Badminton is an extremely popular sport and requires extreme fitness. Badminton is an accessible sport that anyone can learn. The sport is fun and has many health benefits. It is important to have basic skills in badminton before you begin this amazing sport. Basic skills are essential if your goal is to be a professional. Here are seven basic badminton skills and the fundamental skills of Badminton you can learn by yourself.
Basic skills in badminton
You need to be able to hold the racket with the correct grip. This will help you control your shots and reduce the chance of injury. The proper grip will allow for effortless play of both the backhand as well as the forehand strokes.
It is similar to having a friend hand you a racket. The grip of the racket will only require the thumb to be comfortable against the surface. The rest of the hand should mimic a handshake. You should keep your handshake loose and fluid. This can restrict flexibility in motion and may cause wrist injuries.
Backhand & forehand grip: Basic skills in badminton
There are only two kinds of strokes. The difference is in how you use your fingers.
When playing forehand strokes push your index finger forward.
When playing backhand strokes, push your thumb forward.
Your stance describes how you hold your badminton game, before and during a rally. You will see a significant improvement in your results if you have a stable and correct stance. This will allow for easier movement. There are three types.
It is used to move into position before using an overhead forehand stroke. Standing in an attacking stance, place your racket leg behind your back and keep both legs at shoulder width. To generate the power to strike the shuttle as it descends, raise both racket AND non-racket arm.
Protecting your opponent's smash requires you to adopt a defensive stance. The body should face the net. You can place your racket in front, at waist height. You can make the racket arm as straight and comfortable as you like, but it will give you a better balance.
This position is for when the opponent returns after taking a net shot. You will need to place one foot on each side of the racket, with the other placed at the back. Place the racket just above your waist, while lifting the non-racket arms. You can now pounce forward by shifting your bodyweight slightly in the direction of your racket.
Badminton must be played on a smaller court. It is important to have a well-organized movement on the court. Many coaches place footwork at the top of their list.
Tips for proper footwork
Always keep in mind the starting point (base).
Move only 2-4 steps back.
Shuffle only 1 sidewards.
Move only 2-4 steps ahead.
Badminton's most fundamental skill is service. If you are not able to provide legal services, it can lead to penalty points.
There are 2 types in badminton depending on the landing point of the shuttle.
High serve targets the back-end corner in the opponent's courts. A good high service should result in the shuttle dropping sharply towards the back end. High serves are presented to opponents that can execute strong smashes. To counter a high service that is executed well, your opponent can always expect a lob and/or a drop.
It is best to serve your shuttle to the opponent’s backhand. This will allow you to exploit the weaker backhand of most of your opponents.
Low serve is a different type of service than high serve. The low serve aims for the front side of the court, unlike the high serve. The goal is to allow the shuttle to lift off just above the net landing in front of the court. If you are not satisfied with the execution, your opponent will have the chance to sprint ahead and smash the shuttle.