Getting the Perfect Serve

  • Don’t delay – The service form in badminton consists of a position where you raise your back foot. The moment your back foot is raised you cannot go back and forth but have to serve immediately. Failure to do so will result in the point being awarded to the other side
  • Positioning – Service in both badminton and tennis involves both players being on the opposite diagonal side of the court. If you serve right in front of your opponent, the point will again be given to your opponent. Positioning is also important in doubles badminton. In the case of doubles badminton you cannot block the view of your opponent to the server. In addition, both feet must be touching the court
  • Racket rules – In badminton it is required that the racket hit the bottom or base of the shuttle cock. It is also important to note that the racket shaft only be pointing downward. This means that the head of the racket must be pointing upward. It is also important to remember that during a service the racket only starts from the back and continues forward. You cannot move the racket back and forth once it starts to move forward.
  • Shuttle cock rules – During service the shuttle cock must always be below the waist of the person serving. In addition, during service, the shuttle cock should never be hit in a downwards motion but always in an upward one to end up on the other side of the court. Missing the shuttlecock during service is considered a point for the other side and a service error for the server
  • Etiquette – The server shall not make an attempt to serve if the opponent isn’t ready. However, should the opponent try to hit the serve, it will be considered a good service.

Ideal Body Types For Badminton

Something you may notice is that very few professional mens singles players are much taller than 6 feet. This seems to be the height at which you start finding fewer and fewer players. Each inch taller seems to be something of a disadvantage on the whole. There are of course some advantages to that extra height like the extra reach it provides, but in a sport that demands so much agility, it proves to be more of a burden. Going the other direction you find very few mens singles players that are much shorter than 5 foot 6 inches, or perhaps even 5 foot 8 inches. At this point your court coverage is going to start being hindered compared to the other players. There are of course examples of players who have been outside this range, like Ong Ewe Hock who was 5 foot 3 or 4 inches tall, and Thomas Stuer Lauridsen who was 6 foot 3 (I thought he was much taller, but wikipedia argues otherwise). Thomas Stuer was a great player, but he also battled with injuries that were no doubt caused by his size.

If you go into the other events you start to see a lot more variation is the heights of players. In mens doubles you see small players like Yap Kim Hock player with a much taller partner, Cheah Soon Kit. Yap was a lefty, and Cheah was a righty. While Cheah was the big gun from the back, Yap was a force at the net. In mixed doubles Zhang Jun won the Olympics, and if you were to see him outside of badminton with no knowledge of his sporting success, you would assume he was terribly out of shape. He is a very stocky guy, and while he will never cover the court like Lin Dan does, he is ridiculously strong. I’m sure nobody looks forward to returning a smash from Zhang Jun.

So with these professional players in mind, what should an aspiring badminton player such as yourself do? How should you adapt your style to your build? Well if you’re like me, short stocky, you probably need to rely more on defense. You should focus on deflecting and absorbing your opponents attack in order to tire them out, and seek opportunities later in the rallies. To go too aggressively at your opponent will tire you out quicker than them most likely. Playing flat will eliminate their reach advantage over you, and since you’re shorter, you’re more likely to be able to steal the attack during flat play.

If you’re tall and lanky you want to take advantage of the extreme angles you can produce. Push the play deep to all four corners of the court, your opponent who is shorter than you won’t appreciate the extra steps they have to take. Also, from the back court your drops and slices will be a source of frustration for your opponent who’s standing too far back because they’re afraid of your smash.

Be a Good Badminton Player

Physical Skill

Let’s start with the most fundamental of badminton skill, ie: Strokes, Steps/Footwork, Stamina, and Strategy.

  • Strokes: The basic technique of badminton strokes includes Overheads forehand and backhand clear / smash / drop, drives, lifts, net shot. You are higher recommended to learn from the badminton demo video(see link at the bottom of this page). With the video, it will save you a lot of time learning all the basic strokes. After you have learn the basic strokes, the next step you have to do is practice and practise. Without the ability to execute all the different strokes, one will not be a complete badminton player.
  • Steps/Footwork: Steps/Footwork is always comes together with stroke. A good badminton must have a good coordination of footwork and strokes. This includes foot, body, arms, swing coordination.
  • Stamina: A badminton can last anything from 15 minutes to 1 hour plus and there can be more than one game within a day. A completed badminton match is best of 3 games, that means you got to play at least 2 games continuously. Without good stamina, a badminton player will be unable to successfully execute his/her desired strokes or even cannot finish the game. Again, stamina need to be build over the time via regular training, workouts or exercises. Regular workout will also help to improve your game by increasing your arm strength.
  • Strategy: With good badminton skill and stamina is not enough, you must also have a good strategy to win a game. you have to make the correct shot at the correct time, either a drop-shot, smash, or clear? This is also important to identify the weakest point of opponent. This is especially crucial for doubles game, you should identify your opponent weakness and attack the opponent who is weaker. This is the most simple strategy. If your opponent is weak on his/her backhand clear, then you should hit the shuttle towards his/her backhand more. To go one level higher, it is also important to make the correct choice for a series of return and to lay out a game plan for whole match. This is so called the strategy of a badminton game.

Mental Strength

Besides physical skill, a good badminton player must have good mental strength as well. Mental strength is the ability to make the correct decision even when under pressure or at the crucial moment. For example, when one is down to 5-19, or reaching the match point, 20-20. The player must stay focus to the game regardless whether he/she is leaving behind, leading, or under huge pressure due to the internal or external factor (eg: audience). A good badminton player must also be able to change strategy during the game on different situation. A good badminton player will not go down without a fight and should be able to keep his pace and the accuracy of his shots until the very last point in the game. A good example would be the game in between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan during the Malaysia Open 2006. Lin Dan was already leading 20-13 in the rubber game and this was a really difficult situation for Lee Chong Wei, But he handled the pressure well and showed a great fighting spirit, slowly clawing back in to the game. And Finally, he won the game by 23-21.

You also have to keep yourself calm in the court and with high EQ. Many incidents, good or bad, can happen during a match either outside or inside the court. For example, bad line calls, umpires decisions or insulted by the audience or even opponent coach. See The Athlete’s Mind Guide(refer link below this page) .

Sport Nutrition

Beside physical skill and mental strength, Sport Nutrition (refer link at the bottom of this page) is also important especially for the player preparing for the tournament. On a day-to-day basis, you have to take care of your nutrition by consuming a well balanced diet comprising carbohydrate, fat, protein, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and water. A Nutritionist can extend help in achieving this. Water should be consumed in just adequate amounts before, during and after play, ideally at the amounts required to quench the player’s thirst.

About Carlton Badminton Rackets Evolution

Carlton badminton rackets are at the forefront of development and have been responsible for many of the innovations that have seen rackets develop into the shape and form they are in the present professional game. Many top players rightly entrust their badminton equipment to Carlton, inclusive of world beating doubles pair Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms.

Speed through the air is one of the paramount factors in developing the most effective and efficient rackets – reduction of drag and aero-dynamic performance are paramount and when Carlton introduced the first modern day metal racket this paved the way for the future of development for all the top brands and manufacturers.

Indeed, it was the advent of this type of racket that really put Carlton on the map on a global scale. The company also produced the world’s first synthetic shuttlecock and the first one piece graphite racket. In the 1980’s virtually all professional players used a 3.7s from Carlton – true testament to its amazing prowess.

Badminton rackets have to be able to deliver power, speed and control and the research and development team at Carlton have continued to deliver by utilising grommetless technology and creating faultless synergy between the strings and the frame of the racket. These innovations help to ensure leading edge racket control and feedback to help the brand increase its worldwide appeal and recognition.

Carlton won’t stand still and recognises that innovation and styling are key to ensuring they stay ahead of the game. Their mission in simple terms can be summed up in 2 brief but decisive points: Design and manufacture innovative equipment that drives elite players to success on the world stage. Produce equipment that maximises the enjoyment for recreational players at all levels.

Carlton badminton rackets have all their bases covered and will continue to dominate the sports racket industry for years to come. As their worldwide profile increases their market share will increase and they will compete with Yonex to gain the number one spot in the provision of top quality badminton equipment for professional, amateur and recreational players.

Advantages Of Playing Racquet Sports

Racquet sports are largely games of skill. Not everyone can learn how to master the game. These games always offer you something to learn. Hence you are continually upgrading yourself.

While most sports focus on the exercise, racquet games target cerebral aspects too. In such games, a good playing strategy frequently scores over physical strength. Actually a smarter player can have a better likelihood of winning the game than a competitor who’s physically fitter. These games can be especially constructive for those making an attempt to stop smoking. They help distract your intelligence and deviate your attention from the pull of nicotine.

There are numerous health benefits of playing racquet sports. These sports not only look into your health and fitness, they improve your immunological system too. They make you stronger by strengthening your muscles. Therefore all the back stiffness sufferers must go for these sports to avoid back pain.

However, such sports are not just about physical or mental wellbeing. They also help you get that much needed adrenalin rush. Moreover, you are sure to enjoy yourself while playing racquet games with your youngsters and friends. And, even if you have to slow down a bit while playing badminton with your children, you will be adding a good deal to your general skill base nevertheless.

Preparing a racquet game is reasonably straightforward and you customarily need only one other partner to start. Unlike team games, these double player games are both entertaining and convenient.

Another benefit of racquet sports is the pricetag factor involved in the game. These games are not too expensive. It just takes purchasing a racquet, ball, shuttlecock and the sports shoes which aren’t really expensive. Therefore, your budget wouldn’t get imbalanced due to the expenses of these sports.

Reasons to Try Badminton

Fitness

Badminton allows for a wide range of physical movement, from sprints and jumps to twists and turns. You can play it fast or reasonably slowly and can use a variety of strokes, which gives the opportunity to burn those calories if you wish and really improve fitness levels, or simply take it easy and enjoy the game. Either way it will improve your fitness levels if played regularly.

Inclusive and social

Badminton is a social game and can be enjoyed whatever your age. It is more simple to learn quickly than tennis, as the shuttlecock slows down in the air due to it’s clever design. This gives you the chance to have a successful rally with other players and means that you can involve children in the game from quite a young age – as they should be able to pick it up quite easily.

Focus

Once you have mastered the basics of badminton, and may be playing a faster game, you will soon notice how good this activity is for focus and hand-eye coordination. These skills can be used when playing other sports or in other areas of your life.

Challenge

Learning badminton is a challenge but an achievable one, so it gives a real sense of satisfaction. The game will test your imagination, intelligence, physical fitness and skill. You can enjoy hours of fun attempting to outwit your opponent/s. If you have a competitive streak, this sport could be for you.

Fun

Most importantly, badminton is great fun! For all the reasons above, we feel that playing badminton is a fantastic way to spend some time this summer. Physical activity makes you feel great and if you decide to give this one a try you should leave the court having really enjoyed yourself!

Badminton Culture in Indonesia

Indonesian badminton athletes today are more often likely to shout for celebrating any point gained, as the coaches told them to relieve the emotion, and “terrorize” their opponents. Finally, this manner only makes them no different with Chinese, South Korean, and European athletes.

I am not saying yell on the court is bad. I am just losing the low profiles athletes like Hendrawan (be coach now), Taufik Hidayat, or Maria Kristin. I miss the “shout as loud as you can while I just try to stay calm and play better than you” attitude. This used to be our cultural characteristic as the East people.

I also miss the respect toward opponent. An Indonesian legendary, Rudi Hartono, would pick the shuttlecock up and passed it above the net to be caught by his opponent. He has never passed it below the net. When a shuttlecock fell right in Rudi’s play field, he saw it as his fault. So he was in charge for it by serve his opponent proper shuttlecock. By this philosophy, Rudi Hartono is the only one on earth who won All England eight times. The highest achieve is never to beat the opponents, but instead to respect them. Even martial art’s masters will nod about this.

What I miss for more is the achievement of Indonesia. It has been declining, particularly when we look on the statistic of Olympics. Indonesia has:

Five medals from Barcelona 1992. Two golds (Susi Susanti/female single and Alan Budikusuma/male single), 2 silvers (Ardy Bernardus Wiranata/male single and Eddy Hartono-Rudy Gunawan/male double), and 1 bronze (Hermawan Susanto/male single).Four medals from Atlanta 1996. One gold (Ricky Subagja-Rexy Mainaky/male double), 1 silver (Mia Audina/female single), and 2 bronzes (Susi Susanti/female single and Denny Kantono-Antonius Iriantho/male double).

Three medals from Sydney 2000. One gold (Tony Gunawan-Candra Wijaya/male double) and 2 silvers (Hendrawan/male single and Tri Kusharyanto-Minarti Timur/mix double).

Three medals from Athena 2004. One gold (Taufik Hidayat/male single) and 2 bronzes (Sony Dwi Kuncoro/male single and Eng Hian-Flandy Limpele/male double).

Three medals from Beijing 2008. One gold (Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan/male double), 1 silver (Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir/mix double), and 1 bronze (Maria Kristin/female single).

This brings me to another missing, link to spectatorship. I mean, declining achievement, declining spectator enthusiasm.

Once upon a time, the togetherness and militancy of Indonesian supporter was so tough. No matter the supporter of other team were greater number, we were always be the most sensational one in stadium. Singing in ensemble, screaming when thrilling, cheering even in the middle of the play. Something you can hardly find in spectacle of tennis, table tennis, beach volley game, or even badminton when it does not involve Indonesia team.

First thing to do for the Indonesian after entering the stadium was listening from where the shout that’s typically Indonesia. Then they would sit there. You know, the supporters never yell sporadically.

And what if they did not know each other? No problem. They would.

It seems like Indonesian supporter were the only mob who systematically plan everything to support their badminton players. Few men would offer themselves to direct and teach the mob the songs. Suddenly everybody was ready to light up the stadium.

My French friend was electrified by experiencing the atmosphere of such stadium himself. I actually had not known he likes badminton until he caught up by camera sitting on tribune in one of Jakarta’s badminton stadium. I was watching the match live on TV, so I recognized him.

Few days after, we met. “It was crazy!” he said in French, “Every move of Taufik Hidayat invited the cheers. Like Zinedine Zidane when showing up his skill on the field in past days. They sang, screamed. For a moment, I thought I was in soccer stadium. So uproar. Your folks … were totally insane! But I’ve been thrilled for being there.”

Badminton Grip Benefits

By brushing up on your method of gripping your badminton racquet, you’re going to produce much better strokes throughout your game. Knowing what type of badminton method to use for each situation in a game, is crucial to creating those perfectly placed strokes, or powerful smash shots. There are a number of different ways to grip your badminton racquet whilst playing, and by using a variation of badminton grips, you’ll find your play improving. Having the perfect badminton will allow for a greater range of direction for your shots, and will also help better defend against those hard to reach defensive body shots. By using the correct badminton, your going to be able to produce much stronger power smashes and improved net shots and serves. Knowing which badminton grip to use is going to allow you much more flexible range in the type of shots you can make, and will also allow you to disguise the direction of your shots.

With improved method, should come improved equipment and there are a few features which you may want to look out for when choosing what kind of badminton to use on your racquet. When choosing your badminton grip, ensure that it is flexible. Having a flexible grip on your racquet allows the muscles used to work more effectively. You should ensure the length of the grip section of your racquet is long or short enough for you to have the correct grip and finger placement. When choosing a grip, or replacement grip for your racquet, take a look at the features it offers, such as perforation, dryness and comfort. These types of features may seem small, but they will ultimately increase your performance by adding to the benefits of a good badminton grip.

Knowing how to grip your badminton racquet is crucial, as such, so is the type of grip attached to your racquet. Improving your badminton grip plays an important role in advancing your skills, so take the time to brush up on your grip methods, and look at the different types of badminton grips available for your racquet.

Improve Smash in Badminton

Firstly, getting the right direction to the smash. This comes down to court awareness and the position of your body and leading arm. Get any of these wrong and you won’t hit the part of the court you were aiming for.

Secondly to get more power, you need the strength and power in the muscles that contract in order to play the shot, so the shoulders and forearm muscles need to be worked. To help keep balance and direction strong core muscles are also vital for stability.

Thirdly you need to hit the shuttlecock at the right point. To do this you should always be behind the shuttle, so that you make contact with it directly in front of you, ideally hit at the highest point forwards of your racket shoulder.

Your wrist should be ‘cocked’ or bent backwards before the shot and then snapped forwards at the point of impact to hit the shuttle with maximum power. This should resemble a whipping action.

Finally in order to get in to the right position, you need the fitness and speed to be able to move in front of the shuttlecock to be able to hit it properly.

To do this you’ll also need to ensure that your feet are in a ‘front to back’ formation with your weight forwards so that the thrust can be made from the back leg which will propel you forwards as you hit and follow through with the smash.

One final tip that you can use for developing power in your smash is to try watching the racket actually hit the shuttlecock, this way you might be able to see where things are going wrong.

These are some useful tips for how to improve your smash in Badminton, but ideally you should work with a coach or invest in some training DVD’s to see exactly how to play the shot properly.

Prevent Injury in Badminton

Warm Up/Warm down and Stretching

The reason why professional badminton players spend about 30 minutes in total to warm up/warm down is because they know the risks involved if they skip their warm up sessions.

Failure to warm up and stretch before exercise might result in muscle pulls. Not only does warm up and stretching help prevent muscle pulls; it will also help increase your performance when you play.

Therefore, do not get too eager to start playing when you reach the badminton court. Spend a few minutes to warm up and stretch so that your muscles are loosened and are more flexible during your badminton session.

Correct Technique

It is also important that you perform the right badminton techniques at all times. Performing the wrong techniques not only makes you perform poorly, you might get injured!

For example, the non-racket arm plays a very important role in helping you maintain body balance in badminton. It’s important at all times that you use your non-racket arm to balance the weight of your racket arm.

If you execute a badminton jump smash without using your non-racket arm to maintain balance, there’s a high chance that you will injure the muscles around your waist, hence causing lower back injuries.

Similarly, doing the wrong badminton strokes might cause you exerting unnecessary strength. This might make you pull a muscle.

Use the Correct Racket

Using the wrong badminton racket is a common cause for injuries. Seek advice from the racket dealer or any professionals on what racket best suits you.

For example, choosing a racket with a heavy head (power racket) might cause shoulder injuries to beginners. Power rackets are difficult to control and require the user to have good badminton strokes technique.

Correct String Tension

Similar to choosing the right badminton racket, you must use the correct string tension!

Higher string tensions are for control. Lower string tensions are for power.

Most professional players use string tensions above 30lbs (very high tension).

It is good for you to choose between 20-26lbs. Remember, the higher the string tension, the less power in your stroke. This results in a higher chance of getting injured while trying to put in more power into your strokes.

Right Badminton Shoes

You should get a pair of badminton shoes. Badminton shoes are specially made to absorb shocks and impacts.

The way the game of badminton is played is harmful to the knee cap. You must get shoes that are good shock absorbers to prevent injuries on your knee cap and your shin bone.