Something that has been asked a lot is, how do you hold a badminton racket? Whether or not you’re interested in learning about different badminton grip techniques, it’s also you should know as a badminton player.
In this post, I will talk about 4 different badminton grip techniques you should know.
This is your standard forehand grip. An easy way to hold your racket like this is to give your racket a handshake basically. Try to hold the racket rather loosely and make sure your thumb is in a position between the index and middle finger.
You’re going to use this grip for all of your overhead shots. This means drop shots, clears, and smashes. The standard forehand grip is the grip that generates the most power.
The other standard grip is from the backhand. This type of grip offers the most control and is usually used for shots that need a lot of control and quick reactions such as net shots and drop shots.
When holding your racket with the standard backhand grip, your hand should be making a thumbs up, and your thumb should rest on the flat part of the grip.
Net Shot Forehand
When you play a forehand net shot, it’s better to use a different grip than the standard forehand grip. Sometimes called the panhandle grip, this grip is much like a backhand grip, but the thumb is still in a position between the index finger and the middle finger as depicted above.
This grip allows for much better control, but it does lack in power severely. It’s why you can use it for playing net shots but never use it for overhead swings.
The power backhand grip is optional. It’s meant for making backhand clears, drops, and smashes easier. With this grip, hold your racket with a standard backhand grip but move your thumb onto the angled side of the racket.
You could still use the standard backhand grip to play backhand clear, drops, or smashes but this grip makes it easier because you allow for more use of the wrist.
Understand the types of grips you can use? Your next step is to practice using these grips. If you’re a beginner and you have never played with these types of grips, it can be incredibly awkward to get used to.
I recommend you go and try some of these drills using these grips but only using them and not switching back. Remember to watch yourself!
- Badminton Net Shot Drills
- Badminton Backhand Drills
- Badminton Drop Shot Drills
- Badminton Drills for High School
- How to Improve Your Badminton Smash
In fact, in the beginning, you’ll probably miss more shots and perhaps even play with less power and control. Once you get used to these grips though, you can play so many more various shots with power and accuracy.
Also, make sure you hold the racket correctly when you do footwork. It’s a great way to improve your grip technique as well!
Like always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them down below in the comment section. I would love to hear what you have to say! Good luck in your games and have a great day!