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Stroke stability is something that is often done standing still or moving around the track without much thought. Last week we did things differently here. Performing the right stroke at a high pace and not only that, but also be very aware of different footwork and techniques in between. If I play one trick, I use a china jump, if I play a different stroke, I use L-footwork. You don’t confuse these two types, because then it won’t make sense anymore what I hit back.

We do impact resistance with a shuttle and with multi-shuttle feeding (MSF), but when using MSF it should (almost) always make sense what I get back from the declarant. Sometimes I forget this and walk back on a net spin, while then you have a good chance of expecting a short ball back.

When training for impact resistance, everything comes together. The solidity only comes when all the elements come together in an exercise. Which footwork you choose must belong to the strokes you play and you do that with the right split step that fits the tactics you want to perform. And it all happens way too fast to think about it consciously. The firmness must come from the automatism.

After playing 180 shuttles, we sit down next to the court, not only because I need to catch my breath, but also to do something I’ve never done before. Ron asks me several questions about what I now see on the track with the 180 shuttles. What are the shuttles on the ground telling you? What patterns do you see? How is the distribution of backhand and forehand side with quantities? What is your weak spot on the track, what could be improved and where do we want to go?

Until now I have never considered the fact that the result of MSF can give so much insight into my game. I now knew exactly where I wanted to play the next 180 shuttles. We do this exercise several times in a row and there are clear changes from this way of analyzing.

My view of badminton has changed in recent weeks. I knew badminton was detailed, but there are infinite details to look for when you look for it. Also, I always had the idea that there is one correct way to play badminton and always tried to create that picture little by little in my head. However, I have now found out that there is not one correct badminton game. Some things work for one and not for the other, you also have to be able to play different options to adapt to situations and opponents.

I will never manage to get all the details that we know into my game in these two months, but recognizing these details and being able to work on them myself is worth a lot more when I’m back in the Netherlands. And that’s almost, because time flies.

Two weeks to go.

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