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topspin
01-01-2009, 10:57 PM
If all goes well health-wise, I'm looking to start playing some badminton soon. Does anyone here know of a good site that teaches proper technique. I found a good site but it's like only Asian. I'm looking for the equivalent of FuzzyYellowBalls for badminton.

Also, anyone know of a good place to pick up badminton strings/shoes?

meowmix
01-03-2009, 09:24 AM
Don't be too worried about the equipment. IMO, if you've got a decent racket, a few shuttlecocks, and some decent shoes (tennis, running, what have you), you're good to go.

RestockingTues
01-03-2009, 09:48 AM
Do you know if there's a Badminton-Warehouse forum out there?
I would search for that in google.
Or a parallel universe.

Seriously, try searching for some kind of forum. I'm sure the people there are as helpful here.

Headshotterer
01-03-2009, 12:59 PM
gooogle badmintoncentral

topspin
01-03-2009, 01:19 PM
Thanks. Yes, I've been on badmintoncentral for many years. Good info but I've not found any sites like fuzzyyellow balls in English. There is one but it is Asian.

scotus
01-03-2009, 04:08 PM
Why don't you visit a local high school that has a badminton team and get to know some real players?

Storm_Kyori
01-03-2009, 04:43 PM
or you could watch youtube, I believe that peter gide (Sp?) teaches like moves and defense/offense positions. I have a net at my backyard and me and my family just mess around, it a bit like clay cuz it dirt outside. I no pro so it's just fun to play when I don't get around to hitting some tennisballs.

topspin
01-03-2009, 07:43 PM
Don't be too worried about the equipment. IMO, if you've got a decent racket, a few shuttlecocks, and some decent shoes (tennis, running, what have you), you're good to go.

This may be true for recreational badminton. But I've played extensively in the past and I know what it takes to play properly. Tennis shoes are just way too heavy for badminton; it will feel like you're wearing bricks on your feet. A good pair of indoor shoes in an absolute must-have. The quickness required to play badminton means you want to be as light as possible. You also need proper support and cushioning. I got 2 bad blisters that took over a year to heal:(

The racquet does make a difference of course. I had bought a Carlton metal frame beginner racquet and kept losing matches with an old high school friend. Then I upgraded to a Yones Isometric graphite frame, and I won the very next match I played against him. The racquet won't make you win (just like in tennis), but you just don't want it to undermine your playing ability.

I'm all good with the shuttlecocks, I use Yonex Mavis 350. They are the best ones I've tried. The cheaper models simply do not play as well.

topspin
01-03-2009, 07:44 PM
Do you know if there's a Badminton-Warehouse forum out there?
I would search for that in google.
Or a parallel universe.

Seriously, try searching for some kind of forum. I'm sure the people there are as helpful here.

The premier forum is badmintoncentral. c o m . I've checked it out a few times even in the past. Was just looking for some supplemental info on here.

topspin
01-03-2009, 07:48 PM
Why don't you visit a local high school that has a badminton team and get to know some real players?

About 10 years ago, i was playing at night at a local school. Often, the schools' team would still be there practicing. I was a pretty good player, to the point that I got challenged by a guy who used to play for Canada like 42 years ago. He was 60-ish at the time, but he made me run like crazy. I won by 2 points, but just barely.

Then I played against a young teen who played for the school. I think I got one point that whole game, lol. Yeah it would be good to practice with these guys since they are well trained and just know all the in's and out's of the game. I'm not playing at the school anymore but I will look for good players at the place where I do play.

topspin
01-03-2009, 07:50 PM
or you could watch youtube, I believe that peter gide (Sp?) teaches like moves and defense/offense positions. I have a net at my backyard and me and my family just mess around, it a bit like clay cuz it dirt outside. I no pro so it's just fun to play when I don't get around to hitting some tennisballs.

Thanks. He has a few videos. I'm finding quite a few good youtube vids. I will post what I find later on.

SystemicAnomaly
01-04-2009, 02:57 AM
... Also, anyone know of a good place to pick up badminton strings/shoes?

Where are you located?

For shoes, you might try volleyball shoes if you don't have access to badminton shoes -- quite often, the same models are marketed as volleyball shoes in the US, but sold as badminton shoes in the UK. I have also found that a few, but not all, light cross-training shoes will work for badminton as well as tennis. The best x-trainers for me are Nike Air Monarch.

topspin
01-04-2009, 03:47 AM
I'm in Montreal. I'm looking at getting the Yonex SHB-100MX. I found a msg on a forum that mentioned Mizuno volleyball shoes being an even better value than Yonex. I'll go to a sports store and see what they have. I will likely still order online as it is less expensive.

SystemicAnomaly
01-04-2009, 04:03 AM
Thanks. Yes, I've been on badmintoncentral for many years. Good info but I've not found any sites like fuzzyyellow balls in English. There is one but it is Asian.

The BadmintonCentral forums can be a very good resource. I've got nearly as many posts there as I do here on the TW forums (most are under the same username that I use here, but also have quite few prior to 2002 under the monikers gregr or gregr999). Check out some of the instructional posts on the BC forums by Gollum (aka Michael Hopley). Also check out the following pages from Mike Hopley:

www.BadmintonBible.com (http://www.badmintonbible.com/)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badminton)


There are also several good instructional vids here: BadmintonSite.com/videoclips/instructional1.html (http://www.badmintonsite.com/videoclips/instructional1.html)


Badminton.TV (http://www.badminton.tv/) is quite good, but is not a free site (except for the 1st month). For some free samples:

Badminton.tv/content/item/backhand-grip-basics/153.html (http://www.badminton.tv/content/item/backhand-grip-basics/153.html)
Badminton.tv/content/item/better-badminton-for-all/130.html (http://www.badminton.tv/content/item/better-badminton-for-all/130.html)
www.youtube.com/user/BadmintonTV (http://www.youtube.com/user/badmintontv)


See if you can get your hands on a Play to Win videotape at your local library. This videotape by Lee Jae Bok was released back in the 90s (but was ahead of its time in many respects). You can find some of Lee's more current video excerpts on YouTube. Here are links to 5 of them:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=isgjE0hPK-I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isgjE0hPK-I)
www.youtube.com/user/f0ol1sh (http://www.youtube.com/user/f0ol1sh)


There are quite few other instructional vids on YouTube, but many are not in English as you have discovered. However, many of the badminton lessons from CCTV (from coach Zhao & others) have English subtitles. There are also some Danish (Peter Gade) and Korean instructional videos that can be very informative/enlightening even if you can't understand the language.

CCTV (example):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqiR2vVn-J8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqiR2vVn-J8)

Peter Gade (Danish):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw9jrxlu3Ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw9jrxlu3Ws)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF9hgHUORaM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF9hgHUORaM)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAhQj6XmWEo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAhQj6XmWEo&feature=channel)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRmOGa9eHdo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRmOGa9eHdo&feature=channel)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4rmdWxhjls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4rmdWxhjls&feature=channel)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ6OUk1aiwg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ6OUk1aiwg&feature=channel)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD1vY-r7wLw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD1vY-r7wLw&feature=channel_page)

Korean (examples):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hpIqHuV9Pk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hpIqHuV9Pk&feature=related)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRMNvuD7SbE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRMNvuD7SbE)


While looking for the web pages above, I also came across a few other that might also be usueful (altho' I've not really looked closely at the following):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSmflcwGfhI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSmflcwGfhI&feature=related)
Badminton-Information.com/badminton-techniques.html (http://www.badminton-information.com/badminton-techniques.html)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=dURbk5SlY-o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dURbk5SlY-o)

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