Playing Badminton is all about maneuvering your body and shot selection depending on how the shuttle flies and where it is aimed. Badminton strokes play a key role here.
Letâs take a look at some of the basic strokes and smashes in Badminton:
The Overhead Forehand stroke in Badminton
The overhead badminton forehand stroke is very common and is used most often in badminton. This stroke helps generate theÂ most power. Â
The power of a badminton forehand stroke comes from correctÂ technique and not how much strength you exert into a swing. The larger the swing motion, the more momentum generated.
Hence, more power. However, keep in mind that the more you focus on power the more likely you get the technique wrong.
So letâs break down the forehand stroke:
Adopt theÂ forehand gripÂ and anÂ attacking stance. Your body should face sideways, not the front. Move your racket armÂ towards the back and extend your chest to the widest extent possible toÂ ensure you can do a full swing.
Lift up your non-racket arm as you stretch your racket arm towards the back.Â The non-racket arm plays an important role in maintaining bodyÂ balance. Without goodÂ balance, thereâs no way you can execute the correct technique for thisÂ stroke.
Your swing should be one smooth downward motion. Perform aÂ full arm swingÂ to generate maximum power. After you make contact with the shuttle, follow through with theÂ swing and do not stop half way!
[pullquote]In other words, swing all the way down evenÂ after youâve hit the shuttle.Â When you complete a full swing, your body should be facing the front. Your racket should end up in the lower front area of your body.[/pullquote]
- Avoid exerting too much strength into your forehandÂ stroke. Too much power in your stroke will result in poor technique and loss of bodyÂ balance.
- Complete aÂ full swingÂ to ensure maximum power in your stroke. Extend your chest to the widest extend for this purpose.
- Allow your racket to follow through.
- Your non-racket arm helps you maintainÂ body balance and makes you feel more comfortable while performing yourÂ badminton swing.
The Overhead Backhand stroke in Badminton
The badminton backhand stroke is the Achilles heel for a lot of people, itâs a difficult stroke to execute and the technique, therefore, needs to be perfect.
Itâs important to keep in mind that the backhand stroke for badmintonÂ is not like tennis or squash backhand! The correct technique toÂ perform a badminton backhand stroke is more complicated than a tennisÂ backhand.
The correct backhand technique is about generating power.Â Similar to the forehand, you make a complete backhand swing to generate the power to hit strong backhand shots.
The correct technique for a backhand stroke will allow you to hit the shuttle at your backhand area when itâs in mid-air. Therefore, the swinging pattern for badminton is very different. ItâsÂ only with the correct technique that youâll be able to generate a lot ofÂ power as well as perform quality backhand shots.
Letâs take a look and break down the badminton backhand stroke into the following:
In order to perform a good badminton backhand stroke, use theÂ backhand grip. Wrist action in badmintonÂ contributes a lot of power into your shots. Practice the correct way ofÂ flicking your wrist to generate the power.
[pullquote]Donât hold your racket too tightly and donât tense your arm muscles.Â When your muscles are too tense, your wrist will not be flexible to do aÂ quick flick. [/pullquote]
You would be facing the front of the court at your initial position. From there, slowly turn your body facing to the back. Position yourself for a backhand.
While turning your body to the back, raise your racket to the position similar to the picture. Keep your racket arm as close as possible to your body. This is to ensure a complete backhand swing can be performed.
Just when youâre about to perform the backhand stroke, your body should already be facing the back of the court.
Youâll still have to complete your swing even after you hit theÂ shuttle. Follow through with your racket. Following through helps withÂ accuracy. Itâs not so much for power, but accuracy.
Therefore, as you follow through with your swing, thereâs no need to add more power or else youâll lose balance.
- The badminton backhand stroke is not a tennis backhand.
- The flick of your wrist creates a powerful snapping motion. Do notÂ hold your racket too tightly and do not tense your arm muscles so thatÂ your wrist is flexible to do the quick flick.
- The backhand swing should be one smooth and fast motion until yourÂ racket reaches all the way to the front. However, transfer all the powerÂ in the swing into your racket via the quick snapping motion of your
The Underarm Forehand stroke in Badminton
The correct badminton underarm forehand swing pattern is important ifÂ you want to hit quality badminton shots and maintain good body balance. ThisÂ stroke does not require a lot of strength.
Since underarm strokes areÂ usually performed at the front of the court, not much strength is neededÂ to perform a baseline clear.
[pullquote]Your wrist action plays an important role in contributing to the power in your badminton underarm forehand. [/pullquote]
Gently flick your wrist towards the direction you want the shuttle to fly. Itâs important that you use theÂ forehand gripÂ to perform an underarm forehand stroke. Make sure you do not hold your racket too tightly or youâll limit the movement of your wrist.
As you lunge forward, raise your racket to the height where youâreÂ going to hit the shuttle. When youâre about to commence your swingÂ motion, your dominant leg should be at the front, supporting your body weight.
As youâre about to hit the shuttle, flick your wrist to generate power. However, only perform aÂ gentleÂ flick of your wrist or else you might hit the shuttle the shuttle long. As you hit the shuttle, bend your body slightly forward to make sure you maintain body balance.
[pullquote]After you hit the shuttle, allow your racket to follow through.Â Continue your swing motion even after you hit the shuttle. This doesÂ not help with power but enables a better quality flight trajectory ofÂ the shuttle. [/pullquote]
Besides, following through after hitting the shuttleÂ increases the accuracy of your shot.Â
- Do not exert too much strength into your underarm forehand stroke. Gently perform an underarm swing using theÂ correct. Adopt theÂ badminton forehand grip. Also, do not grip your racket too tightly so that your wrist is flexible to mobilize.
- Follow through with your swing, even after hitting the shuttle. This isÂ important to create a better quality flight trajectory of the shuttle.
The Underarm Backhand stroke in Badminton
The badminton underarm backhand stroke is fairly easy to perform compared to other badminton strokes. This stroke is usually performed when your opponent hits aÂ badminton drop shotÂ to your backhand area at the front of the court. You donât need to swing tooÂ hard for an underarm stroke.
A gentle underarm swing is sufficient toÂ send the shuttle right to the back of the court.Â Most of the power of thisÂ stroke comes from the flick of your wrist. But you donât need a strongÂ flick to send the shuttle to your opponentâs baseline.
Since itâs fairly easy to produce power to hit a high clear, I find itâs not necessary to switch to aÂ backhand grip. Use theÂ forehand gripÂ to perform a badminton underarm backhand stroke.Â However, remember not to grip your racket too tightly or else your wrist action is limited.
Swing upwards. Ensure that you complete your swing. This means thatÂ upon contact with the shuttle, continue with the swinging motion.
[pullquote]Just before your racket makes contact with the shuttle, flick your wrist to generate the power for your underarm stroke. At the same time, follow through with your swing even after you hit the shuttle.[/pullquote]
- Do not exert too much strength into your underarm backhandÂ swing. Gently swing your racket using the correct technique and gentlyÂ flick your wrist upon making contact with the shuttle.
- Allow the racket to follow through to enable better flight trajectory of the shuttle
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