The badminton grip
He plays badminton for leisure like most Malaysians do. As a result, I did not learn my basics correctly and developed some bad habits. The basics that I highly recommend you learn are…. Basic Gripping Technique Learn how to hold your racket using the forehand and backhand grip. Basic Badminton Strokes Strokes are simply your swing action to hit the shuttle. Badminton Serve A badminton rally starts with the serve. Good serves definitely give you an edge over your opponent right from the start of the rally.
Learn the offensive stance, defensive stance, and the net stance. Once you get your basics right, learning those advanced or fancy badminton shots are just a matter of time! When you are familiar with the badminton basics, you can start learning some basic badminton shots.
Drop Shots Make sure you have a variation of shots in your games. If a server forces the opponent to take a fault, a point will be given to the server.
If the recipient forces a fault to the server so the server can't play it , the recipient will receive the point as well as the recipient becoming the new server for the next play. Understand the basics of play. Here's what you need to know before you start your badminton game, beyond the court information and the scoring rules: The first serve of a badminton game comes from the right half of the court to the court that is diagonally opposite that court.
For the rest of the game, if you have an even number of points serve from the right, if you have an odd number of points, serve from the left. If the serving side commits a fault, then the receiving side gets a point and the serve shifts to that side. If the serving team serves and the receiving side commits a fault, then the serving team moves from one service court to the other and continues to serve.
There is a point scored after every serve unlike in volleyball, for example. In doubles, each team only has one "service. When a receiving team wins a point and gets the serve, the team does not switch sides but serves from where they are standing. If they win the first service point, then the players switch positions from right to left. After each game, opponents change ends of the court, and the side that won the previous game gets to serve at the start of the next game.
Understand how a player can get a fault. There are several reasons that a team or player can earn a fault. If any part of the racket at the point of striking wasn't higher than any part of the serving player's hand, a fault can be given. If the serving team fails to serve the shuttlecock over the net. The shuttlecock must be hit only once by the same player is to be considered fair in badminton.
In badminton, you only get one try on each serve. The only exception is if your team gets a let, which is when the shuttlecock hits the net and falls over into the opponent's court. In that case, you get another try. If you hit the shuttlecock into or under the net at any point in the game. If the shuttlecock hits you. If you hit the shuttlecock out of bounds or passes around or under the net to the player on the other side.
Shuttlecocks falling on the line can be deemed as fair-play. If you hit the shuttlecock on the ground on your side of the court or had extended beyond the longest service line, these contribute to a fault.
If the server fails to serve the shuttlecock into the correct opposing court. If any player attempts to successful or unsuccessful obstruct their opponent in any way, these contribute to a fault on that player.
The feet of any player must be completely within the service court at the time of play - otherwise a fault will be called. If the player is able to touch the badminton net with any piece of equipment including their clothes or any body part, this contributes to faults.
Balks contribute to a badminton fault too. Learn the basic ways to strike the shuttlecock. The standard badminton racket is 26 inches Most of them are made with metal and nylon, and you'll need to generate enough energy to effectively strike the shuttlecock with this light racket.
The main strokes are the forehand and the backhand as in tennis and you'll need a light, quick wrist to effectively strike the shuttle. Here's what you need to know about striking the shuttlecock: See the shuttle and use several small steps to position yourself so that you can easily strike it instead of having to stretch too much.
You'll need to practice the backswing, the forward swing and hit, and the follow through in order to hit the shuttle effectively. You should hit the shuttle's round center, not the feathers of the shuttle. Perfect your clear shot. This is the most common shot and the goal is to strike the shuttle in a way that moves your opponent away from the net, which gives you time to set up your next shot. Practice your drop shot. To hit this shot effectively, you'll have to hit a slow, gentle shot that makes the shuttle fall just over the net, making it hard to reach for your opponent, no matter how fast he runs.
This is a powerful shot that you use to hit a shuttle that is above the height of the net. You'll need to raise you're racket behind your back, as if you were going to scratch it, anticipate the shuttle coming your way, and then hit it hard, diagonally down, as if you were smashing it over a fence.
This can be a forehand or a backhand shot that makes the shuttle move parallel to the ground, just barely passing over the net, making it hard for your opponent to anticipate or return your shot.
Recognize that servers must be able to understand when his opponents looks ready to receive the stroke. The server must not serve when the opponent doesn't seem ready to receive. Both players must be standing within the confines of the court with both feet stationary in contact with the ground until the server delivers the ball to their opponent.
However, players must not stand on either of any of the lines painted on the ground - for these are considered to be outside of the service court's area. The grip is how you hold your racket and it will affect every stroke that you hit. You have two basic grips in the game, one for the forehand and one for the backhand.
Here's what you need to know: Hold the racket with your non-playing hand, pointing the handle toward you with your racket face perpendicular to the floor. Put your hand on the handle as if you are shaking hands with it.
Look for a V shape between your thumb and index finger. Rest the handle loosely in your fingers for more flexibility. Shorten the grip and place it closer to the shaft for more control of the racket when you're hitting the shuttle from forecourt and midcourt.
Hold the racket as if you were holding a forehand grip. Then, turn it clockwise, so that the V shape you've formed moves to the right. Put your thumb against the back bevel of the handle for more leverage and power, resting the racket loosely in your fingers.
Again, use a longer grip for clears and a shorter grip for net play. Relax your thumb and use more power from your arm instead for clears because the extension of your thumb is extremely limited in the short-court backhand grip, and you have more time to prepare for a backhand clear than for a mid court block or net kill, meaning that the leverage of the thumb isn't as important. Master the high and low serve.
There are many ways to hit a badminton serve, from the high serve to the backhand serve. Here are a few serves you will need to know: This is a great serve for moving your opponent back during singles play; it's a little trickier for doubles. You have to use an underhanded forehand for this serve. Relax, bend your knees, standing 2—3 feet 0. Lead with your non-racket leg, placing your racket leg behind it.
Move your racket back almost to your shoulder, then swing it forward. Hold the shuttle by the feathers and drop it slightly in front of you.
Hit the shuttle with the flat face of your racket and follow through until your racket reaches all the way to the non-racket side of your head. This serve is more commonly used during doubles. You can use the forehand or the backhand for this motion. For the forehand serve, stand 2—3 feet 0. Hold the shuttle by the feathers and bring it close to meet the racket instead of dropping it.
Hit the shuttle at a higher point, but still below your waist, and push it with the racket face, trying to make it just skim the tape of the net.
For the backhand serve, just lead with your racket leg and your non-racket leg behind, with your feet pointing toward your opponent. Use a short backswing and then bring the racket forward, holding the shuttle at the tip of the feathers in front of waist level. Then, push the shuttle with the racket face and try to make it skim the tape of the net. Shorten your grip for more control. Master the flick and drive serve. Use this for a quick serve but do so sparingly. Use a forehand or a backhand, acting like you're going to push the shuttle in a typical low serve, but instead, use your wrist to quickly flick the shuttle over.
This is an attacking serve perfect for singles or doubles. This will make the shuttle travel at a flatter angle and at a faster pace. Use an underarm forehand, standing a bit further from the service line, leading with your non-racket leg, placing your racket a bit below waist level, bringing it back and parallel to your waist. Swing the racket forward and follow through as you drop the shuttle slightly sideways to your body, hitting it and letting it pass the net at a flatter angle.
Once you see that the shuttle is coming low and in front of you, you'll need to hit that forehand to beat your opponent. Here's what you have to do: Drop the racket head down and behind you.
Make sure that the racket extends out behind you. Keep your knees bent and ready to move. Move forward with your racket foot. Keep your arm nearly straight as you swing the racket, snapping your wrist at the last possible second before you hit the shuttle. Have an open racket face and swing the racket upward to generate momentum. Follow through until your racket hits near your opposing shoulder. To hit a backhand, you have to wait for the shuttle to approach your backhand side.
Here's what you do: Move on your left foot and step your right foot around in front of your body if you are right-handed and your backhand is on your left side, that is , making sure that your right shoulder faces the net.
Bend your right elbow and draw your right hand across your body to get ready to swing the racket, moving your weight to your back left foot, keeping your right foot loose and limber. Shift your weight to your forward foot, straightening your elbow as you swing the racket forward until the racket face connects with the shuttle, following through to move the racket forward past your right shoulder.
Learn to slice your shots. The slice can help slow down the shuttle or change its direction. This is a more advanced skill that will make it hard for your opponent to know where you're going or to be able to return the shuttle.
Here's what you can do: Start the forward motion as usual and then move the racket inward as you slice it perpendicular to the center of the birdie, thus slicing the shuttle and making it spin cross court instead of moving forward, as your opponent would expect it to do. If service of the shuttlecock from the server's racket causes the bird to touch the net and then go over, play must stop and the play is done over. However, if the shuttlecock happens to touch the net then go over further into the play, the stroke is good and the bird can remain playable.
Slice your drop shots. Just slice the racket, moving it perpendicular to the center of the shuttle when it's in the air. This will slow down the shuttle, making it quickly fall on the opponent's side near the net. Learn to hit an overhead shot. Also known as a smash shot, this shot allows you to use your power and to hit the shuttle at the top of its arc. To do this, aim your free hand up near the shuttle, and then swing the racket over your head with your racket hand, smashing the center of the birdie before it falls, directing it down in your opponent's court.
Aiming is important here -- try to aim the shuttle in a place that will be hard for your opponent to reach. Recognize some of the obvious errors made during serving that can and can't be considered a fault. Servers must be able to get the bird over in their hit. If the bird get's attempted to be hit but is missed, a fault can't be charged.
Things do happen to the best of all people. If the bird is held on the racket during the execution of the stroke or if the bird get's hit twice, this is a fault.