When I go back to my very first tournament, when I lost in the first round, I can see how many mistakes I made. This made me want to speak with specialists to find out what their secret is to winning tournaments.

Tobias Wadenka

He is a badminton player from Germany. I participated in my first tournament many years ago, and I believe the lessons I took away from the event can benefit all new and inexperienced players—and perhaps even some seasoned ones—who attend tournaments.


Figure Out Your Strengths

I believe that too many players initially concentrate on their shortcomings, and yes! first there are a lot of them, however your shortcomings won’t assist you

when you enter a competition and focus solely on them. Everything is so much simpler when you know your strengths!

Find out what aspects of the game you are strong at, or perhaps better than other players of your level, before or during practise, especially when you are competing in your first tournaments.

This will not only offer you a better sense of your strategy, but it will also boost your confidence, which is, in my opinion, the most crucial factor if you are just starting out.

Prepare Yourself

When you attend your first tournament, you will realise how many factors are outside your control, so I advise you to take control of everything that is within your power.

Make sure your equipment is ready, such as having adequate rackets with new grips and appropriate stringing.

Arrive early and take advantage of the chance to become familiar with the courts. It is possible that the surface, lighting, and eyesight are all completely different from what you are used to.


Focus on Your Opponent

I believe this is a mistake that even extremely seasoned players frequently make, and occasionally I am guilty of it myself by anticipating potential matchups.

Merely the next match matters; considering future matchups beyond that will only divert your attention and be of no assistance.

Try to stay away from them as much as you can, and perhaps ask a buddy to let you know who your first opponent will be.

Paul Stewart

Paul Stewart, the creator of, has assisted players at all levels, from intermediate to international.


Watch Your Opponent

Sit close to their court and observe them if you get the chance to discover what they can and cannot do. Using this information, choose your strategies and practice in your head which shots to play to implement them.

Be Professional

Make sure you behave properly on the court and exhibit excellent sportsmanship whether you win or lose. Since you never know who is observing, present yourself well.

Be Comfortable

Make sure you warm up before the competition starts so you can get a feel for the shuttle and become familiar with the weather. The shuttle’s speed varies. You should be aware because it might change how you play.


Save your time. Find out what time you need to be on the court and schedule a timely warmup.

Sofie and Mads Selmer

They are the creators of Shuttle Life and have been producing films for players all over the world for a long time. 


1) Define when you succeed. ‘only winning’ should not be your focus. 

2) Be Prepared for the event:- Plan beforehand if you don’t want to be the one who is disqualified for failing to enter the hall at the designated hour.

3) Keep in mind that your opponent also wants to win. Because your opponent is skilled as well, you will therefore make blunders.

4) Stay in the process– But you must appreciate the fact that there is a result you may use to improve as a badminton player. 

5) Always keep the next thing in mind. Don’t consider the conclusion.


1) Focus on Experience:- Always enter tournaments to gain experience since if you play them for the sake of winning, you won’t have long before one defeat demotivates you.

2) Always Be Prepared:- You cannot afford to miss a single day of practise, especially when your tournaments are approaching, because competition has intensified even at the domestic level as the sport becomes more and more popular.

3) Beginning to blame everything and everybody when things don’t go your way.

4 Avoid Focusing on winning/losing the match:- Focusing solely on the outcome will prevent you from taking the necessary risks in a game, which will prevent you from improving. Instead, concentrate on one point at a time.

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