Badminton Basics For Beginners

This page shows you all the Badminton Basics you need to know as a beginner. I’ll also show you how important are these basics in helping you progress in badminton.

As a beginner, you should learn the basics BEFORE learning how to hit badminton shots.

In fact, you should get your basics right from the start or else you will develop bad habits that will restrict you from becoming a pro player.

Let me share my personal experience:

I have never attended professional coaching. My dad taught me how to play badminton when I was a kid. He plays badminton for leisure like most Malaysians do.

As a result, I did not learn my basics correctly and developed some bad habits. When I became serious in badminton and started playing competitively, I found that there is no way to play professionally with bad habits/bad basics.

In order to improve my game, I had to spend a lot of time getting rid of these bad habits and start playing badminton correctly; with the correct badminton basics.

I’m not suggesting you to get a coach, but I highly recommend you to know the correct basics in badminton.

The basics that I highly recommend you learn are…

Basic Gripping Technique
Learn how to hold your racket using the forehand and backhand grip. If you are not holding the racquet properly, you won’t be able to execute strong shots especially to your opponent’s baseline.

Basic Footwork
Good footwork allows good movement around the court. Learn the basics of covering the court to return your opponents’ shots!

Basic Badminton Strokes
Strokes are simply your swing action to hit the shuttle. If you don’t perform your strokes correctly, you won’t be able to execute quality badminton shots.

Badminton Serve
A badminton rally starts with the serve. Learn the correct techniques to deliver good serves. Good serves definitely give you an edge over your opponent right from the start of the rally.

Basic Stance
A good stance sets you up to defend and attack effectively during a game! Learn the offensive stance, defensive stance, and the net stance. You’ll find yourself at the top of your game when you use them correctly.

Remember this: In order to become an intermediate or advanced player, you MUST master the basics, make them your habit, then train and train and train. 

Once you get your basics right, learning those advanced or fancy badminton shots are just a matter of time!

Basic Badminton Shots

When you are familiar with the badminton basics, you can start learning some basic badminton shots.

These shots are sufficient for you to win rallies in a beginner’s game.

Defensive High Clear/lob
Lobbing is mainly used as a defensive shot. When you’re out of position, hit the high clear/lob to ‘buy’ yourself time to recover. Learn the techniques to execute a badminton clear/lob.

Drop Shots
Make sure you have a variation of shots in your games. Drop shots are perfect to variate the pace of the rally.

Rallies are often put away with the smash. It is the most powerful shot in badminton — learn the correct smashing technique… and executing a smash with power will be easy.

Net Play
Dominate the front area of the court by having good net playing skills. Learn techniques such as the tumbling net shot, net kill, and net lift.

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