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!
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.
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.
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.