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Backhand low serve: racket angles

Pointing your racket upwards too much can make your serve go high. You can also think about the angle of the racket shaft.

The backhand low serve

Completely replaced the original video, which was really showing its age (you’ve probably seen higher-resolution postage stamps).

Don’t “turn and run” for your backhands

Players often turn too early, leading to a turn and run style of footwork.

(Somehow published this without the video originally! It’s there now.)

Brush net kills

Completely replaced the video. More concise, better demos, and just generally higher quality.

Net kill basics

Net kills are a chance to finish the rally at the net. For a good kill, just take the shuttle early and hit it downwards.

Don’t “turn and run” for your backhands

Players often turn too early, leading to a turn and run style of footwork.

Backhand clear: timing and distance

Many players swing too early on a backhand clear. Many hit the shuttle when it’s too close, or too far away.

Even very small changes in timing and distance can make a big difference to your power.

Dragging a foot in the backhand rearcourt

Dragging a foot can help you adjust the timing of your movement, without losing balance.

Net spin: do more with less

Practise keeping your net spin action short and simple. This will help improve your touch skills.

Wrist angle for smashes

Why do professional players use a wide wrist angle? Could they get more power if the wrist was at 90 degrees?