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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.

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.

Grips introduction

Completely replaced the video. It’s now a more effective introduction to the grips.

Hop step to backhand net

A hop-step is a good option when you want to cover a medium distance to your backhand net area.

Cross-over step to the forehand net

Cross-over steps are useful when you want to cover a medium distance. They offer a compromise between chasses and running.

Chasse to the net

Chasses are another option for moving to the net. They only work in certain circumstances, but sometimes they are the best option.

Running steps to the net

Running steps are a natural movement that’s easy to learn, so I always start with them before teaching more technical movement options.

Simple cross-court net shots

Completely replaced the original video, which had bad audio and video quality. Demos are much improved as well.

Added more in-depth coaching advice, including racket preparation and follow through, forehand and backhand wrist actions, and the balance of arm vs. hand. Removed the practice section, which wasn’t that useful.

What is a split step, and why does it matter?

Completely replaced the original video, which had poor video and audio quality. Changed the content to be more realistic, and with better demos.

360 backhand defence practice

When you’re developing your doubles defence, it’s more important to get lots of practice with the general technique, rather than specific shots. This practice does just that.