Badminton Tips




  • Keep body’s center of gravity low
  • Movement
    • Always keep moving. Keep the energy flowing. If you stop, then it takes much more effort to start moving again.
    • Don’t pause after hitting your shot until the opponent hits back.
    • Predict the return and take position to hit it.
  • Position
  • backhand shot:
    • keep the thumb on the side of the racket (pan handle position)  to stabilize the grip as you take the shot
    • Keep your arm lose.
    • Generate power from back swing, leading with the elbow and Whip it back after the shot (as opposed to following through in front hand)
    • Keep the grip lose as you swing and tighten it just before you contact the shuttle
    • Maximize backhand shot power using the WAVE pattern
  • Footwork
    • Foot Movement
      • Do prep jump to generate energy before moving to take the shot. This is like loading the spring.
      • Take the first step towards the shuttle with the non racket leg and then the second step with the racket leg. Don’t take any more steps. Just stretch the arm to take the shot now.
    • Front
    • Doubles 
      • For doubles, after serving, move to the front and then anticipate the return and take that position in the front.
  • Net
    • Imagine the net to be higher that it really is. In that case even if you hit slightly below, it’ll cross the real net safely.
  • Racket
    • Be the racket and not the body. Let the racket lead the body.
    • Keep the racket out in front of your body, not close to it.
    • Lead with the racket. Let the racket pull your body to the bird like a puppy pulls you via the leash when walking it.
    • After hitting the shot, Don’t drop the racket. keep it out and front for the next shot.
    • Capture.PNG
  • Smash
    • Power smash
      • Do a strong push ie spring load to generate momentum off the ground
      • Your position wrt the bird bfr hitting the power smash should be such that if you didn’t hit it, it lands on your non racket leg’s foot.
      • Use the non racket arm to track the bird. This makes sure you’re in right position ie lined up to take the smash shot.
    • Jump Smash
      • 2 leg
        • Hit the bird on the way down, to get power and to be able to come back to position for the next shot
        • If you hit in ascent, you’ll not have enough time to recover.
        • Jump from behind the shuttle towards it, don’t jump straight up


  • Body shots
    • Around the waist
      • For shots coming at your waist, the way to hit is to move your waist towards your racket arm and take your racket arm back and hit around the waist
      • .Capture.PNG
    • Between the legs
      • Capture.PNG
    • Serve
    • Deception Shot
    • Holding Racket
    • Visualizing
      • Even when not playing for real, visualize scenarios and plays in your mind.
      • First visualize yourself playing and then again visualize the same scenario as if you’re watching yourself play. This will help you point out your mistakes and improve.
    • Defend a Smash
      • Steps:
        • Preparation
          • Stand mid court in ready low position (bent knee and head at net level) with racket out in front of you
        • Shot
          • Follow the opponent’s smash
          • Move the racket to the right position
          • Push the bird forward and straight perpendicular to the net
          • If smash is on body, use backhand to hit
        • Recovery
    • Where to look
      • Look straight and up and not sideways when hitting any shot.
      • This way you’ll see the opponent’s court and be able to place the shot correctly in the gap.

Use single click to open feedly items in background tab

Using Autohotkey, setup a shortcut for permanently having control pressed using +1:: Send {CONTROL down}

Now, when you press shift+1, control will become pressed. So clicking items in feedly list will be equivalent to Control+Click. This is chrome’s “open in background tab” command.

Finally, if you use space bar to scroll the list, that won’t work, so add this script for that: ^Space:: Send {Space}

lastly, when you go out of feedly context, press the Control key to reset the control being pressed down indefinitely.