Badminton Speed is Something That All the
Best Players Have. There's Rarely a Shot They Can't Reach as They Glide Gracefully
Well the Good News is That YOU
Too Can Increase Your Speed Easily and it
Doesn't Take Years of Practice to
Now I'm not a qualified badminton coach, I'm a
fitness expert, so none of the advice that I will ever offer is about improving your shot
technique, although I will occasionally share things with you that have made a big difference to my
But there's one thing that I do know for
sure... and that's this...
The faster you move around the court,
the better a player you'll always be, for 2 main reasons.
Firstly you'll be harder to break down,
your opponent will have to play more accurate shots to put the shuttlecock in to places where you can't get
to, which will
force him/her in to making more errors.
Secondly, because you'll be faster to
shots, you'll get in to position much
sooner and therefore be better balanced, prepared and
more stable in readiness to hit your returns. If you're
always playing shots 'on the run' most
of your strokes won't be as good as they could
improving your fitness generally is going to have a
big effect on your game, but one of the best ways to improve your
ability to move around court is to work on the
speed of your feet, and that's what this video is about...
There are many ways to improve the speed of
your feet and your movement around the court and it's something that will make a
big difference to your game.
program 'How To Get Fit To Win' contains loads of speed work and fitness drills you can use to improve
your speed and fitness, but I just wanted to share with you a quick video about a funny little
technique from your school days that you can use in
your own back yard when you have a spare few
minutes to increase the speed of your
Another thing I've
always found works for me is
that if I prepare myself mentally before each
point, that is I focus my thoughts on moving my feet quickly and staying up on my
toes all through the point, then
I'm always much faster to
everything and a lot sharper.
Anyway, here's the video for you
now. If you have any questions or comments at all about this clip, just send me an email to this
Hope you enjoy the video!
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Here's how to
draw a hopscotch court using a piece of chalk. You can obviously adapt it however you like, by
making it longer etc. But remember, the real reason
behind using these markings is to get you in to the habit being on your toes and thinking
about what your feet are doing.
Here's a few
suggestions of how to do some hopscotch drills. By the way, traditional hopscotch isn't
played like this, you use a stone to move from one
square to the next.
I would recommend
doing some of these exercises (you can choose which you prefer)2/3 times a week for 5-10
minutes. Always concentrate on your feet, staying on your toes throughout and aim
to build up the speed you do each movement at.
Hopscotch to the end as shown in the video clip and then jog backwards to the start. Use this as a
fitness exercise as well by completing 10 in a row without rest as fast as possible. If you time
this on a stopwatch, you can make it more challenging by trying to beat your previous best each
time. Take a minute to rest and then repeat.
Hopscotch to the end as shown in the video clip and then swivel on one foot on the last square to
face forwards again before hopscotching back to the beginning. Repeat without rest until you
have completed 10 shuttles. Take a minute to rest and then repeat.
Hopscotch to the end as shown in the video clip
and then hopscotch backwards to the start. Repeat without rest until you have completed 10
shuttles. Take a minute to rest and repeat.
Hopscotch to the end as shown in the video clip
and then sidestep back to the start facing one direction, then repeat and return back to the
start using sidesteps facing the opposite direction. Repeat without rest until you have completed
10 shuttles. Take a minute to rest and repeat.
Use only the single squares to hop on one leg,
down and back. Repeat by using the other leg when you reach the start. Continue without
rest until you have completed 10 shuttles. Take a minute to rest and then repeat.
Using only the double squares, jump with both
feet, down to the end and back.
Repeat without rest until you've completed 10 shuttles. Take a minute to rest
and then repeat.
REMEMBER - To get better at anything, you
need to constantly progress or increase what you're doing. Making it more challenging by
increasing the speed you do each hopscotch for will make the exercises harder, doing them for
longer will be more challenging and also having less rest will crank up the intensity
I hope you enjoy trying out these footwork drills and see some improvements in
the speed of your footwork.
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