2006 Asian Games Champions in Mens Doubles Koo Kien Keat&Tan Boon Heong aims to retain their title. Olympic and World Champions Kido&Setiawan are keen to get their hands on this gold. So who would prevail? Enjoy the very close match.
The 16th Asian Games will start on 12 November 2010 in GuangZhou China. Badminton matches are scheduled for 13 – 21 November. Asian Games holds once in every four years. It is not as significant as Olympics, but Asian badminton players are eager to put their hands on the medals coming every four years. Taufik so far is the only badminton players who has all major badminton titles in his pockets, including Asian Games. In 2010 he beat Lin Dan to gain the title. Lin Dan has won all the badminton majors too, except the elusive Asian Games. Certainly I am looking forward to Lin Dan’s performance and wish him the best. Watch the clip on Asian Games MS 2010 and see how much Lin Dan wants the title.
Asian Games Badminton Mens Singles Final 2006
Taufik has been playing very well in this Championship, beating world No.1 Lee Chong Wei in quarter-final and Korean Sung Hwan Park in the semi-final. Taufik aimed to regain his World Championship title which no badminton Singles player has done so previously.There is no doubt about Taufik’s techniques and particularly his backhand tricks.But his physical endurance may let him down after playing so many competitive games in his age.
Chen Jin beat pete Gade in Semi-final game with 2-1. He was the runner-up last year. It is time for him to have a major world championship title after compatriot Lindan lost his challenge to Sung Hwan Park. Enjoy the game.
This is one of the best badminton finals I have ever seen. Both pairs demonstrated speed, skills, power and resilience at their top levels. Malaysian pair Ku/Tan aimed to set history by winning a major badminton championship for Malaysia. Fu Haifeng/Cai Yun would also set history by winning World Championship for three times. Fu Haifeng set the fastest shuttlecock speed for this tournament by 303km/h. Enjoy the videos.
BWF World Badminton Championships 2010
Chinese National Sport Channel CCTV-5 will start live broadcast from 27 AUG 2010 Friday (starting 15:20 UK). Go visit http://english.cntv.cn/live/cctv5/index.shtml. Click the Red Button to install a plugin and watch. Or Google for other CCTV-5 providers.
Have a wonderful time with all famous badminton players in showing off their tricks and techniques and compete for Championships.
*** Some video clips will be posted on this site after Saturday and Sunday matches.
Sound impossible. I would not have believed this until I see this video clip. See it for yourself. A professional badminton player smashed a shuttlecock with high speed towards a watermelon setup 5 meters away. Amazing! The player was Lee Yong Dae (Korean Pro).
Well, not all people are amazed. Badminton pros said, “this is possible especially with crispy water melon skin”, “good amateur players could produce such stun as well”.
Badminton shuttlecock is the King of Speed in sports
Golf ball, ice hockey ball, or volley ball could only manage with about 150km/h.
Table tennis will reach around 170km/h.
It would be a miracle for a football to travel at 210km.
In Tennis, Any Roddick (US) produced the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.5 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis Cup semi-final match with Vladimir Voltchkov on hard court in Charleston back in 2004.
However, Badminton shuttlecock, slightly heavier than table tennis ball but with feathers, it could travel up to 421km/h. This was recorded in 2009 when Tan Boon Heong (MAS) produced the fastest record of smash speed.
Due to the high initial speed of badminton shuttlecock, players close to the net need to be aware of the risk. If your opponent is doing a smash from mid court or forecourt, better turn your face away or put your racket up to protect your eyes.
When new badminton players stepping into courts, they are usually surprised by how much power his or her opponent/partner could produce. They starts checking their badminton rackets and muscles. After spending some cash on a pro type badminton racket and check nothing difference in muscles, they start wondering what else is lacking in producing the power. They are puzzling over …
1. I am slim and not as muscular as others, am I disadvantaged? But some middle school students could play shots that from rearcourt to rearcourt.
2. I have a lot of muscles, but my shots are not powerful and could not reach rearcourt. My smash shots are weak.
3. My shots have power, but I spend too much muscle power. After some games, I suffer a lot aches in my wrist, arm, shoulder, leg.
4. My shots go everywhere. I have difficulties in controlling my shots. Net-shots are usually too high over the net and push-shots normally are out of badminton court.
In order to produce the power we need, there are two key elements we should be aware: techniques and strength. Techniques is “how” and is produced by understanding and training; Strength is produced by muscles. If you have very good techniques but without muscles’ strength, you can’t produce powerful shots. A ten years old student could have very good techniques, but there is a limit to the power of his shots. If you have a lot of muscle strength yet not knowing how to transfer the strength to badminton racket, your shots won’t be powerful.
A good combination of the two elements is the key to produce badminton power you are looking for.
When you have good techniques and muscle strength, a good badminton racket with good tension of string would certainly help a bit more. But that is a hardware you could obtain anytime you are ready to spend some extra cash.
While you are improving your techniques and play badminton games, you will start building the muscle groups required to produce the shots you intend to. This is a slow process. You could also train those muscles in your spare time or gym workout.
In next post, I will share with you some techniques or tricks about producing the badminton power.
Badminton legendary player Zhao JianHua has confirmed that he would be the head coach for GuangXi Province Badminton Team. His wife Wu WenJing is originated from GuangXi. One of his aim is to help GuangXi Badminton Team to be a top club team in China. Zhao JianHua’s techniques have been well recognised. He won all badminton major champions except Olympics.
When you are in the forehand forecourt position, you have the options to either play lift to clear or net shot, depending where your opponents are. If you are out of position, you may want to play defensive clear in order to get back to the position.
From the centre of the badminton court, make 2 or 3 steps to the net. With 2 steps, starting from left foot. With 3 steps, starting from right foot.
While you are moving towards the net, relax in elbow, forearm, wrist. Supinate your forearm with wrist extended as much as possible. Close to 90 degree.
Pronate your forearm, wrist returns to a neutral position with fingers tighten.
Forearm swing could not generate much speed to play shots in forecourt area. The power of this shot is generated from pronation of forearm, wrist swing and fingers tighten.
Directions of shuttlecock:
You could send the badminton shuttlecock to the rearcourt of your opponent, or play a net shot or net shot crosscourt.
Net shot crosscourt:
Racket face points to the left. Power should be well controlled. Use pronation of forearm and index finger mainly.
To further relax your arm, wrist and fingers, swing your racket in a pattern of horizontal 8. Need to be aware that either forehand or backhand shots in forecourt all follow a small section of horizontal “8”.
Watch the following video for forehand techniques in action with Zhao Jianhua.
When you are in forehand position to play either forehand clear or smash, it is very important that you should generate as much power as possible. Tang XianHu shows you the key elements you need to be aware and familiar to achieve so.
Back swing is the preparation of badminton racket. Draw racket from before chest position, round the shoulder and to behind your back. The racket need a certain distance to accelerate before hitting the shuttlecock.
Consistence and deception:
From the forehand position, you could play forehand clear, drop or smash. If you could maintain consistency from back swing of badminton racket (including footwork and body rotation) to hitting the shuttlecock, your opponent will have a hard time to figure out what type of shots you are going to play.
Hitting the shuttlecock:
Use 2 or 3 steps to reach the baseline, body faces to the right. When right foot lands on the court, leap upward with racket swung back to point downward, elbow high. Then rotate your body to face the net, quickly swing your forearm to shuttlecock direction. Forearm pronates in order for the full racket face pointing to shuttlecock. (If you are playing drop shots, then you only need an angle to slice over shuttlecock). Hold racket tight when hitting the shuttlecock.
Initial speed comes from the leaping from right foot and body rotation.
Acceleration comes from forearm swing, forearm poration, and fingers contraction.
One thing to be noticed is the use of wrist power. If you have good wrist power, you may be able to play a clear shot to opponent’s baseline together with fingers power. If not, use the speed/force generated from forearm. In this case, if your wrist is too tight, then flow of power from forearm to racket is going to be hindered.
After contact with the shuttlecock, any more power generated is wasted. All you need from this position is to allow the racket to follow through to your left thigh area.
During the badminton racket follow-through, land in your left foot with your right foot slightly forward. Ready to move to the badminton court centre.