For playing badminton, you would require a badminton court, a couple of badminton rackets, a shuttlecock, and a friend. The objective of this game is to hit the shuttlecock over a net and have it land over the designated areas in your partner’s side of the court. Then your partner shall manage to return the cock into your side of the court successfully creating a rally.
It requires a minimal skillset and these techniques to play a game of badminton:
Gripping your racket
To start off, it is very important to learn how to hold the badminton racket properly. This ensures good balance, control, and confidence. It is essentially important to have a good grip to play all your shots.
Slowly hold the badminton racket grip in your fist. Then close your grip with the first three fingers (from the pinky) of your hand with your thumb above the middle finger while forming a ‘V’ with the flat end of the grip. Hold firmly till you achieve a confident, well-balanced grip.
Swinging your racket
There are four different swings for your badminton play. They are ‘over-head swing’, ‘forehand swing’, ‘backhand swing’, and ‘serve’.
To start any game of badminton, you need to serve the cock. To begin a serve, place your dominant leg in the back and slightly bend forward on your other leg. Hold your shuttlecock in your non-dominant hand facing forward. Position yourself in a way that the cock is in front and the racket is behind and ready to swing. Then gently release the cock from your hand and as it is falling down, swing and hit the shuttlecock into your partner’s court.
To play this shot, you must have your racket upwards with your elbow slightly bent. As you attempt this, make sure to pivot your body and extend your hand further without straightening out your elbow. Then slightly flick your wrist as you push the shuttlecock with your racket.
The shot on the side of your racket hand is called the forehand shot. For left-handers, it is on your left and for right-handers, it is on your right. To play this shot, lock your wrist as you reach for the cock with your body and swiftly snap your wrist upwards at once to hit the cock into the other side of the court.
The shot on the alternate side of your racket hand is called the backhand shot. For left-handers, it is on your right and for right-handers, it is on your left. To play this shot, make sure to have a proper backhand grip. Then with the racket facing forward, aim at the cock and push forward with your body and snap your wrist as you launch the cock onto your opponent.
It is important to have proper footwork to achieve successful shots/rally.
For forward shots, if you are right-handed, start with your left leg going forward and then ending with your right leg in a lunging movement. Then play the necessary swing (forehand or backhand) to hit the shuttlecock onto the other side and return to your position, in the middle of the court. Likewise, for left-handers, start with your right leg going forward and henceforth...
For side shots, if you are right-handed, start off with shuffling your left leg going sideways with the right leg in a lunging movement. Lunge on your right leg and strike the shuttlecock in the necessary swing (forehand or backhand) onto the other side of the court and return to your position. Similarly, for left-handers, start with your right leg going forward and henceforth…
For backward (backcourt) shots, take your back-leg towards the direction of the cock in a lunging movement. With the weight of your body on your back leg, aim at the cock, and play the necessary swing (forehand or backhand). Then run back to your position.
These are the basic steps/methods needed to successfully play a game of badminton. Head over to olympicsportingco.com to purchase exclusive badminton merchandise only for beginners.