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Low serve return — introduction

As the receiver your goal is to make your opponent lift the shuttle so your partner can attack from the back of the court.

Drive return of serve

This serve return sends the shuttle low towards the back of the server’s court.

Flick serve return footwork

A fast start and quick movement to the back of the court is essential.

Net shots article

This article may be old, but it contains topics that we haven’t covered in our newer content yet — such as overhand nets shots and angled shots from the middle of the net.

Basic straight net shots

Net shots are played from the front of the court, gently over the net into the front part of your opponent’s court.

Out-to-in net spin

Using sideways spin makes it harder for your opponent to control their reply. Let’s look at spinning the shuttle in an out-to-in direction.

Simple cross-court net shots

Let’s look at the basic cross-court net technique, which does not involve any deception. Because this method is simple, it provides the best accuracy, and also helps you take the shuttle as early as possible.

Deceptive cross-court net shots

Often cross-court net shots work better if they’re played with deception, so your opponent thinks you’re playing straight. Make your preparation look the same as a straight net shot, then at the last moment change the angle.

Lifts article

This article may be old, but it contains topics we haven’t covered in our newer content yet, such as cross-court lift technique and dealing with spin.

Lifts introduction

Lifts are played from the forecourt and midcourt. They travel high and to the back of the opponent’s court.

Lifts: technique details

Look at lift technique in more detail. Perhaps too much detail; if you can finish this particular video then I’ll give you a scratch-and-sniff sticker.

Net kills article

This article may be old, but it contains topics that we haven’t covered in our newer content yet — such as playing kills from the midcourt.

Finger power net kills

Net kills are played from your net area, hitting the shuttle steeply downward to your opponent’s mid-court. It’s called a kill because it usually wins the rally. The finger power net kill is useful when the shuttle is relatively tight to the tape and you are close to the net.

Brush net kills

If the shuttle is very close to the net tape, a normal kill is likely to result in you hitting the tape. Instead, you can use a sideways brushing technique to kill the shuttle.

Arm rotation for clears and smashes

Arm rotation is essential for power in badminton. It’s used for all power shots, but it’s especially important for clears and smashes because they need the most power.

Drop shots article

This article may be old, but it contains topics that we haven’t covered in our newer content yet — such using deception with your drop shots.

Forehand drop shot introduction

Drop shots are hit softly from your rearcourt to land in the opponent’s forecourt. Let’s look at the basic technique.

Backhand clears article

This article explains the basic technique for a backhand clear.

Footwork article

This article may be old, but it contains topics we haven’t covered in our newer content yet, such as the ready position and forecourt footwork patterns.

Elements of badminton movement

Here’s an overview of the different types of movement in badminton.