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Aug 102010

When new badminton players stepping into courts, they are usually surprised by how much power his or her opponent/partner could produce. They starts checking their badminton rackets and muscles. After spending some cash on a pro type badminton racket and check nothing difference in muscles, they start wondering what else is lacking in producing the power. They are puzzling over …

1. I am slim and not as muscular as others, am I disadvantaged? But some middle school students could play shots that from rearcourt to rearcourt.

2. I have a lot of muscles, but my shots are not powerful and could not reach rearcourt. My smash shots are weak.

3. My shots have power, but I spend too much muscle power. After some games, I suffer a lot aches in my wrist, arm, shoulder, leg.

4. My shots go everywhere. I have difficulties in controlling my shots. Net-shots are usually too high over the net and push-shots normally are out of badminton court.

In order to produce the power we need, there are two key elements we should be aware: techniques and strength. Techniques is “how” and is produced by understanding and training; Strength is produced by muscles. If you have very good techniques but without muscles’ strength, you can’t produce powerful shots. A ten years old student could have very good techniques, but there is a limit to the power of his shots. If you have a lot of muscle strength yet not knowing how to transfer the strength to badminton racket, your shots won’t be powerful.

A good combination of the two elements is the key to produce badminton power you are looking for.

When you have good techniques and muscle strength, a good badminton racket with good tension of string would certainly help a bit more. But that is a hardware you could obtain anytime you are ready to spend some extra cash.

While you are improving your techniques and play badminton games, you will start building the muscle groups required to produce the shots you intend to. This is a slow process. You could also train those muscles in your spare time or gym workout.

In next post, I will share with you some techniques or tricks about producing the badminton power.


Zhao JianHua is to be head coach for a badminton team

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Aug 102010

Badminton legendary player Zhao JianHua has confirmed that he would be the head coach for GuangXi Province Badminton Team. His wife Wu WenJing is originated from GuangXi. One of his aim is to help GuangXi Badminton Team to be a top club team in China. Zhao JianHua’s techniques have been well recognised. He won all badminton major champions except Olympics.

Aug 042010

When you are in the forehand forecourt position, you have the options to either play lift to clear or net shot, depending where your opponents are. If you are out of position, you may want to play defensive clear in order to get back to the position. 


From the centre of the badminton court, make 2 or 3 steps to the net. With 2 steps, starting from left foot. With 3 steps, starting from right foot. 


While you are moving towards the net, relax in elbow, forearm, wrist. Supinate your forearm with wrist extended as much as possible. Close to 90 degree. 

During Impact:

Pronate your forearm, wrist returns to a neutral position with fingers tighten. 

Power source:

Forearm swing could not generate much speed to play shots in forecourt area. The power of this shot is generated from pronation of forearm, wrist swing and fingers tighten. 

Directions of shuttlecock:

You could send the badminton shuttlecock to the rearcourt of your opponent, or play a net shot or net shot crosscourt. 

Net shot crosscourt:

Racket face points to the left. Power should be well controlled. Use pronation of forearm and index finger mainly. 

Training tips:

To further relax your arm, wrist and fingers, swing your racket in a pattern of horizontal 8. Need to be aware that either forehand or backhand shots in forecourt all follow a small section of horizontal “8”.

Watch the following video for forehand techniques in action with Zhao Jianhua.


Aug 022010

When you are in forehand position to play either forehand clear or smash, it is very important that you should generate as much power as possible. Tang XianHu shows you the key elements you need to be aware and familiar to achieve so.

Back swing:

Back swing is the preparation of badminton racket. Draw racket from  before chest position, round the shoulder and to behind your back. The racket need a certain distance to accelerate before hitting the shuttlecock.

Consistence and deception:

From the forehand position, you could play forehand clear, drop or smash. If you could maintain consistency from back swing of badminton racket (including footwork and body rotation) to hitting the shuttlecock, your opponent will have a hard time to figure out what type of shots you are going to play.

Hitting the shuttlecock:

Use 2 or 3 steps to reach the baseline, body faces to the right. When right foot lands on the court, leap upward with racket swung back to point downward, elbow high. Then rotate your body to face the net, quickly swing your forearm to shuttlecock direction. Forearm pronates in order for the full racket face pointing to shuttlecock. (If you are playing drop shots, then you only need an angle to slice over shuttlecock). Hold racket tight when hitting the shuttlecock.

Power source:

Initial speed comes from the leaping from right foot and body rotation.

Acceleration comes from forearm swing, forearm poration, and fingers contraction.

One thing to be noticed is the use of wrist power. If you have good wrist power, you may be able to play a clear shot to opponent’s baseline together with fingers power. If not, use the speed/force generated from forearm. In this case, if your wrist is too tight, then flow of power from forearm to racket is going to be hindered.

Follow through:

After contact with the shuttlecock, any more power generated is wasted. All you need from this position is to allow the racket to follow through to your left thigh area.


During the badminton racket follow-through, land in your left foot with your right foot slightly forward. Ready to move to the badminton court centre.


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Jul 312010

When we start playing badminton, or even play for years, we tend to focus more on individual badminton techniques. In practice, we know that there are lots of badminton sequences we have been playing all the time but have not realised. If we know these common shot sequences, we would be better prepared for opponents’ shots. When we become familiar with these shot sequences, we would certainly react more naturally, quickly and gain control over opponents. 

In the following, I will show you the SEVEN badminton shot sequences taught by legend Tang XianHu. 

  1. In left court, low serve, then prepare for blocking the net;
  2. In left court, high serve, move to right forecourt and lift to play defensive clear, move back to the centre;
  3. In right court, high serve, move to left backcourt, jump, crosscourt attacking clear, back to the centre;
  4. In right court, high serve, move to left backcourt, use backhand to play defensive clear, back to the centre;
  5. In left court, high serve, move to right backcourt, forehand attacking clear, back to the centre;
  6. In left backcourt, overhead jump smash straight, then move to the net (left forecourt) and play backhand spinning net shot;
  7. In left backcourt, overhead jump smash crosscourt, then move to the net (right forecourt) and play forehand spinning net shot. 

After you practise these shot sequences, I am sure you would develop other shot sequences according to your own style.


Jul 292010

The forecourt backhand position is the place that you may end up with when your opponent plays a drop shot or a net shot. How do we play the badminton backhand shot from here? What tricks are available in this position? Have a look at the following steps.

Use backhand grip for the badminton racket.

When hitting the badminton shuttlecock, use supination of forearm (forearm rotating outward or clockwise when your arm is stretching out), thumb moving forward slightly while index finger moving backward a bit. Use other three fingers to grip the racket tightly.

Be aware that not much swing the forearm. The benefit of this is little movement, more effective in the use of force and more deceptive.

Close Example: this action is most like holding a tap knob with fingers and turning it clockwise.

The direction of shuttlecock: flat drive, lifting high back to the rearcourt or go crosscourt.

Variations: this position could be further developed to drop the badminton shuttlecock just over the net and land close to the net of opposite court, or crosscourt net shot. 

Key elements: use fingers and wrist power to send out the shuttlecock.

Footwork: a big step to the net, land your right foot firmly (right hander) before hitting the badminton shuttlecock.

Overall feeling: at ease, solid sound of hitting the shuttlecock, use less force while shuttlecock travel further away.

Training: take a plastic bottle and fill it full with water. Twist your wrist and shake the bottle from left to right and right to left, similar to forehand / backhand grips and changing constantly. You could also follow a pattern of ∞, e.g. horizontal “8”. Change it to a bigger bottle later after you get used to the small water bottle. 
Watch the following video for details of backhand action in forecourt.


Jul 242010

Tang XianHu is the famous badminton coach behind great Chinese players such as Lin Dan, Xia XuanZe, Ji XinPeng, Sun Jun, Dong Jiong, Cai Yun/Fu HaiFeng and Indonesian players such as Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan. He himself was a unbeaten badminton single player in 1960s and 1970s. Indonesian player Taufik Hidayat once said that the only regrettable thing in his badminton life is that he has never had the opportunity to be coached by Tang XianHu.

Personal Career

In the early 1960s, Tang XianHu returned to China with Indonesia’s badminton skills. He further developed the skills and formed their own unique technical style. He creatively developed attacking sequence by rapidly getting to the net and controlling the net play following powerful smash at the backcourt. He also developed overhead smash and quick footwork. At the end he became an all-around and all-powerful figure in badminton.

In 1961, he started his badminton career in Fujian after returned to China. He retired in 1979.

As a badminton single player, he was unbeaten in international games from 1963 to 1975. He possessed comprehensive techniques which made him the best badminton single player during his time, especially with his powerful smash at the backcourt and rapidly getting to the net.

He became a coach at the end of 1981.

Player’s record

1963: Badminton Men’s Singles Champion in GANEFO (Games of the New Emerging Forces);

1965: Badminton Men’s Singles and Team competition title in 2nd Chinese National Games;

1965: Tang XianHu visited Northern Europe with Chinese National Badminton Team. He beaten the famous Danish player Copps with 15 to 5 and 15 to 0. The latter was a six-times All England Badminton Champions. (All England Badminton was then the world’s best badminton game. Since China was not a member of the IBF, no Chinese player was able to attend the tournament).

1966: Badminton Men’s Singles, Doubles and Team competition Champion in the Asian Xinhui Games;

1974: Badminton Team competition Champion in the Seventh Asian Games when he was 32 years old. He defeated the Indonesian star Liem Swie King in the final.

1975:  Badminton Men’s Singles  and Team competition Champion in the 3rd Chinese National Games;

1978: Mixed Doubles Champion in the 8th Asian Games in Bangkok (with partner Ailing Zhang).

Coaching record

In the early 1980s, when he was a coach in Chinese National Women’s Badminton Team, he trained Lin Ying, Wu Dixi who won World Badminton Championships in Women’s Doubles for six times.

1986: Tang XianHu went back to Indonesia in order to look after his ailing parents. He was appointed head coach of Indonesia Badminton Team, where he trained Alan Budikusuma, Ardy, Hendrawan and a number of other world champions.

1997: Tang XianHu returned to China from Indonesia with his family.

1998: Tang XianHu was appointed head coach of Fujian Badminton Team.

1999: He was appointed as head coach for Men’s Singles of Chinese Badminton Team, where he trained Ji XinPeng, Xia XuanZe. Ji XinPang won Sidney Olympic Badminton Singles Champion in  2004 and Xia XueZe won Men’s Singles Champion of World Championship in 2003.

2004: He handpicked and trained Cai Yun / Fu Haifeng as the Men’s Doubles coach to help Chinese National Badminton Team to win Thomas Cup. Cai Yun and Fu HaiFeng has become the best Men’s Badminton double players ever produced in China. They won Men’s Double Champion of World Championship twice so far.

2008: Lin Dan, coached by Tang XianHu, won the  badminton Men’s Singles Champion in Beijing Olympic Games. Lin Dan is currently the only holder of three consecutive World Championships.

2010: Tang XianHu was invited back to coach Lin Dan after retirement in Thomas Cup team competition. Lin Dan prevailed in his singles games and helped Chinese Badminton Team to retain their Thomas Cup.



Jul 212010

Sometimes you may not be able to play a shot with shuttlecock before you overhead in forehand position when you are out of position. By the time you react, the  shuttlecock is over you and running to the baseline. In the following steps, Tang XianHu shows you how to play forehand defensive clear and get back to the game. 


In the centre of badminton court, start with right foot with a step backward to the right. Then left foot crosses over right foot with a big leaping step. Use three steps to get your badminton racket behind the shuttlecock, not your body as it is too late. Be aware that the last step covers quite a distance, so you need to stretch out your right leg with a leaping in your left foot. (See figure 1-9). 

Playing the shot: 

When you are landing your right foot, back swing your racket head from chest to near your right foot. (See figure 9). Stretch your forehand as far back to baseline as possible with forearm stupinated (rotating outward). This is to make sure that your racket is behind the shuttlecock. It is impossible to play the shot if your racket is not behind the shuttlecock. Forearm supinated will create maximum racket head travelling distance before hitting the shuttlecock and use forehand pronation to generate the power. 

From the above position, pronate forearm and hold badminton racket tight when hitting the shuttlecock. 

After hitting the shuttlecock, allow racket to follow through to your left thigh area. Be aware that your left leg retracts closer to your right leg. This is very important as it will help you to quickly shift your weight to your left foot later and start moving back the court centre.

London to stage 2011 Badminton World Championships

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Jul 152010

London was officially unveiled as the venue for the 2011 World Championships as UK Sport, the funding body, keeps to its promise of delivering world-class events in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics.

Badminton England, the national governing body, will host the championships at Wembley Arena from Aug 8-14, and it forms part of the 64 events being held in Great Britain every two weeks up until 2012, announced last October at a cost of £32 million.

Jul 152010

When start playing badminton, almost all of us find it very difficult to hit shuttlecocks from rearcourt to rearcourt in backhand position. A lot of badminton players are very impressed by Taufik’s backhand techniques. He uses his backhand almost like his forehand to clear, drop and smash. He is the best player in badminton backhand smash. Watch the video and be amazed. 

So what is the right tricks/techniques in playing badminton backhand shots? Well, have a go with the following steps.

Position behind the shuttlecock: starting from the centre of the badminton court, use 2 or 3 steps to reach behind the shuttlecock. 2 steps: turn to the left and start from left foot with a small step. 3 steps: turn to the left and start from the right foot.

Preparation: relax your right arm and shoulder, use pronation to withdraw badminton racket close to your waist in order to create maximum space for racket movement before hitting the shuttlecock. 

Hitting: move your elbow upward first, then use supination (forearm rotating outward) to swing racket behind shuttlecock when the shuttlecock is just on the top right position. Your right foot should land the court when hitting while holding racket tightly. This would help generating the power, the balance and also in retreating back to the centre of badminton court. The hitting force is generated mainly by 

  • Swing of forearm
  • Supination of forearm
  • Squeezing of fingers 

Key elements: position behind the badminton shuttlecock, racket speed created by the above three parts, and land your right foot when hitting the shuttlecock. 

Training: use a tennis racket to train your backhand swing. Or you could use your badminton racket with a racket top case. If possible, hang a badminton shuttlecock in around 2.5 meters high and try footwork together with backhand shots. 

Watch the video coaching session by Xiao Jie for more details. The rest is to try out the above steps. It may take sometime for you to get the timing right. I am sure that your friends would be amazed by how much you have improved your backhand shots.

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