VIDEO Lateral Footwork in Badminton

Good lateral movement on court is a key component in Badminton single and Badminton double. The following exercises shows a possible way of working on and emphasizing lateral movement on court.

Sidesteps or chassey steps are an important way of lateral moving especially in midcourt and in transition betwenn different kind of footwork techniques. The following video is showing a method how to emphazise the lateral work.

Using the contrast method means that you add external resistance to a movement to activate and increase both muscles and nerves systems and later remove that resistance to have an increased performance in that specific movement. Inhere a miniband between the upper legs is used to create that effect. I use that method in youth training not for the original training effect itself but for the education of the players - they have to overcome more resistance in that movement and that makes them easier to feel which muscles are working and how exactly they have to engange and fire these muscles. After that, they often feel a lot easier to complete the movement in the way, they should.

While moving on court the use of the left arm is critical. Both players use the left arm in a very good manner to have a good balance and so are able to create speed on court and also power in the stroke itselft.

An important detail, that both players could work on is the distance between their feet. Both players are often to narrow and their stance and in the transition phase of a sind sidestep. Their center of mass should be by doing this a little bit lower, which should help them to move even better.

Another good technical thing both players are showing here is the leading of their racquet - both players lead directly with there Badminton racket to the shuttle and so loose very little space and time in the ralley.

Here the video: 



Diemo Ruhnow

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About the author:

Diemo Ruhnow is currently working as National Coach for the German Badminton Federation, responsible for Women’s Double and Strength and Conditioning Training for the Women’s Team. In his free time he writes for his websites (English), (German) and other Badminton journals.




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