Badminton is a high-paced, intense
racket sport played all over the world. While many American students
play badminton for fun as kids and in school,
serious badminton competition isn't as prevalent in America as in other
countries. As a result, many Americans may have difficulty learning the
basics of badminton. Like any sport, badminton training requires a
combination of strength building and techniques practice. The more you
do it, the better results you will see.
Successful badminton players
must have speed and fast acceleration to move around the badminton
court. Since badminton matches last for 45 minutes or more, players must
also have good endurance. Leg exercises
that build the calf and thigh muscles will help badminton players
increase their sprinting speeds. For endurance, players should go on
short distance runs a few times a week.
Since badminton requires players to stop and turn quickly, players
must perform agility exercises that control balance and direction. The
Sports Fitness Adviser suggests an agility exercise
that use cones arranged in the shape of a three-digit number. Players
weave their bodies around the cones to develop fast and accurate
footwork. Any drill that requires you to run and change directions
quickly will help build the skill set you need to maintain controlled
swiftness throughout the match.
Unlike tennis, badminton serves
usually do not result in aces due to the size of the court and movement
of the shuttlecock. Nonetheless, a poor serve will cost you matches by
giving your opponent free points. Furthermore, according to the
Badminton Bible, in doubles badminton a good serve sets up the rally
that you will need to win the first attack.
To maintain proper serving form, watch the best professionals'
techniques and practice them at home against a wall. Start with the
shuttlecock below the waste and throw it in the air. The racket must
also begin below the waste and never rise above the wrist. To master the
four types (flick, drive, high and low) focus on one serve at a time.
With each serve, aim for specific spots along a wall. Pretend the wall
is the net and stand in a position that replicates the actual serving
experience. If you have training partners, take turns serving back and
forth and focus on specific spots for precision.
While doubles badminton relies
more on power "smash" shots than singles badminton, an accurate return
game is essential in both singles and doubles badminton. A successful
singles strategy requires precise placement that will keep your opponent
running all around the court until your opponent tires, wears down and
falls out of position. Before you focus on honing specific shots, spend
some time in the weight room and build up your muscles. Focus on power
training techniques such as heavy lifting and explosive lifting to give
yourself the ability to tap into your strength faster during matches.
Once you have an adequate weight lifting routine, perfect your
arsenal of shots. Practicing form will help but in order to get a full
handle on your shots you need to approximate game speed. To master
various shots, find a training partner and simulate various game
situations. Spend time in the central base position and the net
position. Have your partner send shots all over the court and try to
track them down and regain your control over shot placement. Test your
shot selection ability by having your partner start the rally at various
places around the court. Respond with an appropriate shot to get your
partner out of position.
Whenever possible, play with people who are better than you. Great
opponents will expose your own weaknesses and also give you examples of
methods to follow.
Article was quoted from eHow.com