Badminton coaching / Player interviews

Insights from a badminton head coach

Badminton coaches are an influential group in the badminton community. They are amongst the most frequent and familiar faces on court and their work is essential to maintain and develop badminton talent. Given that coaches have to deal with a cross-section of players, students, and sports administrators and other coaches, they sometimes encounter challenges. Let’s find out from … Continue reading

What’s your sports personality?
Badminton coaching / Psychology / sports psychology

What’s your sports personality?

Sports can reveal a lot about somebody’s personality. Famous tennis coach Vic Braden came up with a way to analyse the “brain types” of his players, based loosely on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He identified that Roger Federer is an “NT,” an Intuitive Thinker. This enabled him to tailor his coaching style to suit the type who likes solutions, … Continue reading

How to handle unwanted advice
Badminton coaching / Social badminton

How to handle unwanted advice

In social games I’ve received a lot of comments about how I play. In the process of learning a new sport I’ve had to distinguish between knowledgeable sources and dubious sources. I trust the opinions of my coach and strong players because they clearly know their stuff. But sometimes I receive unsolicited advice by older players. And this is … Continue reading