Badminton Drills and Exercises For Improving Footwork

Footwork is one of the fundamentals of badminton and I can tell you this, without good footwork, you will not be able to win because you can’t reach the shuttle. In this post, I will present various badminton drills and exercises for improving footwork.

Every badminton player will tell you that you need speed and stamina to win. Without speed, you won’t reach the shuttle and without stamina, you can’t keep up the speed. You’re probably wondering how to get faster with footwork and gain more stamina now, right?

I’ll walk you through a few badminton drills and exercises for improving footwork.

Pointing Footwork/Shadow

Pointing footwork is the most basic drill for improving footwork. This is great for improving stamina as well as refining technique. Let me explain how to do this.

1. With a Partner

One of the ways to practice this way is to move to wherever your partner points. There are 6 points that we point to; left in front of the net, right in front of the net, left and right middle of sideline, left back corner, and right back corner. Speed is not of the upmost importance so make sure your footwork is completely refined and secure.

2. By Yourself

The other way is to do footwork by yourself. This way is a lot more convenient and you can target specifically at what your not good at. In this one, you would move to the 6 points mentioned above but without the pointing. Again speed is not the most important but rather technique. What I like about doing this drill by yourself is that you can imagine you’re playing a game and do footwork based on what the opponent hits. You can also practice footwork that you specifically need work on. For example, moving back to the backhand corner.

Badminton Court Points

For both these variants, 3 sets of 12 is a good warm-up and 5 sets of 20 is if you want to push yourself and improve your stamina a lot more.

Speed Footwork

What the pointing footwork doesn’t offer as much help to is speed. Speed is very important in footwork and making sure you reach the shuttle. There are 6 variants that should all be practiced.

1. Front and Back (Straight)

In the straight front and back, you want to choose a half-court. Start in the middle. When the timer starts, do a smashing motion after quickly shuffling to the back and then run up to the front and make a net kill motion. Then keep going back and forth at full speed.

2. Front and Back (Diagonal)

This one is the same as straight except you move diagonal. Smash at the back and then net kill front after running diagonally. For both these drills, you want to switch sides after a few sets so you can practice both backhand and forehand movements.

3. Side to Side (Net Kill)

Start in the middle, slightly more towards the net, of a full court this time. Once the timer starts, forehand net kill at the net and then move back to the middle. Then backhand net kill and repeat at full speed.

4. Side to Side (Defense, No Jump)

For this drill, start right in the middle and then shuffle and touch each sideline. So just shuffle left and right at full speed.

5. Side to Side (Offense, With Jump)

This one is the same as defense except jump close to the sidelines. With this one, you should be able to shuffle, shuffle, jump, shuffle, shuffle, jump. Try not to bounce when you land so you can immediately shuffle when you land.

6. Corner to Corner Overhead Swings

This one is like the side to side net kill except you do it with a smashing motion at the back. Go to a corner at the back from the middle and smash and then move to middle. Then move to other corner and smash. Repeat at full speed.

In this drill, speed is very important so make sure you go as fast as you can. I recommend 3 sets of 1 minute for each of the variants. If it’s too difficult, lower it to 30 seconds.

Shuffling and Running

Doing actual footwork is great for improving your footwork as obvious as it sounds but what if you don’t have a court? Shuffling and running are great exercises for improving your stamina and speed and thus your footwork.

With running, I personally like jogging and suicides. Jogs are great because you can do them anywhere and your stamina gets a great boost. If you’re able to jog 30 minutes everyday then go for it. It’s great for your body!

Suicides are great for agility and speed. The quick turns and fast running are great for badminton’s quick reactions to shots. For suicides try to find a few lines and run to each. Start at the first line and touch the second line. Then run back. Run to the third line after and touch that and then run back. Then run to fourth line and run back and so on. Do about 5 lines and the distance between the first and fifth line should be around 50 to 100 meters.

Shuffling is also great for badminton because it’s a movement that you will be using. A basic drill you can do is shuffle side to side quickly. Do this for about 3 minutes.

You can also incorporate jumps into the shuffle as well. So use a pattern like shuffle, shuffle, jump as an example.

Fast Feet

Fast feet is a basic fundamental drill to improve agility. With this drill you can do the basic one where you quickly tap your feet for 3 sets of 1 minute. With this drill you can play around with additions such as split-step lunges, different fast feet variations, push-ups, jumps, and more.

An example of what you can incorporate is doing fast feet and then every once in a while, get down and do a push up. What many training facilities like to do is incorporate jumps and push-ups together as well. Those are great for improving your body fitness as a whole.

Different fast feet variations you can also try out are moving your feet front and back and side to side. With front and back, step over a line one foot at a time so lets say your right foot moves in, your left foot will then also move in, then when you have two feet over the line, step your right foot back and then left. Side to side is when you have two lines and you make quick movements moving your feet inside and outside the lines.

As you can see, there are many drills you can play with.

If you want more ways to improve your speed and agility check out this post:

Get Faster Footwork

If you do a combination of all of these every week, I guaranteed you that you will get a lot more fit and become much faster as long as you go all out. Most of these drills are done with other badminton drills too for overall improvement as a badminton player.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Good luck on your games and have a good day.

2 thoughts on “Badminton Drills and Exercises For Improving Footwork”

  1. I am a great lover of badminton but unfortunately don’t get to practise as much as I used to now I have my two little ones. These tips are great for me and really make me want to get back into the swing of things (pardon the pun) 😀
    I will definitely be trying out some of the footwork practises in order to up my game a little again!

    • Definitely! Badminton is a very strategic and fast paced game so it’s necessarily to have that agility. But doing footwork exercises can not only up your badminton game but it can do wonders for your health as well! 


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