7 Badminton Serving Drills: To Improve your Serve

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A person holding the shuttle ready to hit a backhand serve in badminton

The serve is definitely one of the most important shots there is when playing badminton. The start of every rally, if you can’t serve well, you can’t win. But even though there is nothing affecting you when serving, the shuttle and you are still, it is still a very hard shot to get perfect.


If you first want to know more about each type of serve, we have written a comprehensive article, Badminton Serves: Types of Serves and How to Play Them. So if you want to learn how to hit a brilliant serve or you want some tips, tricks and tactics, check that article out first.


In this article we have given you 7 different badminton serving drills that you can use to train and improve your serve. 

List of Routines

  1. Death by 1000 Shuttles (Solo Drill)
  2. Serving Accuracy (Solo Drill)
  3. Keepin’ it Low (Solo drill)
  4. Flick ‘n’ Drive (Solo or Pair Drill)
  5. Toeing the line (Pair Drill)
  6. Back-Line-Challenge (Solo or Pair Drill)
  7. Footwork (Solo Drill)

The Serving Drills

Death by 1000 Shuttles
(Solo Drill)

The Death by 1000 Shuttles is a simple routine that is perfect for everyone. It can be used by beginners to learn how to serve or by advanced players to perfect their serving technique. 

The routine is simple, serve 1000 serves. Ok, 1000 might be a bit much, but the point is to learn how to serve, the feel of a serve with no pressure and learn consistency.

Try to get as many shuttles as possible so that you don’t have to keep collecting your shuttles back up, but equally it can still be done with one shuttle so there are no excuses. Just by continuously practicing your serve you will improve vastly.

The Death by 1000 Shuttles routine can be used to practice the backhand short serve, backhand flick serve, backhand drive serve and forehand serves.

A schematic showing the serving drill Death by 1000 shuttles which is a drill to practice all serves in badminton

Area Accuracy
(Solo Drill)

After you have mastered the motion of the serve, now it is time to perfect your accuracy. 

For the Serving Accuracy Drill, place a bucket or a box (something to mark an area) on the other side of the court in a position you want to aim for. Try to serve as many shuttles into the area as possible.

This is a great drill for you to practice serving the shuttle to exactly where you want it to go. Where it is short to the T, or a flick into the far corner, the Serving Accuracy will definitely help you along the way to serving perfection.

The Area Accuracy drill can be used to practice each of the different serves.

A schematic showing different areas to aim for in the serving drill Area Accuracy

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Keepin’ it Low
(Solo drill)

A more difficult drill, the Keepin’ it Low drill is definitely for when you want to take your serve to the next level. The Keepin’ it Low drill helps you practice getting the shuttle as low to the next as possible so that your opponent can’t attack your serve no matter how close to the net they are standing.

To practice this Take a couple of very old and broken shuttles. Place them onto the tape of the net, pushing them down slightly to keep them on. Now aim to try and hit the cork of the shuttles.

The aim is to either hit them (perfect), but more likely get them as close as possible to the shuttles, as this will be a great serve.

If you do manage to actually hit one of the shuttles, for obvious reasons the serve won’t reach the actual service box, but the point is just to practice getting the shuttle as low as possible to the net.

Keepin’ it Low is for practicing short serves only.

A schematic showing how to set up the serving drill Keepin' it low which shows putting shuttles on the net to aim at while serving

Flick ‘n’ Drive
(Solo or Pair Drill)

A good fun drill to practice for flick and drive serves, the Flick ‘n’ Drive can be performed as a solo drill or in a pair if you have someone to train with.

Solo Drill

Level 1 is just a simple drill to practice getting your flick and drive to look exactly the same as your short serve. 

Take some shuttles and practice your flick and drive serve, but really focus on making it look the same as your short until the last second when you surprise your opponent.

Pair Drill

A good fun drill to practice your flick and drive serves and at the same time adding a little competition to spice things up.

The aim of the game is to flick or drive at your opponent without them being able to smash the shuttle back at you. 

Serve 10 shuttles. Every time you manage to flick them without them smashing it back at you, you get a point. If they smash it, they get a point. To ensure that they don’t just jump back on every serve, if they jump back and you serve short, then that is a point to you too.

Let’s see who gets the most!

A schematic showing the serving drill Flick 'n' Drive which is a drill to practice Backhand flick and drive serves

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Toeing the line
(Pair Drill)

The Toeing the line drill is a great drill to practice your short serve under pressure.

So far we have mainly practiced serving pressure free. However, when serving in a game, one of the hardest parts of serving is the mental aspect of the serve. The pressure of someone standing so close to the next that they can almost hit the shuttle as soon as it comes over can make some people’s serve crumble.

Toeing the line can help with getting used to this pressure, so that you can play a great serve every time. 

So in this drill we will be serving to an opponent. Only in this drill you can only short serve and your partner knows it. They are allowed to stand as close to the service line as possible to return your serve, so make sure that it is perfect. If they ping you, well your serve wasn’t good enough.

Serve 20 shuttles and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

A schematic showing how to set up the serving drill Toeing the Line which shows where the server and the receiver stand on the court

(Solo or Pair Drill)

This drill is specific practice for a forehand long serve for singles. As you will see in our article Badminton Serves: Types of Serves and How to Play Them, the aim of a forehand long singles serve is to get the shuttle as high and to the back as possible. 

This is where the Back-Line-Challenge comes in. Either on your own or with a partner, take a decent number of shuttles (around about 20 is great) and try to serve so that the shuttle lands on the back line. 

If you are working in a pair, whoever gets the most, wins.

A schematic showing the serving drill Back-Line-Challenge which is a drill to practice the long forehand serve and aims to get the shuttle landing on the back line

(Solo Drill)

Not technically a drill for serving, but actually returning a serve. Footwork is not only good for practicing your return of serve, 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. 

A schematic showing the Solo Footwork Clock Drill
A schematic showing the Paired Footwork Clock Drill

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. 


Practicing using these different badminton serve drills can and will help you improve your serve. 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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