Nov 252010
 

Koo Kien Keat_Tan Boon Heong2006 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.

Sep 092010
 

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.

Game 1

Game 2

Aug 182010
 

The 18th BWF World Championship 2010 will be held from 23 – 29 August in Paris, France. All the top ten players will show up in the events. Here is a list of Men’s Singles and who against who in the first day.

  Chong Wei Lee [1] [MAS]   – [GUA]  Kevin Cordon

  Muhammad Hafiz Hashim [MAS]   – [BEL]  Yuhan Tan 

  Jan O Jorgensen [11] [DEN]   – [AUT]  Michael Lahnsteiner    

  Eric Pang [NED]   – [ENG]  Rajiv Ouseph    

  Taufik Hidayat [5] [INA]   – [NGR]  Ola Fagbemi    

  Pedro Martins [POR]   – [TPE]  Yu Hsin Hsieh    

  Kenichi Tago [12] [JPN]   – [CZE]  Petr Koukal    

  Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk [THA]   – [IND]  Kashyap P    

  Dan Lin [3] [CHN]   – [IRI]  Ali Shahhosseini    

  Henrik Toth [HUN]   – [SWE]  Henri Hurskainen    

  Chunlai Bao [10] [CHN]   – [HKG]  Yan Kit Chan    

  David Snider [CAN]   – [SCO]  Alistair Casey    

  Tien Minh Nguyen [7] [VIE]   – [UKR]  Valeriy Atrashchenkov    

  Raul Must [EST]   – [GER]  Dieter Domke    

  Sung Hwan Park [13] [KOR]   – [SIN]  Zi Liang Derek Wong    

  Ying Ping Matthieu Lo [FRA]   – [RUS]  Vladimir Ivanov    

  Carl Baxter [ENG]   – [SVK]  Michal Matejka

  Vladimir Malkov [RUS]   – [THA]  Boonsak Ponsana [9]    

  Scott Evans [IRL]   – [TPE]  Hsuan Yi Hsueh    

  Przemyslaw Wacha [POL]   – [INA]  Simon Santoso [8]    

  Stephan Wojcikiewicz [CAN]   – [UKR]  Dmytro Zavadsky    

  Ong Zhao Ashton Chen [SIN]   – [IND]  Chetan Anand [14]    

  Kieran Merrilees [SCO]   – [LTU]  Kestutis Navickas    

  Ville Lang [FIN]   – [CHN]  Jin Chen [4]    

  Kazushi Yamada [JPN]   – [IRI]  Kaveh Mehrabi    

  Simon Maunoury [FRA]   – [MAS]  Choong Hann Wong [16]    

  Dicky Palyama [NED]   – [FRA]  Brice Leverdez    

  Misha Zilberman [ISR]   – [INA]  Sony Dwi Kuncoro [6]    

  Magnus Sahlberg [SWE]   – [ESP]  Pablo Abian    

  Jan Vondra [CZE]   – [GER]  Marc Zwiebler [15]    

  Yun Hu [HKG]   – [KOR]  Wan Ho Shon    

  Daniel Paiola [BRA]   – [DEN]  Peter Hoeg Gade [2]

Aug 102010
 

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.

Aug 022010
 

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:

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.

Power source:

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.

Follow through:

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.

Footwork:

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.

 

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Jul 312010
 

When we start playing badminton, or even play for years, we tend to focus more on individual badminton techniques. In practice, we know that there are lots of badminton sequences we have been playing all the time but have not realised. If we know these common shot sequences, we would be better prepared for opponents’ shots. When we become familiar with these shot sequences, we would certainly react more naturally, quickly and gain control over opponents. 

In the following, I will show you the SEVEN badminton shot sequences taught by legend Tang XianHu. 

  1. In left court, low serve, then prepare for blocking the net;
  2. In left court, high serve, move to right forecourt and lift to play defensive clear, move back to the centre;
  3. In right court, high serve, move to left backcourt, jump, crosscourt attacking clear, back to the centre;
  4. In right court, high serve, move to left backcourt, use backhand to play defensive clear, back to the centre;
  5. In left court, high serve, move to right backcourt, forehand attacking clear, back to the centre;
  6. In left backcourt, overhead jump smash straight, then move to the net (left forecourt) and play backhand spinning net shot;
  7. In left backcourt, overhead jump smash crosscourt, then move to the net (right forecourt) and play forehand spinning net shot. 

After you practise these shot sequences, I am sure you would develop other shot sequences according to your own style.

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Jul 292010
 

The forecourt backhand position is the place that you may end up with when your opponent plays a drop shot or a net shot. How do we play the badminton backhand shot from here? What tricks are available in this position? Have a look at the following steps.

Use backhand grip for the badminton racket.

When hitting the badminton shuttlecock, use supination of forearm (forearm rotating outward or clockwise when your arm is stretching out), thumb moving forward slightly while index finger moving backward a bit. Use other three fingers to grip the racket tightly.


Be aware that not much swing the forearm. The benefit of this is little movement, more effective in the use of force and more deceptive.

Close Example: this action is most like holding a tap knob with fingers and turning it clockwise.

The direction of shuttlecock: flat drive, lifting high back to the rearcourt or go crosscourt.

Variations: this position could be further developed to drop the badminton shuttlecock just over the net and land close to the net of opposite court, or crosscourt net shot. 

Key elements: use fingers and wrist power to send out the shuttlecock.

Footwork: a big step to the net, land your right foot firmly (right hander) before hitting the badminton shuttlecock.

Overall feeling: at ease, solid sound of hitting the shuttlecock, use less force while shuttlecock travel further away.

Training: take a plastic bottle and fill it full with water. Twist your wrist and shake the bottle from left to right and right to left, similar to forehand / backhand grips and changing constantly. You could also follow a pattern of ∞, e.g. horizontal “8”. Change it to a bigger bottle later after you get used to the small water bottle. 
Watch the following video for details of backhand action in forecourt.

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Jul 242010
 

Tang XianHu is the famous badminton coach behind great Chinese players such as Lin Dan, Xia XuanZe, Ji XinPeng, Sun Jun, Dong Jiong, Cai Yun/Fu HaiFeng and Indonesian players such as Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan. He himself was a unbeaten badminton single player in 1960s and 1970s. Indonesian player Taufik Hidayat once said that the only regrettable thing in his badminton life is that he has never had the opportunity to be coached by Tang XianHu.

Personal Career

In the early 1960s, Tang XianHu returned to China with Indonesia’s badminton skills. He further developed the skills and formed their own unique technical style. He creatively developed attacking sequence by rapidly getting to the net and controlling the net play following powerful smash at the backcourt. He also developed overhead smash and quick footwork. At the end he became an all-around and all-powerful figure in badminton.

In 1961, he started his badminton career in Fujian after returned to China. He retired in 1979.

As a badminton single player, he was unbeaten in international games from 1963 to 1975. He possessed comprehensive techniques which made him the best badminton single player during his time, especially with his powerful smash at the backcourt and rapidly getting to the net.

He became a coach at the end of 1981.

Player’s record

1963: Badminton Men’s Singles Champion in GANEFO (Games of the New Emerging Forces);

1965: Badminton Men’s Singles and Team competition title in 2nd Chinese National Games;

1965: Tang XianHu visited Northern Europe with Chinese National Badminton Team. He beaten the famous Danish player Copps with 15 to 5 and 15 to 0. The latter was a six-times All England Badminton Champions. (All England Badminton was then the world’s best badminton game. Since China was not a member of the IBF, no Chinese player was able to attend the tournament).

1966: Badminton Men’s Singles, Doubles and Team competition Champion in the Asian Xinhui Games;

1974: Badminton Team competition Champion in the Seventh Asian Games when he was 32 years old. He defeated the Indonesian star Liem Swie King in the final.

1975:  Badminton Men’s Singles  and Team competition Champion in the 3rd Chinese National Games;

1978: Mixed Doubles Champion in the 8th Asian Games in Bangkok (with partner Ailing Zhang).

Coaching record

In the early 1980s, when he was a coach in Chinese National Women’s Badminton Team, he trained Lin Ying, Wu Dixi who won World Badminton Championships in Women’s Doubles for six times.

1986: Tang XianHu went back to Indonesia in order to look after his ailing parents. He was appointed head coach of Indonesia Badminton Team, where he trained Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan and a number of other world champions.

1997: Tang XianHu returned to China from Indonesia with his family.

1998: Tang XianHu was appointed head coach of Fujian Badminton Team.

1999: He was appointed as head coach for Men’s Singles of Chinese Badminton Team, where he trained Ji XinPeng, Xia XuanZe. Ji XinPang won Sidney Olympic Badminton Singles Champion in  2004 and Xia XueZe won Men’s Singles Champion of World Championship in 2003.

2004: He handpicked and trained Cai Yun / Fu Haifeng as the Men’s Doubles coach to help Chinese National Badminton Team to win Thomas Cup. Cai Yun and Fu HaiFeng has become the best Men’s Badminton double players ever produced in China. They won Men’s Double Champion of World Championship twice so far.

2008: Lin Dan, coached by Tang XianHu, won the  badminton Men’s Singles Champion in Beijing Olympic Games. Lin Dan is currently the only holder of three consecutive World Championships.

2010: Tang XianHu was invited back to coach Lin Dan after retirement in Thomas Cup team competition. Lin Dan prevailed in his singles games and helped Chinese Badminton Team to retain their Thomas Cup.

 

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Jul 212010
 

Sometimes you may not be able to play a shot with shuttlecock before you overhead in forehand position when you are out of position. By the time you react, the  shuttlecock is over you and running to the baseline. In the following steps, Tang XianHu shows you how to play forehand defensive clear and get back to the game. 

Footwork: 

In the centre of badminton court, start with right foot with a step backward to the right. Then left foot crosses over right foot with a big leaping step. Use three steps to get your badminton racket behind the shuttlecock, not your body as it is too late. Be aware that the last step covers quite a distance, so you need to stretch out your right leg with a leaping in your left foot. (See figure 1-9). 

Playing the shot: 

When you are landing your right foot, back swing your racket head from chest to near your right foot. (See figure 9). Stretch your forehand as far back to baseline as possible with forearm stupinated (rotating outward). This is to make sure that your racket is behind the shuttlecock. It is impossible to play the shot if your racket is not behind the shuttlecock. Forearm supinated will create maximum racket head travelling distance before hitting the shuttlecock and use forehand pronation to generate the power. 

From the above position, pronate forearm and hold badminton racket tight when hitting the shuttlecock. 

After hitting the shuttlecock, allow racket to follow through to your left thigh area. Be aware that your left leg retracts closer to your right leg. This is very important as it will help you to quickly shift your weight to your left foot later and start moving back the court centre.

Jul 152010
 

When start playing badminton, almost all of us find it very difficult to hit shuttlecocks from rearcourt to rearcourt in backhand position. A lot of badminton players are very impressed by Taufik’s backhand techniques. He uses his backhand almost like his forehand to clear, drop and smash. He is the best player in badminton backhand smash. Watch the video and be amazed. 

So what is the right tricks/techniques in playing badminton backhand shots? Well, have a go with the following steps.

Position behind the shuttlecock: starting from the centre of the badminton court, use 2 or 3 steps to reach behind the shuttlecock. 2 steps: turn to the left and start from left foot with a small step. 3 steps: turn to the left and start from the right foot.

Preparation: relax your right arm and shoulder, use pronation to withdraw badminton racket close to your waist in order to create maximum space for racket movement before hitting the shuttlecock. 

Hitting: move your elbow upward first, then use supination (forearm rotating outward) to swing racket behind shuttlecock when the shuttlecock is just on the top right position. Your right foot should land the court when hitting while holding racket tightly. This would help generating the power, the balance and also in retreating back to the centre of badminton court. The hitting force is generated mainly by 

  • Swing of forearm
  • Supination of forearm
  • Squeezing of fingers 

Key elements: position behind the badminton shuttlecock, racket speed created by the above three parts, and land your right foot when hitting the shuttlecock. 

Training: use a tennis racket to train your backhand swing. Or you could use your badminton racket with a racket top case. If possible, hang a badminton shuttlecock in around 2.5 meters high and try footwork together with backhand shots. 

Watch the video coaching session by Xiao Jie for more details. The rest is to try out the above steps. It may take sometime for you to get the timing right. I am sure that your friends would be amazed by how much you have improved your backhand shots.

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