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Change Your Limiting Beliefs To Unleash Your Secret Badminton Potential

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 reaching for the sunlight

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.

What happened?

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 placebo effect

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!

motivation vs. discipline

Motivation Vs. Discipline – Which One You Really Need

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.

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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 kento momota 2018 world championshipsand 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

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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

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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 had this experience in the GGAB Fitness Training Regime.

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. motivation picture

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!

Moving Forward

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!

Badminton Tips and Tricks #5 – How To Control Anxiety In Tournaments

Anxiety is something that hits me hard. I would say that my most significant reason for never playing well in tournaments would be getting too nervous as opposed to skill.

Not playing to the best of your ability or even how you usually play creates one of the worst feelings in the world. That’s why I’m going to dedicate some time to give you some more badminton tips and tricks.

This one is about controlling your emotions during a game/match.

Play More

This piece of advice is something that everyone will say. I remember asking my coaches on how to stop being nervous and they just told me, “Well you can’t do much really, just play more.”

What playing more mainly means is that play more tournaments. For me, competitions are when I get the most nervous. It’s when I start to think about winning instead of playing to the best of my ability. To get rid of the anxiety from playing in tournaments, you just have to play more competitive matches.

Tournaments are usually held at different clubs and gyms in most places so playing more matches means you’ll play in a variety of settings. One of the first things that will probably make you nervous is playing in a new place.

“What if the lighting is bad?”

“What will happen if the floor is bad and I slip?”

“I don’t know anybody here.”

These are all natural concerns that many tournament players will have at the start. Playing more tournaments will help you get more accustomed to these different settings and allow you to adapt more quickly.

Playing more tournaments also builds routine into you that training doesn’t develop. One of the things with competitive matches is that they will have specific procedures such as calling out your name, a scorekeeper, testing shuttles, perhaps even an umpire and some line judges. These things can definitely affect you especially if you’re a tournament rookie.

When I started playing tournaments, some of these procedures really messed with me. I was nervous about not getting on the court on time, not bringing the stuff I need, afraid that I will look bad not knowing what to do and more. But honestly, you’ll get more confident as you play more.

Playing more tournaments also gives you the experience to play against players that you don’t regularly play against. Once you do this enough, you’ll also stop wondering how good your opponent is and become more focused on your own play which will allow you to win more.

Although I talked a lot about playing in tournaments, playing with a few training friends or your club members as much as you can is hugely beneficial. Another major concern of new players in tournaments is that their skill isn’t high enough and that’s a valid reason. The solution to this problem is just to train more.

Eventually, if you want to get competitive in the badminton world, you do have to play tournaments and competitions. You can’t expect to train a lot and then suddenly come into a tournament and win. Playing competitive matches gives you benchmarks, so you know where your skill is at, and without those benchmarks, you won’t know what your strengths and weaknesses are.

Don’t Think

Sometimes the brain is too slow. Sometimes the brain also drains us. It’s especially true in badminton. It might seem counterproductive to not think while playing but it’s actually a lot better for your

performance.

Once you’re at an advanced enough skill, you should be able to swing your racket and move your feet without thinking about all the little bits of technique. If you can do this, thinking during a rally will only slow you down. You’ll also bring yourself out of something many sports players and officials like to call, “the zone.”

The zone is a state of mind where you’re focused intensely and playing at your highest level. My personal experience with the zone is that I felt like I had infinite energy, a lot more strength, and I was moving faster. It’s definitely a great feeling and something you should harness.

Getting into the zone is done by not thinking, at least for me. Everything becomes muscle memory, and it seems like your body just moves on its own. Thinking will only distract you and make you tired as the brain needs resources.

Thinking about things like how your legs are sore, that the opponent is up five points against you, how your form looks, or even what shot to play will only demotivate you and bring about the defeatist in you. Even if you’re winning, thinking will tell you to stop applying pressure to your opponent and make you play worse. The brain doesn’t help you during competitive games.

A lot of people will actually tell you to think about what shot you should play. While this works in some cases, I find the brain lag and the split seconds of deciding actually prevents you from pulling out your best shot. All the thinking based on shots and strategies should be done in between rallies and games.

You should also have muscle memory and experience with different situations from your training. Losing is okay. It builds another piece of muscle memory that’ll help you win.

What To Think About

Sometimes our minds will subconsciously wander off into the dark realms of our pessimism and worries about future events. I’m going to tell you about some ways you can limit this before it affects your gameplay.

The first step before your matches is to think about how you usually play. Relaxed playing is when we play best. Happy playing helps too. Imagine your best games and moments.

Give yourself a different mindset for tournaments. While winning can be significant, it’s not as crucial as the learning experiences or fun you can have. So get your mind off of winning and start thinking about tournaments as places to improve and have some fun. This will relax you a ton.

During your rallies, don’t think about points. Try not to look at the scoreboard if there is one. If you have to call out the score, call it out but don’t try to calculate how many points you need to win or how many your opponent needs.

Instead, think of never letting the shuttle touch the ground on your side. Give yourself a goal of getting all the shots back.

Before Game Activities

There are also some things you can do to help limit anxiety before tournaments.

The first thing is sleep. What’s more relaxing than sleeping? Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your big tournament. You really need the energy.

Also, remember the other usual things such as eating well. The standard theory is to stock up on carbs the night before and eat protein before the game. But if doing this is only going to make you more nervous, don’t do it.

It’s connected to a thing where your everyday habits will relax you. When you get on a court, do you always do some footwork first? Spin the racket in your hand? Practice serve? If there’s something you always do, keep doing it! Don’t let the tournament change you unless it’s against the rules.

Another activity that can help is doing some light exercise or playing a little. This will help get your blood pumping and get you warmed up. You can check out a post about warm-up exercises you could do. Playing a little bit will also give you more control of your racket and confidence. Just don’t overdo it. You may get too tired, or even worse, injure yourself.

Conclusion

And that concludes Badminton Tips and Tricks #5! I hope some of these tips will help you in your tournaments. They’ve really helped me in the past.

Do you have any other tips or strategies you could share? I bet everyone would love to hear what you have to say! Leave a comment in the comment section down below!

As always, good luck in your games and have a great day!

How To Really Get Good At Badminton – The Mindset and Genetics

I’ve actually written a post about how to get good at badminton already, but it is a post that focuses on skills you must develop. Things like needing proper technique, training footwork, and being able to play a multitude of different strategies.

But in reality, skills are only a small fraction at how to make you a good badminton player. In fact, to get those skills, one must need the attributes related to the mind and physical endurance. Thus, here I am telling you how to really get good at badminton.

Definitely go read the other post on how to get good at badminton though!

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Will To Improve

If you have read my recent post on what makes a great badminton player, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with the spirit of improving. I genuinely believe that having the mindset to grow is probably the most useful ability in badminton and everything else.

While some people are brought up with this mindset, the will to improve can be created. You just need to control your mind and emotions.

Many people are defeatists at heart. They would lose and just keep losing and then give up. Having the will to improve means that when you lose, you study every little aspect of why you lost and then practice ten times as hard to get better.

A progressive person also improves in victories. When they win, they don’t sit back and relax, they continue to study what could be improved, and then they try to get better in those aspects. In some places, badminton is quite competitive. If you don’t continuously get better, someone else will surpass you and take your spot.

Another thing to note is anger and emotions after losing and winning. Don’t get me wrong, losing will feel bad. Everyone gets angry and/or sad. In fact, it’s okay if you have those emotions because it means that you actually care.

It’s a matter of what you get angry at. People that don’t have the improving mindset will blame everything but themselves. They’ll blame the lighting, the racket, not having money to train, etc. That was me. But then I realized to improve, I can only blame myself.

The mindset after winning is more subject to debate. As long as you continue to improve after, it doesn’t really matter. What I do find is that players who are more humble in their victories tend to study their mistakes more while players who are arrogant in winning like to show off their strengths.

The Mind In Games

So the will to improve and the mindset of progression is paramount, but what about the mind in the game?

A great badminton player is built to avoid distractions during the game to maximize performance. It’s normal for players to get nervous and have a high level of adrenaline, but if you can manipulate your adrenaline to boost your return, you will definitely have the edge over most opponents.

The ability to remain calm and optimistic during your games will also give you a higher win rate. We often lose in those high pressure, 19-19 games where anything can happen because we get anxious and make more mistakes.

How can we build this emotional block in our heads?

Like mentioned before, getting anxious during games is something reasonable for all players. To reduce the effect of this emotion, you just have to relax.

The best way is to get used to these situations and play more matches, more games, and more tournaments. This is the surefire way of reducing anxiety when you play competitively.

Stamina

This post isn’t just about mindset. I’m going to talk about physicality as well.

Stamina is the most important physical attribute in badminton. Badminton is one of the most physically intensive sports out of all of them. To continuously move at high speeds over and over again is quite grueling.

Once you’re at the point where everyone’s technique is relatively equal, everything will be based upon stamina and how you play around it.

Stamina is something that different people will have fundamentally in varying amounts. Everyone has their own different maximum potential for, but you can only reach that maximum potential if you push your limits. Nobody has lots of stamina without physical training.

In my other post, I talked about strategy a lot. Badminton was often noted as the “physical version of chess.” You have to know your own limits and formulate strategies around it. If you have low stamina, you have to optimize your approach so that the rallies end fast or create a playstyle where you control the game and don’t move as much.

Strength and Speed

Your power and speed are also related to genetics in some part. People are born with different amounts of muscle, but like stamina, it is another attribute that depends on pushing your limits.

In badminton, strength and speed are what allows you to pressure your opponent. The more you have, combined with stamina, the more devastating you can be.

Conclusion

Definitely go check out the other post that talks about skills and strategies once you’ve embraced some of the things I said here because once you have developed the mindset to improve and focused yourself on improving physical aspects, learning skills and strategies will make you extremely dominant in badminton.

One of the reasons I created Get Good At Badminton is to help people realize their badminton potential and make them the best player they can be. I want to help you get to the best you can be.

I want to hear your opinion! What are some things you believe to be the most critical parts to becoming a pro player? Let me know in the comment section down below. And as always, go out, play some badminton, and have a great day!

What Makes A Great Badminton Player – From The Talent Perspective

What makes a great badminton player? Is it their skills, their overwhelming strength, and stamina, or something else? The truth is, it’s a combination of everything. But that’s one of the most generic answers out there.

Today, we’re going to take a look at what makes a great badminton player in the talent perspective.

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Common View Of Talent Debunked

I have an unorthodox view of what talent actually is. My opinion of talent is that it’s a combination of everything in varying amounts with more ability to improve than actual skill. Talent is also something that’s in everyone. It is something that is nurtured.

My view of this comes out of the frustration of what other people always tell me. Let me tell you a story about this view.

Like many stories, I start in a place where nobody believes in me. Not my parents, not my coaches, not my classmates, and eventually, not even myself. They all told me some variation of the same thing, “Kevin, you have no talent.”

I absolutely hated it whenever someone said, “Kevin, you can’t beat that player because he’s more talented than you.” But I knew more. I knew that the player I just lost to trains three to four times a week while I was sitting at the measly once a week where the coaches barely even focus on me anyways.

I would tell my parents that if I train more, I can definitely bring my skill up and win. Again, they told me things that discouraged me from playing. “If you can win tournaments, you can train twice a week,” “If you were good, you’d already be much further than where you are right now.” One time, they even told me to quit altogether.

Every time I tried to prove myself, I would get even more discouraged. I would go into these tournaments and then lose first round, and my parents would be like, “See, you can’t win so you shouldn’t play.” Eventually, I actually thought that I had no “talent” and I wasn’t meant to play.

It wasn’t as if my parents didn’t support me at all. They actually first got me into badminton by sending me to a random Chinese school group playing session. It was just that in Canada, badminton training was hyper-expensive and my parents didn’t want to pay for it. And it made sense.

Why would you continue spending money on something that wasn’t giving results?

So I gave up. I gave up on playing badminton. One, badminton became a sport to me where only winning matters and two, it seemed like nobody wanted me to play anyways. I stopped training, I stopped playing for my school teams, and if there were anybody that asked, I would say, I’m suffering from an injury.

Quitting didn’t help me either. Deep down, I still loved playing badminton. I would be lying on my bed eating chips and watching badminton games wishing that I could be like Lin Dan or Lee Chong Wei. But throughout these hours of watching videos, I found myself on an Olympic video about a Brazilian badminton player. I had my epiphany watching that video.

It wasn’t really a motivation video nor a video about badminton skills. It was basically a short documentary of a player called Ygor Coelho de Oliveira. I think he was the first Olympic badminton

player to come out of Brazil. What was significant wasn’t his achievements, it was how he trained. In the video, there were clips of players playing on a mud court, on each other’s rooftops, and other places.

I realized that it’s not that I had no talent in the sense that I had no skill; I had no will or spirit of improving and that’s what I believe now to be genuine talent.

Now it’s all about the different creative ways to train without a coach or high-end court. It’s also one of the main reason why I started this site; to give players more angles and approaches to getting good at badminton.

The Improvement

Talent is your spirit and will to improve and also the speed at which you can.

Think about it. Almost all the great badminton players started in the same place as us. No hitting power, no control, no nothing. But because they spent the time and focused on improving, they became top players.

The best players naturally improve faster than everyone else. After each point, game, or match they lose, they learn something and never make the same mistake. Every significant loss only makes them come back higher.

In training, many pro players would focus on practicing their failure over and over again while the rest of us fool around or despair in our losses. Having the mindset and will to improve is talent that I admire much.

Strength and Stamina

Honestly, as sad as it is, some things will limit you. There are things that certain people are born with or get because of their living conditions. And they can’t do anything about it!

The main limiters come from genetics. Players that have more strength and stamina will automatically have an easier time improving. It’s one of the things that Carolina Marin’s coach noted about her.

The Spanish coach actually mentioned in a video that Carolina Marin’s technique was pretty awful, but he did take great notice of how fast she was and how strong she was. This also points to the fact that the technique doesn’t necessarily equal talent.

Another limiter which I first thought was an upper limit was some of our demographics. Some of the things I thought that was preventing me from getting really good was money and the Canadian winter. No money to play on a court and 6 months where I can’t even do footwork outside because of the ice.

Now that I think of it, it’s not so much the case. It still profoundly affects me, but I found that if I seriously had the will to improve, I would look for more creative ways to practice badminton despite my conditions.

The Small Part

If you have strength and stamina and the will to improve, you will dominate… mostly.

Unfortunately, skills still play a role. Although all of us can build skill to an extremely high level, I do believe that our talents cap out at certain moments and especially in combination with the natural decline of our bodies due to age, there’s no way everybody can be at the top.

Sometimes, even when someone trains harder, or even smarter, than others, discrepancies in skill can still make a difference. Just take a look at Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei. Lee Chong Wei trains and works much harder than Lin Dan, but Lin Dan has seemingly beat him in so many more matches.

I do believe that this small part which is skill mostly affects people playing at the professional level. At a provincial or even national level, strength and stamina will probably limit you way more than skill and the best players always come out from their ability to improve.

Conclusion

Skill isn’t talent. The ability to improve combined with good fitness is what makes a badminton player great. Without this ability, badminton players will never bring out their skill, and thus, they seemingly have no talent. But when they do become good because of their ability to improve, they seem talented, and that’s why I believe talent is actually the spirit to progress.

Let me know what you think in the comment section down below! As always, go out, train, and have a great day!