Badminton Racquet Review: Yonex Voltric 60

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This racquet is built normally for a low Internediate player who is about to learn the essentials of defense and control. This is an excellecnt defensive racquet, it has a very good feel while playing the defensive drives and clears.

This racquet is made up of a light weight frame, which gives you a quick response time with a quick swing speed. The control in the racquet is good, as with a small grip, and with such a quick response time, you can make use of your wrist to change directions for replies.

This racquet also has a good defensive line-up like lifts, net block, drives at an comfortable level.

The racquet also has a Tri-Voltage system like any other voltric models, as i said before a slim shaft and a sound filter which assumes that most of the noise while hitting the shuttle is filtered with a crisp and clear sound when the shuttle hits the string bed.

These racquets have a great control while playing the shuttle over the corners. Other added advantages are, it has a comfortable Net play, good fast drops and net returns are also comparatively easier than other racquets.

Since the racquet has more control, deceptions, double motions or trick shots are easily played.

The Voltric 60 offers probably the highest level of control. With this ease of control you are bound to have a better footwork and a clearer mind when playing.

So, on an average, this racquet has good control and defensive characterstics.

Hitting The Shuttle To The Diagonals


You can make your opponent to move to the longest possible distance by moving him along a long diagonal.

This is a simple methodology invoved here to gain control over the rally, but consumes more energy for both the players. If you are sure with teh strokes, then it will pave way for a point, if not you may hit the bird out and gain point to your opponent.

By making your opponent move to the longest possible distance you start to apply movement pressure over him, because it forces your opponent to move the greatest possible distance. While making your opponent cover the longest distance repeatedly makes him more tired, because he has to cover the longer distance. You can even make him move fast over the long distance by hitting a offensive clear or punch clear and then playing a slow drop so that he has to lunge forward to get his shot right.

By mixing up the diagonal shots, you tend to have more control over the game and the opponent.

Line Judge Hand Signals

While the game of badminton is on, both the service judge and the Line judges and thechair umpire work in tandem to realse a point in either of the opponents favour. Unlike a service judge there are also line judges for the back lines and side lines.

There are certain responsibilities assigned to a line judge like a service and the Chair Umpire. They are as follows.

A line judge should be seated 2.5-3.5m from the line and his main duty is to judge whether a shuttlecock lands “in” or “out”, of the outer lines deciding whether a player has scored a point.

There are three most common hand signals, they are

1. The shuttlecock lands out the line:

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shuttlecock lands out the line.
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If the shuttlecock lands out of the line, then the judge must loudly and quickly shout “Out” so that both players and spectators hear, and will stretch their arms out to the side level with each other while looking at the umpire with a fixed stare to ensure the umpire is clear about the decision.





2. The shuttlecock lands inside the line:

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shuttlecock lands inside the line.
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If the shuttlecock lands inside the outer line or border, then the line judge will stretch their hand in front angling slightly down just point their right hand at the line.





3. If the line judge does not see:

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If the line judge can’t see the shuttlecock clearly (because their view is blocked by a player’s body or other unavoidable situation), as they were unable to see whether the shuttlecock landed in or out they should cover the eyes with their hands to let the umpire know.

Every one can become line judges by carefully reading or watching and practising the required skills. But most of them are undoubtfully common sense.

Service Judge Hand Signals

We all know Badminton is a sport played dating to way back. First theere were no prope r rulews governing the game. This raised disputes among players. When the English Badminton Association was established in 1893 the rules were revised and unified and have since been the main basis for the sport.

People who play badminton should also understand the signals what the judges’ hand mean. Here will wil lsee the hand signals often used by the service judges in badminton competitions.

1. Delay of serve:

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Delay Of Serve.
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once the server and the receiver are ready for the service there should not be any delay in service. If there is a delay after a player finishes raising their racquet head backwards any delay after that is trmed “delay of serve.”

This is also applicable once a player begins to swing his/her racket forward, the service has begun and the racket must continue moving forward in a continuous movement until the serving action is completed, otherwise a fault will be called for non-continuous movement.

If any one of these occurs, then the service judge will swing their right arm to the left to indicate that a player has been penalized for undue delay.

2. Feet on the service line or off the ground:

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Feet on the service line or off the ground.
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The server and the player receiving the serve should stand in the diagonally opposite service courts and must not tread on the service court boundary line. This rule states that the server and receiver’s feet must at least be touching the ground partially and should remain fixed in place from when the serve begins to when the action is completed. When this does not happen the service judge will stretch out their right leg and signal a fault with their right hand because a player’s feet were off the ground or they were on the boundary line.




3. Server fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock:

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Server fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock.
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This situation occurs when a player’s racquet face should hit the bottom of the shuttlecock. If a player fails to hit the bottom of the shuttlecock when serving, the line judge will open their right hand and lightly touch the palm with their left hand to indicate a service fault.






4. Service too high:

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Service too high.
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When the server’s racquet hits the shuttlecock the entire racquet should be below waist height. If the racquet is too high when the serve is made, the service judge will place their right hand horizontally across their ribs.





5. Racquet handle should face up:

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Racket handle should face up.
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When a serve is made the racquet handle must be facing down at the moment the shuttlecock is hit. If the racket handle is facing up when the shuttlecock is hit the service judge will lift up their open hand with palm facing out to indicate a fault due to the racquet handle facing up.

Simple Stretching Exercises For Tennis Elbow

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Stretching for Tennis Elbow.
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Many badminton players are likely to get an injury sort of thing called the “Tennis Elbow”. As the name applies this isn’t just the fpr those who play tennis. people who regularly play badminton, table tennis and golf, or who often lift heavy objects or overuse their wrists are those who have risk of getting tennis elbow.

When a person suffers from tennis elbow, he or she feels pain when they lift objects or straighten the wrist. This can be because of the inflammation of the bone outside of the elbow and can be painful also. When unatended, the pain can spread to the upper arm, leaving the sufferer unable to straighten their elbow and they have a feeling of resistance when turning the wrist upwards.

Some badminton players suffer from tennis elbow because the way they hold the racquet and the hitting angle and face is wrong in respect to the force apllied from the hand. So, the exact force is not delivered to the shuttle that results in severe elbow pain after playing.

When this happens, stop playing. While at the starting stages, a period of rest and wrist stretching exercise will improve the situation.

The basic remedy for tennis elbow is that, lift up the right arm so it is parallel to the floor with palm facing down and relaxed, then take hold of the outside of the fingers of the right hand with the left hand and lightly apply force until you feel a slight tightening of the wrist; keep the position for 30-60 seconds, relax, and then do same with other hand, doing 5-10 times for each hand.

Daily stretching exercises can help prevent and ease slight pain but, if the symptoms are serious, deep massage and physical therapy are also recommended in addition to stretching.

Benefits From Playing Badminton For Women

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Women today are very health consious today to have a good health, glowing skin and ofcourse youthful appearance, and a trim figure. So, women do aerobics, go cycling; do yoga or to burn the extra calories women do swimming running and gym workouts.

However, many people don’t know that there is a sport combining all kinds of physical fitness and providing all-round exercise that can give you all the above benefits and more benefits that badminton can provide for the well being expecially for women and that’s Badminton!
Lets see the benefites of playing badminton for women i nthe following paragraphs.

In general, when you play badminton the muscles of the body will alternately contract and relax in a very short space of time. So these kind of exercises makes use of our energy by also increasing the muscle strength and resilience ( the ability of the object to come back to tis original shape). If you play competitive badminton you will find you are covered in sweat in just 10 minutes of play.

For women who want to lose weight or improve their figure, badminton is the right choice. When we play badminton we naturally move back and forth numerous times, using the muscles of our upper and lower bodies. In particular, when we take a big stride or lunge or run forward to reply for an incoming shot and strike the shuttlecock, these are the times when our leg muscles expand and contract the most thus burning those extra calories and get to shape.

Another news is that Badminton improves the heart’s function. This is the reason our body sweating naturally and carries out the internal “environmental protection work.” Also, as you sweat heavily, various toxics in the body will metabolize and be expelled, leaving your whole body feeling light and burden free.

Badminton is a sport that requires a good sense of balance, coordination, skill and agility over the light object, hte shuttlecock or the bird. Since women in natural are lighter on their feet and more agile than men they actually have an advantage playing badminton. For instance, when a racquet is swung, the power of the lower body has to be used. This kind of borrowing of power undoubtedly necessary for which women has an advantage over men. This is often the reason women chose badminton as their regular sport.

Another important aspect is if one needs a natural glow on the skin, various toxins has to be expelled outside. By playing badminton all these toxins are expelled out through sweat and the elasticity of the skin is naturally preserved. When the vital energy and blood are flowing smoothly, your skin will naturally have a healthy glow.

Indication Shadow Badminton Drill

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Indication shadow Drill.
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The indication shadow is the same as that of the normal shadow badminton routine. Here the only difference is a indicator(person) will be standing in front of the middle of the net and will be indicating you to move in a particular direction.

The major advantage of doing this indication shadow is that, you more likely feel a actual game situation scenerio since your opponent will take full control of your movement rather than you moving inside the court based on your own instinct.

The indicator (person) should have prior experience in this routine and must time the direction correctly after the person doing the shadow badminton should be able to move in his next direction after he comes to the center court.

This drill can be made tough by adding more speed sequences and also by adding more repetitions.

Interval Training For Badminton (On-Court)

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Shadow badminton.
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During rainy days, Interval training can’t be done outside, as practice grounds may be waterlogging.

You can prefer doing the same Interval Training on badminton court also. The main accomplishment is, your activity should have a low-high-low intensity workout session for a stipulated time with rest at regular intervals.

On court, choose to do a shadow badminton exercise session for Interval Training. For example, set the time for 6 minutes. Start with a shadow badminton session with moderate speed for the first 2 minutes. The next 2 minutes shadow should be done with considerably more speed than the first 2 minutes. After the 2nd 2 minutes, slow down again to the moderate speed as you started before.

Thus this Interval Training activity on-court involves low-high-low intensity workout.

Doing repetitions depends on how fit you are. If you want to continue with more repetitions, rest adequately before you start the next repetition.

Interval Training For Badminton (Off Court)

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Interval training.
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The Interval training is a type of physical training that involves training and rest periods on a periodical basis. The high intensity periods are close to anaerobic exercise, while the recovery periods have lower intensity thus allowing the person to exercise for longer and / or more intense levels.

Interval training can be done on-court and off-court and refers to any of the cardiovascular workouts Viz., cycling, running, rowing, etc., and is one of th ewell known training routines for many sports.

Athletes in many disciplines use this type of training.

For example, you go to a athlete track and plan do an Interval training and set the time for 15 minutes.

Start your sessions first by doing your basic warm routines. A professional athletic track is 400 meters. when ready, jog/briskwalk the first 100 meters. The next 100 meters you have to increase the work intensity by running a stride. Once you cross the 100 meter mark again walk/jog for the next 100 meters. This high-low intensity, where you train the heart for low as well high intensity workout at the same time is called as the Interval training. You have to complete this training for 15 minutes. Adequate rest is essential between repetitions when you plan to again do the interval training for the next 15 minutes.

Proper cool down exercises are also to be done after the Interval training is completed for recovering from training fatigue.

Endurance Training For Badminton

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The Endurance Training.
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First is the basic question, what is endurance all about! Endurance or muscular endurance is the capability of the muscle to perform for longer hours with resistance without fatigue.

They are broadly classified depending upon intensity levels. They are Low Intensity Endurance and High Intensity Endurance.

The low intensity endurance activities invloves long distance running, cycling or swimming to improve the lung power to train the lungs to continuously supply oxygen to the muscles and the heart. This type of activities is sometimes practiced at higher altitudes where the amount of oxygen is less.

The Hight intensity endurance is that where the chemicals that we acquire from our food is made use for shorted period for more aggressive actions like jump smashes etc. This activity is done by doing “Interval training” exercises outdoors or by doing fast shadows with exposive actions with short time intervals.