Badminton is a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to hit a shuttlecock over a net. Badminton drills help players to improve their badminton skills in addition to building sociability among players, who must cooperate to make the drills work, according to Badminton-Information.com. Drills should focus on aspects of the game that you want your players to improve. Just a few steps can help you to teach badminton drills and skills.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Badminton rackets
Direct two players to face each other on opposite sides of the net but on the same side of the court. Make them stand near their backcourt doubles service lines and clear to one another. Clears are the most important type of badminton stroke and can be played overhead or underhand. One example of a clear your two players should practice is an attacking clear, where they hit the shuttlecock square with the face of their racket so that the shuttlecock flies flat and fast toward their opponent's backcourt area. Also, direct the players to practice the defensive clear, where they lean their racket backwards slightly before hitting the shuttlecock, thus allowing the shuttlecock to have a high and deep trajectory that gives their opponent time to get ready for the next shot. The players should make sure their shots clear the net and do not go outside the boundary lines of the court.
Tell the two players to face each other from the opposite sides of the court standing diagonally. Allow the first player to clear to the second and vice versa, but make each player clear the shuttlecock to the opposite person's empty corner. This will force the player to run to hit the shuttlecock over and over again. The skill they learn from this drill is called left-to-right and right-to-left cross-court clearing.
Next, have the two players stand near the net opposite each other, and direct the first player to drop the shuttlecock to the second player and vice versa. Drops are delicate badminton shots where a player hits the shuttlecock above the central area of his or her racket and allows the shuttlecock to land in the opponent's frontcourt area. When the first player drops the shuttlecock to the second player, this creates unoccupied space in the second player's midcourt and backcourt area for the first player to take advantage of.
Direct the first player to stand near the net and the second player to stand near the baseline--the back boundary line--on the opposite side of the net but on the same side of the court. Then, tell the first player to perform a net lift. A net lift is an underhand clear played from around the net area that moves the shuttlecock to the opponent's backcourt area. This allows the first player to make more time for himself to prepare for the next shot.
Instruct a player to do a smash, which is one of the most powerful badminton strokes. The smash is a shot where a player sends the shuttlecock with speed and power downward toward an opponent's court. Direct the player to practice jumping and smashing the shuttlecock simultaneously to create more power and a steeper angle for the shot. This gives an opponent less time to react. The smash must clear the net and stay inside the boundary lines of the court.
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