In a game like Badminton, variation can be beneficial. Service is the first but most important part of the game. Without a good serve, you can’t start the game. It is important that you learn various services as it could be very beneficial to you.


There are four types of serves. They are:

  1. High service(Forehand)
  1. Low service( Forehand)
  1. Low service(Backhand)
  1. Flick serve(Backhand High serve)

Let’s find out more about each service and how to perfect them.

1. High serve: This is the first serve that all beginners should learn. It is the most basic serve, but it used even at the international level. It is a simple yet effective service. It is used in singles mainly. It is not a very good option for doubles, but still, some people may perform this serve.
This serve requires you to use swing your whole arm in an upward direction in order to gain enough momentum to hit the shuttle to the baseline of your opponent’s court.

This is how it is done

2.Low service(Forehand): The low forehand service is too a singles serve. People do use it in doubles, but it is recommended not to. There are top players like Jwala Gutta who still use that service, but it has caused her problems too. A low forehand serve can be learned quite easily. A huge and forceful swing isn’t required. The other advantage of doing the low service (forehand) is that it could look deceptive if done right. In other words, with the same action, we can do a high serve and a low serve. The opponents will be uncertain of what serve you will be doing.

 This is how it is done:

3. Low service(backhand): This is service is a very useful one. It is quite a technical serve to perform and needs a fair amount of practice to get it right. This is a doubles serve, but off late in men’s and now women’s singles, we see players using this serve as a variation. 

Almost all doubles players know how to serve using the backhand low serve.

The low serve is served to the’ T’ or the forecourt. If it is a very good serve the return to the serve will not be too strong.

This is how it is done

4. Flick serve( Backhand High serve): As the name suggests, the flick serve is used when you want to flick your opponent by sending them to the back of the court. This service relies on the element of surprise. Keeping the element of surprise in mind, this serve shouldn’t be performed very often and should be performed sparingly.

This is a remarkably tricky serve to learn, rather the hardest of all serves.

It is an excellent service to perform in singles but works well in singles too.

In the flick serve, it is the wrist that gives the last minute surprise push to the shuttle.

This is how it is done:

Even though there are four kinds of serve, learning all one by one can be very useful. Also, knowing how to serve in various styles is very beneficial. Also bring a variation in a particular type of serve is something that can fetch you points. This means changing the angle and increasing or decreasing the length of a serve can be of great help to you. This will definitely take your opponents by surprise, and they will have to be extra alert. 


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