At Friday club last week, my husband taught me a valuable lesson at the net. I played against him and he wanted me to step to his net drops, hitting them down rather than straight back to him. He did this relentlessly!
I missed most of them frustratingly and when I did finally start stepping to them and getting them, I was hitting them straight back to him, so he could catch me out with yet more drops at the opposite side of the net! I was getting exhausted with the effort of moving from one corner of the net to the other and then back again. What I didn’t realise was, that I was enabling him to do this!
On reflection I thought, why on earth didn’t I hit them down? I intercept them far too low, I wait for the shuttlecock to come right down before I hit it back. I really need to get there way quicker and take control of the shuttlecock! Even though I was frustrated and a bit pissed, at myself more than anything, I did learn an important lesson! Place the shuttlecock somewhere else, try to hit it down!
I had missed three consecutive Monday badminton sessions until this week. So understandably I couldn’t wait to go this Monday, as I had really missed it! I was worried though, because I think I have slowed down a bit from lack of practice and I didn’t want to play badly.
It was quite the opposite though. I wasn’t faster than usual, but I was hitting the shuttlecock with a bit more technique and using a bit more strategy which worked out really well for me. I won most of my games on Monday evening which did give me a little confidence boost. Yay! Not playing had given me time to reflect on technique and I was actually trying to use it.
My husband came into the session towards the end to give us a ride home and watched us play. He took pictures and even made a cool GIF. I would love to post the GIF on here so you guys can see it, but my site won’t allow me! I need to figure out a way!
Later my husband made two comments on what he saw. I was anticipating some criticism, but I was pleasantly surprised! He said me and my sister in law had good positioning at one point when the shuttlecock was high and I was pushed to the back of the court while she moved towards the front. Yay us!
He also said I was kind of doing the right thing when hitting an overhead ‘shot’ from the back of the court, as I pushed off with my left leg and moved my right leg forward with the motion. This is big praise coming from him and even though we lost that game, I felt really good about it, because I feel I am starting to do some things correctly.
I love playing at the back of the court at the moment. I realise this is because I have more time to get to the shuttlecock. Not good enough! I will continue to practice being at the front of the court until I OWN it….which at the moment I clearly don’t! Haha, but hey I’ve got a fire in my belly, time to use it constructively!
I’m playing again tonight with better players. Time to implement some of what I’ve learnt!