A good badminton game starts with how you hold your racket which is the most important basic step. A good grip on badminton rackets can reduce injuries, increase the range of shots and produces more efficient hits.
A player may get carried away with the game that the first essential thing to do is forgotten hence results in poor performance and multiple mistakes during game. Incorrect grip will limit the range of strokes required in a dynamic badminton game.
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Here are clear visuals showing the angles and positions of how a racket should be held. Practise these easy steps until they become natural to you, the rest will go a long way.
1) Forehand Grip
Start by positioning your racket in this manner for the basic grip. Then hold the racket handle using a “hand-shake’ grip.
Do not grip too tightly. Gently hold the racket and you should still be able to move and twist the racket with flexible wrist movement. Clench tightly only when hit is executed. The ring and last finger are there to prevent racket slipping out of hands.
This grip method is safe to be used in almost all forehand shots.
Notice the correct positions of fingers to follow in these different racket angle views.
Below: A good guideline is to form a V-Shape between the thumb and index finger.
2) Backhand Thumb Grip
Players must be able to twist the racket fast enough in order to change and use different grip for backhand shots. With a backhand thumb grip, it will be easier for you to make the shot across the court.
The front of the racket head must constantly be facing the incoming shuttlecock for a successful return to opponent’s court. Thumb should be placed correctly on the racket handle where the front of racket frame is. This is because your thumb is the main driver to push the racket for all backhand shots.
Again, clench loosely on the handle and tighten only when hit is executed.
This grip can be useful for many kinds of strokes, a very good YouTube channel that will show you the right way to do it is the ‘Badminton Famly’ . In this roughly 6-minute amazing video, former world no. 1 Thomas Laybourn shows us 5 ways where you’ll be using backhand thumb grip.
Fastforward video to 3:10.
3) Backhand Bevel Thumb Grip
Unlike backhand thumb grip, bevel grip is more for applying defensive and deceptive shots.
For very good examples on how to apply this bevel grip, you may view this video from Badminton Famly.
The video also points out the difference between a forehand, bevel, thumb and hammer grip.
Besides that, this grip can also help you to do your high backhand clear effectively. The racket when held using the bevel grip, would prepare a perfect angle for you to execute the backhand clear.
4) Hammer Grip
Hammer grip is useful when you are executing jumping smashes. Remember how you hold a hammer?
It simply starts with a forehand grip, rotate the grip swiftly to a hammer grip while you are swinging your arm during the jump and then tighten your grip when it’s time to hit the shuttlecock. Notice that you must not cover any fingers.
Watch Thomas Laybourn’s video in Badminton Famly YouTube channel for clearer explanation.
Fastforward video to 2:45.
5) Net Tap Grip or Pan Hold Grip
It’s called a pan hold grip because that’s the same way we hold cooking pans.
This is the kind of gripping needed on the front court near to the net when the shuttlecock is returned very closely to the net. At just the right moment before the shuttlecock starts to descend, a short tapping action needs to be executed.
Relax your fingers, gently hold the racket using thumb and fingers creating some space between racket handle and palm. You’ll be using your thumb, index finger and middle finger to do the tap. Fingers should be cradling the racket handle subtly until tapping hit is executed.
Below : Thumb should not be covering any of your fingers as this would constraint the movement of racket. This kind of grip would allow little or no movement of racket at all.
Below : Index finger should not be extended to prevent injuries. Index fingers must be bent and wrap the racket handle naturally.
Below: If you place your grip this way, you would miss every shot as the shuttlecock would go nowhere with this. Notice that the thumb is on the handle where the side of racket is.
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