VIDEO - Beginner's Exercise for Change of Grip

Changing the grip fast and effectively is critical for a good Badminton player. Many technique errors occur because of a bad set up or starting position. That includes the position and stance on court and of course the right grip.

When we look at top players from europe like retired Peter Gade or the current european champion Marc Zwiebler on recognizes that the use different grips for different shots as well as different grips for same shots but in different positions and situations.

But how to practice it effectivly? The most important thing to learn for young players and / or beginners is that there is not one grip, but many - if this point is clear, one can practise the change of grip in the extremes changing from a plain forehand grip to a almost plain thumb grip. By beeing able to change that, one passes by every possible grip on the way.

An easy exercise could look like the following:

This exercise would be the first thing I teach youngsters - by introducing that, one prevent typical errors in Badminton stroke technique like:

- playing all shots with one grip 

- playing overhead shots with a grip normally used only in mid and front court situation

- beeing not able to change the grip fast enough in higher frequence ralleys

Hope you can work with this,


Diemo Ruhnow

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About the author:

Diemo Ruhnow is currently working as Head National Coach Doubles for the German Badminton Federation. In his free time he writes for his websites (English), (German) and other Badminton journals.



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