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A Guide To Badminton Techniques

A Guide To Badminton Techniques

How to Get Good At Badminton: An introduction to the two main racquet techniques that will ensure your introduction to this graceful yet challenging game is enjoyable and satisfying.

Hi, my name is John Webb, I've been a badminton coach for over 15 years and I'm going to show you some tips on how to play badminton. Hi, I'm going to talk to you about correct badminton techniques to play when you are just coming in new to the sport. The two main badminton techniques, I'm going to talk you through the grips, so you've got the forehand and you've got a backhand grip.

They are the two main techniques that guide all the shots, so very fundamental things so without these grips and techniques, you are probably not going to play the shots correctly. So the forehand grip, it's called a handshake grip, so like you are shaking the racquet, so you've got the forefingers round and your shaking it and the thumb's round so it's like a handshake and it's like that. So you want to be playing that, everything on the right hand side, underarm, it's the handshake that guides all your overhead shots to the right hand side of the forehand just like you are shaking the racquet and the thumb around.

That's the handshake or forehand grip, so place all the overheads and underarms. The other grip is very similar to the backhand, so the same bit with the four fingers around but this time, the thumb is on the very flat point of the grip so that it is pointing down - it's on the flat - so it's not on the side but on the flat, so you have the backhand and everything gets turned towards you, so thumb is used as a lever to actually push and give leverage to the shots. Everything on the left hand side is played with the thumb as a lever as hitting it up here, all overheads, underarms, it's all with this thumb acting as a lever so to change grips, you have the handshake/the forehand and you move it across and you'd just be putting the backhand there so that is just a slight change and forehand to backhand.

So start with having a really good practice of those grips, get really used to the handshake so that you've got the thumb on the left of the back hand that will really help you get started in badminton. .