Badminton Footwork – Is It Really Important?

There are basically 3 main factors to successfully playing Badminton.

First, you have to move to get to the shuttle, so your Badminton footwork has to be good. Secondly, you have to be able to hit the shuttle, and thirdly, it has to be hit to where you want it to go.

Basically if you can’t get to where the shuttle is/will be, then all the training and drills on shot selection, practice and tactics are utterly useless!.

Fast Badminton footwork is crucial and so is the right starting position. To be able to move from a static position, your knees must be slightly bent and your weight on the balls of your feet so that your heels are barely in contact with the ground. For a right handed player, your feet should be in a ’10 to 4′ clock position, ’20 to 2′ for you lefties.

Your feet should be placed apart so they are ‘outside’ your shoulders. To check this, assume your normal stance and have a quick look down. Check this, I’ll bet your stance is not quite wide enough.

With only a small upper body movement you should be able to ‘fall’ in any direction. Any movement around the court is dictated by your ability to move your feet, so both readiness and balance are crucial.

In game play a different more pronounced stance may need to be used depending on the state of play. For example if you expect to receive a smash you’ll need a wide (and squat) stance in order to reach or ‘dig out’ the smash return.

In short and long play your Badminton footwork will change and you’ll need a narrower and longer front to back starting stance because the necessary movement will generally be in those directions.

The next time you take to the court… look down, have a look at your feet and give some thought to what is or is not going on with them, you’ll find that improving your Badminton footwork really does make a difference to your game if you give some thought and attention

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