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  Forearm Technique:
OK, by now you've probably developed your own style of hitting the shuttle, probably whatever you've found works for you.  Now it's time to change your style.  Most likely, if you came from the old school of training, you were told to use your wrist.  Unfortunately that is not the right way to do it . 

  Hold the racket in the forehand position, with the correct hand grip.

  Pull the racket back in the direction of the arrow, turning your forearm as you do so.  You should now be able to see the underside of your forearm.  You should also be able to feel the side muscles in your forearm tightening. Quickly swing the racket in the opposite direction.  This is the primary action you should use.

    When using the forearm-technique for overhead shots, you should lead with your elbow (ie. as you turn your body to hit the shot, your racket-elbow comes up, followed by your forearm turn).  Your arm will swing forward and your body will follow-through for maximum power transfer.

  Singles Service:

  
B
y now you can probably serve the shuttle fairly well, but can you consistently get it to land between the two back tramlines?  To take advantage of your hard-earned serve and to put pressure on your opposing player, you need to serve high and long.  The only way to consistently achieve this is practice.  Get hold of 10-20 old feather shuttles (you can find them discarded at the badminton hall, or you'll have your own) and try to get at least 15 out of 20 into the back.  If that's too easy, put a bucket between the tramlines and try to get as many as possible to land inside it.  If you get half in you're doing great. 


 

  Doubles Service:
 
T
he doubles service game requires you to serve short, and accurately.  To practice this one, get 20 shuttle and another person on the other side.  Have the other person stand as close as is allowed (almost on the front service line) and try to hit your serves down.  You will need to keep your serves very low on the net, but long enough to reach the service line.  You want to get your racket as high as possible without breaking the rules.  For extra height, you can get on your tip-toes.  Again, practice is the key for consistency here.


 

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