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Backhand low serve introduction

The backhand low serve is the main serve used in doubles and men’s singles.

The shuttle should pass low over the net and land near the front service line.

Backhand low serve: technique details

Let’s look at details of the low serve technique, including the hitting action, grip, foot position, and where you look as you serve.

Backhand low serve: coaching clinic

Here are some common problems that players encounter when they’re learning the backhand low serve.

Backhand low serve practice

Here is a structured way of practising your low serve.

Backhand flick serve introduction

The backhand flick serve sends the shuttle upwards to the back of the opponent’s service court.

Backhand flick serve: technique details

Let’s look at the details of flick serve technique, including how to disguise the serve without losing too much power.

Backhand flick serve: coaching clinic

Here are some common problems that players encounter when they’re learning the backhand flick serve.

Backhand flick serve practice

Here is a structured way of practising your flick serve.

High serve

The high serve sends the shuttle very high, so that it falls almost straight down and lands at the back of the service court. The purpose of this serve is to limit your opponent’s ability to play an attacking shot.

Backhand drive serve

The drive serve sends the shuttle fast and flat to the back of the service court. The receiver has little time to react, so you are looking for surprise and a weak response.

How to stand

How you stand will affect how rapidly you can get moving once your opponent serves.

Where to stand

When you are getting ready for the serve, you must choose a position that allows you to cover all the different possible serves. In particular, you need to be ready for both low and flick serves.

Racket preparation and grip

Your racket needs to be ready before the serve, and you must be able to change to different grips.

Low serve return — introduction

As the receiver your goal is to make your opponent lift the shuttle so your partner can attack from the back of the court.

Drive return of serve

This serve return sends the shuttle low towards the back of the server’s court.

Flick serve return footwork

A fast start and quick movement to the back of the court is essential.

Net shots article

This article may be old, but it contains topics that we haven’t covered in our newer content yet — such as overhand nets shots and angled shots from the middle of the net.

Basic straight net shots

Net shots are played from the front of the court, gently over the net into the front part of your opponent’s court.

Out-to-in net spin

Using sideways spin makes it harder for your opponent to control their reply. Let’s look at spinning the shuttle in an out-to-in direction.

Simple cross-court net shots

Let’s look at the basic cross-court net technique, which does not involve any deception. Because this method is simple, it provides the best accuracy, and also helps you take the shuttle as early as possible.