7 Badminton Drop Shot Drills: To Improve Your Drop Shot

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7 Badminton drop shot drills to improve your drop shot

Drop shots are some of the most useful, deceptive and beautiful shots in badminton. They are a soft shot, played overhead from back of the court, landing as close to the net as possible on the opponent’s side of the court. A drop shot can be used to surprise your opponent, giving you the opportunity to win the point outright or by forcing your opponent to play a weak return which you can capitalize on.

There are three main types of drop shots, slow drop, fast drop and a slice drop, and each one can be played in a variety of ways. For a more in depth look at badminton drop shots and everything you need to know about them, have a read of our article, Badminton Drop Shot: Types of Drop Shots and How to Play Them.

In this article, we have given you 7 different Badminton Drop Shot Drills that you can use to improve your drop shot. We have broken the routines down into different levels of difficulty so that you can use these drills no matter whether you are an experienced player or learning to play a drop for the first time.

List of Routines

  1. Drop/Lift Routine (Pair Drill)
  2. Drop-Recover-Drop (Pair Drill)
  3. Drop-Net-Lift (Pair Drill)
  4. Multi-shuttle Drop Shot Drill (Feeder drill)
  5. Half Court Singles without Smashing (Pair Exercise)
  6. Footwork (Solo Drill)
  7. Shadow Badminton (Solo Drill)

The Drop Shot Routines

Drop/Lift Routine
(Pair Drill)

The Drop/Lift routine is a good drill to practice the drop shot motion. 

For this drill, one Player 1 lifts to the back of the court and Player 2 drops the shuttle back to player 1 that is standing at the net. We have broken down the drill into different levels of complexity to work different aspects of your drop shots. If you are learning how to play a drop shot for the first time, work through the levels, if you already know how to play a drop shot then jump in wherever you want.

Level 1

Player A stands in one position and plays a drop shot to one place. Level 1 is good for practicing the drop shot motion. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Instead of standing in one position, this time Player B should alternate which corner they play the shuttle to. Player A should still play the drop shot back to Player B. Level 2 is good for adding movement into the drop shot. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Very similar to Level 2, except now Player B can play a lift to any side they choose. Two lifts to the same side, then switching to the other side. At level 3, Player A never knows where it is going to go. Level 3 is good for adding movement into the drop shot with more unpredictability. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

Beat the feeder. Instead of playing it back to Player B, Player A can play it wherever they like, to try and beat the feeder. Like level 3, Player B can still play their lift to any side they wish.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. Player B can kill the shuttle if the drop is way too high over the net. But, Player B, let’s not be too harsh.

The Drop/Lift routine can be practiced using both for a forehand drop shot and a backhand drop shot.

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Drop-Recover-Drop
(Pair Drill)

After you have mastered playing a drop shot, it is good to practice in a way that better reflects the actual movement you will be doing from the center of the court. 

For the Drop-Recover-Drop Drill, Player 1 (the feeder) plays a high lift to start off the routine. Player 2 (the one working) plays a drop shot back to the feeder. Player 1 then plays the shuttle back to the center of the court. This means that Player 2 has to recover back to the middle of the court. Then Player 2 plays the shuttle back to Player 1, who then lifts the shuttle again. Player 2 then has to move to the back of the court to then play a drop shot. The routine repeats like this.

Again, we have broken the Drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

Perform this level in only half of the court to just work Player A back and forward.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Move up to the full size of the court. The feeder should alternate which corner they lift the shuttle to. The player playing the drop should still drop the shuttle back to the feeding player. The recovery shot should still be played to the center of the court only.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Very similar to Level 2, except now the feeder can play a lift to any side they choose. Two lifts to the same side, then switching to the other side. The player playing the drop shot never knows where it is going to go. The recovery shot can also be played anywhere in the mid court. The Drop shot and the shot from the middle should still be played back to Player B.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

Beat the feeder. Instead of playing it back to the feeder, Player A can play the drop shot wherever they like to try and beat the feeder. But the feeder can still play the lift to any side and the recovery shot to anywhere in the mid court.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. The net player can kill the shuttle if the drop is way too high over the net. But, net player, let’s not be too harsh.

The Drop-Recover-Drop drill can be practiced using both for a forehand drop shot and a backhand drop shot.

Drop-Net-Lift
(Pair Drill)

The Drop-Net-Lift is a good drill to practice a drop shot with full court movement. Another advantage of this drill is that both players are working, instead of just one. 

To perform the Drop-Net-Lift routine, Player 1 begins by lifting to the back of Player 2’s court. Player 2 then plays a drop back to Player 1, who then plays a net shot back. Player 2, after recovering from the drop shot, plays a lift from Player 1’s net shot. Player 1 then has to move back to get to and play a drop shot. The routine repeats like this.

Again, we have broken the Drill down into 3 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

Perform this level in only half of the court.

Set a timer for 5 mins. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 2

Move up to the full size of the court. The drop shot and net shot should be played to the center of the court. The lift can be played to either side.

Set a timer for 5 mins. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 3

All in! The drop, net and lift can be played anywhere. However, the order, Drop-Net-Lift, should be maintained.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. Net kills are allowed if the drop is way too high over the net. Let’s keep them tight!

The Drop-Net-Lift drill can be practiced using both for a forehand drop shot and a backhand drop shot.

Multi-shuttle Drop Shot Drill
(Feeder drill)

Complex drill for more advanced players. You need to be able to, or have someone that can feed multiple shuttles. Good for practicing a drop shot with full court movement. Using Multi-shuttle also gives the player practicing a good volume of shuttle to hit one after another, as mistakes don’t slow down this routine.

For Multi-shuttle routines, the feeder holds a row of shuttle in their arm, typically 12-20, and hits the shuttle one after another to the desired location on the court. This means that during the exercise there is one shuttle for each shot, as opposed to the previous drills which have one shuttle only for all of the shots played. This means that if a mistake is made, the routine carries on regardless, unlike the previous one in which the shuttle needs to be retrieved to begin again.

Again, we have broken the Drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

To perform this level the feeder should alternate which corner they play the shuttle to. The player working can drop to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

To perform this level the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. The player working can drop to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Like level 2 the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. But, between each drop shot, play a shuttle to mid-court to move the player working forward. The player working can drop to wherever. The shot from the mid-court can be whatever they choose. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

For level 4 the feeder can play the shuttle wherever they wish. For the player working, any shot from the back of the court should be a drop shot.

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

This drop shot drill can be practiced using both for a forehand drop shot and a backhand drop shot.

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Half Court Singles without Smashing
(Pair Exercise)

Play a game of half court singles, but nobody can play a smash. This is a fun way to practice getting your drop shot as tight as possible, as your opponent knows it’s coming! This can also be a good lesson in working to make an opening in the rally.

Footwork
(Solo Drill)

Not just good for practicing your drop shot, as anytime you are working on your badminton footwork, you’re improving every area of the game from helping you reach the shuttle quicker to returning to the middle of the court faster.

One way to practice footwork is the badminton court clock. 

Move to each point around the court using good badminton movement. If you have a partner, they can point to where they want you to move to. If not, just decide for yourself. This drill can be performed with or without your racket.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off. 

Shadow Badminton
(Solo Drill)

Practice the drop shot movement. Focus on the footwork as well as the drop shot motion. If you can, try and move around the court in a way that would reflect a real match. 

I.e. if you play a drop shot, your opponent might then play a net shot. So move into the front of the court after shadowing the drop shot and then shadow a net shot after. The more realistic the better.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off.

Conclusion

In conclusion, practicing different badminton drop shot drills can help you improve your drop shot. These seven drills are a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to experiment and find the drills that work best for you. Remember to have fun and keep practicing!

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