Badminton Footwork questions to challenge you

Footwork technique and practices to challenge your thinking or do you agree with me

If you like a challenge and sometimes sit quietly contemplating how you would practice movements on court, then this post is for you

 

Here are footwork thoughts that are all based on the post “6 Ways to improve your Badminton movement” 

My inspiration comes from an excellent summary from Thomas Laybourne and his site Badminton Family.  Thomas outlines in specific detail how to move to each of the 4 corners, plus some advice about starting.

 

Over the next 4 weeks, I will link to separate posts that give more detail for each of the movements below

 

If you click on each image below you will be directed to more information and a video to watch.                      I wonder if you will agree with all my thoughts ?

 

If you haven’t read the post or watched the video clicks the two links below

Are you a Player, Parent or Coach?

Click on any of the pictures below and you will jump to part of this mini series with links to my thoughts.  Hopefully you will find someing to interest and challenge you.

..  If you are a Player, is this what you currently do and are coached?

..  If you are a Coach, is what you believe and have been taught on coach education courses?

..  If you are a Parent, do you see these movements being taught when you watch from off court?

 

Thanks to everyone who sent me an email, its great to read your thoughts and to understand all the various viewpoints.  If you are new to these questions,  I’d love to hear what you have to say about each one.

Sharing your comments is a great way to help others  contact@badmintonandy.com

1.  Net shots and recovery footwork for the forehand net

We will talk about the great things in this video: the lunging ‘out’ for the net shot with a big step at the end. I really like the close-up action showing how the foot is out in front of the body.

I’d recommend trying to combine the “Racket Out – Foot Out” cue when you are on the court.  Ah yes, and don’t forget the Early Preparation of your racket, “Approach as if to play a Net” 

We will consider some ideas about different shadow practices and a warning to not always take the shuttle at tape height.

I'm not sure if you will agree with my thoughts on the recovery footwork, .... Read More by clicking here

2.  Preparation stance for the backhand net

This style has certainly caused a variety of responses!

It's highlighted that most people are new to the idea of this starting/preparation stance.  Some said that had never seen it in a coaching manual. Others said now they see lots of male (mainly) World Class players using it.

I was introduced to this stance, my coach mentor some 25 years ago, who called it the “backwards attacking” stance.

We will discuss why players use this stance, what you could be thinking 'tactically' if you adopt it.

As you can imagine there are lots of "its a choice, use it if you can do this and this, be careful if you don't have this" ..... Read more

3.  Recovery footwork in the Round the Head-court

The recovery styles have created a division between those who have replied

Some insisted that the recovery movement should be a chasse and not a running step

Others said did depended on the strokes being played

I've explored YouTube to watch some World Class players to see how they recover from the Round The Head and if it varies for the different strokes they play

We will also discuss things to consider if you are coaching younger players and the best advice to give.  How to use different practices to emphasise the recovery you think is best.... Read More

Its time to think about ... Chasse  or Run/Step  recovery

4.  Footwork in the high forehand rearcourt

When I started coaching the footwork and hitting actions in this court, I was confused.

All the coaching manuals at that time stated that overhead forehands would be played with a full rotation of the body. This was to specifically to encourage a throwing action and forward recovery.

When I met my coaching mentor and he opened my eyes to at least 3 or 4 different ways to move and play strokes in the forehand rearcourt.

Choices for Movement and hitting for shuttles that are High and Wide in the Forehand court there are two movement/hitting actions -

1   Full rotation with a push up of the court

2   Sideways hitting action with no rotation....Read More

Warning

There are few certainties in Badminton Coaching.  Try and find a statement that applies in many situations and across a range of playing styles and it's tough to be specific.

Those statements that I agree with are often seen as generic or general or obvious.  Most of them are great guidelines for development.  Please take a look at this mini-series "What are the Technical Playing Basics Part 1 to 4"

So, if you are looking for me to give absolute statements that won’t happen. I will probably use words such as “it depends”, “as you progress you could change”, “it’s your choice”, “experiment then decide”, and many more.

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

I hope you enjoy each of these Questions.
Please drop a comment or send me an email, I would love to hear from you and start a conversation.

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