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    Default Horizontal forehand serve

    I just watch a game with Saina Nehwal / Hsu Ya Ching. I noticed Saina forehand serve and observed that the racket is almost horisontal. is'n it a faute?

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    The racket must be pointing in a downward direction, and that's quite vague and open to interpretation from the service judge/umpire.

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    Almost horizontal is fine. As @Carlie-SWUK mentioned (if you want to read it for yourself, it's rule 9.1.7), horizontal is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie-SWUK View Post
    The racket must be pointing in a downward direction, and that's quite vague and open to interpretation from the service judge/umpire.
    In old days, about 20-30yrs ago, the top side of the head's frame should be lower or same level as the top of the grip's cone. That should be the shaft being angled of at least 12-15 degree to the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    In old days, about 20-30yrs ago, the top side of the head's frame should be lower or same level as the top of the grip's cone. That should be the shaft being angled of at least 12-15 degree to the ground.
    20-30 years ago?! If I remember rightly it changed in like 2006 to the 'downward direction' rule.

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    Thanks Charlie, I didn't know that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    Thanks Charlie, I didn't know that!
    Don't quote me on it! It's just not that old, and I remember being taught that rule along with 15 point serve score system.

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    Downward direction? That's also rather vague because the racket's shaft forming just 1degree angle with the ground is also DOWNWARD!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sautom88 View Post
    Downward direction? That's also rather vague because the racket's shaft forming just 1degree angle with the ground is also DOWNWARD!!!
    That's what makes it so vague, but to be honest, that rule isn't really to stop drive serves. It's to stop people putting top spin on their serves in a pseudo-smash style shot. In fact I wouldn't be shocked if they changed the rule to make drive serves viable.

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    I honestly would prefer if they went back to the old rule where the racket head had to be below the serving wrist....

    These days with the horizontal rule, it is so fine that most club badminton umpires are reluctant to call the fault resulting in players doing it until they play in a tournament with qualified umpires and wondering why they are being faulted....

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    Wow... And all this time I've been forcing myself to serve with the frame below my wrist... Time to tweak my serve some more...

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Wow... And all this time I've been forcing myself to serve with the frame below my wrist... Time to tweak my serve some more...
    Although I know the rules allow it, I still have not changed my backhand serve to raise the head a bit more...its still the old fashioned way with the head pointed downwards..

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