Monthly Tip - March 2015

Weapons, Stances & Bases

Why not tell the players this?

Watching modern top players is now easy via YouTube, imagine in the 80s when all there was was a monthly badminton England magazine or some local periodic international matches with which to garner precious coaching tips. 

So, no excuse now !!!

Let’s look at three things which are noticeable and that we can discuss with young players:


2.Open and closed stances

3.What base after the high serve


To win any battle you need weapons (ideally more than one) - when you watch the top players you can see quite quickly what their winning weapons are. It could be:

  • A winning power shot (x smash for example)
  • A winning soft shot (RH straight drop for example)
  • A brilliant defence 
  • A mental toughness that refuses to yield

This area should be discussed with young players with a view to discovering weapons and developing them


We should know that feet can be side by side (not ideal) or racket leg forward (closed) or racket leg behind (open). Top singles players constantly change from one to the other, so do doubles players but less pronounced.

This is done to anticipate where the next shot is likely to be played to, or even to influence where the shuttle gets hit. My experience shows that young players tend to stick with closed stances, which can be exaggerated and which leave them ill prepared to move well.

Again discuss this and try it out in training.

What base after the high serve?

With juniors the high serve will be hit and the player will then take up a base position often astride the centre line. 

Top players don’t do this !

Top players play the high serve and bias themselves into the court they have hit the serve to. They do this to avoid being exposed in that corner.

Explain it and try it!!!

So, all of this can be checked very quickly via YouTube.

No excuses for your players not to know then !!!!!!