You can’t underestimate the importance of fitness.
There are several angles on fitness:
1) Ability to play.
2) Ability to exceed.
3) Ability to endure.
The first thing that you have to pay attention to is
the ability to play. Be very realistic about your physical condition.
If you aren’t, chances are, you will injure yourself and you won’t
be able to play. Therefore, I consider fitness more important to monitor
and remain aware of, even before badminton skills.
When I was first starting out, I did well in badminton just because
I could get to more birds because I was fast and had good stamina.
Now that I’m older, I’ve learned that I have to be careful
not to overextend myself past what I’m capable of, in order to
keep playing. This is tough because I still feel like my old self, but
if you love badminton as much as I do, it’s worth the effort.
What I am saying is that you should work on your fitness gradually and
continuously so that you don’t hurt yourself by trying to do more
than you can and trying to gain fitness too quickly by over-training.
This will allow you to continue to play.
The second thing you can pay attention to after the
above, is to work on being stronger and faster than others so that you
can be use this to your advantage. This unfortunately takes much effort
but can be optimized through smart workout plans. I will cover this
more in future tricks on this site.
The third thing is to work to be able to work longer
than others. Endurance is something that many players ignore. This is
usually for two reasons: building endurance takes considerable effort,
and because it’s not as flashy as skill shots or sheer speed.
However, it’s something that is more reliable in results than
most strategies because it’s so basic. If you work hard to build
your endurance, you will simply just win more games because you will
be less tired than your opponent as the tough games go on. As I’ve
covered in earlier tips, players make more mistakes the more tired they
are. I’ve seen excellent players miss the most basic shots when
they are tired.
Be honest with yourself about your fitness level
and don’t over do, either in play or in training.
Work to be more fit continuously and gradually.
Use knowledge of your fitness level o your advantage; work to get every
shot if you’re fit enough, otherwise conserve energy to go for
the more reachable returns. If you think it will work, place shots far
away from the other player so that they tire themselves out; even if
they make all the early points, they might lose all the later points.
Have a great week of badminton!