PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS

DEVELOP YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH IN PRACTICE

The secret to solid tournament & competition performances is to practice with the same intensity & mental approach that you would use in a match.

It may seem amazing but very few players seem to do this except for possibly during the hour they might spend with their coach in a lesson – but once they are practicing elsewhere without the watchful eye of the coach it often becomes easy to take the foot off the accelerator.

For instance often you will see players regularly letting the shuttle down in practice yet obviously when they are playing a match, they simply would not allow this to happen or they would lose the point. The major problem with this attitude is that taking it easy in practice creates a completely separate mindset for practice than the mindset they use when playing actual matches – & this creates some big problems.

These players find it difficult to mentally tough out their matches in tournaments especially matches that go down to the wire in the 3rd set, because their mind (& body) are simply not accustomed to toughing it out on a regular basis.

The best way to perform strongly in all your matches is to use your practice as a mental training rehearsal for your matches – treating practice as if it was a match. Doing this keeps your mind trained up for performing at the highest level, so that when you play a match, your mind will treat it no differently & ensure you bring out your best Badminton. This one tip alone can help to pull ahead of most of your competition.

Practice is also a fabulous place to sharpen up your ability to fight back from behind in a match – an ability that every tournament player will need but very few ever actually practice.

For instances if you are in practice game with someone & find yourself down 20-5, dig deep & see if you can pull out a 22-20 0r 24-22 win. Doing this conditions, your mind to never give UP, which makes it far easier for you to stage a spirited fight back in your tournament/matches when you are behind in the 3rd game.

Also some players completely differently to the way they actually play while in the heat of competition – practicing heaps of low-percentage shots that they simply would not use under the pressure of a tournament match, it’s important to keep in mind that you are practicing to win your match not to impress your practice partner.

The zone is the (somewhat rare) mental state that delivers your Absolute best Badminton every single time, & it appears most often when we can Switch off & allow our subconscious to run our performance.

So from now on begin using practice as a mental training exercise as well as your Badminton practice to get the Jump on your opponents. Practice with a new intensity & purpose, practice your fight backs, practice the shots you will actually use in your matches & practice getting into the zone more often.

By doing this you will find that your tournament results will be far more successful as your mind & body will always be Primed & ready for every match.

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