A poor grip will result in you using more arm and shoulder movements to execute your strokes instead of using your wrist. Without wristwork, your game would become plain and predictable. In the course of a game, a player often has to adjust or change his grip in order to cope with different situations - defend, attack, lob, drop, net - that crop up on court. The grip should not be too tight or too loose. If you hold the racket too tight, you risk locking your wrist. Hold it too loose and you lose racket control.
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Usually, beginners are only focused on trying to make sure that whenever they hit the shuttle, it goes over the net and within the bounds of the court. But even for beginners, learning these basic badminton skills can help increase both competitiveness and also the fun in playing. The Ready Stance Always having the right stance when playing makes it a lot easier to minimize the movements you need to make to hit a shot. The ready stance done by putting your non-racquet leg a step forward and about shoulder width away from your racquet leg.
Slightly bend both knees with your weight balanced between both legs. Slightly bend forward from the hip, keeping your back straight, and lift your racquet up with your racquet-hand in front of you slightly above your shoulder and the head of the racquet to be right above your forehead.
Raise your non-racquet arm to help improve your balance. Forehand and Backhand Grip Badminton Forehand Having the right grip is crucial in helping new players control their shots better and protects from possible injury from putting too much pressure on the wrist. The simplest way to grip your badminton racquet is by imitating a handshake.
Your thumb should press against the handle while the rest of your hand and four fingers wrap around the racquet. This handshake should be a friendly one. It is recommended that you opt to put a wrap around your grip to make it more comfortable and less slippery.
This grip applies to both forehand and backhand grips used for both forehand and backhand shots. Having a loose grip and being able to quickly switch between grips is an advanced skill that allows pros to shift from forehand to backhand easily.
Footwork Footwork is basic badminton skill that a lot of new players often overlook. But having the right footwork makes the game so much easier as it allows you to cover more ground around the court while using less time and energy. Lateral steps are the best way to move around the badminton court as it allows you to cover a lot of ground and change direction fast, while putting less strain on your knees.
Some basic drills to improve your lateral movement can be very effective in helping train yourself to move around the court better. Strokes badminton Strokes There are 4 basic strokes that every beginner needs to learn. By knowing these, beginners can create good badminton stroke habits, which they can use in the future for more advanced shots like drops, smashes and drives.
These are: Overhead Forehand — this is the most common stroke and most beginners are very more comfortable using this especially for stronger strokes. Make sure to have a forehand grip, lift your racket arm up with the racket slightly above your head, and tilt your body to the side of your racket arm with your racket arm behind you. Widen your chest and use your non-racket hand to point at the shuttlecock to aim.
Straighten out your racket arm then swing it towards the shuttle in a downward motion while slightly rotating your waist towards the front. This is a slightly advanced shot that is hard to master at first but doing so will set good foundations to how you play badminton.
To start, turn your body to the back in the direction of your non-racket arm, with your racket arm raised in front of you and pointing towards the back. Keep your racket-arm close to your body, bent such that your elbow is pointing down. As the shuttle approaches above your head level, slightly tilt your arm downward to gain momentum then swing up and flick your wrist upward until the racket is pointing up and your arm is straightened out.
Underarm Forehand— the underarm forehand allows you to hit low shots with a lot of strength, but it is quite challenging to aim at first. Straighten your arm out to make the racket tilt backwards then flick your wrist, followed by your arm, to swing forward when hitting the shuttle. Bend your body forward slightly to keep your balance. Lunging towards your backhand area, Bend your racket arm downward with the racket handle parallel to the floor and the racket head parallel to your body.
Flick your wrist upward, followed by your arm until your arm is extended straight and aligned with your shoulder. By learning how to utilize this serve, you can already start to strategize where you place your serve depending on your opponent. To start, have a ready stance with your backhand leg slightly forward with both feet pointing forward. Lift your racket up to so it is parallel to the floor, with the head parallel to the net and aligned with your shoulder.
Bend the wrist of your racket hand downward to generate momentum and flick upwards with varying strength depending on how far or how high you want the shuttle cock to travel. Try to play around with how strong you hit the shuttle and how high you follow through. Related Posts.
Badminton basics: 1. The Grip
In earlier times, only two kinds of grips were considered legitimate: the forehand and backhand. However, there is now a school of thought that believes in several different kinds of grips, based on the shot one is playing, and also that players can evolve their own grip after a length of time. Still, not all kinds of technique can be considered useful. The safest is the textbook method; we must then leave it to the mavericks to evolve their own. Some of the greatest names in badminton, such as Sir George Thomas and David Choong, apparently did not play in the textbook fashion: Sir George kept his thumb down while executing all forehand and backhand strokes — using the same grip for his right and left sides. Han Jian was part of the second generation of Chinese players who stamped its authority on the game; he later went on to join Malaysia as their chief coach and accomplished the formidable task of winning the Thomas Cup.
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