Thursday, December 18, 2014

Morten Frost as BWF commentator on TV

Morten Frost is going to be missed on TV when he joins BAM of Malaysia in January 2015 as coaching director.
Gone will be the sizing up of the players and their strengths and weaknesses that
make each game more entertaining and educational for example :
1) Analysis of Kenichi Tago especially his lack of match fitness. How he
tries to buy time and save energy by diving to the ground for shots and catching a breather after that and making ambitious shots to finish off a rally.How opponents can beat him by just staying with him and keeping him on the court,the very same tactics Frost employed against unfit players like Zhao Jian Hua. The analysis was made in the 2014 GP finals when Chen Long played Tago.
2) Analysis of Hafiz Hashim's achilles heel,poor leg strength and recovery
that can be exploited by making him move to all corners of the court and taking advantage of his poor reach and recovery from lunges.
3) Wang Shi Xian's playing style and how she burns energy with her explosive
playing style and tries to catch her breath in between rallies.
And so on and so forth with too many to mention.
Frost would be a very dangerous singles coach with his experience.
Who knows how long Frost would last in Malaysia given the culture,hopefully longer than Tan Aik Mong. If he chooses to quit his more than US 30K+ per month
job,the badminton world will gain by his return as BWF commentator and giving the English speaking part of the badminton world a shot in the arm.In the meantime we have to turn to the equally good Zhao Jian Hua of the Chinese speaking world to give us insights into the world of badminton tactics.

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