4 Most Important Badminton Keys for Singles Play

Badminton Single Position

When playing badminton singles, you have the entire court for yourself to protect. When playing singles, since you have to rely solely on your ability, you have to be able to be fit enough to run across the court and perform the different types of shots well. At the same time, you need to be able to maximize the use of the court to

Positioning on the Court

Badminton Single Position

The rule of thumb when playing singles badminton is to always try to stay on the center of the court. This is on the midline and just a step behind the service line. Immediately shift to this position once you serve or you’ve returned the shuttlecock when the opponent serves. Being in the center-court position allows you to minimize the movements you’ll need in order to reach the four farthest corners of the badminton court. Whenever you’re able to return the shuttlecock by just taking one step away from the center, always try to go back to the center court. However, this is not always recommended because you also have to consider the type of shot you anticipate from your opponent. For example, if you’re on the offensive and you’re continuously driving the shuttlecock to your opponent, you can expect their returns to get weaker so you can adjust your base forward accordingly. At the same time, if your opponent has a strong clear, you can adjust your center backwards. Also, consider your strengths and weaknesses. If you’re able to recover quickly and change directions quickly, go ahead and always get back to the center. But if you’re more of a strength player and prefer to drive the shuttlecock and put pressure on your opponent, you can opt to stay a step back or two from the center. Note also that when positioning yourself nearer to the net, you only need your badminton racket to reach the net and not your feet.

Service

badminton single service

The badminton serve is very crucial because it sets the tone for how the rally will go. When serving, there are three things you need to consider: (1) Where is your opponent standing: If your opponent is standing too close to the service line, you can opt for a high serve to immediately get him off-balance. (2) How does your opponent play: When your opponent has a really strong shot, you can opt to serve low so he can’t maximize this strength immediately. Also, take note if your opponent is more comfortable with his forehand swing than backhand swing. Most players have a preference and usually, the backhand swing isn’t as comfortable for most players, so try a high serve towards the direction of their backhand so they’ll either return it not as strong as they would with their forehand, or they’d have to immediately adjust their position to clear with a forehand. (3) What type of rally do you want to play: As you play, you’ll get a better sense of how your opponent will be able to return the shuttlecock if you target a particular location.

Types of Shots to Use

badminton single shot

The usual advice when playing badminton would be to vary your shots to deceive your opponent. However, what’s lost is how exactly you can do this. Use the drive to pressure and wear down your opponent’s returns. Ideally you take control of the tempo so you can be on attack mode. You can do this by putting pressure on your opponent so that you will be the one with more time to adjust between your shots. The drive is very effective in this sense. Once your opponent wears down and returns a soft shot, you can then opt to smash or drop depending on how high the shuttlecock’s angle is. The higher the angle and the slower the flight, the better your chances of landing a strong smash. If the angle is too low, you can opt to return it softly to drop just over the net. If you’re playing a best of 3 set or more, better to reserve your smashes to those shots when you’re confident that you’ll be able to land them and score so you can conserve energy.

Movement Pressure

badminton single movement

Movement pressure is a key strategy in badminton singles, since the floor space each player has to cover is much larger. Try to use the entire space of the badminton court by hitting the shuttlecock towards different directions to force your opponent to keep moving and using different types of shots. This will keep your opponent off balance and wear him down as the game goes along.

Getting Started – 4 Essential Badminton Equipment

Badminton Racket

Playing badminton does not require a lot of equipment. Here is the list of 4 essential badminton equipment you’ll need to have in order to get started.

Badminton Racket

Badminton Racket

As a beginner, you don’t have to be picky with your badminton racket. The badminton racket looks like the one in the photo above and is a lot lighter and smaller than the tennis racket. The standard badminton racket should be relatively light, weighing between 79-91 grams. Usually, the lighter the racket, the better, as it allows you to move and swing faster. Rackets are usually made of steel or aluminum but higher end rackets, with better durability because of nanomaterials are also available if you want to invest in a good racket early on. Some popular brands are Yonex, Wilson and Li-Ning. The racket’s strings and grip are also adjustable. You can opt to have your strings adjusted in terms of material and tension depending on your comfort level. While you can place wraps around the grip to make it more comfortable and less slippery to hold when you sweat.

Shuttlecock

Badminton Shuttlecock

Also known as the shuttle or the bird, the shuttlecock comes in two forms. For most competitions such as the Olympics, the feather shuttlecock is used. This shuttlecock is much more aerodynamic and also has a higher flight trajectory, making it easier to control your shots. More expensive shuttlecocks are also usually better in terms of aerodynamic properties and lightness The second type is the nylon shuttle is a more cost-effective option since it does not break easily. The nylon shuttle is also a bit heavier and is not as affected by wind, and so it’s preferable to use when playing outdoors.

Badminton Court and Badminton Net

Badminton Court and Badminton Net

The standard badminton court dimensions are 20 by 44 feet, with a 5 ft high badminton net in the center. Courts can be on concrete, wood or acrylic floors. You can even set up your own court if you have the space by purchasing a badminton net set. However, for badminton competitions, they’re played on a PVC/PU vinyl flooring. These are the green courts usually on top of wooden floors. These courts are better to play in since it has anti-slip properties and a bit of cushion.

Badminton Shoes

Badminton Shoes

Regular low-cut training shoes or rubber shoes may be used to play badminton for casual players or when you play in outdoor or wooden courts, but it is not recommended. When you play competitively and the games can get fast with a lot of quick movements, it is highly recommended to use badminton shoes, with less lateral support, to help avoid sudden injury such as ankle sprains. Also, when playing on the PVC/PU court, badminton shoes also have better traction helping avoid slippage. Victor and Yonex Badminton Shoes are highly popular especially among competitive players