Badminton Skills & Techniques

Our aim is to provide simple badminton drills and coaching that will teach players of all ages and abilities how to play badminton, and develop game specific techniques. Simply click any of the links below for explanations, information and coaching videos.

Badminton serve techniques

Serving is arguably the most important aspect of the game, as it is the one shot which has to be in every single rally. You have as much time as you need to get ready for it, so there is no excuse for not getting it right. Here we demonstrate and explain three basic types of serve - high server, low serve and flick serve.

Badminton forehand clear shot

The purpose of the forehand clear is used to force your opponent to the rear court. It can be played as an attacking shot or as a defensive shot. The attacking clear is hit faster and flatter into the rear corners.

Badminton smash shot

The smash is probably the most attacking shot in badminton and if executed well it is probably the most difficult shot to return, just because of the pace and direction put on the shuttle. Here we demonstrate and explain the backhand smash and forehand smash shots.

Badminton lob shot

The lob shot in Badminton would normally be played from the forecourt in an underarm action.The aim is to lift or 'lob' the shuttle over your opponent and aim to make the shuttle land as near to the baseline as possible without hitting it out.

Forehand Drop Shot

Disguising this shot is the key to its success. To disguise it use a big upper body turn to make the opponent think a clear or smash is going to be hit.The purpose of this shot is to catch your opponent out and make them stretch when playing their reply, hoping to force an unbalanced weak reply.

The drive shot is hit hard on a horizontal or slightly downward path, usually played down the sidelines of the court. This is a safe shot in badminton and if played correctly it will force an opponent to hit an upward return, giving the other player a chance to attack..

Badminton how to grip the racket

Badminton grips and how to hold a badminton racket will depend on which shot you are playing and personal preference. The handshake grip and the backhand thumb grip are demonstrated here with the badminton handshake grip being the most common.

The block shot is generally used in defense against an opponents smash, but if a player is up at the net it may also be used against a drive shot and can become an attacking shot.

In this section will help to improve your grip and give you advice on better footwork. We cover handshake grip, thumb grip, lunge and when they might be used in a game situation.

The net shot is played from the net and when played correctly should just tumble over the top of the net and drop as close to the net as possible on the opponents. Try and reach the shuttle before it drops to low to make the shot easier and give the opponent less time to reach the net shot.

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