What Level of Badminton Player Are You?

On April 23, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

The game has changed so many times for me over the years. It’s so much different for me now, than it was when I was a kid. As you progress you see things differently, and in many ways you get more from the game.

Playing at a recreational level is fun for a lot of people. You get to go out and have a hit with some friends, nothing too intense, but it’s good fun.

Then there are the players at the competitive level. You go to tournaments locally, but you never really go anywhere outside of your hometown for badminton. You like to compete, but you’re not really all that serious about it.

Next you have the high level competitive players. You go to tournaments locally, but you also play tournaments within your region and country. Likely you’re a junior player, but that’s not always the case. You have an interest in improving your game, but you’re not quite a national level player. Seeing improvements in your game, and beating people you couldn’t before really inspires you to work even harder.

What if you’re a national level player you’re like me. I have played all over the country, and have even played a few tournaments internationally, not to mention covering badminton tournaments I have seen the biggest of the big. You probably aspire to making it to these big events one day, and playing for your country.

Finally you have the international level players. These are varied as well, with the top players from your respective countries, all the way up to the best in the world. Getting to this level you’ll get so much more from the sport than anyone else does. That’s the thing with this sport, the better you get, the more enjoyment you can pull from the game. Of course there are highs and lows, but there is a reason why people keep going, because they love it.

What type of player are you? What do you aspire to? Leave a message in the comments to let us know.


217 Responses to What Level of Badminton Player Are You?

  1. Rifat says:

    I like badminton so much…..and i will able to cut a good figure in this game.i want to play in international tournament

  2. Germain says:

    I am now mostly a trainer in Norway for players between 12 and 17 years old. Never been a great player, but I have played in over 15 years. Thanks for the good work

  3. Ann says:

    I have been playing my favourite game of badminton for 10 years.

    I enjoy learning new skills and taking lessons. I am playing in some competitions, love to improve and appreciate any helpful hints you have.

  4. Arun says:

    Hello Ann,
    In trying to address your question to Emmett, maybe I can offer some ideas in the meantime. Since I’ve been playing it for over 30 yrs. competitively, I feel like I’m a complete player and have some endorsements/achievements as well as coaching prowess.
    Regardless of singles or doubles, do two things. Hit the shuttle as early as you can with racket upright. You’ll need to have great anticipation to do it repeatedly and keep the offensive advantage, by dictating the rally.
    The second thing is, in a doubles warm up, use ‘two’ shuttles and at first hit in a predetermined direction…to the person directly across the net and at a set moment(e.g) after ten shots go crosscourt to the person diagonally across from you. After a while when a rhythm is set, go with random directions. See what happens to your overall game. Good Luck!

  5. panneerselvam* says:

    actually i am not a player i am posting it on behalf of son now he is 12 yr old boy and playing at the sub junior level he has achived u-13 boys doubles title and has got u-13 singles runnerup in state championship so far he is very much interested in playing the game at very high level pls post some video tips to improve his game

    he is very weak in putting fore hand drop at the same time he is very weak in attending the same shot

  6. Phillip Lou says:

    I play for a local club which is involved in the local district league.At my age (57 yrs!) I’m quite content if matches are won ! I harbour no higher ambitions !
    Whenever I could , I try to motivate more junior player_ members to play better.
    Nevertheless this does not mean I am not interested in improving my skills.

  7. Janet says:

    I’m playing at recreational level started 4 months ago. I’m keen to learn the footwork and techniques of playing badminton. thanks for sharing your videos.very good indeed.

  8. navie moodley says:

    Hi, yes I am a high level competitive player. I am always hungry for useful hints and tips which I would like to put into practice. Like Arun said, hit the shuttle as early as you can with raquet upright. I have seen this, in a player and was facinated. After now reading this I can understand how effective this is. I am definately gonna try this at the gym on Sunday. I have only been playing badminton for 4 years and had already been selected to play for my province in the masters tournament. I so love reading your column and really look forward to some useful hints and tips. Thank you, Navie

  9. Mrs G says:

    I haven’t played but I like the game. I’m still looking for a club and I believe soon I’l find one. Your articles makes me keen to learn more.


  10. Leo says:

    I used to be a “high level competitive player” for 20+ years. I have seen the greats across Europe and South East Asia. I have witnessed Peter become world champion in his epic 2 hour match. Now I am teaching junior players how to play our favorite sport.

  11. Arun says:

    Congrats Navie!
    It’s very impressive that you’ve been selected to represent your province in the masters. That is quite an accomplishment for someone with only four years of playing experience. I imagine it’s in Canada with it’s numerous provinces and the popularity of Badminton.
    I always enjoy offering my advice and opinion on the sport,and I’ve been doing it for many years and will continue to do so even after our sport equals or exceeds Soccer/Football in overall popularity worldwide. We all bear that responsibility and I welcome and cherish the opportunity to play a part. Do all you can to play it well and fairly, unlike what some top players did in the London Olympics yesterday. I sure hope it want be a detriment to our wonderful sport. What unsportsmanlike and distasteful behaviour on the part of these eight women especially as Olympians.There’s no room for that immaturity on display on the World stage, such as these ‘Games’…absolutely none! Keep racket and your head up high.
    Good Luck in the Masters. Go give it your all. ~Arun

  12. Arun says:

    Good on you mate (moit) I say to both Mrs.G and Leo. Good luck in both your endeavours and play Badminton for as long as you can.

  13. Arun says:

    Hey guys, just a thought on the new player review system to challenge questionable line calls. All one can say is,it’s about time!
    After all tennis and other popular sports have already successfully used it and everyone has benefited esp.. the players obviously.
    So, the more we can do to promote this wonderful sport is a plus. It seriously needs to come out of the shadows of the past and gain its rightful place alongside soccer, tennis etc.

  14. Arun says:

    Has anyone been following the IBL? It just got underway in India this week. Seems it will generate more interest in the sport, since it’s based on the IPL (cricket) premier league which has been pretty successful.
    I think it’s an interesting concept with a team format round robin point system. Time will tell, but the first couple days apparently has been well received by players, fans, sponsors and the rest. The Chinese were not able to attend due to prior commitments at home.

  15. ReeChee says:

    i love badminton .. it is my hobby since i was elementary .. i learn so much in this sports and i like to compete ..

  16. Arun says:

    Here are some tips to improve your game:
    1 keep racket up, because of high net. In doing so attack the shuttle by going to it, don’t wait.
    2 stance must be front foot/back foot (i.e.turned slightly sideways) not right/left foot.
    3 bounce around and use good footwork by being proactive, return to center court.
    4 play the extremities of the court, no matter who your opponent is. Do not play to them.
    5 backcourt is the least used part, so keep them back. Not just with high clears, but drives.
    6 in singles use two shuttles for practice, both served at the same time from both ends.
    7 use table tennis rule for doubles practice, by hitting every other shot anywhere on the court.
    These are the seven golden principles in the formula for quick improvement, for the fit player.

  17. Arun says:

    Hey guys, it’s been awhile. One more thing for your perspective while you’re pursuing your passion with this sport.
    Someone asked me yesterday to tell them one thing they might not have heard before in all their years of playing. I simply said to them to think in three dimension instead if one.
    By that I mean, imagine being enclosed in a rectangular cube and instead of just playing the dimensions of the court (44×20′ by 5ft. Net) learn to use the available clearance height of the ceiling. You will also develop a keen eye or sense of judgement on shots that may be going out of the court. That’s why top players warm up this way, for many reasons.
    Just keep it in mind every time you play, you’re bound to improve. G’luck!

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