Badminton Footwork - The Engine Room of Every Great
I always tell people that there are 3 facets
to playing Badminton...
#1 You have to move to get
to the shuttle.
#2 You have to be able to hit the shuttle, and...
#3 It has to be hit where you want it to go.
Basically if you can’t get to where the
shuttle is/will be (badminton footwork), then all the training and drills on shot selection,
practise and tactics are utterly useless!!!!.
be able to move from a static position, your knees must be slightly bent and your weight on the
balls of your feet, ie your heels should barely be in contact with the ground.
a right handed player, your feet should be in a ’10 to 4’ clock position, ’20 to 2’ for you
Your feet should be ‘outside’ your shoulders.
To check this, assume stance, let racquet hang loosely from your hands (right and left), position
feet outside the racquet (with frame front to back). Check this, I’ll bet your stance is not quite
With only a small upper body movement you
should be able to ‘fall’ in any direction.
movement around the court is dictated by your ability to move your feet, so
readiness and balance are
game play a different more pronounced stance may be used dependant on state of play. For example if
you expect to receive a smash you will need a wide (and squat) stance in order to reach or ‘dig
out’ the smash return.
short and long play a narrower and longer front to back stance is needed as the required movement
will generally be in those directions.
next time you take to the court... look down, have a look at your feet and give some thought to
your Badminton footwork.
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