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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.

How to hit a backhand drop

Let’s look at the hitting action in more detail. We’ll see how the arm rotates, and also the importance of a correct follow through.

Introduction to 360 backhand defence

In doubles, you need to react quickly to smashes aimed near your body. You can make this easier by using a backhand to defend most of them.

Preparation and contact point for backhand drops

Backhand drops are played when you’re under pressure in the rearcourt. Let’s start with the preparation and contact point.

Posture and racket carriage when defending

Good posture and racket carriage make or break your defence. As you will see, these things are inextricably linked.

How far back to stand when defending

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

How to get the grip right

What is the difference between these two panhandle grips? For a normal net shot, how can you check your grip is right?

What is the right grip for forehand net shots?

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