The Badminton Bible


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Partial panhandle grip

Often we need a grip that is somewhere between forehand and panhandle. I call it a partial panhandle grip. You could also call it a moderate panhandle, as opposed to a full or extreme panhandle.

Neutral grip

The neutral grip is mainly used in between shots, as it helps you change quickly to other grips. It can also be used for hitting certain shots.

Panhandle grip

The panhandle grip is mainly used for forehand shots in front of your body. That means it’s useful for many forehands in the midcourt or at the net, but not in the rearcourt.

Forehand grip

The forehand grip is mainly used for forehand overhead shots. It’s an easy grip to learn, and also provides a useful reference point for learning the other grips.

Bevel grip

The bevel grip is mainly used for backhands in the rearcourt, such as clears or drop shots.

Thumb grip

The thumb grip is like the backhand version of a panhandle grip. It’s mainly used for backhands where the shuttle is in front of you. That means it’s useful for many backhands in the midcourt or at the net, but not in the rearcourt.

How far back to stand when defending

The best place to defend from is slightly behind the middle of the court.

What is the right grip for forehand net shots?

It’s a simple enough question, but I bet most players would get it wrong.

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.

Stab net shots

Adding spin to your net shots makes them more difficult for your opponent to return.