What are those critical elements for all overhead striking?
The technical ‘must haves’ for a badminton overhead
Specific themes that you can use in all your overhead coaching,
saving you ‘coaching’ time
A coach contacted me after reading the post about assessing a badminton overhead technique and asked what they should encourage in all overheads.
What were the suggestions to give to players that would not only help develop a great badminton overhead but also maybe prevent some of the most common technique faults?
My list is at the bottom of this post
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Defining the critical elements for overhead striking?
What are the elements that you would argue strongly should be present and therefore must be coached (introduced) at some stage in a player’s development?
Those that when encouraged will go some way to prevent ‘classic;’ badminton overhead faults that prevent future development.
Plus they must be easy for players to understand / copy, easy for coaches to demonstrate/encourage, and they must enhance all overhead hitting actions.
Look for the critical aspects that appear in many badminton overhead strokes and if not present would make the technique less efficient. These are the ones we are after.
My guess is that your list will be more than 5, or even less. Start writing now and see what you create or read my list and consider what images pop into your mind.
You could choose to coach each overhead separately believing that each has its own set of techniques, and that may be true.
However, there certainly are a small number of common elements that apply to all. Why not establish key themes early in the OH development and save yourself time, speed up player development, and reduce the number of instructions you give? I found that development and coaching become slightly easier when you try this.
These are separate from tactical aspects and will only help develop an effective overhead hitting action, you’ll need much more to win the rally 🙂
“Get off the ground” – One or both feet will be off the ground when striking and in many cases, it will be both feet. This is not insisting on a vertical jump, but more so just being “off the ground”
“Prepare early” – Preparing early is essential, how early and the exact position is open for discussion. Be aware that the preparation position can vary from player to player and may change gain as they develop and mature.
“Pull the elbow back” – Doing this will encourages a number of techniques/body positions and is essential for the preparation of power. How far and when the elbow is ‘pulled back’ is another discussion.
“Throw” – As a basic, all novice/beginner overheads should be performed with a throw. To do otherwise creates many issues that will hinder development. The size and speed of the throw are another important and complementary discussion.
Do you agree that these are core, essential elements to all overheads?
Checking the validity
Try playing overheads without including one or more of the 4 elements above. As you do, think about the technique you are using and whether it will create an efficient overhead.
Considering the opposite alternative sometimes allows you to explore the validity of your original favoured thought.
Another good test is to use these words in your coaching as cues for the players. What differences if any do they cause?
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As always, I’m very grateful if you have read this far 🙂
I wonder what you would include as a core element of the badminton overhead.
It would be great to hear what conversations you have with your coaching friends.
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This is part of a series of conversation starters.
Although not in detail, the posts are written to get you thinking and talking with others.