What is footwork?
Badminton is known as a vigorous sport that requires quick movements on court. Footwork means leg movements on court and the more graceful a player is, the more smoother his/her movement will be.
Why is footwork important?
a) Provides superb speed and agility to enable players to move around the badminton court swiftly and return every shuttlecock easily.
b) Provides sufficient reaction time for the next oncoming shot
c) Allows you to conserve strength by reducing unnecessary steps
What are the basic footwork?
Always remember that the base (starting point) is usually at the centre of the court (either left or right side). This position is most ideal as it allows the player to get to where the shuttle lands with the least amount of footsteps. By doing so, a player will have sufficient time to react to the next oncoming shuttle. For a start, the 6 corners that should be focused is as shown in the image below (green dots). The front two and sides will require LUNGES movement.
What is lunges?
a) Stretching your legs and arms forward or backwards far and wide to reach the shuttle.
b) Absorbs lots of force, without hurting your joints
c) Provides a balanced position when reaching for the shuttle
d) Maximise the reach, so that you can take the shuttlecock earlier