Badminton - An Introduction to turn beginners into masters
This course will take you from zero badminton knowledge, to understanding advanced techniques and strategies. Whether you want to play doubles or singles, and part of a club tournament or recreationally, this course covers everything you need to know.
After taking this course you will:
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Welcome to this introduction to badminton course! We're so excited to show you all our insider tips for getting your badminton game up to scratch. Whether you're a beginner or have a bit of experience and are looking to improve, this course will have something for you.
In this section we will cover all the equipment you might need to start playing badminton. Some of this you can borrow and some you may need to buy, but this our guide to getting great value for money.
When you purchase a badminton racket it will come with a grip on the handle to make it comfortable to use. Although the choice of grip seems quite small in the grand scheme of things; it provides the foundation to the rest of your play. If your grip doesn’t suit your abilities and doesn’t feel comfortable, this can make it difficult to improve your shots.
You may wish to change this grip as your game improves or as the grip becomes worn. This lecture will cover the different types of grip on offer and how to select one depending on your level of ability and personal preference. How to take care of your racket will also be discussed in order to maintain its longevity.
This lecture will explain when you may wish to restring your racket and the string tension you can choose based on your preferred type of play. We will also discuss how to deal with any broken strings in order to prevent any further damage to the racket.
It can be confusing to know what type of shuttlecock is more suitable for you. Depending on your level of skill and whether you’re playing competitively or just for fun, this lecture will discuss what shuttle is best to use and when.
The shuttlecock is very different compared to other racket sports and so can be quite unnerving using it for the first time. This lecture will also cover the best way to hit the shuttle in order to achieve maximum power and accuracy.
This lecture will describe the first step before playing a game of badminton which will determine who serves first. If you are a beginner it can be good to get into the habit of starting every game like this as it is a fair way of deciding who begins and can save on any arguments! If you wish to become a more advanced player understanding how to begin a game will be advantageous as most advanced players will be familiar with this.
If you want to move on from having a simple knock up, this lecture will provide the need to know basics of how the scoring of badminton works so you can start playing competitive games.
Professional badminton matches will alternate what sides of the court players are on. If you are a beginner playing with friends or at a club, it is a good idea to get into the habit of this if you wish to progress to a higher and more competitive level. It will also make the games more fair as some players may prefer a certain side of the court.
This lecture will provide a basic coverage of when you change ends of the badminton court during matches.
During play, you are free to move around the court as you wish. However, when serving players should be stood in the correct spaces on the court. There are two sides of a court in badminton which can make it confusing to know which side you should be stood on and when. This lecture will explain where to stand during serves and when you rotate to the other side of the court.
There can be some debate over when you can score a point during play so this lecture will eliminate any confusion by explaining who can score and when.
There are many different ways you can give away points to your opponent during play. This lecture looks at the potential errors you can make during a game so you can aim to avoid them and improve your level of consistency.
One of the main differences between being a beginner and an intermediate player is the footwork. This is the most important technique to get to grips with if you’re looking to improve from a beginner. Learning the right methods earlier on will make it easier to master this sport and avoid falling into bad habits that will slow you down. This section will cover how to move around the court effectively which will provide the foundation to improving the rest of your game.
Your stance is extremely important during play as a poor stance will make those hard-to-reach shots even more difficult to return. You need to be ready to receive any type of shot your opponent plays. If you are too relaxed you will struggle to move around the court quick enough to reach tricky shots and so this lecture covers how you should stand during the game in order to maximise your speed. This includes the basic stance as well as how to stand when receiving a serve.
As discussed your stance is hugely important and when combined with how you move around on the court this will really bring your game up to the next level. In a game of badminton the shuttle will likely not be coming back to the same point on the court each time. Shots can alternate hugely from front to back, side to side and from corner to corner, so you need to be quick on your feet in order to ensure you are able to cover the whole court.
This lecture will cover how to move around on the court depending on the direction of the shuttle.
How you grip your racket it important for the type of shot you are receiving as well as enabling you to achieve the type of shot you want. This lecture explains how you should hold your racket, depending on whether the receiving shot is forehand and backhand, as well as where on the handle you should adopt this grip.
How you serve in badminton is undoubtedly a major part of the game as it is the first shot taken in a point and sets up the rest of the play. If you serve poorly this will give your opponent the advantage and may give them the opportunity to do a smash. You could be putting yourself in a defensive position meaning you'll have to work harder to become the attacking player.
This lecture offers guidance in the types of serves you can do, depending on your preference and whether you're playing doubles or singles, and explains the advantages they have.
Clears are perfect if you're a fan of the more powerful shots. They can be used to get yourself out of sticky situations and can also put your opponent in a spot of bother. This lecture explains what types of clears there are, when you should use them and what advantages they will have during a game.
Drop shots are ideal for players who prefer to play the lighter shots and when played appropriately they can be very affective as they prevent your opponent from attacking and they will keep them on the defensive. This lecture will cover when it is a good time to perform a drop shot and why this will be advantageous.
Learning how to perform a perfected smash is a great way to win points in a game as a well-executed smash is incredibly difficult to defend. If you’re at a beginner level it is important to get into the habit of following the right steps if you want to progress and achieve a successful smash with maximum power.
The following lecture will provide a guide on what you are trying to achieve with your smash, why it is beneficial and the steps on how to achieve it.
Net play is a very successful skill when used appropriately and, put simply, describes the shots that are played at the net. This is a useful skill to understand as not only can it catch your opponent off guard but you may also have to move into the net if your opponent plays this type of shot- so being prepared for net play is important.
These shots can be more satisfying than a simple smash or clear as just a flick of a wrist can send your opponent scrambling to the back of the court. Just a subtle change in the angle of the racket face can win you the point.
Net play differs in some of the previous shots discussed- it requires a certain finesse and so delicacy and accuracy are important. This lecture will address the different types of net play and when it is best to use them. The benefits of net play will also be discussed so you can understand why you might choose this skill, over a smash or clear for instance, during a game.
If you play any doubles games these will be very much about teamwork. You can be an advanced individual player but if you don’t follow the right strategies in a doubles game you can lose a lot of easy points.
This lecture will provide information on how to direct your skills in a doubles game so you can not only be a great individual player but be able to play well in doubles matches too.
If your opponents match your skill level, these top ten tricks can help you to improve your performance and give you an advantage over other players.
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