I've just started my first badminton training lesson a few days ago, hoping to learn up some basic footwork which is one of the key areas I'm totally bad at. p/s: Right hander So the first thing he taught me was footwork. He told me to use 4 steps to move to the 2 back corners or the the front 2 corners, starting with the left leg. So it's basically, left---> right---> left and then ending with the right leg. I'm quite ok with the steps for front court work aka net play(moving forward) but extremely not confortable with the back court play, that is having me to move several steps backwards to hit the shuttle. Also I do know that it's a must to be having your right leg behind(or rather body balance on your right) when smashing/lobbing the ball BUT I'm not too sure about the "start with your left leg part" for shots at the back of the court One reason is because I've seen a lot of materials online that people often use start off with moving their right leg behind first, followed by a "sidestep" or "skipping" by the left leg <---- Not sure of the terminology here... but something like in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSmflcwGfhI&feature=player_detailpage#t=77s I see all the pros playing, they always use this "skipping" technique..like LCW'S slow mo footwork video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haMmokBFgk0&feature=related so I'm not too sure why my coach is asking me to use move my left leg behind first, then only the right leg. Perhaps it's just the very basic? Btw, my class is big.. around 10 ppl for 2 hours, so there is little time spent on each person. Adding the the fact that I'm new while the others are already way more advanced than me, so he didn't quite explain specifics and reasons..