7 Half-court Badminton Training Drills

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Sometimes you only have half a court to train on in badminton and unfortunately, most drills are designed for a full court. So what can you do in this situation, not train? That’s not what you want!

Here we give you 7 Half-Court Badminton Training Drills that you can now use when you find yourself in this situation. They are also great for warming up too, another time you often only have half a court to play on!

7 Half-Court Drills to Improve Your Badminton

  1. Clear-Clear-Drop-Net-Lift 
  2. Drop-Net-Lift 
  3. Drives 
  4. Smash-Block-Lift 
  5. Pressure Defence 
  6. Drop-Net-Net-Lift
  7. Half Court Singles without Smashing

Clear-Clear-Drop-Push-Lift

A great way to get your body moving after the customary Clears back and forth to one another, making both players move back and forward on the court.

For the Clear-Clear-Drop-Push-Lift routine:

  • Player 1 begins by playing a High Lift to begin the routine. 
  • Player 2 plays a Clear. 
  • Player 1 then plays another Clear. 
  • Player 2 plays a Drop shot.
  • Player 1 then Pushes the shuttle back to mid-court. 
  • Player 2 then Lifts.
  • Player 1 starts the routine again with a Clear.
  • The routine repeats like this.

 

If you just want one person to practice the Drop shot, add in a second Push back.

Practice this drill for 2 minutes before moving on to the next drill. If you do add in the second Net shot, make sure you swap with your partner before moving on.

Drop-Net-Lift

The Drop-Net-Lift routine is a good drill to practice a Drop shot with full-court movement. Focus on your technique and your consistency, it is so frustrating to miss a simple shot in a match! So try not to make errors when performing this drill. 

You can also practice all of the different drops (Slow, Fast, and Slice), to practice your technique and keep your opponents guessing. 

If you want to learn more about each of the different Drop shots, check out our article Badminton Drop Shot.

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 shot back to Player 1.
  • Player 1 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.

Practice this drill for 2 minutes before moving on to the next drill. 

Drives

Practicing your drives is a go-to exercise for every player when warming up and what’s more, can easily be done on half a court! It is a great way to get sharp for a match but is also such an important shot in doubles. 

Drives will help get your feet moving for the constant little adjustments you need and warm up your hands and fingers for generating power and changing your grip quickly.

To perform Drives:

  • Both players begin in the mid-court
  • Hit the shuttle back and forth to one another
  • Try to keep the shuttle as low to the net as possible
  • Have a wide stance and a slight bend of your knees to keep low
  • A short swing is best using your fingers and thumb to generate the power

🔥Advanced🔥

If you want to increase the complexity of the drill you can occasionally add a lift in behind for one player to move back and smash before continuing the Drives. 

While performing Drives, one or both players can occasionally Lift the shuttle in behind the player. 

The player must then move back quickly and Smash the shuttle, before moving back and continuing the driving rally. 

This will encourage you not to stay static and practice your quick movement backward to retrieve the Smash.

Remember if you are struggling to get back for the Smash, don’t try to hit the Smash as hard as you can back. Control it back over and continue the rally. It is much more important to play a controlled, successful Smash that keeps the attack than putting everything you have into the net. 

Practice this drill for 2 minutes before moving on to the next drill. 

Smash-Block-Lift Routine

The Lift-Block-Smash routine is a good drill to practice the Smash motion, movement, and timing. Plus it’s great for fitness!

When performing this drill, make sure you focus on getting the right timing for your Smash as well as proper footwork to enable yourself to get into the proper position to perform the best possible Smash.

To perform the Smash-Block-Lift routine:

  • Player 1 begins by Lifting to the back of Player 2’s court. 
  • Player 2 then plays a Smash to Player 1.
  • Player 1 then blocks the shuttle back. 
  • Player 2, after recovering from the Smash, plays the shuttle back to Player 1. 
  • Player 1 then Lifts to the back of Player 2’s court again. 
  • The routine repeats like this.

Practice this drill for 2 minutes and then swap with your partner before moving on to the next drill.

Pressure Defense

Defense is such an important part of the game, so pressure defense definitely makes it onto our list of half-court training drills.  

Pressure Defense is great for working on your reactions and your defensive technique. The Feeder can also get something out of the drill by focusing on sharp, short, crisp actions at the front of the net. 

To perform Pressure Defense:

  • One player (the Feeder) should be stood at the net (but not too close!) 
  • The Player working should be stood around the mid-court
  • The Feeder should hit the shuttle down cooperatively at the Player. 
  • The Player should defend back to the net. 
  • Keep this going for as long as possible

As this drill requires cooperation from the feeder, there should also be a good amount of pressure on the Player defending but the rally should not break down too much. Try to get the balance between too easy and too hard! 

🔥Advanced🔥

If you want to make this drill harder you can add in these variations to the drill.

The Feeder can occasionally include a soft shot to bring the Player working forward to make sure they are on their toes and stop them from edging back too much.

The Feeder can keep switching to each side of the worker. This helps to practice changing your grips from forehand to backhand quickly whilst defending.

Try to Survive! If the Player wants to really practice their defense, the Feeder should apply as much pressure as they can. Who will make the mistake first?!

Practice this drill for 2 minutes and then swap with your partner before moving on to the next drill.

Drop-Net-Net-Lift

A great drill to practice your Net shot in a way that better reflects the actual movement you will be doing from the center of the court. Not only will this drill get your engine revving, by moving you backward and forward to keep this drill going, but it is also quite a common Singles combination that may occur in a match. 

As well as focusing on your footwork and consistency, it is important to practice a variety of Drop Shots with different paces and directions.

To perform the Drop-Net-Net-Lift routine:

  • Player 1 begins by playing a High-Lift to begin the routine. 
  • Player 2 then plays a Drop from the Lift. 
  • Player 1 plays a Net shot followed by another one from Player 2. 
  • Player 1 then Lifts.
  • Player 2 has to then get back and start the routine again with a Drop Shot.
  • The routine repeats like this.

Practice this drill for 2 minutes and then swap with your partner before moving on to the next drill.

Half-Court Singles without Smashing

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. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, even if you only have half a court available, you definitely can still train! 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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