VIDEO Badminton Footwork: Quick First Step for Fast Start in Badminton

Badminton is all about moving fast to the next shuttle - a quick first step is so far essential for a good start towards the shuttle. This video shows a beginner exercises to get the feet moving!

An exercise I use frequently in training for all kind of levels is presented in the following video. It combines footwork with a start into different (here: front court) corners. 

The good thing in combining different footwork exercises with starting movements is the uncountable number of different situation that can and will occur. Take for example the start into the front forehand corner. As right hander most people would normally prefer to push of with the left leg, but in a Badminton game with different levels of anticipation on one site and deception and feint shots on the other site, this does definetly does not happen every single time. But doing small skipps or taps alternating, one has to react fast to the coaches sing. If the left leg is in that moment in the ground, two things can happen: one is to push off with the right leg first and then perform a small crossover left to rigth or second, one looses a moment and still pushes of with the left leg after planting down the right. If you start doing this for multiple reps and combine it with different cornes and different footwork, you practice as in coordination and agility training different situations than can occur in a Badminton match and should be better prepared.

The other good thing - and this is where I use this exercises ofter with beginners (children or adults, does not matter) is: you get the feet moving. The problem here is ofter, that beginners try to reach a shuttle without proper Badminton footwork and this means often without a nice start and strong push off. When doing footwork, the player has one or two feet already in the air, that means by bringing them down, has it easier to perform a push into the ground to get this opposing force from the ground that gets him moving. Easy, and works. Simple as it sounds.

Here is the video:

For more information or exercise on starting see the following article or refer to the footwork section (please see right).


Diemo Ruhnow

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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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