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Drives introduction

Let’s look at the technique for an attacking drive. We’ll start with the preparation and grip.

Grips introduction

Grips are different ways of holding the racket. You need to get comfortable using a wide range of grips, because badminton has so many different shots and rally situations.

Backhand grip

Often we need a less extreme version of a thumb grip. I call it a backhand grip, because that’s the most common name. You could also call it a partial or moderate thumb grip.

Grip principles

If you understand the principles behind grips, it will help you make sense of the details later.

Changing grips

You must be able to change between different grips, so that you can adapt to different situations in the rally. Grip changes need to be quick and accurate.

Serving article

This article may be old, but it contains topics we haven’t covered in our newer content yet, such as serving tactics and the forehand low/flick/drive serves.

The four types of badminton serve

There are four main types of serve in badminton: low, high, flick, and drive.

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.

Backhand low serve: technique details

Let’s look at details of the low serve technique, including the hitting action, grip, foot position, and where you look as you serve.

Backhand low serve: coaching clinic

Here are some common problems that players encounter when they’re learning the backhand low serve.

Backhand low serve practice

Here is a structured way of practising your low serve.

Backhand flick serve introduction

The backhand flick serve sends the shuttle upwards to the back of the opponent’s service court.

Backhand flick serve: technique details

Let’s look at the details of flick serve technique, including how to disguise the serve without losing too much power.

Backhand flick serve: coaching clinic

Here are some common problems that players encounter when they’re learning the backhand flick serve.

Backhand flick serve practice

Here is a structured way of practising your flick serve.

High serve

The high serve sends the shuttle very high, so that it falls almost straight down and lands at the back of the service court. The purpose of this serve is to limit your opponent’s ability to play an attacking shot.

Backhand drive serve

The drive serve sends the shuttle fast and flat to the back of the service court. The receiver has little time to react, so you are looking for surprise and a weak response.

How to stand

How you stand will affect how rapidly you can get moving once your opponent serves.

Where to stand

When you are getting ready for the serve, you must choose a position that allows you to cover all the different possible serves. In particular, you need to be ready for both low and flick serves.

Racket preparation and grip

Your racket needs to be ready before the serve, and you must be able to change to different grips.