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Why ‘Getting Your Racket Up’ Is WRONG Advice In Badminton — 37 Comments

  1. Do you agree that we (and other coaches) should avoid the advice “get your racket up”? Let us know what you think! ⬇

  2. I personally think having the raquet up is a good thing especially in doubles it helps in instant reactions and good net kills

  3. Hi guys… Very helpful explanation on how to fix our racquet up and down to keep in position…👍👍 Learn a lot as most of the players makes mistakes in tis type so it will be helpful…😁😁

  4. Yes we agree this is best for most people (with a few individual exceptions), but you definitely shouldn’t have it up too high!

  5. Great insight on a common mistake that many of us face! Would love to see a video on how to play a tight cross court net shot!

  6. Yea very helpful for me… It’s a common mistakes for some non professional players..😁😁👍

  7. Hi, saw you playing in Stuttgart yesterday. It was amazing ! congratulations to your success in the Bundesliga. Thanks for your videos and your advices, I often use them as inspiration for my training sessions.

  8. I think „keep the racket up“ is very important for beginners and children. I can see it at my 9y old daughter. She will naturally leave the „heavy“ racket down and looses time/forgets how big the advantage for her is to hit the shuttle above her head. She can generate much more power for a smash or drive this way. Leaving the racket down means often she only tries to lift it up. When i say „keep racket up“ she remembers herself to smash or drive🤷🏻‍♂️

  9. I personally use quite a headlight racket and have naturally fast reactions so thankfully don’t have any speed issues. I do definitely notice more explosive power potential though when my arm is very bent and fairly close to my body. I think players also need to feel it out for themselves to find the optimal bend(angle) for the biggest power. That and in doubles(when at the net) at least keeping the racket head slightly above the net/head. I don’t think any player should be forcefully putting their arms/rackets in specific positions but more so just approximate it and feel it for themselves. In the end everyone is slightly different with a unique style, which is also what contributes to making badminton so amazing.

    I do have a rather complicated subject you guys could jump into if interested. Swing speeds, racket balance, racket stiffness and string tension. Which ones go best together. I’ve got a fast swing speed but I notice that in singles, using my headlight doubles racket, despite having very high swing speed I just can’t get enough power in the shot. This is strange because you’d think swinging a head-heavy racket is somewhat similar to swinging a hammer. The racket head is delayed due to its extra weight, while a headlight racket moves perfectly with the (fast)swing, as does the stiffness(it’s a very stiff racket). I do have very low tension on it though because I don’t feel like stringing the racket every few days. Is this holding me back too much? Maybe you guys can clear up some confusion about these topics if you have enough knowledge on the subject.

  10. Guilty in telling my students to keep their racket up. I think the best approach would be to say ‘elbows up’ which is what you mentioned in one of your earlier videos.

  11. Most beginners and kids get their raquet really low, almost like hokey. So the problem is that hitting hip or knee height, they tend to lift the shuttle to much and give a smash opportunity. I tend to advise on, as a rule of thumb, keep the raquet top on face level, so it’s both in the middle of going up or down. Meaning, keep it up, but not like displaying a flag 😄

  12. Great video – conveyed pros and cons in a really balanced way! 😀 Think I’ll keep my racquet up in the right way and in the right situations, as my reaction speed will never match that of Kevin Sukamoljo!! 😅 Thanks again guys 👍

  13. It depends on the shot you played. In general when the opponent is expected to smash or play downward you can have your racket low so you are quicker in defense; if the oponent is to lift; has to play a tight netshot, you are better of keeping your racket up; if you expect a drive, you are better off with a neutral position.

  14. Controversial, perhaps, but I agree entirely. There are a lot of things I think many UK coaches get wrong or don’t understand about human neurophysiology. A lot of repetition coaching, for instance, where attempts to iron out a players more “adventurous” shots creates a robotic predictability. Also repetition coaching on multi-feeds where form and quality of shot is sacrificed for speed, can form muscle memory for improper or poor technique. I really think we should nurture more creativity in young players rather than try to drum it out of them.

  15. To be honest bringing your racket up to the top of your chest in a ready position is pretty advantageous in doubles but as you said many begginers misinterpret it and just keep it unecessarily high resulting in not able to generate power and making it a habit!

  16. Congrats on your german championship title! 😁
    I was in Stuttgart yesterday (I live there) and it was a pleasure watching you playing.

  17. Maybe to be clarified that move the racket in this case is moving too high and straight? Instead, moving it up just about as high as the head of the player to make it quick and precise, also better control? Otherwise, people might think they will put the racket down?

  18. We also mention that in this video! And only at the right time to get your elbow out and up 🙂

  19. This is an interesting debate! Would it be worth getting her a lighter racket and training her racket speed? This might sacrifice performance / power in the short term however when she grows then she will have developed better habits (not having it too high) as a result?

  20. Nice! You should have come and said hi 👋🏼 Thanks a lot 😀 Keep it up – let us know if you have any suggestions!

  21. It depends if your comfortable or not but sometimes coaches are right so I think you should listen to your coach’s advice but sometimes you can unjust on your own especially like me i dont have a coach so you guys help me a lot you emprove my game play and thank you so much I think of you guys like my coach

  22. @Badminton Insight I did not believe my eyes 😉 just verified it afterwards on the victory picture….If I had a wish, I would like to have a video about Fingerpower and one about “keeping the long 0” (sorry for German term) how to delay the moment just before hitting. Thanks for your work and see you next time

  23. I got a piece of advice from a someone I played in a club with about keeping the racket head within your field of view, not necessarily keeping the racket up. This helped me a lot in regaining focus and having better awareness of everything all the way from my racket position, grip, stance, and pretty much everything else I’ll have to keep track of.

  24. Another informative useful video 🙂 Could you do a singles biased ‘racket up’ or ‘racket down’ or ‘get ready ‘ video

  25. The understanding my coach had of “keep your racket up” meant “be positive” you want to take the initiative before your opponent’s do, you want to hit the shuttle , you want to play your game not theirs. i play on all sorts of levels and i have to say people who dont keep their racket up are often lower level and struggle in a fast excange in mid-court. i think its the right advice if you tell them what you mean by that.

  26. Coming from tennis, my tendency is to keep my racket in front of me around waist height. Though I’m still a beginner and can’t tell a huge difference, I do seem to play shots faster and recover quicker when I “get my racket up” in the traditional sense.

  27. @Badminton Insight The weight difference between her former childrens racket (cheap) and my „long“ racket isnt that big. I think another reason for her intuitive position is that most other sports she knows (and tried) her racket has to put down: hockey, golf, tennis. I thought of sports where you should bring up your hands right from the start: handball, volleyball, sometimes basketbal. If she started with these sports, maybe her intuitive racket holding would be „up“🤷🏻‍♂️ I think i train her as flexible as possible and she should always think a second about the sport she is doing at the moment😄

  28. @Gerry badders you might think we’re joking, but we’ve seen quite a few players (mostly beginners) actually do this… 😅 And we agree on your point about the pros – in fact this is something Greg is constantly reminding himself of at the net!
    Thanks for your opinions!

  29. I am a great believer in the fact that one size does not fit all and totally agree that coaches should have a fluid approach. Players need to learn the basics of course, but it should be recognised by coaches when a particular player has the ability to stray from the ‘norm’. I admit I am pretty poor at keeping my racket up but I do have good reflexes a day feel more comfortable with my racket lower down.

  30. Hi. Thanks for the videos – some great advice. Are the rackets you are using the Victor TK-F SE C? I’m considering this as a new racket and would appreciate a recommendation.
    Thanks and keep up the good work. Congrats on your latest tournament win!