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    Question Holding the Shuttle

    I know this is a absolutely a noobie question to ask but...

    I have been playing badminton for only about 1 year, but i had coaching training, so i can be considered as an intermediate player . I do know how to smash, drop, drive, net smash, and serve correctly. I realized that during doubles serve, i hold the shuttle by the cork. Rarely, i hit my own fingers on a flick serve. I don't exactly know how to hold a shuttle correctly for doubles. I guess i hold the shuttle by the cork becuase i play with plastic a lot.

    So what is the correct way to hold a shuttle?
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    by the tip of the feathers/plastic. I use just 1 finger and my thumb.

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    I feel like when i hold it by the tip of the plastic, it "crumbles", So is there any merit of holding it by the tip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarcraftTerran View Post
    I feel like when i hold it by the tip of the plastic, it "crumbles", So is there any merit of holding it by the tip?
    I use my ring finger to stabilize the bird a bit more and point the cork towards myself.

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    so does holding the bird by the tip help with serving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarcraftTerran View Post
    so does holding the bird by the tip help with serving?
    I'm more comfortable holding it by the feather tip with my thumb and index finger. Then using my ring finger to sorta prop it up and having the cork pointed directly towards my racket.

    My serves are fairly consistent; flat trajectory, low to the net, and close to the service line. So I would say that it helps me, but the same may not apply to you.

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    So there isn't much of a merit of holding the birdie by the feather, because when I hold the birdie by the feathers, the serve is very bad. Should I spend the time on practicing how to serve by holding the feather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarcraftTerran View Post
    So there isn't much of a merit of holding the birdie by the feather, because when I hold the birdie by the feathers, the serve is very bad. Should I spend the time on practicing how to serve by holding the feather?
    If your serves are good, I don't see why you should change the way you serve. It's really just a style issue when it comes to serving. If you're consistent with your serves, stick with it.

    FYI, I don't meet many people who also use their ring finger (like I do) to control the bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarcraftTerran View Post
    So there isn't much of a merit of holding the birdie by the feather, because when I hold the birdie by the feathers, the serve is very bad. Should I spend the time on practicing how to serve by holding the feather?
    I suppose you can take a look at badminton videos available on Youtube
    and see how they hold their shuttles in Doubles. Also, as you're receiving
    coaching, I'm wondering what your coach says?

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    Like anything, it takes practice to get used to holding the shuttle buy the feathers. I do it this way because it keeps most of the hand out of the way and prevents hitting my fingers.

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    Well, it depends on which way you serve for doubles. If you use the forehand serve, then holding it by the cork (two fingers at the stripe) is fine. If you're using the backhand serve, you'll want to learn to hold it by the feather (or plastic as the case may be). You don't have to hold it right at the very tip - you can hold more or less of the bird as you need to.

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