Basic Skills of Badminton1. The Ready StanceAlways having the right stance when playing makes it a lot easier to minimize the movements you need to make to hit a shot. The ready stance done by putting your non-racquet leg a step forward and about shoulder width away from your racquet leg. Slightly bend both knees with your weight balanced between both legs. Slightly bend forward from the hip, keeping your back straight, and lift your racquet up with your racquet-hand in front of you slightly above your shoulder and the head of the racquet to be right above your forehead. Raise your non-racquet arm to help improveyour balance.2. Forehand and Backhand GripBadminton ForehandHaving the right grip is crucial in helping new players control their shots better and protects from possible injury from putting too much pressure on the wrist. The simplest way to grip your badminton racquet is by imitating a handshake. Your thumbshould press against the handle while the rest of your hand and four fingers wrap around the racquet. This handshake should be a friendly one. Don’t grip too tightly because you need to retain flexibility in your wrist. It is recommended that you opt to put a wrap around your grip to make it more comfortable and less slippery.This grip applies to both forehand and backhand grips used for both forehand and backhand shots. The variations lie in that for the forehand grip, it’s better to fold your thumb a bit and let your index finger control the racquet on the stroke, while for the backhand grip, the thumb pressing against the racquet will control the stroke. Havinga loose grip and being able to quickly switchbetween grips is an advanced skill that allows pros to shift from forehand to backhand easily.3. FootworkFootwork is basic badminton skill that a lot of new players often overlook. But having the right footwork makes the game so much easier as it allows you to cover more ground around the court while using less time and energy. Lateral steps are the best
way to move around the badminton court as it allows you to cover a lot of ground and change direction fast, while putting less strain on your knees. By practicing the right footwork, you’ll feel that it is easier to recover to hit shuttles that are flying towards the other side of the court. Some basic drills to improve your lateral movement can be very effective in helping train yourself to move around the court better.4. Strokesbadminton StrokesThere are 4 basic strokes that every beginner needs to learn. By knowing these, beginners can create good badminton stroke habits, which they can use in the futurefor more advanced shots like drops, smashes and drives. These are:Overhead Forehand – this is the most common stroke and most beginners are very more comfortable using this especially for stronger strokes. Make sure to have a forehand grip, lift your racket arm up with the racket slightly above your head, and tiltyour body to the side of your racket arm with your racket arm behind you. Widen your chest and use your non-racket hand to point at the shuttlecock to aim.