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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 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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