In badminton, competitive matches are won in the heat of the battle, and victory is not always a reflection of the skill or the technique of the players. It's often a reflection on how the players handled the journey of the match, the tactical choices they made, and how they dealt with changes in momentum. Indeed, it is a player's responses - on the court - that will turn around challenging situations and steer them to victory.
Written for competitive badminton players of all levels, and drawing on years of experience at the highest international level, authors Andy Wood and Alistair Higham take an in-depth look at what happens in the cauldron of competition. By examining match events, momentum, and match flow, they offer game insights which will change players' perceptions of what really happens in a match. And through this change of perception will come the understanding and ability to control the many factors that can make or break success.
Focussing on the mental and tactical battles that take place, this book highlights the skills you need to develop to make the most of whatever situation you find yourself in. Packed with practical tips and examples from Olympic competition, The Winning Edge covers key questions at the heart of how to master the art of competing:
"The detailed approach focussing on how to win matches outlined in this book certainly played a significant and critical part in my journey to becoming World Champion and World No: 1." Gail Emms
"Andy and Alistair brilliantly describe in detail how matches unfold and what skills we need as players, coaches and parents to give ourselves that critical advantage to help us all achieve our goals and dreams" Nathan Robertson
Note: This title was originally published in the United Kingdom, and is a UK edition book.