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In to out spin: improving the technique

Let’s use a more advanced technique to create more spin and improve control.

How to hit a full-length forehand clear

Most players have difficulty clearing the full length of the court. This is an essential skill. Let’s take an overview of the whole technique.

“Drawing circles” to help learn lift technique

We know that forearm rotation should be used, but it can be hard to get the timing right. Let’s look at a simple exercise that can help.

Lift technique: using the forearm

Many beginners don’t use the forearm enough, while some experienced players use it too much.

Basic lift technique

Let’s look at the technique for lifting from the net. Specifically, we’ll work on a mid lift.

Different types of lift

There’s more than one type of net lift. Let’s look at the difference between defensive, attacking, and mid lifts.

Push return of serve: advanced technique

At a higher standard of play, the basic push return starts to break down. Let’s look at a more advanced technique that works even against a very good server.

Push return of serve: basic technique

Let’s look at a push to the midcourt tramlines in doubles. With this low serve return, you guide the shuttle into the empty space at the side of the court.

Errors with 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.