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Building High Performing Teams

by Jeffrey Tho February 12, 2020 1 min read

"A team isn't a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn" - Gordon Bombay, The Mighty Ducks
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Walk Before You Run - Everything Starts with The Basics

Walk Before You Run - Everything Starts with The Basics

by Henry Wong February 05, 2020 4 min read

What's something you're really good at? is it badminton? Don't worry about the rest of this post if it is hahaha. Let's say it's not for now and call that skill of yours guitar playing.

I'm sure there was a point when everything seemed unnatural and yet you were compelled to learn how to play a particular song or play like that famous or very skilful guitar player you heard. This translates to most if not all skills in life and of course badminton too. 

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What Makes a Good Coach?

What Makes a Good Coach?

by Henry Wong January 29, 2020 2 min read

How far into your badminton journey are you? Are you just getting started, a seasoned professional or looking for opportunities to get better? If you decided to get better, would you consider getting a coach?

I'm hitting you with so many questions but maybe you'd have some for us if you were considering getting a coach. 

Questions like: What makes a good coach?

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Trickshots vs Deception - What's the difference?

Trickshots vs Deception - What's the difference?

by Henry Wong January 22, 2020 2 min read

Here's a quick one! So what do you think of the question above? Do you know the difference? If not, let me give you some insight.

Let's start with the definitions. While I could google this for you, I'm going to give you my interpretation instead. 
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Coaching On The World Stage

by Jeffrey Tho January 15, 2020 1 min read

Last year in August, I was lucky enough to travel to Basel, Switzerland to coach the Australian Team at the 2019 World Championships.

Being a former player that has competed at such tournaments such as the World Championships, I found that the experience was vastly different as a coach compared to an athlete. 

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Court Chemistry

Court Chemistry

by Henry Wong January 08, 2020 4 min read 1 Comment

Court Chemistry. 
What's that? Well, have you found yourself on court to play doubles one day only to realise you and your partner suck? And it's neither person's fault, it just doesn't work. Truthfully speaking, I was inspired to write this post because of my recent attempts to play with my co-founder Jeff, which didn't turn out the way we had imagined!
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Get The Most Out Of Training

by Jeffrey Tho January 01, 2020 2 min read 1 Comment

Some of us train a lot. Some of us train a little. Some not at all.

Regardless of which category you fall into, we want to make sure that when we're on court, we make the best of it because let's face it - with our busy lives, it's likely that we don't get to spend as much time playing or training as we'd like.

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Who is Jeff Tho and How Good is He at Badminton?

Who is Jeff Tho and How Good is He at Badminton?

by Henry Wong December 25, 2019 2 min read

My co-founder of Volant, Jeffrey Tho was born on the 14th of April, 1988 in Ipoh, Malaysia. He spent his youth in sunny Bendigo, Victoria and challenged himself with various sports growing up until he was introduced to badminton. 
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The What & How of Drop Shot Variations

The What & How of Drop Shot Variations

by Henry Wong December 18, 2019 3 min read

Drop shots are an incredibly effective way to get the upper hand on an opponent when played correctly, however there are so many aspects of the drop shot that need to be considered so that you can take advantage of it. Let me take you through some of the things you should be thinking about to play the best drop shot in any situation.
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Playing against the aged badminton player (AKA 'uncles')

by Jeffrey Tho December 04, 2019 3 min read

Do you know the feeling? When you’re young and fit, and think you’re pretty good at the game. Then we step onto the court against an ‘uncle’... only to lose to them. 

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The Ugly Truth About Trickshots in Badminton

The Ugly Truth About Trickshots in Badminton

by Henry Wong November 27, 2019 2 min read 2 Comments

Do you remember the first time you saw a trick shot in badminton? I do. 
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? 
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Probability, Statistics

The Probability of Success - A Way To Make Decisions on Court

by Henry Wong November 20, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

If you’re a badminton player, you probably realise that there are so many options when deciding what’s the right or best shot to play. Did you know you can take a mathematical approach to shot selection? Yes, we’re talking about mathematics. 
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