VIDEO Multishuttle Exercises in Badminton – The Essential Tool for Coaches

Many goals can be achieved effectively by using multishuttle exercises. Unfortunately, for badminton training sessions there are only few well-working automatic ball machines, which haven’t proved appropriate regarding costs and operation. Therefore it is more than essential for a coach to practice frequency and accuracy.

Multishuttle can be played in many different ways: Hitting the shuttles from down below, hitting them sidehand as in a flat drive shot or overhand as in a smash or an offensive drive or from overarm out of the shuttle holder. You can see some examples in the following videos:
Overarm out of a shuttle holder:



Looks maybe easier than it is – and certainly has to be perfected over month and years of training (and of course while coaching). In the end, like so many other things, it’s only a matter of practise! After all it’s worth it – and the athletes will be thankful. But how can frequency and accuracy in multishuttle exercisesbe practised?
At the beginning, you should practise on your own – I personally like working with sheets of paper (a method I learned during my A-level-coaching-education), which are hung up on the wall by the following principle:
This is a good way to simulate different horizontal (up-down) and vertical angles (left-right) – now you only need a few shuttlecocks and that’s it! Especially for athletes (yes, they also should be able to do it) or larger training groups there are several variations of training exercises and fixed combinations to make practising multishuttle more exciting – I personally like the following way:
1)   Target at a selected sheet
2)   Target at two selected sheets at the same level
3)   Target at two selected sheets at different levels
4)   Using overhead/overhand strokes for exercises explained in 1) 2) and 3)
5)   High Frequency exercises – who is able to hit 20 shuttles in the smallest timeframe with moderate accuracy?
6)   Aiming exercises – everyone can use 1 minute to hit as many or everyone has 20 shuttles to hit as many times as possible a selected target?
When you’ve practised every exercise and are able to control the accuracy in different angles, it’s time to take the next step and work on the court. But don’t be afraid to take a step back – practising on court is more difficult and the whole exercise has to be aligned with the athlete movement and exercise goals. But still: skill comes with practise!


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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