The badminton forehand drop shot

The forehand drop shot enables players to move their opponent to the front court. This will either win a point or create space in the mid and back court to exploit.

Stage one

  • As the shuttlecock is returned, stand in position on the balls of your feet, with knees slightly bent.
  • Turn sideways with your left foot pointing towards the target and your right foot parallel to the baseline.
  • The left shoulder and fully extended elbow will be pointing towards the shuttlecock.
  • The racket elbow should be extended backwards behind the head at 90ᵒ with the face of the racket above head height.
  • Transfer weight onto the back foot.

Stage two

  • Keep your eyes on the shuttlecock.
  • Flex your wrist and elbow backward until the racket is parallel with the floor.
  • Rotate your body and step forward towards the shuttlecock with your racket leg, transferring your weight through the shot.
  • Extend your racket elbow upwards into a throwing position.

Stage three

  • Keep your eyes on the shuttlecock.
  • Extend your racket elbow towards the shuttlecock, with non-racket shoulder rotating backwards.
  • Make contact with the shuttlecock as high as possible in front of your body.
  • Extend your elbow and flex your wrist on contact.
  • Slice across the shuttlecock with the face of the racket slightly open, or just before contact, slow the speed of the racket down, tapping the shuttle gently over the net.
  • Hit the shuttlecock at a flat trajectory, allowing it to drop just over the net.

Stage four

  • Your body should have fully rotated with your racket foot now bearing all the weight and facing towards the target.
  • The racket will follow through, finishing to the left hand side of your body.
  • Return back to ready position for the next shot.