Badminton is widely celebrated as the classic racquet sport in the world. Badminton is also being played in Olympiad. Badminton is the second most popular sport after soccer in the world. Playing badminton is not only fun; it has health benefits for you as well. This sport has combinations of various types of exercises. If you want to play badminton professional, you need some knowledge about the various shots to start.
Perfect Low Serve Shots
A perfect low serve is one of the good shots to catch your opponent off-guard. The perfect low serve barely touches the net and relies perfectly on the service line. It creates good pressure on the other side as it is the biggest weapon. You need to master this shot because a superb serve is far more important than a big smash. If you cannot perfect serve, the opponent can easily take on that and crash your confidence immediately. A perfect low serve might earn you five points in a game. So in this article, you will find good help regarding perfecting a low serve.
Holding the Racket
The first thing is where you hold the racket. Unlike every other shot in badminton, you don’t want to hold it by the handle, instead, move your grip up to the triangle part of the racket at the upper part of the grip. It is essential because it changes the lever length of the racket, making it much easier to control the racket head.
Use of “Sweet Spot”
The sweet spot of the racket is the middle of the frame and this generally where you want to hit the shuttle from since you generate the most power it is necessarily where the strings have the most energy. However, you should not lower from here. Low serving from the sweet spot results in the shot or bouncing off the racket unpredictably because it’s just so much energy and randomness involved. So it’s better to change the contact to a more predictable part of the racket.
The stroke you should be using the standard backhand grip with your thumb against the flat side of the racket. The movement should be very small containing entirely within the fingers and the wrist with the shoulder and elbow locked into place, bring the racket head back and then gently push forward through the thumb.
It’s a mistake to exaggerate the whole movement. Sometimes you will see players using their whole arm but with such a large movement, its difficult to remain consistent. By contrast, the simplicity of the smaller move is much easier to replicate no matter how intimidating the opponent looks. You will be able to play the perfect serve over and over again.
Holding the Shuttle
An overlooked factor is how you hold the shuttle. It matters for a backhand low serve to hold the racket close to the shuttle, because your hand is on the way. So the only way to hit it would be to throw the shuttle in the air and then strike it.
Instead, grip the shuttle by the tip of the feathers. In this way, when you serve you hand is out of the way, so you don’t have to release the shuttle until you hit it. The optimal low serve travel as short of a distance as possible
The optimal low serves travel as short of a distance as possible. Not only for the consistent but it is going to be harder for your opponents to attack. As a result, you will want to stand as close to the service line as possible.
Notice how closer you are standing from the net and reach out as far as you are comfortable. You can extend your reach even further by leaning on to the front foot, and the back foot has to stay on the ground, but there is nothing wrong from going on to your toes. It is also ok to serve with your feet side by side.
Hitting the Shuttle
Next is how you position your racket compared to the shuttle. You take the racket and place your thumb on the edge of the racket right behind your shuttle. Next thing now we want to focus on is how to hit the shuttle with the racket. We place the shuttle in front of us, and we take the racket up on the thumb and ready to do the stroke.
Now what we need to do now is to slightly bend your elbow and then stretch your elbow as you hit the shuttle. It is important that your grip has a bevel grip with your thumb and you have to slightly bend our wrist as well. Slightly bend your elbow back and then forward on impact. The wrist bends a bit forward same time as the elbow goes forward. Have a loose grip and use the bevel grip.
Please avoid trying hitting the shuttle on the feathers. When we hit on the feather, it is trickier to control the position of our serve. So what we want to do is to place the shuttle pointing the way we want to serve. The perfect low serve can serve you good stand in this game. For the starter, you just have to follow these rules and off you go!