The 12 Techniques in Badminton (With Video Demonstrations)

Written by Muhammad Arsalan Tariq | 26 November 2021

A close up of a man preparing to perform a low serve.

There are 12 techniques in badminton. They include:

Serving Techniques

High Serve

You use the high serve technique when you want the shuttle to land on the back of the opponent’s court.

The reason why this technique is useful is because it forces your opponent to move backward and gives you more control on how they play their next shot (which is usually a clear/net shot).

If your opponent returns with a clear, then there is a good chance you’ll be able to respond with a smash.

If your opponent returns with a net shot, then you can also play a net shot and watch your opponent sprint from the back to the front of the court.

However, if your high serve lacks height and distance, most professional players will be able to respond with a smash.

Low Serve

You use the low serve when you want the shuttle to land in front of the opponent.

A well-paced low serve will flow just above the net and fall close to the serve fault line in the opponent’s court.

An excellent low serve will also eliminate the possibility of a return smash from your opponent.

Flick Serve

Flick serve, also known as the fake low serve, gives the impression of a low serve to the opponent.

However, during the execution of the flick serve, you generate more power from your wrist and send the shuttle toward the back corner of the opponent’s court.

Front Court Techniques

The Front Court Lift Shot

The lift shot is a slow shot that allows you to hit the shuttlecock high in the opponent’s court.

The lift shot gives you some time to regain your balance, and it also gives you the time to prepare for your next stroke.

The Net Shot

You use the net shot to send the shuttlecock brushing over the net in a way where it trickles over the net into your opponent’s court.

A well-executed net shot is difficult — and sometimes impossible — to return.

The Net Kill

The net kill is a stroke that can help you end a rally.

It is a difficult shot where you must hit the shuttle over the net in a downward direction so that the shuttlecock hits the ground quickly.

Mid Court Techniques

Block

You use the block to handle any incoming offensive shots, typically smashes.

To counter a smash from the opponent, prepare yourself in a position with your backhand in front.

As the opponent hits the smash, follow the shuttle path and put your racquet in front to counter it.

Forehand Drive Shot

The forehand drive shot is a fast-paced shot that allows you to send the shuttle in a horizontal direction.

This stroke will require your wrist to execute the shot and you must not use a full swing of the arm.

Otherwise, you might send the shuttle outside the court boundaries.

The Mid Court Lift Shot

The lift/clear shot in the Mid Court is similar to the front court one.

However, you use a little more power than in the front court to hit the clear shot.

A good clear shot will send the shuttlecock to the back of the opponent’s court.

Rear Court Techniques

The Lob Shot

You can use the lob shot to send the shuttlecock high in the air to push your opponent back.

The lob shot makes the shuttle hang in the air for some time and gives you the time to recover.

It also helps slow down the game and may also disrupt the timing of your opponent.

The Smash

The smash is a powerful offensive shot that can help you get points in badminton.

To hit a smash shot, you bring the racquet over your head and hit the shuttlecock with power and speed in a way that it travels downward in the opponent’s court.

As the smash is a powerful shot, the trajectory and speed of the shuttlecock make it difficult for the opponent to return it.

The Drop Shot

The drop shot is a slow-paced and effective shot that can help you get points.

A good drop shot will allow you to make the opponent stretch forward and give a weak reply.

A well-directed and well-timed drop shot makes the shuttle drop in the opponent’s court, right after crossing the net.

Conclusion

I hope you have found this guide to the types of badminton techniques helpful.

Now I’d like to turn it over to you:

  • What is your favorite badminton technique?
  • What badminton technique do you find most challenging?
  • Perhaps you have a question?

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Muhammad Arsalan Tariq

Muhammad is a talented badminton player who has been playing since he was 10 years old. With his consistency and dedication to the game, Arsalan has joined Healthy Principles' writing team in order to evolve and enhance badminton advice online.