This step is used for travelling quickly across the court. The step-close step footwork uses the non-dominant foot (left foot for a right handed player) as a pivot and the dominant foot as the leading foot. The non-dominant foot is the one that also closes the body away from the shuttle hence the name step-close step.
Players should aim to reach for the shuttle with the dominant arm and leg as this saves time and makes for a faster recovery. Diagonal movement is the fastest way to move from the centre to the corners.
How: To go from the mid court to the back forehand corner a player must pivot on the non-dominant foot so the toes are pointing towards the side of the court that the player is moving to. Then the dominant leg should take a step towards the forehand back corner.
The next stage is to bring the non-dominant foot across behind the other foot, with the toes and body facing the corner they are traveling to. Both arms should be raised slightly from the ready position to about head height at this stage. Shoulders should be facing forwards.
The last phase of the step-close step is bringing the dominant foot around so the feet are almost square facing the side of the court, with the body also in a side on position. The non-playing arm should be up above the players head out in front of them guiding the shuttle in. The dominant hand should be behind the head with the racket up.
Remember to keep both eyes on the shuttle at all times.