How to Hold a Badminton Racket: What You Need to Know

by | Jun 25, 2020 | General Guides | 0 comments

Are you struggling to know how to hold a badminton racket correctly? If you are, or simply just needing some advice, then you should read this article.

When you are learning how to play badminton, it is very important to learn how to change your grip on the badminton racket. In its simplest terms, changing your grip means changing how you hold the racket.

I will go through the different grips you need to know when you’re on the court and how to master them. The following grips are:

Basic Grips

  1. Forehand
  2. Backhand

More Advanced Grips

  1. Bevel
  2. Panhandle 

Forehand Grip  

Which shots is the forehand grip needed for? 

  • The forehand net shot.
  • Overhead shots such as the clear, smash and drop shot.
  • A forehand drive or push.
  • A forehand underarm shot.

How to do it

The best way to learn the forehand grip is to imagine that you are shaking hands with someone. To learn how to hold the racket, pretend you are about to someone and shake their hand. Once you have done that place the racket handle in the palm of your hand.

Keep your little finger, ring and middle fingers together towards the lower part of the racket handle. Place your forefinger further up the racket towards the shaft, curling it around the racket handle. Finally, make sure your thumb is facing sideways on the racket handle.

Ensure that your thumb is not interfering too much with the swing of the racket.

Backhand Grip

Which shots is the backhand grip needed for?

  • The backhand net shot.
  • A backhand serve.
  • A backhand drop/drive. 
  • A backhand underarm shot.

How to do it

With the backhand grip, again pretend you are shaking someone’s hand and then place the handle of the racket in the palm of your hand.

Next, place your thumb onto the flat face of the racket handle and keep your little finger, ring and middle fingers together towards the lower part of the racket handle.

Place your forefinger further up the racket towards the shaft, but this time curl your forefinger less around the handle than you do when forming the forehand grip.

More Advanced Grips

Now that you know the basic grips you should be good to go. If you want to learn about more advanced level grips, then read on.

Bevel Grip

The bevel grip allows you to turn your wrist easily and produce sharp angles on your shots.

Which shots is the bevel grip needed for?

  • A cross-court forehand net shot.
  • A cross-court backhand net shot.
  • A backhand clear.
  • A backhand cross-court drop shot.
  • An overhead cross court drop.

How to do it

If you know how to form the backhand grip, changing to a bevel grip will be easy. Holding the racket in a backhand grip, move your thumb onto the edge of the flat part of the handle towards you.

Keep your fingers in the same place as you would do in the backhand grip.

Panhandle Grip

Which shots can the panhandle grip be used for?  

  • The forehand net kill.
  • The forehand push shot.

How to do it

To form the panhandle grip you firstly need to adopt a forehand grip. Move your thumb to the side of the racket handle. Then move your forefinger to the back of the handle. Keep the rest of your fingers in the same position. 

Summary

You should now have a good idea of how to hold a badminton racket. What you need to do is to get playing and practicing these different grips.

If you practice enough, these grips will get ingrained in your muscle memory. Eventually you won’t even have to think about changing your grip – you will just do it instinctively!

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