How can you improve your backhand in badminton?
If you have ever wondered how you can improve your backhand in badminton, then you should definitely consider following some pointers from this post. This post is basically aimed for beginner or intermediate level players. Before reading ahead and learning how to do a correct backhand movement and shot there are two things you need to consider.
- Understand and get used to the backhand grip
- Forget how you used to play the backhand! This might be difficult but is necessary as you definitely need to forget the existing bad habits in order to improve your backhand stroke.
How to grip the racquet so as to improve your backhand?
The first thing you need to consider is to learn how to hold your racquet correctly before you can actually play the shot. The grip is one of the most important things to consider to order to make yourself better in the game.
You want to turn away from the V grip and a little bit more towards a pan handle grip . Now this is for the backhand at the back of the court. It is a totally different scenario when you are playing a backhand at the front of the net but in this post we will focus on the back side of the court because that is a more challenging shot to play.
You will need to adjust your grip a little bit more towards the panhandle so that our thumb is now towards the side of the racket. So from the V grip you need to adjust by putting the thumb right in the middle of the V intersection. This provides stability to the badminton player’s grip and helps his/ her movement during the backhand shot.
Keep your arms loose to improve your backhand
The next thing you need to make sure you keep your grip and arms loose. If you are tense in your arm, you are not going to be able to hit the backhand shot with adequate control and power. Stay loose and think about movement on the forehand side. When you hit a clear from the forehand, you come back with a backswing, then you come up, connect with the shuttle and follow through.
However, when it comes to the backhand side, the follow through is not required in the same way. The power is needed to be generated from the back swing. The arm is kept loose and outstretched with the elbow pulling up and then a loose grip comes and whips the racket up at a high position. Remember that there should be no follow through. Any top level player follows the same practice of not following through and instead whipping the racket back from where it came from.
The speed of the racquet is generated forward and then it is whipped back again so it is almost like bouncing a wall.