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How to become a Professional Badminton Player?

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 13 Sep, 2018
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Badminton is an extremely popular sport which has a lot of connoisseurs hailing from different continents, who love the game and the elite shuttlers. The professional badminton players also keep slaying on the court with their sheer and outright accomplishments. The love for this sport is magical, and so many young badminton fanatics are longing to establish themselves as a Professional Badminton player. Taking inspiration from the legendary shuttlers, these badminton afficianados stay updated with the latest news and happenings, however, they do not know the right path to follow and become a sports prodigy. They do not know the ways to become a professional badminton player.


However, if an aspirant has explicit qualities, talent, skills and on the top of everything, the dedication and determination, then every path will lead to success. The most important question is how to become a professional badminton player. Here are a few tips and suggestions that will definitely help you to start your career as a professional badminton player. The things to follow, to become a professional player in badminton are vital to know.


Know the Game


If an enthusiast knows the game, then he can give it a try. Before the beginning of badminton training, a player should know about the technical teams, shots, smashes and other important protocols of the sport. Knowledge is the key and a player must learn how to serve, drop and smash correctly. At the same time, a wannabe also requires to know about the footwork as well as backhand. He should know, which shot requires jumping or the quantity of force to hit the shuttle.


The Right Age


There is no right time or age to follow a passion, but when it comes to the game of badminton, a person needs to embark early. The profession of being a badminton player cannot start in the twenties or thirties like other professions.


Every sport demands some time, so that the player can understand everything about it. There are plenty of protocols in a sport that are required to be followed. A person has to learn the different techniques that are required to work on the skills. An enthusiast is also obliged to learn about different shots. Everything needs time so it is extremely vital to start at an early age.


A person who is craving to become a professional badminton player has to start practising the sport, at least by the age of 10. Those who start at a very young age, get enough spell to work on their skills and techniques. A player gets enough time to decide the category in which he should play. Moreover, he will understand the concept better as in a young age, a player’s mind works efficiently to remember every important detail.


Physical Capabilities


If a person is signing in for a sport and is willing to devote the entire life to the game, then he also needs to work on their physical knacks. He needs to be excellent in his physical, tactical and psychological frivolities. The hands and legs of players need to be as fast as their mind.


Every badminton match has three games, and the players on each side require to win 21 points over the opponent. If the players on both sides of the net are robust and powerful, then the match can last from 40 minutes to 60 minutes sometimes. Now, to play a match, the players require high intensity as the most fierce rallies can go for eight to ten seconds sometimes. The badminton players have to run a lot in the court, to save their points. They also require swift movement on the court. The footwork and the handwork should be excellent and work in synchonization as they need to jump, run and smash the opponent with some impressive shots.To play a smash, one needs to endure a massive physical strength.


Exercise should be a must in the routine of a badminton aspirant and he should follow a proper diet to maintain  his body weight and fitness. The elite badminton players require to have a marvellous athletic ability, agility, flexibility and strength.


Dexterous Skillset


The sport of badminton requires an elite shuttler to be amazingly tactical. It means that, apart from an excellent athletic body and rapid movement, the player should be a genius. The visual fitness is absolutely essential, to observe every movement of the nemesis and the shuttlecock. At the same time, it is necessary for a shuttler to read the mind of his opponent. He should know the play and understand psyche of the opponent. Accordingly, he should respond, considering all the situations. This requires one to blend the strategy with the actions of the nemesis to play the game tactically.


There are a good range of strokes which a player should learn to play. There are a number of shots and smashes such as short serve, jump smash, etc. Apart from this, the coordination of the hands, wrist and shoulder is extremely crucial for playing a good game.


The accuracy should be outstanding and since badminton is among the fastest sports in the world, only an exceptional player can survive the game and extraordinary can win the Olympics.


The Right Equipment

Badminton requires a plenty of equipments that help a player to perform well. A player should be well aware of the best racquets which are suitable for him. Also, the sports shoes are very essential for the footwork. So the right quality and material are essential for the shoes.


Get the best Guru


The role of a coach or a trainer in the badminton career of an elite shuttler is very essential. There are many elite players such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Srikanth Kidambi, who are trained extensively under the guidance of ex- All England Badminton Champion Pullela Gopichand. All three have unparalleled talent and skills and they have achieved innumerable crucial and major tournaments. So it is really very necessary to have an excellent coach.


The badminton enthusiasts can get admission to the badminton training academies, to learn the game better and get skilled.


Practice makes perfect


The practice of the sport is very necessary. Even if you are getting trained by the best coach in the world, you need to practice. If a player fails to practice, he or she will not be able to excel in the game. A skilled player can practice for about 8 hours a day. The game requires dedication towards it. The more hardwork and strenuous training that a player will undergo, the abundant and better outcomes one will reap.


What else can you do?


If you are willing to be a professional badminton player, then you can watch the videos of the most thrilling and exciting matches. In such matches, you can see how to use the footwork, racquet, etc. You can also adopt the tactics of the players in various situations.

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