Happy New Year, Everyone!
My post today isn’t about the New Year, but about two events that occurred this past week. They have a surprising number of parallels.
First, on Wednesday night I played badminton for the first time in ages. My friend Tom invited me to play. I am a terrible badminton player (indeed, this is true for most team sports) but thought a friendly game would be fun.
It turned out I had an edge, a wonderful advantage. Tom’s shoes just didn’t agree with the gym floor. For whatever reason, he had almost no traction and I did. To win a point against him, all I needed to do was to shoot to one side then the other, or anyway to shoot where he was not and he would be unable to get into position.
Sounds simple, right? It did work a few times despite Tom’s long arms. There were a few occasions where I did get him to the left side then forced him to run unsuccessfully to the other side chasing (shuttle)cock.