Badminton Skills for Beginners

Badminton Skills for BeginnersThe keys to being a good player of any sport are the skills, conditioning and determination you as a player have. This article will cover the basic badminton skills to be mastered. These are the 5 basic shots which will give you a solid foundation from which to progress your badminton game. The other badminton skills for beginners will be covered at a later date.

Badminton Skills: Basic Shots

Video clips showing all the shots covered in this guide can be found here.

Serve

The serve is arguably the most important shot in badminton and a fundamental shot in your repertoire of badminton skills. A good serve will put you in a strong position to win the point and a bad serve will put you in a vulnerable position. There are two types of serve; the forehand serve and the backhand serve. We will only be covering the forehand serve in this guide as this is the easiest and most consistent type of serve.

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6 Proven Badminton Serving Drills

These badminton serving drills are designed to improve your serve beyond what is possible by just improving as you play. With dedication you will see marked improvements to your game.

Each of the following types of serve should be drilled, before training, when you are freshest. This will allow you to put the most effort and concentration into achieving perfect form.Badminton Serving Drills

Singles Badminton Serving Drills

1.Singles High Serve

High serves should always be played towards the middle of the court, not towards a corner.

The high serve is probably the best choice for most players, as your opponent is likely to be weakest in the far rear of the court, and it gives plenty of time after serving to prepare for the next shot.

Explore how your opponent responds to high serves. Not many players are able to reply with a powerful smash off a high serve, and many have trouble making consistent, solid contact with a vertically falling shuttlecock. It may be that your opponent frequently mishits the shuttlecock when you play a high serve.

A high serve is probably an unwise choice against a player with a powerful smash, or with deceptive, accurate drop shots.

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5 Powerful Badminton Exercises for Conditioning

Badminton Exercises for Conditioning

One way to think of conditioning is the ability to perform continuous work without fatigue. This is a vital part of every sport and is therefore covered in detail all over the web. Here I will show a few basic conditioning methods which are specifically relevant to badminton.

Skipping

Badminton Skipping Rope, Badminton Exercises

Skipping is one of the best badminton exercises as it develops speed  and power in your feet and calves while simultaneously improving your coordination between your hands and feet which will help you use your whole body to make your shots fast and powerful.

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Beginner Badminton Drills

beginner badminton training, beginner badminton drills

There are many elements to badminton, and becoming a good player means learning new skills and constantly evaluating your technique. Luckily, there are beginner badminton drills  for every aspect of the sport from serving to conditioning, and when you’re starting from the bottom, learning the basics of each aspect of the game is essential.

Gripping the Racket

The racket should be held as if it is an axe, with the head perpendicular to the floor when held in front of you. the handle should be gripped loosely with the bottom of the racket level with the bottom of the hand and fingers spaced slightly with small gaps between them. The grip should only be tightened upon impact with the shuttle.

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Badminton Footwork Drills: 7 Drills for Speed

Badminton speed training, badminton footwork drillsBadminton footwork drills…. not something many of us bothered with as beginners. Who has time for footwork when we need to practice smashing and drives or perfect our serve. It turns out you should make time!

Badminton footwork drills are an incredibly important aspect of badminton practice and should be one of the first things drilled in beginner training. These drills will make you faster allowing you to move across the court with more speed, less energy and set your body in the correct positions to allow quick and powerful shots. This area is often overlooked by beginners and recreational players meaning even small improvements in this area can lead to a huge competitive advantage for those players and even experienced players will benefit from revisiting footwork drills.

The standard ready position for receiving a shot is with your lead foot ( side you hold your racquet) half a step in front of the other foot, with knees slightly bent, weight on the balls of your feet and relaxed body.

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