Badminton Skills & Techniques
- Badminton serves and return of serve – Serving is arguably the most important aspect of the game, as it is the one-shot that has to be in every single rally. Here we demonstrate and explain three basic types of serve – high server, low serve, and flick serve.
- The 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.
- The lob – 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.
- The 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.
Badminton Strategy & Tactics
Badminton strategy and tactics are explained including doubles tactics and how to gain an advantage playing the form of the singles game.
- Double strategy – A teams positioning in doubles is determined by both teams shots, however, there are certain times in a match when both teams should be in specific positions. Here we explain doubles positioning as well as some top tips to give you and your partner an advantage.
- Singles tactics – The new scoring system has led to some players re-thinking their singles strategies. This may be because at the end of each rally a point is now scored, so having the serve is less important.
Badminton Rules & Equipment
This section offers an explanation to the rules of the game along with a description of all equipment you will need.
- Rules and scoring – As with any sport, it is important to know the rules of badminton. After all, you wouldn’t want your opponent gaining an unfair advantage over you just because you aren’t sure about them! It is also worth noting that the rules have been changed in recent years in an attempt to make the game more exciting and entertaining to watch.
- Court dimensions – The length of an entire badminton court is 44 ft. Luckily you only have to cover your side of the net, so 22 ft! The width of the court you must cover is 17 ft in singles and 20 ft per pair in doubles. The net which equally divides the length of the court should be 5 ft 1in high.
- Types of shuttlecocks – One of the most common questions is ‘what sort of shuttlecock should I use?’. Broadly speaking there are two main types of shuttlecock – feathered and plastic. Here we explain the difference, advantages, and disadvantages.