love to slice. Nobody plays drop shots by slowing their swing down. Everybody just slices the shuttle.
I should practice my drop shots a lot more. When I went to China, my drop shots were pretty horrible.
Either I hit it into the net or I hit a drop shot that was way too high and slow, allowing my opponent to net kill. Another problem was my aim. It seemed like I was always hitting the shuttle to the middle.
Thus, my coach got me to practice slicing the shuttle for more drop shots.
In the beginning, it was quite challenging to get the hang of it. Things were worse than before.
Slicing requires a ton of practice. You have to slice it just enough at a certain angle to produce your desired shot. Otherwise, they fly out of the sidelines, or there’s not enough power to get the shuttle past the net.
Over time, I got better. My slice drop shots still aren’t as good as I would like them to be, but things are improving.
The most noticeable difference between a slice drop shot and a regular drop shot is how deceptive you become. After a bit of practice, my cross-court slice drops from the forehand side has gotten really good.
I’ve been getting nearly half of my points in all matches from my forehand slice drop consistently.
What makes a slice drop so powerful is because you’re swinging your racket at the same speed as a smash or clear. Opponents often anticipate a smash or clear and start moving back, not realizing that you’re playing a drop shot.
Then it’s too late, and your opponent is either forced into a bad situation or loses the point.
You can still produce the same deceptive results with a regular drop shot, but it’s not nearly as comfortable.
Regular drop shots are created with the same swing as a smash except slowing down last second before hitting the shuttle to create a slower shot.
The slowing down last-second part is challenging to accomplish. Most players will start their swing slow. While you can still produce good quality drop shots, your opponent can see you swing slowly and will expect a drop shot.
If you start your swing fast, you might not be able to slow down as fast, so you’ll end up playing a half-smash or full smash, which is entirely different from a drop shot.
With a slice drop shot, it’s much easier to be deceptive because you’re swinging your racket at the same speeds as all other shots. It makes it a lot more difficult for the opponent to react.
In addition to slice drop shots, I also noticed that Chinese players love to play flat and aggressive in singles. It’s completely different from the slower-paced rallies that I’m used to.
We were doing attack and defense drills, and I was quite surprised when I was supposed to be attacking. It didn’t feel like I was attacking because all the lifts were so flat and fast, I almost always had to play defensively.
Again, over time, I got used to it.
It caused me to become a more explosive player. On the court, I had to be able to jump up and smash down flat lifts instantly, or else they would become too low, and I’d be forced into playing a clear or drop.
On the defense, I had to react to a lot more drives. I would lift, then my opponent would smash. Then I would block, and my opponent would drive it at me.
When I played a few games against other people, they regularly made flat pushes towards my forehand and backhand. To match their aggressiveness, I needed to be a lot faster and learn how to force these pushes to my advantage.
I had also subconsciously adapted parts of the Chinese aggressive badminton playstyle.
When I came back to my old club, I was able to severely pressure some of the players I was playing against and won a lot of points by pressuring players to the back with flat pushes.
I’ve also started driving at players more often. This increase in pace was too much for many of the players I faced. The only problem was that it sapped a lot of energy for me as well.
Time to do a ton of endurance training!
Conclusion – What I Learned Playing Badminton In China
These were some of the key takeaways from China. For a quick recap, here are quick summaries for what I learned.
Do tons of shadow movements focusing on wrist and forearm movements in an overhead swing to create steeper angles.
Be relaxed. Stop trying to swing so hard and think of swinging fast instead to generate power.
Use a slice on my drop shots to become more deceptive on the court.
Up my pace and play flat pushes and drives to create extra pressure on my opponent.
I hope you can also take away a few new learnings and try some of the things I talked about today in your game. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below.
Hey, fellow badminton player, it’s been a long time since I last posted here on Get Good At Badminton. I actually took a trip to Changsha, Hunan. I had the opportunity to experience a badminton training program in China for three weeks. Now that I’m back in Canada, it’s time for me to share what I learned in China and give you an in-depth training guide to help you get good at badminton.
Badminton training in China was tough, really tough. I was training with a bunch of high school students, and it was completely different from what high school students do in Canada.
We were basically training like full-time professional badminton players even though the group I trained with was nowhere near the Chinese national level.
Here’s our weekly and daily schedule.
Badminton Training Program General Structure
In China, we trained five days a week with two 2-hour sessions every day, except for Thursday. Here’s what it generally looked like:
9:00-11:00 Badminton Training On Court
3:00-5:00 Weight Training And Conditioning
9:00-11:00 Badminton Training On Court
3:00-5:00 Badminton Training On Court
9:00-11:00 Badminton Training On Court
3:00-5:00 Weight Training And Conditioning
9:00-11:00 Badminton Training On Court
9:00-11:00 Badminton Training On Court
3:00-5:00 Weight Training And Conditioning
Every morning and Tuesday afternoons, we spent our time on the court doing badminton drills. This involved things like multi-feed drills aimed at improving our consistency, quality of our shots, and game sense. I will go deeper into what exercises we actually did in the next section.
In the afternoons, except Tuesday and Thursday, we did weight training and conditioning. These sessions were aimed at building endurance and strength, which is why none of the top players in my group looked like high school students and, instead, looked like pro athletes.
For most people, the time between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM was spent by eating lunch and then napping. This is how players in my group replenish their energy and recover despite training every day.
Unfortunately, the home I stayed at was way too far from the place I trained, so I often spent
time browsing the mall or taking short naps on random benches and seats. I was always a little tired before each weight training and conditioning session.
Training like this had tremendous results, though. My quality of shot, consistency, and stamina all improved tremendously.
When I came back to Canada and trained at my usual club, I was noticeably more explosive on the court and played with a lot more speed and power.
You can receive these benefits too… without spending a few thousand dollars to go train in a foreign country because I’m going to share all the drills and exercises I did in China here in this blog post.
Badminton Drills And Exercises
The badminton drills and exercises I did in the Chinese badminton training program were fairly standard. We had various two-on-one, one-on-one, and multi-feed drills that were always designed to improve a particular aspect of play.
Drop Shot And Clearing Drills
I remember going back to the badminton training program in China, the coach focused a lot on drop shots and clears. He was focused on controlling play and pushing people around the court.
We were doing lots of two-on-one and one-on-one drills where players were only allowed to play drop shots, clears, net shots, and lifts. You could play drop shots, clears, and net shots anywhere. However, drive shots, push shots, smashes, and net kills were forbidden.
These drills were particularly tiring because they forced you to play longer rallies and move around more.
There are some variations of this drill as well. Sometimes, one person was not allowed to drop, which allowed him to be pressured more as longer rallies are forced.
Other times, one player was only allowed to drop allowing him to develop his drop shot better. Sometimes there were patterns built in to build anticipation skills correctly.
Generally, these drills were timed. Usually, each player will play for 10-minutes.
This drill is when one player can either play any shot or is limited on what he can play, depending on whether he’s practicing attack or defense.
Let’s look at attack first.
When the one player is practicing attack, he can play any shot. The two defenders, however, cannot play push shots, smashes, or net kills.
When the one player is practicing defense, the exact opposite happens. He cannot play push shots, smashes, or net kills, but the two players can play anything.
We did this drill a few times. It’s really good at developing your game sense.
This one was the same as the drop shot and clearing drills where we practiced about 10-minutes for each person.
Multi Shuttle Feeding Drills
We did lots of multi shuttle feeding drills in our badminton training program in China. To do these drills, you will have someone hitting or throwing shuttles to various locations. At the same time, the player on the other side will respond depending on the drill. There were different kinds of drills we did which I will list down here:
Smash Net Kill
Let’s start with the random multi shuttle feeding drill.
Random Multi Shuttle Feeding Drills
Like the name suggests, both the feeder and worker will hit shuttles entirely randomly. This builds reaction time and footwork speed.
Both the feeder and worker should do their best to replicate a real game situation through the drills. Keep things fast-paced, but not to the point where the worker can’t handle it.
In China, we did 1 set of 40, 1 set of 60, and then 1 set of 80 if we were focusing on building stamina or 3 sets of 20 to replicate a real game rally.
Defense Multi Shuttle Drill
One of the drills I had never experienced before China was a drill that specifically trained defensive court movements.
This drill consists of the feeder standing on the same side as the worker tossing shuttles in various locations and the worker responding. These tosses will imitate drops, smashes, and push shots forcing the worker to get low and move fast like they’re playing defense.
Generally, we did 5 sets of 20 for this drill.
Smash Net Kill Drill
Again, as the name suggests, this drill is focused on improving your smash and net kill. It also enhances your attacking footwork as in a game, after a smash, you will often be moving towards the front of the court.
With this drill, the feeder will hit the shuttle to the back and then hit it to the front after the worker smashes. Then repeat.
This is what the worker should be doing: Smash, net kill, smash, net kill, smash, net kill, smash, net kill, etc.
Again, 5 sets of 20 for this drill was what we did.
Net Shot Drill
When we are close to the end of our sessions, we always like to do a little bit of cooldown drills, such as playing net shots. This drill is effortless to do.
The feeder will stand on one side of the net and throw shuttles over like a net shot or drop, and the worker will play a net shot back. It’s about practicing racket control and improving the quality of your net shots.
Players can also improve other shots at the net as well, like cross-court net shots, lifts, and flicks. It’s entirely up to you. There are no harsh restrictions. Thus, there isn’t really a set amount that you should do either.
Playing Badminton Games Drill
Occasionally, we also get drills where we are allowed to perform any type of shot at any time. The exercise is basically, “Play a regular match without the points.”
In a way, it’s not really a drill, but I’m just going to include it here as it’s not exactly the same as formal matches. For these drills, it’s the same as the two-on-one drills. Do them for about ten minutes per person.
Weight Training Like A Pro
The thing that differs high school badminton in China from high school badminton in Canada is weight training and conditioning. Before experiencing my badminton training program in China, I had hardly ever lifted weights before.
Most of the time, there wasn’t a disciplined workout. We were left to whatever we felt like doing. Here are some weight training exercises that we commonly did:
One arm row
Squats with kettleball
Squat jumps with kettleball
Calf raises with weights
Lunges with weights
One leg lunges
Crunches with weights
Usually, we did whatever we felt like. Everyone is a little different and adjusted depending on what and how much they could do.
There was one day where we had a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) session with weights. Try it if you’re up to the challenge. Don’t get hurt, though!
HIIT Weight Training
One day, one of our coaches prepared various stations in which we took a place in. At each station, there was a different exercise. We start at any station and do the exercise for 25 seconds as fast as we can and then rotate. Then we do the next exercise for 25 seconds and keep rotating until we come back to the station we started at. Then after a 1-minute break, do another rotation. Do this 8 times.
Here are the exercises:
Overhead press (5 kg on each side)
Bicep curl (7.5 kg on each side)
Crunches with weights (7.5 kg)
Arm flicks (7.5 kg)
Leg extension (40 kg)
Core rotation (7.5 kg)
Squat jumps with kettleball (30 kg)
It’s incredibly tiring. My left arm was rendered completely useless for three days after doing this. The key is to go as fast as you can for each exercise and strictly maintain the breaks at 1-minute.
Badminton Conditioning In China
Weight training usually lasted for 1 hour. For the last hour left in our training sessions, we ran.
It often varied depending on the coach and the day. For example, on the day that we did HIIT weight training, our coach only had us run 4 laps of 200 meters.
Since it was never the same and often changed around, I will give you a few examples that you could try.
1 lap of 400m, 1 lap of 800m, 1 lap of 1200m, 1 lap of 1600m, 1 lap of 2000m
1 lap of 6000m
45-minute timed run
The first example is the hardest run. Each run will force you to change your pace while the other two examples are super easy once you find your own pace. I highly recommend giving the first example a try.
Now You Have The Badminton Training Program, Execute
I gave you a whole Chinese training regime that cost me over $2,000 for free. You know precisely what you have to do to get good at badminton. The question is, “Will you do it?”
I hope you enjoyed today’s article on a badminton training program in china. If you have any questions or comments, make sure you leave them down below! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!
You have a secret badminton potential that hasn’t been unleashed yet. You can be really good at badminton, but something is stopping you. It is your belief about your own badminton skill. You are your own limiter. The only thing stopping you from becoming the best that you can be is yourself. You must change your limiting beliefs to unleash your secret badminton potential.
Interested in removing your limiters and becoming the best you? Read on.
Power Of Beliefs
Let’s talk a little more about beliefs. Your beliefs about who you are are what define you.
These beliefs can be good or bad.
I first realized this after watching a masterclass from MindValley with Marisa Peer. She’s exceptionally well known for her rapid transformational therapy, where after you listen to her, you completely change.
During that masterclass, she talked about beliefs defining who you are. If you believed that you were
fat, then that’s what you would become. If you think that you could do anything, then you could really do anything.
Belief is a potent tool that transforms people.
Have you ever heard of the placebo effect?
If you haven’t, it’s a situation where the power of believing something causes a phenomenon to happen.
A common situation where this is seen is when doctors occasionally prescribe fake pills to sick patients. Those ill patients don’t know that the medicine is false, and as they’re taking it in, they believe that it will cure them. That power of belief is so strong that after taking those pills, it kickstarts the body to heal all by itself.
After watching the masterclass, I’ve learned how one surgeon took this effect to the next level.
A surgeon conducted a test with 10 different people who had knee arthritis. He actually performed surgery for two people. For the other 8 people, the surgeon merely cut open the skin and sewn it back up.
When the 10 people awoke from their “surgery,” all 10 people claimed that they had no knee pain anymore and that their arthritis was fixed. Yet, there were only two people who actually received surgery.
The power of the belief that they had a proper surgery from the scar on their knees caused their bodies to kickstart itself and start healing rapidly.
I’ve seen it up and personal too.
One time, my grandparents living in China were very sick. My dad wanted to help them out and sent them some supplements from Canada.
After they took the supplements, they started instantly feeling better and slowly recovered back to health.
Then another time, they started feeling ill again. My dad didn’t send them any medication, and
instead, they bought the same kind that my dad sent them in China. But the strange thing was, they didn’t feel any better.
So then my dad sent them the same kind they bought in China from Canada, and once again, they started feeling better.
The leading cause was that my grandparents had this belief that western medicine was superior to eastern medicine. That anything to come out of Canada or the United States were miracle reliefs that China could not reproduce.
So even though the exact same brand and type of medicine were available in both Canada and China, that power of belief was so strong, allowing my grandparents to kickstart themselves after taking stuff from Canada.
Our Limiting Beliefs Make Who We Are
So how does the placebo effect affect us in badminton?
Well, our badminton skills depend on the power of what we believe. Unfortunately, if you’re on this post, then it most likely means you have limiting beliefs that actually crush your badminton potential.
I personally had this issue.
I always believed that I sucked or was average at badminton, and that’s what I was.
Every time I would go train at my club, I would be in the middle of the pack. Not the best, but not the worst, either. I always thought that I was in the middle, that I was still number two.
I believed that I was void of talent and could never get good at badminton.
And that was my life. In my grade 10 year, I played multiple tournaments, trained for real at a club, and I saw no results. I never lost everything in my tournaments or club training. Still, I never won ever enough to make it into quarter-finals.
Find The Roots Of The Problem
It doesn’t always have to be that way, though.
You can define your beliefs first. Get rid of the ideas that you can’t do something and replace it with the belief that you can do anything. It’s a lot easier said than done, though.
You have to hack at the root of your limiting beliefs.
To change your limiting beliefs, you need to find the situations that caused them and why they are so powerful. Then you need to debunk them as myths with equally powerful beliefs.
Go back in time and think. What made you think of yourself as a failure?
Unfortunately, sometimes, it’s not even your fault. It can be people saying things about you and experiences proving those things right.
One day, I was back in time and thinking about what made me a failure. What stopped me from going far in my badminton journey?
I was thinking about my belief that I was an average player that could never get good at badminton. Where did that come from? Because I wasn’t born thinking of myself as a failure.
It hit me that it was a few things other people were saying and situations that enforced what they said.
I remember when my parents were talking to some of their friends and acquaintances about their kids and how they played sports like soccer and basketball. My parents’ friends asked them, “Hey, what sports does your kid play?”
“Oh, Kevin’s a badminton player,” my mom responded.
“That’s really cool. Are you any good, Kevin?”
Just as I was about to say something, my mom cut in, “Oh, he’s just average.”
I was the joke of the family. Every time my dad facetimed my grandparents, he would come into my room, and I would listen to my grandparents pester my dad about getting me to study harder at school and go to a good university.
My dad would always mockingly tell them, “Don’t worry about Kevin, he’s going to make it big and play badminton in the Olympics!” For some reason, my dad always had to be in my room when he says that.
But that dream that I had really became a joke after playing a few tournaments and training at my club.
I won a few games, and then I lost a bunch. Then I saw a bunch of kids years younger than me absolutely crush the people that I lost to. If I couldn’t even break the top 10 in my province, how am I going to play in the Olympics?
Then the limiters really started kicking in. I couldn’t do anything, I was just average.
Find The Roots Of Success
The good news is that you can change yourself. Once you find those situations that caused your limiting belief, you need to disprove the belief and start supporting new beliefs that promote progressive change in yourself.
Once I realized when and why I first started to believe that I couldn’t do anything in badminton, I needed to reflect on my previous success and see different paths to success.
I wasn’t always considered a failure or just average. There were times when I was special too.
When I was in elementary school, I was prodigal. I was the best at badminton at my school, and I always had rapid growth. I was cited as a fast learner and someone who was really easy to work with.
First, just by realizing the success that I had before, I started breaking down the limiting belief. If I was the best before, I could do it again.
You may be thinking right now, “Oh Kevin, but I never had success in my life before.” And that’s BS.
It doesn’t have to be winning a badminton tournament in the past or even anything related to badminton. You need to find the small successes as the significant victories stem out of the starting seeds.
Look at yourself and think of times when you felt accomplished. I know that it’s quite tricky when you’re not feeling accomplished at the moment, but trust me, there were situations in the past where you were victorious.
Maybe the games you played? Getting a good mark on a test? No matter how insignificant it may seem, find those happy moments.
Second, once I found those happy moments, I realized that there was a forgotten path that I took to reach it. If I could remember the pathways to success, then all I had to do was replicate it.
Just like how I wasn’t born a failure, I wasn’t born a success either.
What caused me to be praised by those around me? How did I ever learn how to play badminton in the first place? I had to go to the roots of my success and relive the experience.
Back in grade 4, I was pretty reluctant to play badminton. Unlike soccer, there was no will to get really good at it. But one day, my mom signed me up for my Chinese school badminton classes.
And I was hooked.
I hit the shuttle back and forth with horrible technique and footwork, but it was fun. Fundamentally, though, I was a very competitive person.
I wanted to win.
When I go back, the skill level of the class was quite low at the time. Basically, whoever knew how to and had the strongest smash was the best player.
I didn’t know how to smash at the time, but I knew that if I knew, I would be a dominant player. I started asking other players that knew how to smash to show me their swings. I was asking the coach of the class on how to do it. I even started watching YouTube videos teaching me how to smash.
I kept practicing and practicing, until one day, I got it! I learned how to smash!
From that day on, I became feared for my smashes. My smashes were what made gym class dangerous and to play against me was reserved for exclusively the brave.
But I never continued improving my smash or any other aspect of my badminton game, so my drive for my improvement went down. But now I knew, the path to success was reachable.
Change Your Limiting Beliefs To Unleash Your Secret Badminton Potential
When you understand what caused you to believe certain things, it’s time to change.
Think about all the limiting beliefs you have and provide evidence from your successes that they are not valid. That they can be disproved.
This will be particularly difficult as failures hurt more than the happiness success gives.
But I believe that you have a secret badminton superpower that hasn’t been unleashed yet. You just need to believe in yourself.
After I realized the limiters I had put on myself, I started disproving them using the success that I had. From deep self-reflection, I knew that I was better than what other people have described me as. I knew that I was better than what I used to think of myself.
I wasn’t missing talent, skill, or any stamina, it was already in me.
I changed my belief to one where I wasn’t such an average player, and I instantly saw results. I wasn’t the best in my club just yet, but I started playing at much higher speeds and stamina.
Delete your limiting beliefs by showing yourself that success is possible and that you know the route.
How Much Do You Want To Get Good At Badminton
Are you having trouble trying to get rid of limiting beliefs? Do you maybe have too many limiting beliefs?
There are a lot of limiting beliefs that I want to tackle and show you how to get rid of. I’ve heard and experienced them all.
I need private coaches to succeed
I need money
I need time
I have bad genetics
I have no talent
There are many false beliefs that I want to destroy, but unfortunately, this post will be too long to cover them all. I may include them in other posts, so make sure you comment below if you want to see them!
But what it really comes down to, is you.
If you want to succeed at badminton, you will need to do it for yourself. I can only give guides and what I think, but I can’t go into your head to change beliefs.
How much do you really want to get good at badminton? If you want it enough, then nothing will stop you.
Get rid of those limiting beliefs hiding in your head and replace them with beliefs showing you the pathways to success. Anyway, check out some other posts on Get Good At Badminton and have a great day!
Many aspiring badminton players that are trying to play more competitively are always bent up in the ideas of motivation. I need to be more motivated to train, more motivated to keep playing, more motivated, etc. However, many people forget about discipline. In this post, I will talk about disciplining yourself to get better and why you should have discipline in the battle of motivation vs. discipline.
Consistent, Disciplined Practice Makes You Better
I always thought that I needed more motivation to become better at badminton and to train more. But the issue is, there are both good days and bad days.
If I only train on my good days, I’m never going to get good at badminton. I really only have one good day per week, and sometimes, I don’t even train on that day.
It’s not possible to always be motivated to train. That’s why you need to make training something that is a part of your regular and even bad days.
Following a training schedule consistently is one of the hardest things to do if you haven’t been doing anything before.
The sheer amount of willpower and discipline required is impressive, and that’s what separates the exceptional athletes from the average. The extraordinary athlete will go outside and run even when the sun is not shining.
If you can reach a state where you are training four to five times every week, you will get a lot better.
We have all heard of the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” The more you play badminton, the better you will get at badminton. The more you train, the more fit and stronger you’ll get.
I’ve been analyzing myself and seeing the differences between many of the top players in my province and country, and me.
After watching different people play and researching their backgrounds, the difference between them and me is not genetics or physicality, but the amount we train.
The vast skill gap in badminton technique, strategy, and fitness were because my opponents trained 3-4 times the amount that I did. If I up the amount that I trained, I would surely reach the same level they played at in no time.
I was reading about a few pro players, and it seemed like they all trained a lot. Players like Son Wan Ho, a men’s singles player from South Korea, train 6 times a week, 6 hours each time. Yuta Watanabe, a mixed doubles and men’s doubles player from Japan, has the same schedule.
These players are not always motivated to train. They treat training like work/school, where you do it consistently no matter what your day was like.
What Can You Accomplish On Your Worst Days?
Another perspective we can look at is, what can you accomplish on your worst days?
If we take a look at the current world number one player as of November 18, 2019, Kento Momota, we can see how he can dominate other players on the court even on his bad days.
Kento Momota has won multiple tournaments back to back in 2019. This meant that he played a lot more than his opponents. Many of his opponents were freshly rested before each match because they had been knocked out so early.
Momota, however, played every single game as he reached finals for pretty much every tournament he was in. If you watch some of his matches, you can see that Momota is super fatigued.
If we look at 2018, we can see a shift in playstyle from playing aggressively to a more passive style of play between the first and second halves of the year.
From early 2018, Momota reached multiple finals and won numerous tournaments. The fatigue from playing so many games hit him pretty hard as he started to strap everything up.
You can see tape on multiple places, including his back, arms, knees, ankles, and thighs.
Yet, even when he is tired, Momota is still winning all his matches. It means Momota is in a whole new class compared to other pro players.
In fact, there was one tournament Kento Momota won while fighting a cold, according to his coaches. That’s pretty crazy. Even when he is sick, he is still dominating on the court.
Let’s take a look at ourselves. What can we do when we’re sick?
Well, I certainly had the experience of being sick about a month back. What was I able to do?
Nothing at all. I talked a little about it in an email I sent out and my last post. All I did was lay in bed and watch videos. I couldn’t even get out of bed, move a meter to my computer, and write something.
And here we have Kento Momota not only playing tournaments while he’s sick but also winning them!
Now, we don’t have to compare ourselves to Kento Momota. He is a talented player who has played and trained badminton competitively for years. But we do need to start thinking about ourselves and how we can grow to reach our goals.
If we want to get good at badminton, we need to make it so that even on our worst days, we are still doing more than what the average person does.
Instead of watching TV or sitting in bed mindlessly staring at your phone, you should at least be able to run for 5 minutes or do a few push-ups.
We want to start pushing our limits a little bit and disciplining yourself to do more. This means get out of your comfort zone and do things that you have never done before.
Because it’s not about being the best in your club on your best day, it’s about being the best even when you don’t feel like playing.
Tips To Start Disciplining Yourself
Everything I just said is much easier said than done. “Go train more!” Well, that’s much easier said than done.
I don’t want to leave you with a few words and theories that you can’t do much with, I want to give you some actionable tips to help you reach your badminton goals.
So here we go, it’s time to jump into some of my ways to start disciplining yourself to train more and harder.
Tip #1 – No Excuses
We all have excuses. I don’t have money to pay for training, I’m sick, I’m unlucky, people around me don’t want me to train, there’s no gym close to me, no equipment, no time, no players to help me train, I’m not destined to be good at badminton, etc.
Did you ever say these things? I certainly have, and I’ve listened to many other people say the same things as well.
I was actually the biggest complainer. “Everyone was better than me because they had parents that were willing to spend thousands of dollars letting them train and play tournaments.”
“Everyone was better than me because they had all the time in the world to train.”
Training in Canada was costing me over $1000 every 2 months just to have two 3-hour sessions every week! Private lessons with coaches cost more than $60 an hour, and on top of that, my family had to pay for two people at the same time. So over $2000 every two months.
We didn’t necessarily have time either. School with extensive workloads from 9-5, and I had to work a part-time job two days a week. But later, I found out that these were just mindless excuses stopping me from achieving what I really want to do.
I was on a road trip listening to a podcast episode by Russell Brunson when I realized my mind and heart were in the wrong places. It wasn’t about how much money or time I had. Success didn’t come from the resources I had.
To be successful, it’s about your ability to do anything with nothing.
That was a big truth bomb that was ingrained in my mind and heart. Although the podcast was about entrepreneurship, the statement that poor people say, “I can’t afford something,” while rich people say, “How can I afford this certain thing,” still applies here in badminton.
I learned that things aren’t always handed down to you in life. You can say things like I’m unlucky, or people don’t want me to succeed, or you can move past those excuses and find your path to success with what you have.
The truth is, it’s not like we have nothing either. The fact that you’re reading this blog post means that you have a lot of things at your disposal. You have an electronic device that can surf the web and an internet connection.
That’s huge in today’s world. You no longer need professional coaches to teach you how to play badminton. You can come on to sites like Get Good At Badminton and find badminton skills and drills.
You can go on YouTube and do a quick search for whatever you want to learn, and you will probably find what you are looking for. There are plenty of people teaching things from basic footwork and badminton techniques to advanced strategies and deceptions.
I’ve even seen people do things like record themselves play and then submit their video to a Reddit feed on badminton and have people analyze their gameplay. So there you go, instant free access to coaches and players all around the world.
Excuses don’t exist. All problems have a solution.
If you’re not actively seeking out solutions to your problems, are your dreams really your dreams?
Tip #2 – Start Small
Disciplining yourself to create a consistent training schedule is incredibly difficult if you have never done anything before.
You may be able to do a lot on one day because you’re motivated to do so. Still, then on the next day, you’ll probably end up tired and unmotivated to do any more.
You know when people create new year’s resolutions. Usually, they’re able to follow through with them for the first couple of weeks, but hardly anyone makes it past a year, or let alone a month.
The problem is that most people try to make significant changes immediately.
I used to do this when I was trying to make better schedules for my life. I wanted to get up at 5 AM and run every morning. I was able to do this for 1 week at most. Then it started snowing, and I made an excuse that it was too cold.
Trying to wake up at 5 AM and run every morning was too big of a change to my existing schedule and habits. Usually, I was waking up around 8 AM, so trying to wake up 3 hours earlier was a big hurdle in itself.
Then I was trying to add on running for 30 minutes outside, making the existing hurdle even larger.
What I realized was that I needed to start small. I need to make small changes at a time and get used to them. Then I could slowly increase intensity and quantity until I reach my desired goal.
So instead of trying to wake up and run so early, I should have changed my running time to a time when I’m already awake and start by running only 5 minutes straight every day.
Then as I got stronger and more used to the changes, I could increase the amount I run and slowly adjust my waking up time to early in the morning if I wanted to.
I actually did it wrong initially by trying to incorporate footwork drills and a bunch of different exercises in my first few workouts. Luckily, it was summer vacation, so I never allowed myself to make the excuses that I had no time or that it was too cold. I eliminated all the excuses I had and just did what I planned.
Over time, I increased the load of the workouts as things got more comfortable. Instead of doing 5 sets of 20 for footwork, I started doing 10 sets instead, and I felt perfectly fine. Had I tried to do 10 sets right from the start, I would have never been able to maintain the training regime for longer than a week.
So if you want to get good at badminton, but you never train consistently, start small. Do something like 5 push-ups every day, and when you can do that with ease, begin adding reps and sets and different exercises slowly.
You want to build habits that you would follow even when you’re not feeling the best.
Tip #3 – Change Your Environment
It takes a lot of willpower to make functional changes to your life. Adding things like consistent training to your schedule is one of the most challenging things you can do in your life.
But if you can eliminate all your excuses preventing you from doing a certain thing, then what’s stopping you?
As individuals, we only have so much willpower. I had the personal experience of trying to fight all the excuses preventing me from doing more, and those battles are tough to win on willpower alone.
While we can’t suddenly make more money or time, there are things we can change instantly to make our lives much easier as we’re learning to discipline ourselves.
One thing is to change the physical environment around you and make exercise something that is easily accessible.
For example, if you want to go running in the morning, put your sports clothes right next to your bed and your shoes right in front of the door so that you don’t have to make an extra effort to go running.
If you want to eat healthier, put drinks like soda and junk food like chips in places like the back of your fridge or on the top shelves of your cabinets and put things like water and fruit in places that you can easily reach. This will make it so that healthy options are always your first choice.
Or even better, just get rid of all the junk food and soda, so you’re in an environment where you’re forced to eat healthily.
In my life, I have free weights right next to my bed and computer plus a racket lying out in the middle of my room. I’m always randomly lifting weights or swinging a racket because they’re so easily accessible to me.
I even took it to the next level and put my regular rackets away in their cases and my bag, and instead, I leave out my training racket in the middle of the room. Guess what?
I’m always swinging that training racket and building badminton strength even when I’m not on the court.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a training racket or free weights, it’s not required for you to be successful.
Changing your environment doesn’t always mean making good things accessible, you can also go make things causing bad habits inaccessible.
For me, my phone is always distracting me. If I really want to get things done, I leave my phone in the corner of my room under all my bedsheets so that getting it means that I have to go through extra work of getting up from my computer.
Usually, this is enough to prevent me from being tempted to check my phone for random things. You could go one step further and put the phone in a separate room. Then to get it, you’re forced to get up and walk a little.
Or even try putting it by the doorway so that every time you need to get your phone, you are reminded that you should go outside and run a little.
Good peer pressure also falls into this category. If you can find others to train with you, you will definitely be more motivated to train as there will be other people holding you accountable.
It becomes a lot easier. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and don’t have any friends or family who want to wake up at 6 AM to go running with you, you will have to practice disciplining yourself.
Motivation, Still Required
Since this is a post on motivation versus discipline, I should still talk a little about motivation.
In the question of motivation vs. discipline, motivation still plays an important role. But it’s not about staying motivated every day to train, it’s about what creates the discipline in the first place.
As I see it, motivation is another way to help you overcome excuses so that you can build the discipline to train consistently.
It’s challenging to stay motivated by watching and listening to motivation videos every day. At some point or another, the boost in energy that those sources provide goes down and stops affecting you.
The real source of motivation comes from what you truly want.
You need to start self-reflecting and think about the life you want. You need to figure out why you want to get good at badminton.
Then you need to list down those whys on paper and refer to it every time you fall. Understanding your origins and why you do something will make sure that you continue driving down the same path instead of following other random rabbit holes.
A lot of these reasons are personal, but one of the core reasons should be because you love playing badminton.
Other reasons that I have are proving people who have always said that I can’t accomplish something wrong and doing something that only a small minority of people can succeed at.
Find your own reasons for doing something and push yourself forward. The real motivation comes from the selfish desire to achieve something, and those prevalent reasons will help you push forward no matter what turmoil you are suffering.
I will probably talk a little more about this topic in future posts, so stay tuned!
That’s it for today’s post! What I would like you to do is start thinking about yourself and why you want to get good at badminton. Once you have established the firm pillars that keep you going, start disciplining yourself to train more.
In a battle of motivation vs. discipline, you would much rather have discipline over motivation as it’s not about what you can do on your best day, but what you can do on your worst.
Leave a comment down below if you’re going to start training more and at higher intensities! As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!