The Badminton Bible


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Introduction to 360 backhand defence

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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.

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  • Difficulty of reacting to fast smashes and changing grip
  • Using a backhand to cover most shots
  • Preparation biased towards backhand (but not too much)
  • This simplifies defence off the body, but forehands are still needed sometimes

You may notice a couple of silly mistakes in this video: in one shot I mixed up backhand with forehand, and in one demo we left the microphone in shot! We’ll try to fix these when we get time.  — Mike