Last updated on April 13th, 2022 at 05:32 pm
How To Improve Your Badminton Footwork
Badminton is a great sport but there always areas we can improve our game with a little practice. Here I have compiled some of the best badminton footwork tips around.
How Are Your Badminton Footwork Techniques?
Let’s get started and look at how we can better move around the court. If you can move around more quickly (Improve Agility) and in a way that allows you to better anticipate your opponents next move you are more likely to be able to play the badminton shot you want. Also getting it right means you are less likely to injury yourself and that’s has to be a great bonus!
Badminton Drills To Work On
To aid us we will use some video tutorials to demonstrate how to improve our footwork. That way you can see exactly what you need to be working on in order to get your footwork up to scratch. Let’s take a look at the first video
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1. Front Right Side of the Court
Front Right Side of The Court – The Audio is not the best due the echo but this guy knows his stuff!
2. Front Left Side of the Court
Front Left Side of The Court
3. Middle Right Side of the Court
Middle Right Side of The Court
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4. Middle Left Side of the Court
Middle Left Side of The Court
5. Back Right Side of the Court
Back Right Side of The Court
6. Back Left Side of the Court
Back Left Side of The Court
You will notice how the player returns towards the middle to await their next shot. This is what some people call the ready position.
And now for something completely different! Well alright it’s still on topic. This one’s a slightly older video I could not resist including, enjoy.
7. Footwork Drills
Very helpful information in part 2 below
8. Footwork Drills
9. Footwork Training
Here you can learn to improve you reactions
10. The Professionals
Lets finish off by looking at how a top player like Lin Dan moves around the court.
Conclusion – Improve Your Speed & Agility
By practising these badminton drills regularly you will find yourself becoming quicker around the court and being in the right place more often. This will enable you to put your opponent on the back foot / defensive more often. You will then be able to play the shot you want to rather than the one you have to.
As well as the training drills videos above, you can also try these more general exercises which should help give you an edge.
- Shuttle Runs
- Squat Jumps
- Star Jumps
These will all help increase your speed along with strengthening the leg muscles which should help with mobility around the court.
The more you practice these drills the better your muscle memory will be. In essence you will automatically move into position without conscious effort, for example moving into the ready position.
That’s how to improve your footwork around the court. It certainly covers most of what you need to work on to improve your movement and agility around the court. So now you have these badminton footwork exercises to work on it’s time to put the theory into practice. As they say it’s all about practice, practice, practice!!!
Need Help On Another Aspect Of Play?
If you require help with other areas of your badminton training or just general skills and techniques you can find lots of help across the site. If you just want a general tutorial on the main areas to improve or just a few quick badminton tips see my articles below.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the website which is currently being expanded to cover even more aspects of the sport.
For more information on the sport such as badminton rules or and how to get involved in your local area you can check out the following links BBC , BWF or England & India