Do you remember the first time you saw a trick shot in badminton?
And I can remember thinking, "Wow that looks cool, I'm going to try it too".
What about when you finally succeed at playing the trickshot or better yet, win the point with it?
Maybe you haven't but if you have, you can probably remember that feeling of elation that takes over like you could do anything!
But what really happens when you play that look away, through the leg, around the back, or whichever it may be? Well, nine times out of ten it just doesn't work or you lose the point anyway.
The truth is, trickshots in badminton rarely work.
Don't get me wrong, I Iove trickshots! I'm also totally guilty of playing them at the worst of times. Please don't let me take the fun out of trickshots as well because playing and practicing trickshots is an incredible way to spend your time on court provided that everyone's enjoying it. But to give you the best advice for being a better badminton player, I would suggest that you leave most of your repertoire out of the games you actually want to win!
I know, it's cool. I get it. But there's more to badminton than looking cool. It's funny, as you can still see that mentality at the highest level of play. But to be honest, winning looks pretty cool too! Now I wont name any particular countries or players, but those of you who are familiar with the badminton scene may guess the players I'm thinking of. Despite being world class and still having opportunities to win the game, some players choose to settle for looking great instead of playing to win. Here's a learning exercise for some of you budding badminton players out there. The next time you are watching a badminton tournament, see if you can find players that do the above and comment below if you can guess some of the players that I'm speaking of!
Anyway, I'm sure you get the point. Trickshots are amazing, they really are when they're played at the right time, played almost perfectly if not perfectly and you win the point with them.
If you can fulfill two out of three of the above criteria, then you're ready to unleash your trickshot :)
Otherwise, you might just end up like me and Jeff in our video above!
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Henry is an ex-state badminton player who represented South Australia as well as Melbourne University. He remains an avid badminton player in the social scenes of Melbourne. His passion for all things badminton lead him to be a co-founder of Volant Wear.