Badminton Swings for Beginners

This is my first time trying the media link and I'm not sure if I'm doing this right.  So, I hope this works.

Like a lot of families, we have a badminton set in our backyard.  So, when I saw that badminton was one of the sports mentioned in our book, I thought this would be a great time for me to learn in more detail the skills required to play this sport so I could teach my kids the proper techniques.  I knew badminton was more than just a recreational activity that families played at picnics, but I had no idea how competitive it was and how long it has been around (similar games date all the way back to the fifth century A.D.).  You Tube showed some pretty intense competitions.  

According to our textbook, Sports and Recreational Activities by Mood, Musker and Rink, the basic fundamental skill and techniques of badminton involve the following:

Racquet Grip: (racquet of gripped by the finger and not held in the palm of the hand)

  • Standard forehand grip – The handle of the racquet is held as if the player was shaking hands with the racquet and can be used for both forehand and backhand strokes.
  • Backhand grip – Similar to the forehand grip except that the hand is rotated slightly to the left and the thumb is placed flat against the side bevel for additional power.

Wrist Action:

  • Is used to cover up players intentions.  A simple flick of the wrist aids not only in directing the shuttle, but also in sending the opponent in the wrong direction, since the flight is concealed until the last fraction of a second.
  • When starting all shots, the player should keep the racquet well back by hyperextending the wrist.  The racquet’s forward swing should not be checked; follow-through is very important.

Ready Position and Footwork:

  • The player must start from a constantly maintained “ready position” approximately midway between the doubles long and the short service lines while straddling the center line.
  • The correct stance is similar to that of a baseball infielder expecting a grounder.  Weight should be on the balls of the feet, with the feet far enough apart to ensure stable balance approximately 2 ½ feet apart with the knees slightly bent.

Badminton involves forehand and backhand shots can be performed from a overhead, sidearm, and underhand swinging pattern.  The in-front-of-the-body shot the uses the backhand swinging pattern, while serves and all other shots are also performed with these same stroking patterns as well.  After searching You Tube, I found one video that describes the 4 basic swings for the beginning badminton player.  The video I picked describes the following four shots:

Forehand overhead shot – keep racquet up with elbow slightly bent, pivot body as you swing while keeping elbow straight, at last second flick wrist to turn racquet head out, and lastly snap wrist while follow through to the side (never straight down).

Backhand overhead shot – start with proper grip with elbow pointing upwards and racquet head towards left shoulder, extend outwards with arm while turning body, snap wrist at last second, and lastly always follow through.

Forehand underhand shot – start with proper forehand grip with wrist locked and push forward with body as you snap the wrist upwards, make sure racquet head is at an angle and not straight up.

Backhand underhand shot – start with racquet in front, facing forward with the proper backhand grip, as contact is made push forward with body and snap wrist making sure racquet head is at an angle to project shuttle forward and not up.

There are many more shots involved in badminton but I just wanted to focus on a few beginning ones because my goal is to try and correctly teach my kids some basic skills. 

 

Comments

Robyn,

You found a great video teaching the fundamentals of Badminton. The video is very clear. Did you find it on You Tube? Also, how did you link the media in this post? Also, I think your analysis of the video is very detailed and easy to follow.

Good job,
Eric