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Published on Jan 19, 2013
Liem Swie King in his prime playing the fast and power-packed smash and grab style that rendered him unbeaten in 1978 and 1979 that even enabled him to beat old Tang Xian Hu in 1976.Some experts assert that LSK's game was modeled after Tang.Frost also started out with the same style but slowly built in a more patient style as he matured.LSK like Tang however could not change his style as he grew older unlike Frost or Rudy Hartono.This was evident by 1985 when at age 29 he looked like a slow coach playing rapid firing Zhao Jian Hua.Not to forget that badminton was played with the tedious and energy sapping slug it out 15 point system then.Also people in the past tended to age faster because of poorer living standards,so much so that people in the past aged 30 are more like people aged 50 today.There is limited footage of players before 1979 and many tend to assume that players then were slow,true definitely in the area of racquet weilding and generally true overall before the era of Hartono,Tang Xian Hu and Hou Jia Chang.The modern 21 point system is designed to allow players to last longer in their careers, aided by the fact that people do not age like people in the past, but this is all neutralised when players are forced to play tournaments packed together week after week causing them to sustain injuries, with the smarter ones choosing to avoid further damage by retiring during games or not playing their best. http://mynahbird20000.blogspot.com/20... http://mynahbird20000.blogspot.com/20...