More often than not, you may find yourself in an unfavorable position where you have nowhere to practice badminton and, most importantly, no one to practice with.
At times like this, it is still better to do something on your own than nothing at all. There are many ways to practice badminton at home by yourself.
So, in this article, we are going to teach you how to practice badminton at home alone.
Read on to know more.
How to Hone Your Badminton Skills By Practicing Alone
Just like any other athlete, you must constantly work to improve yourself where your skills are concerned. There are some exercises that you can do at home alone in order to hone your skills.
Racket Swing Practice
This exercise focuses on the strength and speed of your hand and wrist. While this might put some strain on your arms initially, the end results will be more than worth it. You can choose to use a regular racket or a training racket, which is a bit heavier.
- Stationary Smash: Take the shot at the highest point with your racket leg forward and with full strength.
- Stationary Defense: Take all the shots at the front while stepping forward when you are tapping or lifting.
- Front Wrist Work: Remember to bring the shot in a downwards motion by keeping your racket in controlled small swings.
For each exercise, do at least 3 sets of 20-30 strokes each.
Hitting Against The Wall
While many players may want to shy away from this hitting the shuttlecock against the wall due to its challenging nature, you must understand it’s a great one and is done by many top players.
- Keeping your racket before you, start out slow and easy. Relax your hold on your racket so that you are able to easily switch to and from the forehand and backhand grip.
- Keep your body low and bend at the knees so that you can be better in reflex. From this position, take the shots at the earliest point.
- Take a tape that is in a contrasting color to your wall and tape two lines on it at a net level. This is your makeshift net.
- Many professional players can do this a thousand times within 10 minutes, but if you are just starting out, pace yourself and take a few shuttles. If you are up for a challenge, try doing anywhere near 500 to 1000 times for results.
There are many benefits of this drill, which is why many professional players still practice this routine. In addition to increasing your reaction time, this drill also helps you quicken your wrist movement, and increases the speed at which you change your grip.
Physical Fitness and Training
Improving your skills only is not sufficient for any player. Your career in playing badminton depends a lot on your physical fitness and training. Physical training and exercising will increase your strength, stamina, and agility, therefore, increase your chances of winning games.
Your workout routine may include something like this, but any cardiovascular exercise would do.
Running: ~10 Km
Leg exercises to strengthen your muscles and core: Squats, lunges, etc.
Skipping: Start off by doing 10 to 15 minutes
Skipping is a very good exercise that helps you stay on your toes and strengthens your leg muscles and joints. Start off by skipping on both your legs then switching over to one leg. If you are confident enough, you can also skip with alternating your legs.
Your performance at a game depends on your physical fitness as much as it does on your skills. Having said that, even if you do believe that your skills at badminton are subpar, you can easily overcome it by putting sufficient effort into your physical fitness and training.
Please do remember that each body is different in terms of what they can handle and areas that need to be focused on specifically. Thus, it is better to learn your body and figure out how much you can handle so that you do not stress and exert yourself. Do remember that it takes time for results to show; hence, patience is key.
Honing your skills and improving on your physical fitness go hand in hand. And there are many ways where you can practice both at home on your own to improve your badminton skills.
So, don’t get disheartened even if you don’t have a partner. Start practicing on your own.