November 4, 2020
Hear from our very own Badminton Legend Himself- Mr. Prakash Padukone, who details all the steps involved that can help any badminton aspirant or parents navigate this journey that is often filled with many questions along the way.
Making the right choice in a career is critical for individuals to become professional players. For passionate sports enthusiasts, this critical juncture occurs when they shift from playing it to pursuing it.
Badminton is a sport that enjoys much popularity and patronage across the globe. The visibility is such that there are umpteen opportunities for anyone to pick up a racquet and experience the game. With legendary players illuminating the sport, there are many individuals at a young age inspired to play professional badminton. If you are one of them, look no further than this blog for steps to become a badminton player!
The initial years define the orientation of the individual towards the sport and help build a foundation for a career in badminton. Generally, the age of 6 or 7 is the right time to be introduced to the sport and start hitting the shuttle or learn a forehand grip. Badminton is as technical as it is physical. Players need to combine physical fitness with technique and mental agility to excel at this sport.
The most important lesson to learn and top in terms of priority is the technique. Any and all levels of excellence are only built on a strong technique. This takes years to learn, hence beginning early is advantageous.
One cannot customize style and presence on the court without getting the basics right. At the age of 6-8 years, it is easy to understand and internalize technique. It goes without saying that any young badminton player needs to absorb the fundamentals like the grip, footwork, serve, drop shots, and jump smashes in the sport of badminton.
Just like a building whose foundation is strong and multiple floors can be built; it is easy to add new strokes, improve speed, power, smashes, and defense tactics if the basic technique is well imbibed and strong.
The initial years are needed to build awareness on how important physical fitness is in badminton especially for young people. The game is extremely physical and one needs to demonstrate the technique, stamina, and effective decision-making for extended periods of time.
At a young age, fitness regimes in the right doses go a long way in strengthening the player and his/her game. While learning technique, young players need to familiarize themselves with the physical aspects of the game.
In the beginning, swimming is a good physical activity. It helps build physical capability without injury. Gymnastics under a good coach will help build strength and enhance flexibility. It is worthwhile to note that motor qualities are best developed early (between 6 to 12 years of age). It is ideal to begin like this and gradually increase the load as per each player’s response and adaptability. This prepares the body for actually mastering the sport.
The mind and body need to work in tandem to excel at badminton. Intensity is another crucial physical aspect in the sport, which helps players sustain performance in a rally. As the rules of badminton go, each match is a set of three games, and each game is played for 21 points. Cruising through this format is tough, and needs endurance to match or surpass the opponent. Such rallies can go on for several seconds in a row. Players need to deploy swift skillful movements across the court. Hence, balancing strength with flexibility and agility is extremely important.