Badminton Footwork Part 2 : preparation stance for the backhand net

This style has certainly caused a variety of responses!

Have you watched the footwork video by Badminton Family?

Before reading the rest of this post take a moment and watch this short extract


This post is Part 2  of a 4 part mini-series

…   Click here to read Part 1 that looks at the FH net and recovery


Look out for the other posts at the bottom of this page

Most of the replies I’ve had say that they have never seen this stance in any coaching manual. Others point out that when you watch a game of men’s singles, with some players it happens quite often.

I was introduced to this stance, my coach mentor who called it the “backwards attacking” stance

If you go back and look at the video at the top of the 6 Ways to Improve your Badminton movement you will see Tai Tzu Ying using it along with several others.

Why use this stance?

It’s a choice and depends on what shot you would like to move quickly too next.

Generally, it’s used by male players who after playing to their opponents b/h net area either from a defensive block or a backhand net.  They then recover (and prepare) in this backward attacking stance.


You should think of it as an attacking stance as the shuttle will be below the net level on the opponent’s side and therefore cannot be struck down.

Your Choice

You have a choice and it depends on your physical and technical ability. You may think it’s an easy choice to decide to use this stance or to not use it. My recommendation is: try it on the court and set up situations that involve real rallies with an opponent. There is no obvious ‘Coach answer’, it’s up to you to try, experience and then decide.

Use this Stance  IF….

.. you want to be in a position to move back quickly and be in a position to attack the lift

.. you believe that your opponent lifts more often than plays to the net

.. you get caught with fast crosscourt flicks into your deep forehand

..  your opponent likes to fast flick into your deep forehand

.. you have a powerful turn and pivot to go back into the net area

.. you are super-fast at moving into the “round the head” court

Maybe this Stance isn’t for you IF…

.. you are slow to pivot back and then slow to pivot forward

.. you get caught with crosscourt nets

.. you prefer to chasse forward

.. your opponent often plays net returns

I recommend that you try this stance after playing a backhand defensive block (non-racket leg lunge), recovering into this stance as an early preparation position

Can you help me?

As always I would love to read your comments and thoughts.  This post has been tough to write as there are many coaches and players out there with theories on how to play and what technique to use.

Your feedback is essential to me.  My aim is to provide guidelines that can be challenged.


I believe that it’s the PRACTICE situations you use that influence how you develop.  If you stay true to Game-like Situations and Conditions then you will develop Game-like responses.  Become a Player not a Trainer.

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