Badminton is a fast-paced game filled with quick movements and even quicker thinking. When deciding how to train for badminton, one must consider what areas of the game are the most important. Also, examine the workout plans of other similar sports such as tennis, and racquetball. These can help expose similar areas that you should consider when beginning your training regiment. All of these sports require great footwork, and excellent hand-eye coordination. By combining simple footwork drills and coordination drills, you will be better able to improve your skill in badminton, and other sports as well. Before starting any type of physical training you should consider contacting your physician to ensure that you are healthy enough to begin training. In all of these drills the focus should be to build skills, while building the level of physical conditioning. Jogging, and sprints can be simple ways to help in the area of conditioning. As well as bike riding and walking can be very simple ways to start training for sports such as badminton. The ability to maintain your level of physical conditioning, and react quickly can be the deciding factor in becoming a good player or a great player.
Footwork may be the one area in all of sports where an athlete can easily increase their skills. Although, it does require a fair amount of work, it is an area that can be improved easily, and at little to no cost. One drill that can be easily set up is the Z' drill. In this drill the person begins by shuffling to their left to a designated place. Then you shuffle at an angle to the next position, then shuffle sideways to the left to complete the Z' formation. This drill can be segmented out in sections of five or ten yards apiece. Another simple drill can be formed by boxing out in area with cones, or any other type of marker. This drill requires the simple motion of shuffling in a box formation. By maintaining a low, active stance, you begin by running ahead, shuffling to the right, running backwards, than finish by shuffling to the left. This drill can be inverted to the other side as well. While working on these types of drills, it provides the function of building up the cardiovascular portion of the training. One drill that can also be helpful is using the ladder. In this drill there is a piece of equipment that is sectioned out to look like a ladder. It is laid on the ground and requires the participant to run through the ladder touching their feet in between each rung of the ladder. There are some different variations in drills that can be done with this piece of equipment. A training ladder can cost anywhere from $10-$30 dollars, but with some creativity a similar training tool can be made from at-home objects.
Coordination is one of the major determining factors in how effective a person will be when playing sports. The idea of the Natural athlete may be one explanation for high levels of coordination, however, this is another area where a person can develop and improve their skills through work. Some basic things such as participation in other sports, working with both hands, and even playing video games can help improve your coordination skills. The best way to develop skills is by participating in multiple sports. Playing sports such as tennis, racquetball, and even catch with a baseball or football, can greatly increase a person's coordination. While doing these different sports the focus should be on working both your dominant, and non-dominant hands. A simple way to practice this is by lightly throwing a tennis ball against a brick or cement wall. By tossing the ball and catching it with both hands, you can greatly improve your coordination with both the left and right hand.