Top 11 useful badminton tips for beginners: learn faster!
So you are a badminton fan, and you are just getting the hang of it?
First of all, congratulations! We hope that you are going to enjoy your time in this beautiful and fun sport.
There is no magic secret that we can tell you to make you a badminton guru, but below are 11 useful and efficient tips that we believe are going to help you to learn the game faster.
Have the Right Gear
Before anything else, if you are to successfully play a badminton game, you must have the right gear and equipment. This means that your clothes have to be the right material, fit and type. You need clothes that are not too tight making your breathing hard, but not too loose either that they may obstruct you from playing well. Pair of well-fitting jeggings, shorts or polyester pants will do just fine. You can also have a cotton vest or t-shirt.
You also have to have the right equipment. Please note that good does not mean expensive, it means efficient. Badminton pro, Kwun Han advises beginners not to go for the high-end rackets. He points out that although the high-end rackets look enticing and admirable, they are mostly made for advanced players and may therefore not be the best fit for you, a beginner.
He instead emphasizes that above anything else; you need a nice, comfortable, high grip pair of badminton shoes. Badminton is 70 percent footwork, and you, therefore, have to have comfortable shoes that allow you to be on your feet for long periods without getting sore.
Warm Up and Train
Badminton is highly active, involving the constant movement of your whole body throughout the game. Because of this, it is important to warm up the body before getting into a match. You should do this by lightly jogging around the court. The point is not being speed but endurance. Once the body’s temperatures are raised, you can then do some stretches, making sure to emphasize on the muscles that will be used most including your arms and legs. Rotate your hips and waist also to avoid getting cramps and muscle pulls.
You should also make training a daily routine whether you have a game or not. This makes the body fit and even more tolerant of any excessive activity that may occur during your games. Some of the activities that you may want to take part in are swimming, cycling and jumping rope. By keeping your training constant, your body won’t get shocked when you engage in games as it will have gotten used to the routine.
Keep it Simple
Kwun Han complains that many badminton beginners get into the court wanting to incorporate all the trick shots they have seen and learned. He then explains that in as much as there is nothing wrong with trick shots, for a beginner, it is important to keep to the basic techniques because after all, they are the ones that are most necessary in winning a badminton match.
The forehand and backhand serves are the easiest and most basic serves that a beginner could learn. They are also the most important and are used even by advanced players. Trick shots are okay to use once or twice but do not squeeze them all in one game as you may end up losing focus.
As earlier mentioned, footwork forms a very significant majority of the game. If you do not know your steps, then chances are you are not going to succeed in the game. When you mention steps, most people will dismiss this as simple and easy, but in all honesty, steps may just be the hardest skills to master when it comes to badminton.
You have to learn to be light, fast and agile. You should learn how to make large or short steps, how to crisscross your steps without tripping yourself and how to jump and land on your toes without falling. It is easy to get an ankle and even knee injury if you do not take your time to learn the basic steps, and perhaps you may need a professional coach to teach them to you. Do not be eager to learn how to serve and stroke without having mastered your steps first.
Contrary to popular belief that the tighter the grip, the better the serve, your badminton grip should be loose and flexible. Not too loose that the racket may fall off your hand while you play, but not so tight that you may injure your wrist because of being rigid. Your wrist should be able to comfortably rotate while you hold your racket.
Always Be Central
Make sure to always keep a central position all through the game. If you do have to serve at the end point of your side of the court, then make sure to run back to the center. By staying at the central point of your side of the court, you can respond fast and effectively to the shuttlecock from whichever side it may come from as opposed to if you stay only on one side. If the shuttlecock comes from the opposite side, you may not be able to get to it fast enough thereby losing a round. Keeping at the center also allows you to see what your opponent is up to therefore preventing you being caught off-guard.
Another thing to always remember when learning badminton is always to stay alert. This means that your eyes should be around the court, trying to process and understand everything that is going on. Do not let yourself be distracted by outside voices and happenings. Keep your eyes on the court. On your opponent and the shuttlecock.
If you are able, try to observe your opponent’s weakness and use them to your advantage. At the same time, avoid being shuffled into manifesting your weaknesses. Always be a step ahead in your mind. Know what stroke means what and how to use the right one at the right time effectively.
Watch Other Games
You don’t have to always be on the court to learn badminton. You can also learn a great deal by watching others play. By so doing, you can point out useful skills, avoidable mistakes, and unique techniques. Being a third party also allows you to ask questions and learn things you did not know before. But while you are at it, always remember to stay unique and focus on the skills that are pronounced in your own person. Do not get too caught in the playing skills of another player and try too hard to be like them while forgetting to use your strengths and abilities.
Cool Down after a Game
Lastly, always make sure to cool down after a game. This will allow your body to rest, regain and reorganize itself. It will also stabilize your pulse, therefore, avoiding high blood pressure. You can cool off by loosening tight clothes, removing layers, sitting down and taking a breath, drinking water and taking a shower. This may seem very trivial, but you will be surprised just how far much good resting after a game may do for your body.