The badminton strokes and techniques you will learn are
1. Grip in Badminton
- Hold the grip as if you are applying a handshake to the racquet grip.
- Place your index finger in the higher level of the grip.
- Rest your thumb on the left side of the grip and slightly touch the middle finger.
- Don’t forget to hold your racquet lightly and not press hard against the grip.
- Hold the grip as if you are pinching the racquet.
- Place your thumb on the flat side surface of the grip.
- Place your index finger and your thumb at the same level.
- Similar to the forehand grip, hold your racquet lightly
Forehand Low Serve
This forehand low serve involves hitting the shuttle lightly above the head and the shuttle should land near the short service line of the opponents court. Use your forehand grip to hold the racquet and gently contact the shuttle lightly above the head aiming to keep it as close to the net as possible. This service is mostly used to confuse or fake the opponent.
Backhand Low Serve
This service is used the most in badminton especially at the pro level. The backhand low serve, similar to the forehand low serve , involves hitting the shuttle lightly above the head and the shuttle should land near the short service line of the opponents court . Use your backhand grip instead to hold the racquet and gently contact the shuttle lightly above the head aiming to keep it as close to the net as possible. This service is almost always used in doubles as it is generally more accurate than the forehand low serve.
Forehand High Serve
This service is mostly used in women’s badminton singles. The aim of this service is to hit the shuttle high and deep into the end line of the opponent’s court.
Backhand Flick Serve
The aim of the backhand flick serve is to hit the shuttle high and deep into the doubles service line of the opponents court. This service is mostly used in doubles to cause deception to the opponent who is expecting a low backhand low service.
3. Clear shot
The purpose of the clear shot is to move the opponent deep into his court so you will have a better opportunity to hit a winning shot. This shot can also be used when a player is in two-minds or in a difficult situation to get time in order to position himself back in the court.
4. Drop shot
For playing a drop shot, you need to hit the shuttle steep from the back side of the court to the front court, before the service line of the opponent side. The aim is to force the opponent to move from back-court to the front to gain a winning shot opportunity.
5. Smash shot
The smash shot is to hit the shuttle with full force and steep angle towards the opponents court. it is one of the most powerful shot in badminton, especially if you are in control of the game. If you see a winning shot opportunity where the shuttle is high and close to your mid court, hitting a smash is the best way to get the best of the opportunity in general.
6. Drive shot
The drive shot is to hit the shuttle flat and powerful with as much speed as possible. This shot is great to put pressure on the opponent by giving him less time to react.
7. Lifting shot
While playing a lifting shot, you hit the shuttle high and deep from the front court into the back court of the opponent. It is used to force the opponent from the front side of the court the back.
8. Net shot
The purpose of net shot is make the opponent run from the backcourt to the front court close to the net. You should hit the shuttle lightly and tightly to the badminton net.
9. Backhand shot
This shot should be avoided as much as possible in the game and should usually be played when the shuttle approaches your non-racquet arm and you do not have enough time to react and play it in the forehand.
Watch the video below. It may help you even more with each shot played.