1 / MASTER THE UNIVERSAL RACKET GRIP
The grip is simply the way you hold the racquet. And before you embark on a rhythmic game, it is better to master it. In badminton, there are several.
The first that must be understood is the universal plug or neutral plug. Because it concerns the majority of keystrokes. And is used for the forehand and backhand. In short, it allows you to switch from one outlet to another in seconds.
Take your racket in hand:
– Hold your racket. Place the palm of your hand flat on the strings. Gently lower your hand and hold the grip, like shaking another person’s hand.
– Hold the grip with your little finger, ring finger, and middle finger, leaving a gap between the index and middle fingers. Extend your thumb over the edges of the handle, that is to say on the sides of the grip. There is a gap between the bottom of the thumb and the grip.
– Switch from a forehand grip to a backhand grip: if you are right-handed, turn the racket to the right. And extend your thumb behind. To perform a backhand grip, turn the racquet to the left and form a “V” with your thumb and forefinger.
Two mistakes to avoid: When you hold the handle, the grip should be loose and flexible. Be careful not to tighten your hand too much. The palm of your hand should not go too far down the handle. And because in pictures, it’s better, we have prepared some videos for you 😉
Our tip: practice switching from one take to another.
2 / LEARN TO DO A SERVICE
The grip is good. Before trading with your opponent, you must learn to serve. Again, it’s a bit technical, but with a little practice, it’s quickly mastered.
Make a Service :
In the starting position in the service box, you are almost parallel to the net, turned slightly to the part of the opponent where you will serve. That is to say diagonally. Your legs are on the same axis. Your right foot, if it’s your takeoff foot, can be a little forward. You stand up straight.
Before sending the ruffle off, hold it thinly, by the skirt, between your thumb and forefinger. This allows you to accompany the shuttle with the racket, without cutting the trajectory.
Some prefer to hold the entire steering wheel before dropping it to serve. It is not forbidden, but it can slightly reduce the fluidity of the movement.
The coach’s advice : the easiest way is to engage in a backhand grip. Quite simply because it allows you to have better visibility on the shuttle and the racquet. In forehand grip, the racket is behind, we cannot see it.
Beware of faults: if the shuttlecock falls elsewhere than in your opponent’s service area, the point is lost.
Namely: there are 3 types of services, depending on where you want to send the steering wheel. The most classic is the long serve which allows you to put the shuttlecock on the baseline.
The coach’s exercise to learn to play at a specific location: place a target on the opposite court, and practice serving by hitting that target. It’s up to you to alternate between short and long service. The first is often reserved for doubles play.
3 / EXCHANGE IN HIGH HAND AND LOW HAND
Once you have mastered the racket grip and serve, the exchanges are yours. At first, it is not necessarily easy. Woods and ruffle offsets are not uncommon. The exchanges are rather short, little rhythmic. We reassure you, we are progressing quickly. As long as you have a regular practice 😉
In badminton, you play in low hand or high hand. That is to say below or above the head. At the time of service, we engage from below. And when we start, we tend to play mainly over the head. But to be comfortable, it is better to master the game in high hand and low hand to know how to accelerate the racquet head and give speed.
The technical explanation of the coach:
When you strike high, you use your arm a lot. And the gesture is wider. The movement starts from the legs, then goes to the hips, shoulders, elbow, forearm, and ends with the wrist. All movements are interrelated. The gesture must be fluid to build speed and accelerate the racquet head.
When you strike or intercept with the low hand, you have to play more with the forearm and wrist. The more we progress, the more we reduce the gesture. We improve our technique and we develop the release of the forearm and wrist which will accelerate the racquet head. And to give more impact to the shuttlecock so that it goes back to the baseline. Practice intercepting the shuttlecock in low hand: your playing partner stands in front of you and throws the shuttlecock at you with his hand. You should only intercept it in low hand. Remember: in low hand, we work on more relaxed movements and we avoid large gestures.
4 / MOVE AND OCCUPY THE ENTIRE GROUND
On a badminton court, we run a lot. The longer the exchanges are, which often happens when we progress, the more we run, and make our opponent run. We also occupy much more space. We must therefore learn to move in all directions.
The first movement to be mastered, because it is not necessarily natural, is the chased step, to move towards the back of the field, therefore back. It allows you to intercept the shuttle, when it arrives from the baseline, more fluidly. And faster. It is much more practical to do this in chased steps than in running steps.
Coach’s tip : simply practice stepping back. At first, without steering wheel exchanges. Then with exchanges.
A beginner’s mistake to correct: the playing position, because it influences movement. We explain to you.
When we start, we tend to play head-on, which reassures us, because we can see the shuttlecock and the racquet. But it doesn’t help steer the wheel or move around. Better to play lightly in profile. In addition, it allows for a better range of motion by increasing the distance between the racquet and the shuttlecock.
Good news: by training, we position ourselves naturally in profile.