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Forehand flick and drive serve technique

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The forehand flick serve is one of the easiest shots in badminton.

Beginners, however, usually use a large swing to play this shot. This makes it obvious what they are going to do; for better results, try to make your flick serve appear identical to your low serve.

The drive serve is also easy, but you must be careful to avoid breaking the service laws.

Forehand flick serve

A flick of the wrist and arm

As with the backhand flick serve, it’s important not to give your opponent any clues about your intentions. The forehand flick serve should be identical to a low serve until just before you hit the shuttlecock.

Keep the swing short, gentle, and compact — until the last moment, when you flick the wrist and arm (flex the wrist and pronate the arm) and tighten your grip on the badminton racket.

Common errors

It’s often easy to read a player who is about to flick serve, because he changes the early part of the hitting action. Common clues include:

  • A larger or faster swing
  • Early shuttlecock drop
  • A swing that comes from underneath the shuttlecock, hitting upwards rather than forwards
  • Excessive body movements

All these actions are unnecessary. All you need is a simple flick of the wrist and arm, right at the last moment: this will change the trajectory of your shot (make it go upwards) and give you plenty of power.

Forehand drive serve

The forehand drive serve uses much the same technique, except you hit the shuttlecock flatter over the net, rather than upwards.

The service laws require the racket to be pointing downwards at the moment of impact. This means your racket shaft must be angled below the horizontal. It’s common for players to break this law when playing a forehand drive serve; make sure you don’t do this!

You must also take care to hit the shuttlecock from below your waist.