Very often, my players have been asking me what's the best way to get into the competition mode as they have always struggled in the transition from training to competition. But a wise old man once told me, "Train like you are competing, Compete like you are training". Those words have stuck with me throughout my playing and coaching career.
Many players have found it difficult to transit as their training has not been adapted to properly simulate the intensity of a competition. Bright lighting, annoying air drifts, loud noises and coaches' shouting are just some of the many distractions in a badminton hall. As such, how is it possible for a player to play at his or her best during a tournament when he or she has not even prepared adequately for it?
As the competition phase draws nearer, training has to be conducted at a high intensity to ensure peak performances. Consistency of strokes brings comfort and confidence to the players, and being able to run a series of strokes allows players to add more firepower to their arsenal during competition day.
Here's a simulated matchplay training that I've done with my players. Enjoy and subscribe to our YouTube channel via http://www.youtube.com/user/AlphaAcademySG