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Managed to get a ticket for 11th Thursday game, cheapest seat, costing SGD21.

After coming back from Malaysia Open 2019, I find the price a bit high.

The sponsors of the tournament is Li-Ning.

This year, the security are pretty strict with video, selfie and professional photographers.
Perhaps, too many fans were taking selfies with the players in the stadium...
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Badminton Research by Badmintan - 3M ago
This week is the Singapore Open and the venue is the Kallang indoor stadium.

I may drop in for the earlier rounds.

May have a badminton burnout after watching Malaysia Open the week before.

Anyhow, this year's Singapore Open is arranged right after Malaysia Open which is different from the previous years.
More updates to come.
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I attended the Malaysia Open 2019.

It was an awesome experience, with money well spent for short vacation from Singapore.

In addition, I met many fans from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Europe, Japan and China.

This time, I stayed at Bukit Bintang where I can take the monorail and transfer to one of the LRT direct to Bukit Jalil, which cost about RM5 one way.

The player hotel is the Istana hotel which is located near the Pavilion Mall/Changkat Bukit Bintang area.

The 3rd round and quarter finals are the best bang for the buck where 4 courts are in action.

The spectator area is blacked out and it can be dangerous walking around in the dark.

Some of the national team jerseys are sold are the stadium.

The racquets sold at the stadium. It was a bit pricey that I didn't buy any.
The best part was I get to get my items autographed by the players.
Ticket prices are reasonable before the semi-finals. I paid cash at the ticket booth at the stadium.
Fan engagement at the stadium.

Funny thing is at the player hotels, at the lobby there were many fans camping outside to take selfie with the players and getting their autographs. 

All and all, an enjoyable experience for my 3rd Malaysia Open.


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Last year, I experienced my first calf strain injury which resulted in a severe pain and an audible snapping sound of a breaking rope.

It happen when I lunged to lift/pickup a drop shot from center court. It's my first time experiencing this injury. I bought a calf sleeve with compression to ease the pain. I guess you see those professional players wearing compression on their legs, it's with a purpose, i.e. to warm the muscles/tendons so that the muscle stay active when contracting.

I now see the value of calf compression and do warm ups properly before each games.

Another nagging injury I experienced recently is heel pad pain.

After playing about 3-4 times of tennis/badminton per week, I started to develop pain on my left heel pad. The pain occurs wherever I wear sandals but goes away when I wear sneakers.

A gel pad can mitigate the pain after trying out a gel insert underneath the heel pad.
Keep playing badminton and stay injury free!
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Badminton Research by Badmintan - 4M ago
Next month is the annual Malaysia Open Super Series competition in Kuala Lumpur.

I plan to go there which will be 4th Malaysian Open. Unfortunately, the defending champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei won't be playing as he is not medically fit to play.
Stay tune for more report. I will test out my GoPro Hero Black 7 as a vlogging camera.
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I recently noticed many professional badminton players are wearing sweatbands.

As an indoor sports, badminton tournament are air-conditioned and players rarely sweat into their eyes.

However owing to the intensity of the games and genetic predisposition to sweat profusely on the forehead, many people wears sweatbands in badminton.

Most commonly are sweatbands as sported by Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan.


And Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

As a person who wears headbands, I can appreciate its uses to prevent sweat from getting into the eyes.

There are 4 types of head gear to prevent sweat from getting into your eyes.

1. Headand
2. Headtie
3. Hairtie
4. Bandana

1. Headband
A cotton version of the wristband that wicks sweats away from your forehead.
Pros: ample absorption
Cons: a bit uncomfortable owing to the tightness of the elastic band's pressure on your skull.

2. Head tie
Basically a long rectangular piece of cotton or polyester cloth with a triangle tip.
Pros: The cool factor. Think tennis pros like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Cons: Less absorbent than the headband.

3. Hair tie
It's essentially a longer version of the head tie
Pros: The cool factor, especially for ladies. Think Serena Williams.
Cons: Less absorbent than the headband.

4. Bandana
(There are two types, one is the 'Buff' type head tubular gear and two is the traditional long piece of square cloth that are folded into place.
Pros: The cool factor and super-absorbent. Tennis pros are using it for a practical reason, so should you.
Cons: None, except for haters who thinks of how you should look and their snarky comments.
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My first impression of this racquet is it is unique.

The frame shape is in a form of sinusoidal shape like a wave.

Racquet is brilliant red.

The racquet is aesthetically pleasing.

Had it strung with Yonex BG66 at 26lbs.

The recommended string by Gosen is the G-Tone 5 strings.
                                         Figure 1. The T-joint
                                         Figure 2. The unique frame shape
Figure 3. The shaft

The meat and potatoes of the racquet...

THE factors: Balance & Flex

1. Head heavy balance
2. Stiff flex.
3. Aerodynamic shape frame.
4. Weight of racquet: 86g

Conclusion: I have been playing with this racquet for 2 months now.
I would rate it as an excellent racquet for power and handling. In terms of control, it is surprisingly good even though the frame is kinda of funny, the 86 g weight of the racquet makes it stable. Suitable for singles and doubles. Favours the attacking player.

Numerical ratings:

Power: 9.5/10
Control: 9/10
Defense: 9/10
Maneuverability: 9/10
Feel: 8.5/10



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