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.

Keys To Consistent Serve

Ball Position

Now after you have the ball toss consistent from your hand, let the ball bounce after you toss it. The ball should bounce or drop directly in front of you in the 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock positions. Remember, your toss should be high enough that your racket will make contact at the ball toss peak.

NOTE: If you are a beginner, I must warn you that if you let it bounce from 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock positions, you may experience back problems and/or inconsistent serves. The professionals can do this from years of experience and more often than not on a second serve, they are trying to serve it in that position for a advanced serve, called a kick serve.

Toss and Serve

OK, back to the toss. Now that we have a consistent toss we need to coordinate the swinging arm with the toss. First, you will need to use a eastern grip as your serving grip on the racket. Now, toss the ball up as you learned earlier, and bring your racket back “simultaneously”, behind your head as if you are scratching your back or throwing a baseball. Once this is achieved successfully, follow through with the racket and hit the ball on the top right corner. The top right corner will be the 1 to 2 o’clock position on the ball. It will feel strange at first but the ball will automatically spin in and in time become very consistent.