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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.


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.