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Scissor jumps

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The scissor jump is often used as the last movement when hitting overhead forehands.

It’s called a scissor jump because the legs swap positions while in the air. This motion bears a vague resemblence to closing a pair of scissors.

Scissor jumps are also known as scissor kicks.

Scissor jump technique

Start near the back of the court, in a side-on position with your right foot back and your left foot forward.

Now jump straight off the ground, turning your body as you hit the shuttlecock, so that your feet swap places when they land: your right foot is now in front, with your left foot behind.

Your left foot should land momentarily before your right foot.

In a real game, you will often still be moving backwards as you make a scissor jump.

Foot rhythm

You can learn the rhythm of the scissor jump by practising continuous scissor jumps.

Make a scissor jump. Then step your left foot forwards to recover. Then step your right foot backwards to return to the side-on starting position. Finally, repeat the scissor jump.

The rhythm is like this: left, right — left, right. Let me explain that:

  1. You jump. Both feet come off the ground and switch places in the air.
  2. You land, one foot immediately after the other: left, right.
  3. You recover forwards with your left foot, and then step back again with your right foot: left, right.
  4. You jump again…

Benefits of a scissor jump

Scissor jumps allow you to play more powerful forehands, because you get your feet off the ground and turn your body and shoulders.

Scissor jumps also help you make a quick recovery forwards, because you can push forwards with your left foot as soon as it lands.

Scissor jumps are not always appropriate

A scissor jump is only effective when you are able to get behind the shuttlecock (or at least level with it).

If the shuttlecock is behind you, then you will need to strike it with your badminton racket behind your body. This is not compatible with a scissor jump; scissor jumps create an impact point level or in front of the body.

A block jump, however, may be a good choice in this sitution.