It has been a long time since we told you anything about the new website, and we decided to give you a little bit more information. The website is almost ready, we just have a few last things to put together and then we’ll be ready to open it up to the world. The project got a lot bigger than we had originally planned, and while it delayed us a bit, it has resulted in a much cooler website.

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What Separates The Best From The Rest: Nationality

On September 16, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

This article is a little different than the others in this series in that it offers no advice to the individual players (other than perhaps to leave your country), but instead offers up ideas to the organizations. Upon viewing the title of this article I’m sure that already many of you are prepared to start arguing with me. Where you’re from should make no difference whether you’re a good player or not you say, people from even the most remote places have the ability to succeed in badminton. This is true to a point, but it is undeniable that a small handful of countries, and one country in particular, dominate badminton. In no particular order here are the main countries I am referring to:

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Badminton Life Progress Update: September 11, 2009

On September 11, 2009, in Instructional, Video, by Emmet Gibney

We’re getting close to finishing everything for the coaching videos. The DVD and subscription website (www.badmintonlife.com) are almost ready for purchase. I went to watch Peter play a club match the other day, and then we also did a quick little video with Peter to tell you what’s going on now. Peter’s club played well, but lost very close after going to a “golden set”. A golden set is when the club match is tied 3-3, so they pick one event to play and they do one last set which decides everything. Unfortunately Peter’s team lost the golden set 24-22! Anyway, here’s Peter : )

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What Separates The Best From The Rest: Professionalism

On September 9, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

Doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, engineer… What do Lin Dan, Peter Gade and Lee Chong Wei have in common with these people? They’re all professionals. While these players haven’t gone to school to study badminton like a doctor went to medical school, they do take their sport very seriously. I can assure you that Peter Gade looks at badminton as his job, and has done so since he was 18 or 19 years old. This could very well be the number one most important thing that separates someone like Peter Gade, from some national level player.

How does someone treat badminton professionally? Here are a few things to consider:

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We travel to Odense, Denmark to speak with Rasmus Fladberg, one of the top juniors in Denmark, and Europe. Rasmus was participating in a camp for some of the top juniors in Denmark.

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I know it’s been a little while since our last progress update. We have been really busy working on the videos for the coaching program so I haven’t had as much time to spend doing updates. Today I got Peter to do a quick little intro video for those who wanted to finally see him in person. We are about 70% done shooting the videos, but we still have a lot of work to do to edit the footage, and get everything ready with the website. Finally, here is Peter : )

Playing Badminton With Rhythm

On June 3, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

In order to be able to move quickly on the badminton court you need to be able to move with rhythm. If the badminton court were much bigger, and all you needed to do was run straight lines all the time it wouldn’t matter, but that’s not the case. When we are waiting to see where our opponent is going to hit their next shot we can’t move from a complete stand still to super speed if we’re flat on our feet.

There are a couple advantages to playing with rhythm:

You can more easily anticipate your opponent’s next shot
You can more easily throw your opponent off of your next shot

The first point is fairly straight-forward. By maintaining a certain bounce in your step you are going to be able to change direction much more easily. The key is to train this and make sure that you are doing it in games and not just training. The second point is a little less obvious, but I’ll do my best to explain.

When I was a kid my brother bought me Bruce Lee’s book on Jeet Kune Do. In it Bruce Lee talks about the concept of broken rhythm. This means mixing up your rhythm between fast and slow, and doing this transition very quickly and unexpectedly so that your opponent gets thrown off. So for example you make your base rhythm a little bit slower than what you’re capable of. You make sure that your opponent falls into his own comfortable rhythm, and then suddenly you up the pace for just a couple of shots. More than likely your opponent will be caught off-guard and will either make an error, or won’t get your shot at all.

Do you play with rhythm? Is it fast or is it slow? Has your coach ever told you that you need to control the pace of the match? This ties into that perfectly. If you are in control of the rhythm of the match, you are in control of the pace of the match. Chances are if you control the rhythm, you will also be the one who wins the match. Badminton is a lot more like boxing or martial arts than you might realize, read up on broken rhythm and you’ll know what I mean.

The True Benefit Of A Big Smash

On May 27, 2009, in Instructional, by Emmet Gibney

I love nailing smashes past people. It feels good, doesn’t it? Lots of players (especially the guys) put a lot of time into developing a great smash, and once you’re good at it, it feels good to practice it even more because it feeds your ego even if it doesn’t make much marginal improvements to your game overall. However, the true benefit of a big smash isn’t the points you get from hitting those smashes past your opponent, it’s the fear that your smash instills in your opponent.

If you have a weapon in your game like a huge smash, or incredible net play, your opponents are naturally going to fear that part of your game. Now, if your smash is your only weapon you’re in trouble, but if you can have a couple other weapons suddenly you’re a real threat. Your opponent is going to do whatever they can to stay away from that big smash of yours. They will try and play to the net when it is probably not safe to do so, or they will try keep the shuttle relatively flat to avoid giving you too much time to prepare for the big smash. All of these behaviours give you some opportunities, and you need to develop your game to take advantage of that. Badminton isn’t about forcing winners, rather it’s about setting up the rally to systematically give yourself as many awesome opportunities as possible. If you do this, you’re going to see results.

You should try and develop your weapons in pairs. Great net play goes well with a big jump smash. Strong flat play goes well with a killer half smash (or slice if you want to call it that). Awesome defense goes great with good fitness (yes, I consider fitness a weapon, a weapon of attrition). You should be using one weapon to force them into another. In the end of course a well-rounded game is going to prevail, but it doesn’t hurt to develop expertise in a few focused areas first.

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