Things to Consider in Playing Badminton
Badminton is an exciting indoor or outdoor racquet sport you can play with anyone – friends, family members, relatives or club members. It is a kind of sport that needs speed and alertness. It is a fast game, and you have only a little time to respond after each shot. A second’s delay might cause you to lose the game. Badminton is played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles).
Footwork is very important in playing badminton. Good footwork helps you remain balanced while you hit the shuttlecock. Staying balanced will help you control your shot because you do not need to correct for body movement. Good footwork will also help you recover your position for the next shot. If you are too slow to recover, your opponent will surely make an edge or gain an advantage. And you will surely lose the game. Playing badminton also requires you to be alert in thinking where to place your shot so that your opponent will have a hard time hitting the shuttlecock. The most important of all is one has to have good footwork while playing badminton to avoid injuries. Always have yourself a ready position for every different situation. Being ready means your feet is a little apart. You cannot just stand there, feet together, as if waiting for something. Your knees should be slightly bent with your weight lowered a little. Your right foot should always be ahead of your left foot. Another thing to consider is the way you hold the racquet. Always bring your racquet up. It should always be held out in front of you and away from your body. Also, if you are a right-handed, do not forget your left arm. It should be used to balance your right arm and racket.
In badminton, a player should always employ a wide variety of strokes in the right situations. These may be done with powerful jumping smashes or delicate tumbling net returns. A player has to learn deception. Meaning, he has to apply different strokes that look identical such as slicing to deceive the opponent. In this way, the opponent will anticipate the shot wrongly, and may move in the wrong direction making him unable to hit the shuttlecock. A badminton player has to always use his mind and have to be alert in hitting the shuttlecock in order to have an advantage over the opponent. One must know where to place his shot, specifically, to a place where it is not occupied by the opponent. With these strategies, a player will make badminton an easy sport and fun as well.