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  • Non-racquet foot forward

    344 19.78%
  • Racquet foot forward

    1,057 60.78%
  • Both feet (roughly) square to the net

    172 9.89%
  • It varies, depending on which side I serve from

    166 9.55%
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    i use racket foot forward, but both feet equally spaced together will also work as long as the contact with the birdie is in front and the racket doesn't hit the person, but if non racket foot is forward, you would probably hit your own thighs

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    Im right handed. I serve with my left foot foward, both feet lightly on my toes.

    I dont like both feet together serve. If you have both feet together and the shuttle is pushed mid court to the left/right I dont think you can react as fast as if your weight is shifted between both feet with non racket foot foward.

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    Racket foot forward for me .

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    Some coaches might advocate either.

    I stand with whichever foot is closest to the T; on the racket side of court, I stand non-racket foot forward, as I can put weight on this and lean a little closer in to the net, so the serve passes the net sooner.

    However, I don't think this makes my method significantly more correct. I've tried every stance in the book and there's not much in it as far as service quality is concerned. At the end of the day, if it's a comfortable stance that doesn't forfeit service accuracy/consistency, I don't think it matters.

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    Non-racket foot forward feels more comfortable to me, however I feel like it leaves me open after my serve, so I'm trying to switch to racket foot forward.

    Why do old habits have to die hard?

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    always racket foot forward

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    when i started playing badminton i would put left or right in the front. Now i only put the right(racket) in the front because i find it easier to serve.

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    its weird even having olympic medalists coach me as well as international players they have all said the same thing "stand however is most comfortable to you as long as it doesnt inhibit your ability to serve or to react after you have served the shuttle" and i stand by that and when teaching backhand to the kids in lessons i tell them the same thing.

    Personally i backhand serve in doubles with my non racquet foot forward its always been easier for me to push off and play a shot after serving or to put pressure onto the net after a serve. Im also alright serving standing square. however in singles when i backhand serve i either go racquet foot forward or standing square. different kind of game so need to change it up.

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    racket foot forward, if not leg will hit racket haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinjy View Post
    racket foot forward, if not leg will hit racket haha
    how close are you holding your racquet to your body? there should be alot of space between racquet and body/legs when backhand serving dont want to cram it all up near the body got to get it all out infront of you so that theres space and you dont run the risk of hitting yourself.

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    erm, is there any fix rule or scientific proven that which leg must stand forward? any one please enlighten me .

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    For single I believe the most universal choice is racket leg forward if serving with backhand, and it's a must to use non racket leg when serving with forhand.

    As for for doubles it varies depend on type of play and strategies and also the type of opponent.

    I would choose a racket hand slightly forward as a scientific appproach.
    Last edited by DaveC; 07-03-2008 at 02:43 AM. Reason: adding infomation

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    opps, i voted wrongly. it should be racket foot forward. so that your body weight (centre gravity) is leaned forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSHSBadmPlayer View Post
    opps, i voted wrongly. it should be racket foot forward. so that your body weight (centre gravity) is leaned forward.
    Yup, thats what i believe as part of a scientific appproach.
    But of coruse its only a general rule, and can varies with different players for different reason.

    example: serving with square feets when playing double allow you to move from side do side easier, this is when you want to leave all types of drive to your partner at the back. Standing square will inhibit you from springing backward to intercep a shot but jumping up sideways is much easier and that is what most players need to to when they are serveing. Standing with racket leg in front will allow you to spring forward faster.
    Just my comments

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    To move around quickly you need to lose your balance, and the best way to do this is to have one foot ahead of the other foot. Look at the 100 meters sprint, you will see the runners having one foot ahead of the other foot. If your feet were square you would end up last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taneepak View Post
    To move around quickly you need to lose your balance, and the best way to do this is to have one foot ahead of the other foot. Look at the 100 meters sprint, you will see the runners having one foot ahead of the other foot. If your feet were square you would end up last.
    But 100m sprinters only need to move in one direction: forwards.

    Different foot configurations are good for different directions of movement. In any case, you should be making a split drop after serving.

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    Well I actually changed from racket foot forward to both feet somewhat square to the net very recently. It feels much better for me since I can take advantage of my length much better now which makes the serve much better, so it's a keeper.

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