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Common errors with the overhead follow-through

Here are two very common errors with the follow-through. Both are bad for your technique, but one can wreck your arm too!

Overhead follow-through

You can fix a lot of technical errors in your overheads by correcting the follow through. It’s easy to understand and very useful.

Early overhead prep

Do you start your preparation for overhead shots early enough? And what can happen if you don’t?

The overhead throwing action

In coaching, we talk about the forehand throwing action, because the correct hitting action is just like an overhead throw. Practising throwing can help you learn overhead technique.

Different styles of preparation

Not everyone hits the same. Let’s look at some different styles of preparation. There is more than one correct way!

Overhead preparation

Good overheads require good preparation. You can’t expect to hit hard if you leave everything till the last moment!

Overhead grip and contact point

Use a forehand grip and reach up for a high contact point.

In-to-out net spin basics

To get started with in-to-out spin, we’ll use a simple technique where you push the racket towards the net post.

Why use net spin?

Using spin can make your net shots more effective. Let’s see how it works.

Grip size

Players often ask how thick their badminton racket handle should be: how many layers of grip tape should they add?

Adjusting your grip for a smash

In an ideal situation, the shuttle will be somewhat in front of you when you play a forehand smash.

In this case, it is natural to adjust the grip very slightly towards panhandle.

Adjusting your grip for late backhands

The bevel grip works well for overhead backhands that are level with your body.

When the shuttle has travelled behind you, however, you need to shift towards a panhandle grip.

Adjusting your grip for late forehands

The forehand grip works well for overhead forehands that are level with your body.

When the shuttle has travelled behind you, however, you need to shift towards a backhand or thumb grip.

Grip length

When I showed you the basic grips, I was holding the racket towards the end of the handle. This is a long grip.

You can also use a short grip, where the hand moves up towards the cone.

Backhand grip

Completely replaced the video, so that it fits in well with the other grip videos. Also a clearer demonstration.

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.