Badminton Success Requires A System

On May 6, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

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In Denmark there are less than 6 million people, and yet we have produced 10 World Champions. Only China (1.3 billion people) and Indonesia (230 million people) have produced more. How can Denmark compete when we have so few people? We’re obsessed with quality over quantity.

I’m not saying that the Chinese and Indonesians don’t focus on quality, far from it. They are producing excellent players, with fantastic technique. However, because we have far fewer players to choose from in Denmark, and much less time to dedicate to training, we have to be sure that we are focusing on quality.

In order to produce high quality results we have to start by focusing on technique. Improving your technique takes time, and lots of practice, but with the right instruction I believe that you can see massive improvements in your technique.

In this video we interview Kaveh Mehrabi, Iran’s first Olympian in badminton. He chose to move to Denmark because it was the best place for him to go to bring him to the next level, and without doing so he would not be an Olympian today.

Playing badminton is a great deal of fun, but let’s be honest with ourselves, winning makes it that much more fun. But to win you need to be good, and to be good generally takes practice. However, simply working hard is not going to cut it, you have to work smart too. You have get serious about your training if you want to see drastic results. You have to be organized, and your training needs to have structure.

The difference between those who reach their potential and those who don’t is in the systems they develop to improve upon themselves and their discipline in executing those systems.

Great coaches understand this concept, and will do whatever they can to put their players into a system that will develop their skills and physical abilities even further.

If you don’t have access to a great coach who can develop a training system for you, then you’ll have to study on your own. It is doable though, so long as you understand it is all about having a system that you follow religiously. That’s not to say that your playing and training system cannot grow, and cannot be flexible to new situations. You need adaptation, and improvisation, but it is easier to do so when you have the foundation of a strong system supporting you.

It’s not about what you can do once, but what you repeatedly do that defines who you are. If being a great badminton player is who you want to be, you need to develop the habits of a great player. It’s all about routine, what you do regularly.

Build your system!


19 Responses to Badminton Success Requires A System

  1. lynn michel says:

    I do agree in the working har and working smart concept…but what kind of badminton training examples do you suggest

  2. hien says:

    I want to learn more about ” backhand”

  3. Sia says:

    I don’t understand what you mean about traning in a system?

  4. Emmet Gibney says:

    What I mean is that you need to have a consistent way of training, where you plan what you are going to do, and measure the results. You can’t just randomly train with no idea what you are working on, and where you want to go with your game.

  5. Norbu Dradhul says:

    my backhand is weak… in anyway if i use backhand
    i want to improve my backhand, so what would u suggest >.<

  6. Dave Higgs says:

    Hi, My name is dave, I am currently high B grader verging on A grade. I have been coaching young kids for some years now and I current have three main star players I would like to get to the highest level i can. They are also getting some state training on a saturday night as well as tuesday and Thursday night social and competition matches. My biggest problem with them is their footwork and some bad habits that appears to be creeping in their game. What advice would you have for youngish players wanting to improve their balance, footwork and their endurance ? By the way, these kids have recently been involved in a state tournament and the two girls in particular have shined well.. and come out with the c grade womens title to the belt, and an enormous amount of confidence and “bragging rights” = respect



  7. Marc says:

    So you basically apply the scientific method to badminton:

    -Figure out how you can improve your game
    -Find exercises and drills to improve that aspect
    -Have a way to measure your progress towards the result you want to achieve
    -Follow through
    -Apply and notice the effect it has on your games
    -Start again from step 1


  8. Emmet Gibney says:

    Ya, more or less. There are many parts of your game that improvement will be subjective, so measuring progress will be difficult, so keeping a training diary to track your mental state from day to day is helpful. Another idea would be to occasionally videotape yourself and compare the videos, do you look like you have improved in the later ones?

  9. Nick Valoroso says:

    To Dave,

    Endurance is a certain ability that takes a while to build up, but with the proper training techniques your team should excel. I would suggest having your team run for 30 minutes, not that hard…just enough to build up some sweat. Then in the middle and at the end of your workout, have them do some sprints. If you continue this everyday, their endurance shall increase.

    as for footwork…. this youtube video should sum things up on what your team should be focusing on in terms of getting your footwork down. Create workouts mirroring those footwork patterns and that should make their footwork better as well

    The best advice i can give Dave, is practice makes perfect. That applys to the endurance and the footwork, and if you build up both of those, their balance should fall into place.

  10. arnelmacabulosjimenez says:

    base on that scientific systems … its the routine: means for me that: 1. 34mins -1 hrs jugging ,foot drils , and conditioning foot routines and bending like seat up push up and so… its elp alot for speeding and strengthen lateral post….. please add o\more friends… gooo luck thanks to all for the ideas

  11. Rubina says:

    Hello Sir,
    I love playing badminton and play for my school team. I don’t have a coach or any one in particular who can help me improve my game. I have a little problem with my backhand. So can you please tell me what should I do to improve it??

  12. exsoccer91 says:

    basically, the backhand “whip” as I call it, takes a while to develop. It is hard to explain without showing you as I am not a professional trainer but just a player who can do this, what you need to do is learn how to flick your wrist in, I guess, a U form starting from the right side of the U haha…..If you can watch someone do this then it would be a lot easier to understand and probably learn.

    Otherwise, keep your opponent away from your backhand, move him/her around going from clear to drop shot, cross courting your shots as much as possible. This causes ur opponent to be less likely to put a shot where he/she wants it to go.

  13. charles says:

    Back hand tips most important is to use a modified backhand grip instead of the basic net kill back hand grip then. best way to describe how to hit it is to pretend like your whipping a towel and trying to make it snap so same thing with the back hand you dont wanna have any follow through the less follow through will result in more power.

  14. yasha says:

    i am a left handed player and i feel that the power in my smashes is less just because of that.
    is it so?or maybe some other reason is there. please help me out as to how can i get the perfect power and placement in my smashes so that it is not easy for my fellow players to defend it.

  15. Connor says:

    I’m having trouble with my smashes too. I’m right handed, and up until recently I was getting quite good at getting the aim and power of my smashes just right, and then, I quite unfortuneately lost the ability to smash completely? I didn’t really understand it myself to be honest, I’ve practises and practises since then to try and recover my smashing technique, but all attempts in vain. Please help me, I really don’t know how to get my smashes right again.

  16. Mercy says:

    Hi coach,I really appreciate the way that you answer questions asked by players all over the world because you make it easy for many others to relate to the answers that you give.Thankyou for that and i just wanted what to ask what you would recommend for the emotional and psycholohical strengthening of a player.

  17. Emmet Gibney says:

    Playing a lot of matches, especially competitive (league play, or tournaments) will give you the experience in those tough environments. Also I would advise working on your fitness. If you are working hard physically you learn to fight through the pain, the burning feeling in your legs and lungs. This will translate into a tougher mind as well.

  18. Hans Rajiah says:

    Hi coach i have a question for you am a guy who trains regularly and i can say my play is at a good level. Now i just want to know what is the average body weight of a typical pro Badminton player.?I used to play Badminton in the past where i was 70kg,then i stopped for 5 years, started bodybuilding until i reached 105kg!Now im playing badminton again and now am weighing 87kg!!I’m i not a bit too heavy??I have powerful legs because I still train legs but in a different way to pack on power instead of size.Can you clear my mind about it please thanks.

    Hans from Mauritius.

  19. Emmet Gibney says:

    I don’t think there is a typical height or weight for pro players. There are some that are tall and slender, while others are short and explosive. I would tend to say that singles players are quite lightweight for whatever height they are. You don’t want any extra weight holding you down. If you’re looking to play competitively I would say you’d want to drop some weight. Perhaps 10kgs or more. However, what is more important is your power relative to your weight. So for example, if losing weight causes you to be a lot weaker then that’s not good. I would focus on improving your speed and fitness, if you lose weight as a result then that’s okay.

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