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.
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.