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JUST TRY IT! If you already have it, do try out the other
models as well.
Starter Tips: Build up your wrist power by using a
roller (cut a broom stick into 1 feet length) and a string with a brick
at the end of the string (cheapest way). Once you do this regularly,
the racket weight will feel like a feather. To win a game, do plan
ahead before or just starting a game. Look for your opponents weak
point and capitalize on it. My youtube videos are here. You can see
that most of the students are improving well with confidence and
enjoying the game very much. Click
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Coaching is available for all. Be it you are a student,
beginners advanced both young, old, male or female. Nothing to be shy
about. Once you get the basic skills, you'll be on your way to enjoy
the game better since your understanding of the game is better than the
rest. You are never too young or too old. A few sessions of this
training will set you up for good. You don't need to struggle on how to
play badminton for life (ie not sure if you are executing a correct
shot). I will teach you the necessary strategy to be the best in your
school or group. Even though you may already have a coach, there's no
harm getting another perspective to see your weakness. I believe you
must have someone in mind whom you want to beat really bad correct? (It
can be a cocky/snobby player in the group or another school player).
Just ask me to guide you. Your money will be well spent. Being
incomplete in a badminton could probably cost you more in the long run.
Effort will be easier and you don't have to go through the "School of
Hard Knock!". Use whatever resources available to be competitive and
win the game. No point keep on loosing all the time and be miserable.
It can be frustrating.
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How to start for beginners.
Please make sure you are reasonably fit enough to start hitting some
shuttles. Easiest way to start is to get a racket and a shuttle, drag
someone to join you and just have some fun hit without any badminton
net. Relax and Enjoy every hit of it and keep trying with strength and
accuracy for about 30 minutes. Play regularly (about at least 2 times a
week for a month) until you feel that you are good enough to start
playing with other.
Now, get some friends and talk about badminton and
start a small club or ask if there is a club to join in. Begin to build
on the basics of the games. Library will have some free books. Watch
some tournaments in youtube.
When you reach at the highest level of play, it is 90 percent a mind
game and 10 percent physical game. If you are a beginner, then it could
be the other way round.
So, the focus shift as you improve your game. At high
level of play, No matter how good physically or racket you have, it
doesn't matter. You can ask some champions to see if it is true. Basic
foot work, experience, strategy & exposure are very important. Do a
lot of shadow run. Tango method or crab method. Train yourself for at
least an hour.
Recommended tension is 20-23lbs depending on your level. Some extreme
cases went to 24 and above; its like hitting a plank. The higher the
tension, the easier it is for the string and racket to break especially
when you hit the wrong spot. However, the feeling is good when you
reach at high tension level. Netting very much depending on your wrist
work and your arm positioning. Has to be straight and use your wrist to
spin the shuttle a little.
To adjust the weight of your racket, you can use your grip. If you put
more weight on your grip, then your frame will be lighter. Beef up your
wrist power and press firmly while smashing (for accuracy). Just
practice it. It will save you lots of smashing energy. Also gives you
the power to do backhand smash like a professional. Work your wrist
till you can't hold the racket. Get someone to tap you while you
defense. This will help your wrist power, reflexes and defending. It'll
make you solid like a wall. The size of grips can be adjusted
accordingly. If you want it small, pull firmer while putting on the
grip (it will be thinner). If you want fatter grip, just put it on at
Stringing at a higher tension will give you more control over the
direction the shuttle takes off your stringbed, but at the expense of
increased power. Conversely, a looser strung racquet will give greater
power, hence the explosion of the shuttle off the strings, but with
less control. The reason for this is best described by the "trampoline
effect." If you jump on a solid floor, you will not get much bounce,
because the hard surface absorbs your energy. But, try jumping on a
trampoline and up you go, benefiting from the return of energy that
occurs when the trampoline strings stretch with your impact, and then
Basics of badminton.
In badminton or any other sports, more offense
compared to defense will win you the game. Generally defensive players
are very good in counter attacks. So, don't be misled by them. Some say
a good offence is a solid defense. They will pounce on you. At any
level, if you want to be a better player or keep your consistency, you
will need to give your extreme best. Do a small wager to keep the tempo
up (loser do pumping or buy a can of drink). Generally, points are lost
because of mistakes. Which could be due to tiredness or carelessness.
Do ask those experience players. You'll need to read the tips again and
again to get it right. Get me to coach you lor... aiyah...
Offensive Strategy (Or tips)
For singles, Aim for all the four corners, keep hitting to the front
(drop) and back (punch is better) to make your opponent tired
(diagonally). Do occasional slicing or chopping. Smash to the sideline (Aim
1 feet inside the line to be safe). Do flat baseline punching to
keep your opponent off balance. Smash to the body at times to confuse
them. Oh make sure you can handle all the shots if your opponents do
the same back to you (haha).
Phsycological points are 18, 19, and deuce situation.
Finish it off whenever possible. Always take a short break and many
deep breaths. You are not considered a complete player if you have NOT
lost a game to another player while leading at these points. Have to
learn through hard knock sometimes. Ask Lin Dan, Lee Chong Wei, Misbun
against Liem Swee King.
For doubles, Practice smashing to the middle to confuse both players.
KEEP on doing this till you are good at it. Keep practicing on your
smashes to maintain the extreme power (Thats the reason why I
call it extreme power; makes sense?). Even when you are playing
for fun, keep the power and drive back with flat returns (counter
attack). You will get some respect when you do that and mentally, you
are one step ahead when you show your Extreme Power.
Always tap on their service. Racket MUST be above your head, ready to
pounce and keep the pressure on opponents. If you continuously play
with dedication and discipline, you'll be ahead of the rest quickly and
when come to tournament days, you will adapt faster and easier. So, no
lazying around or look for short cuts.
For doubles front partner, stay on the line to
anticipate weak shots to tap. If you are fast, you may stay slightly
behind. Some international players if you observe closely may... just
stay right in front of the partner doing the offence. The expectation
is most shots will come back straight... when your partner smash
straight. it is not easy for opponents to defence and place the shuttle
Singles, be patience, just return the shuttle; place the shuttle
front and back. You opponent will feel hopeless when you can return all
the shots. Make sure you beef up your stamina. Do occasional cross
courts when handling smashes. Vary them with high clear, net and
driving or counter attack. Please practice with your friends first. Do
it regularly and you'll be the king. When your opponent ask for a
time-out, then you know, your job is done. Just like Prakash Padukone
against Han Jian or LCW against Simon Santoso in SO2008 finals..
Handling front shots. Stay a little to the front half of
the court. You should have time to recover it, lean your body to the
front a little, get the legs to be ready. Solid footwork matters. If
the shuttle goes to the back, it is a little slower, you should have
time to go to the back. Again, solid footwork in fundamental. Do shadow
Doubles, Always cross the shuttles when someone smashes you. The idea
is to keep your opponents moving. Hit the shuttle to the weaker
partner. Focus on the weaker partner to get them frustrated.
Occasionally, hit to the better player to keep him out of balance or
keep him in his place (ie. Not allowing him to cover the weaker
player). Be prepared for counter attack. Get your feet position and
wrist ready to flick cross court. To know when you have achieve
defensive perfection is when your opponent says you are like a wall.
(Be proud and congratulations).
For standing position, you'll need to gauge your
opponents offence traits, if they hit the shots sharp down, then it's
better to stay in the middle, if their shot are flat to the back, you
may stand to the back a bit, but again, be careful, you may not have
time to reach the front, in case they do a trick shot on you.
Doing regular 10 minutes drills net-tap and return drive will make you
a wall for your opponents to remember. Do it till your hands and wrist
are numbed. Try it. It'll make you feel good.
Even with improvements in string technology, breakage is
as common as ever, due to the increasing popularity of thinner strings
and HIGH stringing tensions. In order to reduce breakage, it is
important to understand that it has several different causes. Each may
be addressed through a different approach. The first and most common
cause of breakage is stretching the string beyond its elastic
limits-similar to pulling a rubber band until it snaps. This usually
occurs on one of the central four main strings, within an inch or two
of the racket’s head. The sweet spot is the most resilient-and
hence most powerful-area on the racquet.
No matter how clever racquet designers may be, they’ll never be
able to make the sweet spot extend right to the edge of the racket
head. Every time you miss-hit outside the sweet spot, you’re
stressing a relatively un-resilient section of the string.
There’s simply not much string to stretch between the shuttlecock
and the edge of the racket, and if the forces are too great, it snaps.
Stringing at lower tension will reduce the incidence of this problem,
as will the use of a thicker string. But don’t change both at
Approach the problem systematically, change one or the other, and play
on the new setup for a few weeks before deciding what your next move
should be. Other relatively common causes of breakage are
string-to-string abrasion and cutting. Every time you hit the
shuttlecock, the cross strings pound against the main strings. In time,
they can cut through the outer jacket and into the core. Likewise,
“cutting” and spin shots cause the strings to
“saw” back and forth against each other, with much the same
effect. Again, thick string withstands this longer than thin string,
but there are better ways to resist abrasion and cutting.
Some strings have two jackets or wear layers instead of the more common
single wear layer. Naturally, two jackets will resist abrasion longer.
Jackets may also be either twisted or braided over the core. Braiding
is the more durable approach because the over-under-over design locks
all the fibers in place. Even after a few jacket fibers have worn
through, the jacket as a whole remains intact. In contrast, a twisted
jacket may start to unwind as soon as the first fiber is breached.
Over-stressing, and string-against-string forces are inherent in the
game. They’re not entirely avoidable, but you can take steps to
reduce their effects. Other types of breaks are due to racket defects
or carelessness, and can be completely eliminated with proper
attention. A broken, split grommet may present a sharp edge that can
cut into the string. If the grommet is missing, the frame itself may
cut the string.
Next time the strings are out of your racket, feel the edges of the
holes that are drilled into the frame: they may be quite sharp. The
simple solution is to make sure the grommets are sound. A new grommet
strip may cost $5 or $6: well worthwhile if it saves you a $20
stringing job. If the proper grommet strip is unavailable, your
stringer may be able to install a piece of plastic tubing as a
temporary repair. Temperature-related breakage is common in cold
climates in the U.S. and Europe. Cold causes the string to contract,
significantly increasing its tension. Furthermore, nylon, which is
normally a very resilient material, becomes brittle when it’s
cold. For both of these reasons, if a racket is taken directly from a
cold car trunk and immediately put into hard use, the string can
The solution to this problem is simple. You can protect the racket from
the cold by transporting it in the heated cab of the car, and/or by
carrying it in an insulated racket bag. If the racket does get cold,
give it several minutes to warm up before putting it into play. Even
with proper care, some string breakage is inevitable. As a string ages,
it gradually becomes abraded and loses resiliency. Your best bet is to
restring before such degradation occurs: newer strings perform better,
and you’ll be surprised less often in the middle of a match.
Tournament is more demanding than practice or recreational play. It's
also tougher on your equipment. Here's how to ensure that your gear is
up to the challenge. Good preparation is essential. Before any
tournament, you should have resolved, at least temporarily, any
questions about your equipment. Serious competition is no time to
experiment with different racquets, string, shoes, or anything else.
After the tournament, you will analyze every decision and every move
you made, and that might involve re-evaluating equipment choices. But
going in, you must have confidence in your equipment, so that you can
devote full attention to your play. Supply yourself with numerous
racquets, and take the time to become familiar with all of them. When
you break a string in the middle of a match, or when the string begins
to lose its tension, you want to be able to switch to another racquet
and continue playing as if nothing had happened.
This is no time to get the feel for a new setup. I'd recommend a
minimum of THREE racquets, although five or six is not unreasonable.
Ideally, the racquets should be identical. In practice, few can afford
to replace all their racquets simultaneously, so most players have a
collection consisting of their newest, favorite racquet, followed by
the second-newest, second-favorite, etc. This makes it essential that
you settle on your favorite stringing setup for each racquet before the
The racquets should be strung to your specifications by your favorite
stringer (ie. me yours truly), on his usual machine. Well, I do string
for ex-national players as well. For at least four good reasons, you
should use the tournament's on-site stringers only when necessary.
First, they don't know you or your preferences. Second, even
professional stringers use different techniques and may get different
results. This extreme power guy strings beautifully. Try it.
Third, tournament stringers work under incredible time pressure. And
fourth, stringing machines differ in quality, condition, and design,
and generate results that can vary by several pounds. (Electronic,
constant-pull machines consistently produce tighter string jobs than
mechanical, fixed-tension machines at the same tension settings.) You
can eliminate these variables by arriving with your racquets
pre-strung. But what if you must restring during a tournament? Again,
preparation is key.
Pack several sets of your favorite string in your gear bag. Know what
tension you prefer in each racquet. Ask your regular stringer about any
unusual stringing techniques he uses, and find out if he uses a
constant-pull or fixed-tension machine. Explain your preferences to the
tournament stringer, and ask him to duplicate your usual setup, using
your string. Tournament matches take longer, on average, than
recreational matches, because players and teams tend to be more evenly
matched, and because every point is taken seriously. Racquet string
therefore takes more of a beating, and may lose tension during a single
Certainly, string breakage is more common in tournaments. Make sure
you're ready for these mishaps by having extra racquets ready, and by
being prepared to have your racquets restrung according to your needs
and preferences. As a tournament player, you must cope with much that
is unfamiliar. You're often playing unknown opponents in unfamiliar
surroundings, sleeping in a strange bed, and maybe even trying to
adjust to a different time zone. Do yourself a favor and make sure that
your equipment, at least, stays the same.
Tips to keep your racket in good condition (applies
to all brands).
String will normally run out of tension over a 3
months period. So, change it if you want a good feel while playing.
Change your grip whenever you feel that you don't grip well. I have
good grips for you if you want it.
Also, your stringer might recommend replacing the grommet strip and
bumper-guard to keep your frame in good repair and your strings intact.
He can show you the worn grommets and the chipped or worn bumper-guard.
Don't resist this replacement. It's a normal part of servicing your
racquet (like replacing the tires on your car) and it'll add years to
the frame's longevity and maximize the longevity of your strings. Due
to grommets weakness, it'll also causes the frame to sag in. It's time
for new rackets after 1 year old due to more inferior materials used
during manufacturing and also short of carbon supplies around the
world. All rackets have similar lifespan. Avoid exposing your racket in
hot sun, water or in the car. Heat and also water can degrade the
quality of your rackets. Don't place heavy objects on the racket.
Have a good cover to protect our racket. Again, get it from me if you
If you can keep your racket in good condition, there's no point buying
expensive or so called branded racket. They are all very similar and
breaks regularly, which could be due to stringing problem or clashes.
Extreme Power badminton racket is the best for you! You can get
a few pieces of it with the same cost compared to the more expensive
It's time to change your racquet, if it is more than 2 years old. On
average a player will break about 5-10 racquets. Some even break 5
pieces in one year alone, the culprit is the high tension used. Just
like the professionals, they will break their rackets within a month of
usage and since it's sponsored, they couldn't care about breakages.
Well, if you can afford it, go ahead and have high tensions. At most
24lbs for normal advanced players will do.
Courtesy of a good friend.
1. very important to have a quick eye. focus on
the bird as it leaves your opponents racket
then workout the direction u have to move. Some listen to the impact of
the racket to know if it is a hard shot.
2. always be in a ready position with your knees bend and on the toe.
push against the floor to propel in any direction. Pace a little.
3. exploit the four corners of the court. especially one deep shot into
followed by one into the deep backhand. u are bound to get the weak
4. return to "head office" after every shot (center)
5. avoid silly errors , fancy strokes, and all the gorengs here and
there. (Once a while is ok for fun).
6. be patient in the rally. keep throwing back everything to the
opponent. Stay like a wall.
7. know your opponents favorite shot and move in early to surprise him.
8. serve high and deep to push opponent far (for pro serve low la)
9. use your wrist strength to drive, push, tap front shots
10. when under pressure hit very high to gain time or cross court drop
11. never change a winning strategy but quickly change a losing strategy
12. appear confident, be confident......
Basic rule of thumb.
1) Grip firmly (use my grip, Thick, long lasting and non-slip). Press
it down while smashing.
2) Good footwork. Reach there first and be stable before hitting the
3) Make your opponents move all the time to tire them. (Mental). This
is the strategy. Patience.
4) Aim for the corners. Be save to aim 1 feet inside the line (less
mistakes). Smash if it's half-court.
5) Note: When you are tired, your opponent will also be more
tired than you.
Encourage (talk to) yourself. Shout if you have to. Like McEnroe. lol.
Say, You can't be serious. Again, Its all about less mistakes.
True? Did you count your mistakes when you loose? It
helps in reminding you. I do it as well.
6) Back to (1) again.
Tine Baun 2010 qtrfinal win: Asked
how she had managed to save them, she said: "I just let go. I was
thinking to make her win her own point, and if I lost I would still not
be angry because I did just the best I could do."
Good Questions and Answers.
Q. How do you prepare mentally?
A. Have you seen the contender boxing show or Rocky? If you can have a
heart like those guys, then you ARE a CHAMPION! Work hard and smart all
the time. Show some emotion!
Q. Whats the fastest way to learn badminton or be better?
A. No short cut man. Get a coach. I can help you on 1-to-1 training.
Hopefully you can join the national team after 2 years. Discipline and
lots of sacrifice to reach the level. You need to expose yourself
against many players.
Q. My knees hurts after lots of jump smash and returning drop shots?
A. Drink kangen enagic water to remove the acid crystals in your knees.
Let me know if you want it. It works for me. Have a proper knee
support. Do the right footwork. There
are proper techniques.
Q. Where can I play in Singapore?
You can join Chong
Pang CC, Tuesday 7.30pm. 3 courts. Ask for Eng Keat.
Can give you free coaching, better tips and show you the correct way to
play. Advance players always welcome. I'll guarantee you have a good
Q. How do I form a group by myself near my area of stay?
A. You can try to fix up a court near to you. Then go to some badminton
forums and invite people. Start with a single court and grow
accordingly. Some people even make money out of organising it. Let me
know if you need me to invite players for you. I'll be glad to help.
Q. Well, what if I am an advance player? Where can I
A. You can come to Yishun Town Sec School 10am Sunday. Only advance players allowed. $8 per session. Sembawang cc wed 7pm. Wah
lotsa advance kakis for you to sweat out. Shiok ah....
Q. Where can I play in East and Central area?
A. You can call SIA sport club. Playing
day is on Saturday 3pm. Strictly average, intermediate or above
only. The manager say so lor...
Or I can bring you there if you are shy. Just go and take a look to see
if your standard can match them. If yes, then you ask permission to
join in. They are all nice people.
Q. Do you sponsor players?
A. Yes, I'll sponsor racquets. However, you need to help to promote the
racquets to your friends if possible.
Q. What will you do when your opponent serve a very high ball into your
court when playing doubles? The serve is just within the service back
line. How should you prepare your self when the shuttle drops?
A. When your opponent serve high, Just move to the back and smash it.
Make sure that you are positioned correctly, ie in front of the
shuttle. Practice jump smash. This will give you extra sharpness.
Continue to build up your smashing power. As long as you are below 35
yrs old, should not be a problem.
Q. What's so special about your racquets?
A. It is durable, sexy design, feels good, quality, affordable,
reliable and strong. Recommended by good and advance players. I did try
clashing with other brands or so called popular racquets, and theirs
broke first. So, you can really keep it for quite a long time. Hope
this convinces you. The mold is recommended by advance players. So, the
quality and consistency is there. If there is a manufacturing defects
or cracks upon purchasing, I'll replace the racket. These are classics
& I don't come out with too many models just to confuse people
which other brands are trying to do. They crack pretty fast under high
Q. I really don't know when the best time to make contact with the
shuttlecock, how my arm should be positioned and at what angle, and how
exactly to follow through?
A. Need a coach? Just
make sure that you are in front of the shuttle
and your elbow is close to straight when hitting the shuttle (hit at
the highest point), you'll need to move your shoulder and legs as you
hit; also use your wrist to flick the shuttle to add pace. Just take a
look at some of the advance players and it should be able to help. Just
focus on it.
Q. I tend to have this doubt when playing. Cause when he serve high and
far you have time to move back but when the shuttle is dropping i would
be thinking to return high to the corner to get back to my position or
to just hit it down the line?
A. Build up your speed and leg work. You have 4 corners to hit, just
choose his weakness and make sure that you comeback to the middle and
anticipate the next shot. You can also jump smash. 2 more places to
kill; ie left or right.
Q. My shoulder hurts, how do I handle this?
A. You can try using more wrist work to smash it down instead of using
your shoulder. You may aggravate it. Just
improve your wrist power and it should be fine. Note that if you have
great power, it'll definitely help in offence, however the trick is
control and positioning your smash to the weaker player, to both sides or
to the body. You'll need to analyze your opponent as you go along. Slam to the middle if both are equally strong.
I do face problem with shoulders and I switch to more wrist power and
heavier rackets helps in terms of keeping the power. Am also not sure
if its a blood circulation issue. I just bought those little magnetic
stuff where I put it on my feet (helps circulation) and the pain is no
longer there. Takes time though. Good luck!
Q. How do you train your wrist power? And when smashing,
is it the wrist power or the arm? As i am not very tall (standing at
1.63m) i usually don't smash but this is the best way to kill off a
A. Smashing takes a combination of wrist, arm, shoulder, body, hips and
proper foot work. Do look at how the pros do it in tournaments. Just
follow one player who suits your style. Use a round wood, tie it to a
string with a rock or weight at the bottom. Then just put your arms
straight and roll it up using your wrist. Do it regularly and you will
become the king of smashing and power defending. Again, keep on
smashing to train and build up your power (its ok to loose as long as
you focus on what you want to improve on). Since you are just beginning
to become a better player, just build your overall muscle and fitness.
Use the gym if you can afford it. Or swim to build your overall
shoulder power. Do some butterfly strokes. (Can or not? hehe). You can buy the equipment from me. $30.
Q. How do I control the flight of the shuttle?
A. One trick is to snap evenly the 4 or the 16 feathers, if it is too
fast. Don't cut it, just bend it a bit like David Beckham. If it is
slow, wet it a little. It'll affect your string lifespan though.
Q. How do I improve my foot work or running?
A. Just do a lot of skipping. Half an hour session. Play more singles
and shadow run about 10 minutes. Have QUALITY practice
to make it better. Once you've done this continuously for 3 months, you
should be good. Sexy too. Looks effortless.
Q. How do I improve my reflexes or defence?
A. Take a shuttle an hit against the wall continuously for 50 times
without dropping the shuttle. Do it continuously till your wrist gives
up. No pain no gain in this. Or Roll the brick.
See my youtube videos.
Q. How do I improve my back hand?
A. Make sure that the contact with the shuttle is at the highest point
while hitting from backhand. Just use your wrist to flick it to the
back. Improve your wrist power. I am sure you will be able to do
backhand smash like I do (Ahem2...). Practice for about 2 minutes each
time. Good luck! Some of the answers sounds easy and a little braggy at
times, I'm just trying to put some humor into it and hope that you read
this with a "pinch of salt"; above all, you must enjoy the game.
Q. Can you give me some tips on how to increase my smashing power?
A. The cheapest way of gaining strength is to use a broom stick, cut it
into 1 feet, then nail a strong durable string on it and then tie a
brick stone or weight at the other end of the string. Keep it about 3
feet long. Use both hand to hold the stick and grind it using your
wrist. Hands must be straight. Your smashing will 100% improve once
you've done it regularly. Defense is a breeze. Especially, just before
your game. This is how the good old free way of gaining powerful
smashes. Note that nothing comes easy. You'll need to work on it almost
everyday in order to get the power. "With great power, comes
great responsibility". hmmm sounds familiar rite? See
Q. How do I handle injuries?
A. Just see a physio or a doctor, rest, swim and use more on wrist to
just enjoy it. Make sure you warm up and down properly next time. Rest
la... For some older folks, do go easy. Life is short. Never too old to
get coaching hor... Also watch your back. Do not simply jump. I got a
friend who injured his back bone. Slip disc.
Q. How do I beat a better player?
A. You need to analyze their game and weaknesses. Ask others about
their weaknesses too. Am sure you can beat them. Practice on it. Get me
to coach you lor.. Sure can one... cannot also can... hehe..
Q. My punching/lob goes out and my smashes goes into the
net. What do I do?
A. One way to reduce the shuttle going out is to slice it. It'll reduce
the impact. But you'll need to aim it slightly higher while punch/slice
it. For smashing, you can always do a first half-smash, then slowly aim
better with more power. The idea is to get the shuttle low and get back
into position for the next one.
Q. Yonex, Lining and others have so many different
are their differences? I always thought the most important specs of a
racquet is Strength, Weight and Rigidity. Some models from different
series seem to have similar specs.
A. Many are similar actually, its just the mold, shape and colour that
makes it look different and confusing for buyers. Most come from same
manufacturer (OEM) but with different brand names. Of course you'll
never know which is the manufacturer. 90% of the world rackets are from
China. Some says "China is God". lol...
Q. Some racquets are rated flexible while others stiff. What is the
pros, cons and purpose?
A. Stiffness does not vary too much. Too stiff will be like an iron,
too flexible will give problem in timing and accuracy. Stiff is mainly
for power players who needs accuracy, flex is more for beginners to
help them to swing the shuttle further.
Q. What are the characteristics of a racquet
gives you power and control?
A. Basically, the trick is the racket which gives you the best feel
when you play with it. Also it depends on if you are a defensive
(nano-matrix or Z9000) or attacking player. Defensive needs lighter
rackets. Offensive needs balance or heavier frame (Zforce). Combo player needs EP18
Q. How do you defend a body shot?
A. Hold the racket high up near to the cone, with you thumb ready to
push the shuttle. Put your hand to the front of your body with elbow
slightly bent. Put some space between the racket and your body. Flick
the shuttle back to the opponent when it is near. Move your body and
legs to have a good feel. (Just like dancing). Anticipate it and keep
on practicing. Do this regularly and your defence mechanism will be
solid like a rock. You opponent will knee down in front of you and beg
for mercy.. hehe.
Q. What do I need to do if I want to buy your racquets?
A. Just email me and leave me your hp number. You can either collect it
yourself or I can post it to you which I normally do for my customers
Q. Why is it that some people will say bad thing about someone else be
it in a game, rackets or outside of the game? How do you handle bad
comments from people?
A. Its normal. Some of the reason is due to that fact that they are
competitors (I do get it regularly). They have another agenda in mind
by selling other brands. Very unscrupulous and unethical correct? Some
are lunatics. Jealousy. Some are crazy beyond repaired. Some just
trying to blow off steam because of competency issue. Some just want to
get attention. Some think they are better or knows more than some
(where else they are only a small inexperienced fly). Some thinks they
can play better than others and yet they don't even know how to hold a
racket or knows the basics about badminton or rackets. So, its very
difficult to judge people. Some had a bad game and want to rant and
blame on others. Some blame on the equipments and courts or umpire,
when they loose a game. Let them say whatever they want, Some call it
politics; you just enjoy the game and ignore these hapless pathetic
people. See the rackets below for some cracked ones. Is it worth the
price to pay for the branding? I don't think so and I am sure you will
agree with it.
Q. As a female player, how do I play mix to contribute best?
A. Just keep the shot low near the net area. Brave to pounce or push
the shot or just block it (again, keep it low). Do not lift the shuttle
at ANYTIME if possible. Serve low shot and have confidence in your
partner to take all the shots behind you. Keep your shots simple (High
Percentage game). Don't have to put the shots too hard or too close to
the net. Its just too risky. Just take care of everything that is
in-front of you and keep it low. Speed up your game and keep the
intensity going. Flirt with the male opponent if you have to. The idea
is to distract him. (lol). Once you are confident in netting. Try to
spin the shuttle a bit to make it difficult for your oppontnet to
Q. What's the critical skill for ladies?
Q. Why is it that partners always argue? How to resolve it?
A. Its more on the speed, you need to move faster than your opponents
as well as being able to return good shots. Composure is important.
Think about how to move faster and anticipate shots. Practice netting
regularly. Cross courts if possible. My
female students here.
A. Its normal due to pressure or a person character. Just get an
intermediate coach or buddy to see who is weaker to correct the
mistakes on both side. You can also count to see who makes more
mistakes or see who's weakness is more obvious if you want to go to the
extreme level. It happens to international players as well. Do you know
who? guess and let me know.
Q. Is it true that the better singles player will be a
better doubles player?
A. Difficult to say, but to a certain extend its true (higher
percentage). Reason being that as a singles player, they cover the
court a lot and they tend to be more agile due to the excessive effort
they have to put into singles. When it comes to doubles, the effort is
less. Of course the game is faster in doubles and if the singles player
is not good in speed, then it doesn't really make him a better player.
Again its the style and the mistakes that counts. Have a proper doubles
strategy and less mistakes. Singles players then to leave the racket
below their shoulder (lazy); as for doubles game, its important to keep
the racket above shoulder level to anticipate.
Q. Why is it that my rackets are out of shape after
A. The reason is its being strung by non-professionals. Sometimes you
will see its crooked and rounded when strung by some old aunties or
uncles. They are not badminton players and the couldn't care more about
your racket. They just want to make more money. I will analyze your
racket and string it nicely with good tension for you. I've been doing it
for more than 20 years. Click here. Let your friends know. Also cheaper than
market price. Bulk string orders welcome.
Q. Who should take the middle shots in doubles?
A. The one with forehand stroke. If one is a left and one is a right
handed, then the stronger attacking person should take it. Be it front
or back. Again, you need to plan and communicate with each other. This
is my favorite spot and hated by most defenders.
Q. I always have a fear that people will tap me when I
serve low, what do I do?
A. Take your time to serve. Tell yourself to relax. Also get someone to
simulate the rush; you just practice the serve. This will help you to
get rid of the nervousness as well as helping you to get the optimal
strength for serving. Always target the T-joint area. Practice is the
keyword. Even the pros gets nervous. It is a life cycle that every
badminton player have to go through. Once you get the technique
correct, no one can bully you; its a breeze. You need to practice your
serves as much as you practice for other strokes. No short cuts. Draw a
line on the wall with a 6 inches gap. Practice to nail to the middle.
This is another way to learn alone.
Q. How do I smash and how to jump smash?
A. To work on smashing. The stroke is very similar to lobbing with
the exception that you use your wrist to press the shuttle down lower and
your body need to bend down to the front (as if you are
starting to sprint). Your racket will need to follow through right to
the back and make sure that your body is forward moving to move back to
the centre position. Do see how the experts smash especially during the
contact. There's lot of wrist work in it which you normally can't see.
Use it. See the coach jump smash video.
jump smash, you will need to do regular jumps with both feet and
knees up. Practice hang time like what the basketballers do. Then
practice with a normal smash (as above) when you jump. Practice with
shuttles slowly and get the timing right. Once you do this regularly,
Am sure you'll get respect from your opponents. Just keep on jumping
smash whenever you get the opportunity to smash. Its just for
practice sake, not much of winning. Once you perfected it, then think
about enjoying and winning. Hope this helps.
Q. How do I practice hang time?
A. Do lots of double skipping using jump rope. Practice skipping for 30
minutes non stop. You'll be a much better player. Do double skip jump
and bend you knees. Jump to the ceiling and try to touch it as long as
you can. (Make sure the fan is not spinning ok? hehe. I do sell quality
skipping rope. Let me know if you want it. Helps you grow taller
quickly as well. Especially for kids.
Q. Which area or spot do you recommend me to smash?
A. If you can determine your opponents weakness, then there's the
place. Normal safe side will be straight down on your side single-line
of the court or the body (Get your partner ready to pounce on weak
returns). Do not cross court UNLESS you are very sure. Its vulnerable
to counter attack by your opponent. If you don't believe it, try lah...
I kena already. Ego is not going to help. You'll know what I mean when
you get blasted (being crossed court) by good players. If you insist,
better make sure you can cover the other side.
Q. I have certain weakness in my game. What do I do?
A. Just practice on it. Ask your coach (me) or friends on how correct
it. You must practice the drilling till you feel numb on your wrist,
hand or thigh muscle. Know your limits and don't get injured. Some say
no pain, no gain. You've watch Rocky? Follow la... Just enjoy it!
Again, if you need a coach, just contact me.
Q. Why is it that coaching is important and what's
special about you?
A. Well, coaching is one of the fastest way for you to learn more and
improve your game faster. Especially 1 to 1. The reason why most people
use my service is because I can tailor coaching to your needs and at
your level. Primarily because I do a one-to-one coaching. Its more
focus and effective. Furthermore, I am a degree holder and I can
motivate, communicate more effectively with you. I played many intense
competitive games and I know what is the right and wrong techniques. I
can give you quality and secret drills, reason being that not many
coaches has been to the highest level of this competitive level and
knowing HOW to execute them properly. The feeling the
experience is VERY different. You will also be able to gain the
insights of how to mentally prepare for a game to beat your opponents
through proven techniques. With this, you are assured that you can
improve faster and better than anyone else. You can
beat the hell out of your enemies easily. I also conduct high
performance training for competitive players. So, email me now.
Children, Adults, men and women are all welcome. No one is too young or
too old to learn something new. I don't discriminate. $50 an hour
session; and a little sense of humour, professionalism and enjoyment.
This is the quickest and sure-fire way of being a better player than
others. You can even get rackets, stringing and grips at special
prices. I'll train you until you beat me. Where to find fren? Agree? My
student also purchase and drinks kangen water. Makes you strong and healthy. It
Q. How can I have a piece of you or beat you?
A. Come and join me lor... I'll let you beat me up. Then you treat me
makan (it means food, in case some of you are a little challenged in
the area of language. hehe) ok?
Q. Why do I feel as if I am not improving?
A. If you train regularly and play regularly (at least twice a week),
you should improve. It is important to play with many different players
to get the exposure. It is normal for you to feel incomplete. Just be
patience and you will be there. Focus on what your weakness and get it
corrected. There are times where your hitting techniques or strategy
are not correct. Ask your coach.
Q. Why do I have to train hard?
A. Reason being that in order for you to improve to be a better player,
you must push yourself to the limit in terms of strength, stamina and
power. This gives you an edge over other players. The more you train
and the more you play, you will definitely be ahead of the rest. Both
Quality and Quantity is important. If you aspire to be a national
player, you will need to work a lot more harder. Good things doesn't
come easy. If you aspire to be a national player, you'll need to be in
top 3 of your age group. Else, better go and focus on your studies; get
a good job and just enjoy badminton as a leisure game.
Q. What do you mean by quality training?
A. Quality training means, you have to practice all the drills properly
in terms of executing your shots and footwork. For example, if you are
smashing, use full power; when you are stretching your legs, do it the
correct way. Position your hands accurately. Proper movement and
strategy have to be there; infact, it should be harder than during
tournament play so that you are always ready for real competition play.
Even though some of the shots are routine, just do it in proper and
diligently. The old saying "practice makes perfect". You will only
improve when you know that you have stretched to the limit. eg. hands
and legs felt numb. It doesn't matter if your colleagues know your
style, there are lots of differences between real tournament play and
training. You just need to condition it as if its real. This is what
champions do and I can see one in you since you've read a lot and
reaching here all the way. Crazy ah you? I salute you! It shows You
have good stamina on badminton. I also distribute videos to my
students. It gives them competitive edge. Are you ready to be my
Q. I have laid off badminton a while now and how do I
make a comeback?
Q. Is jump smash important? How do I improve on it?
A. Welcome back. Just do some light drills and some simple games at
first, you'll definitely feel the muscle strain in the beginning, beef
up your stamina slowly by jogging and play regular intermediate
badminton. You old charm will come back in no time. Just do the dance.
A. Yes it is. If you are young and below 35, you should do about at
least 50% using jump smash. Reason is because when you jump, your
opponent will be more afraid and your smashes will be sharper. It also
shows that you are a more agile player. You can even do slicing drops
or punch to catch your opponent off-guard. It helps to varies your
pace. Just see how the international players do it. Do DOUBLE skipping
regularly for about 10 minutes consecutively. Then practice on the
court. Beef up your thigh muscle. 1 minute frog jump helps.
Q. Should I go to the gym regularly?
A. If you can afford it, then I would say yes. Proper repetition is
better than excessive weights. If you CAN'T afford it, you can be
creative by working on your muscles with some of the equipments. Do it
in moderation; don't use overweight items. Know your limit so that you
DON'T injured yourself. Many people seems to have lots of injuries. It
shows that there is a lack of discipline to take care of their body or
knowing the limit.
Q. Should I do trick shots?
A. Well YES if you want to embarrass yourself, but only a few
times and never all the time. You'll need to be careful as you
might get hooked to it, which is not a good sign. Your credibility as a
badminton player will be lost. Your girlfriend will run away from you. haha..
Your opponent may also act stupid and get you to do it regularly; hence
they will capitalize on it to kill your shots. Even for advance players,
they will only do it a couple of times. The focus is on making them move
around the court and killing your opponents in the most precision way.
You have to be ruthless. Its an edge in psychology. Need me to
train you trick shot? I have lots of them. Come. :)
Q. How can you tell if I have a good coach?
A. A general quality of a good coach is being able
to communicate effectively, professionally and competently with a
player, able to coach at the level of the player in terms of feeding
the drills, applying good strategy and showing how to execute a shot,
motivating players, able to push the player to the next level and it
will certainly help if the coach is also a competitive player who WON
some tournaments as well as able to spar with the player. (Many coaches
are lazy in sparring or shy of loosing out to students). It also gives
credibility. I also provide videos for extra edge. A good coach also
takes videos; allows
you to improve faster.
Q. How do I anticipate shots coming back to me?
A. You'll need to practice on how to read the body movement of your
opponents. Also take a look at how your opponent hit the shuttle to
anticipate them. If you observe long enough, you should be able to
proactively react to the shot once the shuttle leaves the racket within
1 feet from the frame. Some uses their ears to determine if the
opponent is going to hit a hard shot or a soft drop shot. Stay on your
toes all the time to quickly retrieve the shot. Use 'go' word to move
yourself once your opponent hit the shuttle. To increase your reflexes,
hit the shuttle against the wall till your wrist get numbed.
Q. I have a hard time doing clear back hands and moving
to the front?
A. Well, its easy to handle this. Basically, when a shot comes backhand
and if you are comfortable with clearing to the back, then do it. If
you are not, then better to aim for the drop shot be it straight or
cross court. Just come back and recover in the middle and get
ready for the next rally. Even for professionals and if they
have a tough back hand coming up, they will do the drop shots and come
back to the middle for the next shot. So, there's no one player in the
world where they can just clear back hand as of when they like. Use a
little of intelligence when dealing this this situation.
Its more of a preparation for you to move to the middle after your shot
and get ready instead of you lundging straight to the net from the
baseline. Your aim is to move back to the middle after a shot and get
ready for the next one. Not just standing there and run coast to coast.
Be compose after a tough shot by going back to the middle and smack
them. Hope this propels you to the number one spot.
Q. I find it difficult to move front and back to
A. Always focus on the shuttle and do shadow runs to the front and
back. The the technique correct. I'll normally train my students by
feeding them front and back. It gives confidence and make it natural.
Q) Still very bad with my movement from front, back and
front, especially for singles, i'm not moving fast enough or not
reading my opponents move fast enough?
A. This is normal for beginner to get used to it. For pros, they do it
regularly half an hour before start training by doing shadow run. So,
need to diligently do it regularly and find time to do it.
Q) I need to hit higher too i think, and i keep hitting
the cock out lately, very annoying. I try to compensate by hitting
softer, but that makes the cock slower. HELP!
A. Use more wrist instead of shoulder or elbow power. This shd help in
controlling your strength. Do punch using wrist regularly. Wrist is the
most important hidden component.
Q. I appreciate your tips which you have published here.
How did you get the stamina to do it?
A. Well Thank you. Basically it is the passion which I
have towards badminton. I've been playing this game many2 years and
also at competitive levels. My aim is to share all these questions with
all the supporters and visitors to extreme power website. Do pass it to
your friends. Hope they can also support Extreme Power Badminton.
Q) Work with the net area.
A. For netting, always focus on the tape net. Don't get distracted.
Once you net, get ready to kill when your opponent lift the shuttle. If
they net, just calmly push diagonal. They will be in trouble and ready
to pounce again.
Q) I feel so frustrated sometimes I felt like quitting.
Do you face this?
A. Yes, It is normal. All great players do face this sometimes. This is
because nothing works when you play. Lets face it, there are bad days.
It will take a little while to settle in. Great players do great
comeback. Just take a small break, relax and come back to enjoy the
game. Life is short, play hard.
Q) Backhand still need major work.
A. For backhand to be save, just clear it or drop it and prepare for
recovery. The idea is still to attack 70% of the time. You can also
attack back to your opponent backhand regularly.
Q. How do I hit the shuttle accurately to the place I
A. Always remember to hold the racket a little firmer and not too
tight. Have the racket face where you want to hit it. Practice them.
Q. How do I prepare to defence a smash from my opponent?
A. Make sure you come back to the centre (base). Bend your knees a
little and place your racket frame pointing to your opponent. You can
anticipate the smash either on the left or right. Make a one step move
towards the shuttle. Use your wrist to return the shot. Some does
diving. Do lah if you see some ladies there, you'll impress them ;) But
don't kid yourself ok. Do it with style. :)
Q. During a game, I seems to attack more but I am just
not able to beat my competitor. Why?
A. Well, there are a few reasons to this. First, when you attack, you
need to make sure that it is effective. Don't just smash for the sake
of attacking/offence. You need to be patience, create chances/space
before you attack. You need to be patience, the more you attack, the
more mistakes you will commit. So use strategy to play and find your
opponents weaknesses. Make sure that your defence is strong (footwork
and diagonal placing is critical), For the first 10 points, just be
patience and return all the shots. Once he/she gets tired, then you do
your attacking. Again, count your mistakes. Reduce it as much as
possible. This is where you kill yourself. Applies to all players.
Q) I seem to have mental block playing certain players.
I just can't beat them. How do I get over this?
A. Some of your thinking, techniques or strategy is wrong. Analyse
their weakness. You have to be persistent to improve yourself. Return
all the shots and be confident. Use imagery and encourage yourself. Get
me to coach you. Faster. Shoot videos.
Q. How do I anticipate opponents shots coming back
(which direction front or back)?
A. Focus on the shuttle leaving your opponents frame. HEAR the sound
and SEE there it heads. Move to the front or back depending on the
sound and speed. Move left or right depending on where the trajectory
is. Speed is utmost important to anticipate a shot. You need to move
fast and wait for the bird and pounce.
Q) I know some people doesn't have basics and it is
frustrating for me to partner them. They are so weak. What shd I do?
A. Ask them to get coaching from me then. Tell them that little
investment in time and money will go a long way.
Q) What is badminton tap?
A. It is a small wrist action to hit the shuttle downwards near the
tape of the net. Just like tapping on someone head or a pad at the
Q. What if people are jealous of you?
A. I'll ignore them. Pathetic people got nothing to do. Some are master
politician. If they stab you once, you stab them FIRST and add 10
stabs. Don't let them get away with it. Jealousy sucks and kills
Q. What are the some self training I can work on when I
A. Try to do shadow run 2 step front, 3 step back regularly. Strengthen
your wrist work. Use 2 rackets to swing till your wrist and arm becomes
numb. Swing for 1-2 minutes. repeat 5 times.
Try jumping as high as you can using both feet up. Work on stamina. If
possible wake up 6am (also 5pm) and go jogging and physicals like
pumping 10 times, sit up 20 times, chin up 10 times and practice jump
smash (3 jumps on each side) shadow 1 minute cycle for 5 times.
Simulate the smashing action.
Below are the other off court training
1) do a combo of running and skipping
(both legs up like boxers) for 20-30 minutes non stop. Slow and fast
pace combination for stamina.
2) Rest, then do double skipping (2
swing for 1 jump) for hang time. 10-20 times.
3) Do shadow run to the 4 corners
(with hands simulating a punch or smash shot) with speed coming back to
the middle (base). Do this for 10 minutes with rest in between.
4) Do psychology/imagery (dreaming)
simulation on strokes.
a) smashing to the sideline
(inside 1 feet to go give a little margin of error. Aiming on the line
is too risky).
b) punching the shuttle straight
to the back (not cross court). Forcing opponent to use backhand or a
c) simple net and drive back to
counter attack or to position yourself in attacking position.
d) remind yourself to reduce the
number of mistakes (this is the biggest killer for any player).
e) remind yourself that if you
are tired, your opponent is 'more' tired since you have also moved him
around. Happens after 11 points onwards.
f) simulate on moving the
opponent diagonally front and back. (this is the longest distance in a
5) for wrist power and reflexes, bring
a racket and shuttle to hit against the wall. If not, just bring the
'hand gripper' to strengthen his grips (a firm grip must be applied
during the game; not excessive or too loose). Use a brick grinder. Ask
me if you are not sure.
Drink lots or bottled water...
Some good notes from friends.
Think strategy : oh yes this is a must. a good player
must have a game plan in the court how to skin the opponent.
international players even rehearse what they are going to do on court
even the night before the tournament. they analyse the opponents weak
and strong points and counter it accordingly. badminton is very much
like chess; you have to plan several steps ahead and even change plans
if you keep losing points. like eddy choong once (former greats) said
the game of badminton is alive. nobody can help u with your next stroke
to play except yourself. always have a strategy !
Smashing only with 3/4 force: ar huh; this is correct.
in other words you compromise power for accuracy. what good is a bloody
loud hard smash that draws the attention of the spectators only to find
the bird flies wayward outside the court or into the fishing net. So
smash a little bit softer and focus on the placing. And if you are in
advance go for steep descend of bird using your wrist ! You can
use brute force only when you are confident and has practice a lot like
professionals. Temptation is always there to use brute force. I call it
Try jump punch or slice then pounce: absolutely correct
especially if bird is at 3/4 court distance and opponent is just
reeling away from the previous return. the punch shot also called a
shooting lob is hit with force causing the bird flying parallel to the
ground at about 12 to 13 ft height. now, the bird has to have speed and
height to avoid interception. properly executed you can be sure the
return will be weak. the slice is a more complicated shot because u
have to cut the shuttle; the racket face at an angle to the shuttle
finessing the bird to a quick landing. Pounce means rush towards the
bird with your racket up. Throw the racket head backwards for
sufficient backswing and hit thru the bird.
70 pct offensive: oh yes yes ; I have not known a sport
that can be won by being defensive. well anyway badminton favours an
offensive player. one of the best things to do is to continuously hit
down (hit down means attack; even a drop shot is an attacking shot).
when you hit down, your opponent can only hit UP and hit UP cannot win
points at all unless u cant reach the bird in time.
Of course your opponent having got the tip from his coach will attack u
right from the start. In other words he will try to do to you what u
try to do to him. However u must devise ways to make the attack in your
favour and the ways will be a topic of another day. That's why
badminton is such a beautiful game and i love it most. Strategy is key.
Do you know what are the strategies? Get me to coach you then.
Count your mistakes: Yes how true. Can you imagine what
would happen if u dont count and check on ur expenses? Bankrupt la.
Same as in badminton. minimise unforced errors and in the 21 points
system every mistake is a point. dont let ur money leak away. dont lose
ur game on account of your errors.
I have contributed so much to you with some
cool sites below. I don't mean to be arrogant, the aim is to tick
people a little to make them improve on their game; of course the
ultimate is to have fun; life is short, enjoy it. Some will like it and
some don't. It's not a perfect world. Correct? Do remember to
contribute yourself to me by purchasing some rackets or grips as well
as recommending your friends ok. Thanks for coming. Hope you enjoyed
Q. Should I use expensive rackets?
A. Some expensive other branded cracked rackets below. Is it worth the
money to pay for it? It doesn't even last a year. Not even at high
tension level. I am very sure that you won't buy them. Let your friends
know that branded doesn't means its superior. These are old age
thinking. They only want your money. With extreme power, you can get 2
pieces for the same price.
If you have questions or need help. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be
glad to help. Thanks
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