Badminton is a fast, fluid game played by the fleet of foot. Good footwork is critical to reaching the shuttlecock (birdie) before it drops so the player can hit it from a balanced position. Each move flows seamlessly into the next, and every move is made without hesitation. Players know exactly which footwork patterns to use, without having to think.
Stance: Standing with feet a little more than shoulder-width apart; the player is poised on the balls of toes, taking the weight off heels. His right foot is a few inches ahead of left foot and he is ready to push off. His every move has an initial counter-move in the opposite direction. To move forwards, he pushes off backwards with one foot.
Steps: One foot crosses over the other, moving forwards, backwards, sideways, and diagonally. Backwards steps are large and fast.
Chassés: One foot leads and the other follows but does not cross. Long and low in appearance, chassés allow the player to speed up and move into a jump.
Hitches: Also called ‘shuffles’ or ‘hops’; players spring lightly and quickly along the ground, mainly using their ankles but not their legs.
Jumping: The player pushes off with one or both feet and lands on one or both feet.
Lunging: The lunge is always in the direction of movement underway. The knee must not travel beyond the foot. The back foot is used as a brake.
Split drops: Also called ‘split steps’, ‘pre-loading hops’, or ‘bounce starts’; they enable the player to move quickly in any direction.
Scissor jumping: Both feet come off the ground and switch places in the air. The player lands on one foot immediately after the other.
The Danish leap: The player pushes off from right foot with a powerful leap towards the backhand front corner, turning body while in the air, and landing with a lunge on right foot.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
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