Badminton-How to Cover the full Court

How to Cover the Court Hello thanks for coming I am Lee in this video I would like to show you how to cover the court doubles and singles and mixed doubles you hit shuttle a corner and opponent always able to hit you straight angle to you or across or to the center center if shuttle comes to me and lets forget the center one then my opponent will be able to hit me straight clear, straight smash, straight drop shot or across clear, across drop shot, across smash so there is always straight and across angle in badminton the question here is how to cover those sides should we be 50-50 50% right hand side, 50% left hand side or 40-60 or 60-40 the other way round if so and why? that is the point in this video during my coaching career in asia, in europe I experimented many times about this thing and nearly 80-90% it works what I did to players is this I stand one corner and I ask player to stand exactly center yes like this and I say to him, I am going to hit shuttle here so you can hit any where so he expects here and when I am standing here it means in game he hit shuttle to this corner that’s why he is looking at this point so he is ready here which is straight he hit this corner and his mind is ready for straight and then what I do is this ready I will hit here, you can hit any where go ok ready go yes like Robin he knows what I am going to do so he is able to take that one but when the players have no idea what I am going to do then this happens so just this now Robin is trying to think this corner his mind is only ready for this corner so, in that time you have to ready go ok then ready go yeah like that that happens when his mind is ready for straight corner and then shuttle goes across side player cannot take that one one more so everything ready here ready so his mind is ready here and shuttle goes like this again just forget about that one so he is ready for this one yeah like that and difficult to take that one but not the other way round now different player who had not seen it before I say to him new one I will hit that corner so his mind is ready for across he forgot about straight corner so he expects me to hit there ready go ready go again ready go ready go that player can take so what I am saying is this if I hit straight corner if mind is ready for straight return and then shuttle comes to across side I cannot take that one but when I hit straight corner my mind is ready for across side and then shuttle comes straight then I can do that no problem so, as the level goes higher the players hit some where there body is ready for straight but there mind is 60-70% ready for across side so he is covering full court for example like this in singles ready I will hit that corner can you do cross drop shot please ok hit like this and like that you will see this picture very often in real game the lower level players when they hit that corner their body, their mind is ready for straight, this corner and they cross it and they could not take it can you do that again so this is lower level player shuttle is there he follows and then, finished but high level players they hit that corner their body is straight corner because its fast straight fast, across is more length and angle is narrow but there mind is ready for this one have a look so they hit there they follow, but they are aware of that corner so, this is what I am going to say you hit any corner then your body physical body should be ready 60% straight side, but your mind should be ready 60% across side then you will be ready for both ways have a look please so, when I am standing here then Robin stay little bit physically yes because its fast so, but your mind should be ready for other side so drive cross way drive ok any time go across its ok because he is aware of that because his mind is there more yeah ready ready keep going there its easy easy but have a look if Robin’s mind is same straight side more than across side then that ok try, just think of this ok ready and then there again ready ready for straight ready for straight yes that happens very often now change again, be ready for there more in your mind so his mind is across side but straight is ok and then across easy the other side same here and body is like that same side, same side because this is straight and then his mind is ready for across one so ready ready ok ready ok that one mind was straight ready mind is straight yes mind is across side mind is across side straight is ok but not the other way round ready for straight, your mind is ready for straight ready here and go you can try with your partner tonight in your club your mind ready for straight and shuttle comes across side you cannot take it ready one more ok your mind should be across side ready there so his mind was ready there thats ok thats ok but still thats ok too but not the other way round so your mind is straight he expects me to hit straight so expects straight so ready here yeah its very difficult so now can you stay there in singles some people they do block side ways smash there block to the net and then their body and their mind is ready for straight corner this one if they do 1 2 3 all other corners problem higher level players what they do their opponents smash there they block it they don’t go here after they block it they go to the center because this corner is the easiest corner he is ready for other 3 corners if a player after block if they are ready for this corner then he is ready for most easy corner and make empty for different corners have a look after block ready for this corner so after block ready for this corner thats problem again same after ready, ready for this corner its difficult one more ready after block your mind and body ready for here and that’s problem now the other way round, which I believe is the right way after block forget this one and ready for go back to base further ok go back corner that’s ok and then his mind is ready for the other corners not this corner because this you can take it even when you don’t think about this one ready go back to center go center, that’s ok same go back to the center that’s ok one more go back to the center but still no problem when he is not thinking of this corner so he is ready for all corners but watch again this one come ready for this one after block after block ready for this corner so in singles one more experiment so Robin is ready for this one and this one ready go he is ready for this one and that one sorry sorry this two he is ready for this one and that two corners this one and that one when I am standing here which means he is ready for straight corner or now have a look carefully two corners that corner and that corner so he is ready for across corner as well as for straight corner he is ready he is not ready for this corner and the other corner same two corners so he is ready this corner he is ready that corner but some times shuttle here this two, that corner and that corner when shuttle comes here no problem same ready for this two when shuttle goes the other side that’s ok but like before same two corners ready for this one and this one ready for this one and that one this one and then difficult so if you are playing singles you hit any where then your mind you should be ready for two corners straight back corner, across front corner that will be beneficial to you in order to cover all corners for example ok Robin can you stay there you hit shuttle here if you cover two corners which two corners yes and then you hit shuttle here which two corners yes same if you hit shuttle corner here which two corners will you cover those yes same if you hit shuttle here yes have a look lets see shuttle is here so ready your mind is there and there ok ready go lift it that corner and that corner again so net that’s ok because you are facing it but lets say can you be ready this two corners please forget the other two so if you are ready for the same side so ready straight corner and then shuttle goes across side, cannot take it ok one more please make empty the front corner except if you hit very steep net shot then it will come closer, that’s different situation but if you do normal net shot then don’t come close after net shot come close, this is wrong come close and that’s problem after net shot go back to base after net shot go back to the base that’s ok still ok same go back to the base go back to base and then that’s ok so that way you will develop your view of the whole court please try this evening with your partner you say nothing to him and you say to him you stand one corner ask him to be center I am going to hit here and so ready this one ready go and then he cannot take it and next time you say ready that corner and then he will take this one again so you empty your mind, ready go, yes like this your mind is there ready go yes still ok please try its amazing why that happens if I am ready like if I am ready like this and then shuttle pass like that I am going that way, shuttle is passing so difficult to follow but if my mind is there shuttle is there then you still can go so I think that’s why, that’s I have studied so in doubles especially in singles this way of thinking is crucial, very very important especially for higher levels thank you

100 thoughts on “Badminton-How to Cover the full Court

  1. Hi Coach Lee,
    Your videos are very good. Please contribute, your coaching is being used throughout the world.

    Not only your sport analysis is very good, but also the science behind it is CORRECT. Simplicity is embedded in your coaching.

  2. sir, am 16 and plays quite well badminton and my coach says am  full of tension while playin kindly help me by ur command

  3. thank you for all your video lessons show, really helped me to deliver learning materials to students. (y)

  4. Sir i am a bigginer 19 years old. I appriciate the work you are doing by posting your training videos. I have learned a lot from them. I want to be a successful badminton player like you, sir. 
    Sir you told that we shoul be ready for the straight back and across top corner…………but it is quite difficult for me…..i am not able to understand how to do it………….please guide me sir..

  5. sir you are a great coach iam fat just of 13 i play badminton very well but i am not able to cover the court can you help me

  6. that's so amazing i had a problem with my moves in single and now this vid solved my problem !! thank you so so much !! 

  7. wow very nice video very helpful i learned allot i was just wondering if there was any sort of techniques or workouts that i could be doing to help with my power any advice would be helpful thanks.

  8. Hi coach Lee,
    I always learn something whenever I watch your videos.
    BTW can you give some instruction on how to improve the power of the clear. I always have problem and don't seem to have enough power to send the shuttle to the back no matter how hard I try. I think I am missing something in my stroke – some technique I am not doing right or what. I turn my shoulders I swing as hard as I can, I try to use my wrist more etc but still don't have enough power the clear to send the shuttle to the back.Most of the time I reach 3/4 court.

  9. Hi coach Lee
    i'm from bangladesh i have seen ur many video and i'm really wonder,if i ware live in ur country i took training from u.

  10. Hi coach Lee,
    I've been always wondering how can I defend against a player that cross court smashes , every time I tried to defend against it, its either a very bad block or I just barely miss it.

  11. Coach Lee thank you for all of your videos.
    I'm just start to play badminton and your instruction improve me a lot.
    You are amazing. Greeting from Thailand!

  12. hey coach … im 15 … i've got a problem of footwork when i serve the shuttlecock to the opponent from my left side, and when the opponent replies the shuttle to my right, im quite struggling with it … could u help or give me any tips in video … ?


  13. Hi Coach I like all of your videos they are very help full for the beginners and the advance players also. My kids play badminton and i watch your videos and guide them.

  14. Very helpful…It was really nice to hear what my mind thinks, and y my body moves a particular direction during the game,…very well explained…

  15. Thanks a lot , its very deep point and powerful ,, also its very useful for beginner and intermediate players.. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiment …

  16. sir please tell me if the opponent tosses the shuttle on my left then how to control the body in motion and take backhand when we are not facing the net

  17. Thanks a ton Coach Lee. Your videos are awesome and had helped me a lot to play badminton in a much better way. I take your coaching videos very seriously. Waiting for more. Thanks once again. Regards.

  18. Excellent tips Coach Lee. Very clear and very direct instructions. One of the best coaching I've ever watched. Thank You!!

  19. sir, when i play and miss a shot i get really angry and this leads to loosing more shots am not angry outside the court. my coach here says i have comparatively more strength then the other girls who play with me but i am not able to use it in the right direction. How should i control the power and where should i apply more force and how to control my anger?

  20. Coach lee you are the bes coach ever. I improved my wrist power, footwork, and plays even more when I learned your lessons. I've been watching and learning your videos for the last 2 years and it's very helpful for me. God Bless coach!

  21. Dear Coach Lee: This is an excellent video. Thanks for taking time to explain the concept so clearly. I am a singles player and always had a problem covering the full court. I have watched this video a few times and practiced it on the court. Now I am able to apply the concept while playing and I see a huge difference in my game. Thanks again.

  22. Mr.lee All you videos are amazing and has helped me a lot . You are the best coach . I have improved a lot from your videos

  23. Great demonstration Coach Lee.
    Your videos are really helpful. About a year ago, i used to play poor. i even sprained my hand.
    But now with your help I've learned to play well. I've learned to smash and some backhands.I've seen korean professional playing and tried to imply their style and it helped.

    I just like to play for fun.I like badminton very much but I don't want to make a profession in it.
    So all I have to do is learn by playing myself against other competing players as I can't go for training 🙂 ….So here comes your videos with excellent explanation which prove helpful.

    My biggest problem is covering the court as i get very tired and my heart starts beating rapidly.

    Once i told you that i got sprain in my hands and how can i smash better without spraining them and you said that if there could be any way so that you can see my playing style….here i've uploaded a video just for fun….If you could see my playing style and explain me where can i improve
    This video:

  24. Hi dear coach lee. I love watching your videos about badminton but in some videos u have used mic which makes ur instructions clear. Please try to use that. Thank you!

  25. dear coach, thank you very much..i have been playing badminton lately. what could be the reason i sprained my thumb muscle on palm so badly? is it the wrong way of holding the racquet causing pain?

  26. Can you please explain why ready for straigth  back corner? in the video you say body 60% straigth and mind 60% cross.Front is ok – i understand, but why 120% on straigth back and ony 80% on cross back

  27. Thanks Coach !! I am 43 years and play Singles. Thanks for this Video. This will really help me. Thanks once again.

  28. dear sir… m not able to put sufficient power for clear on my backhand as well as forehand side… m using lining racket with tention 24…. can i know what can i do to improve it????

  29. Sir first of all thank you for your series of videos which are helping everyone to improve their game in a better way. I am a doubles player, Height 6" wight 80 kg. In recent days I am facing pain in my paying arm while playing continuously for only two days. Pain is near "bicipital aponeurosis" & "brachialis". While playing; Pain is so hard that I can't even hold my hand up to receive service. Right now I ma taking rest to heal the pain. But I know that it will start again on Monday while practicing. I do lot's of exercise before practice. 1. 2. Sir please help me to save my game

  30. dear coach I improvised my game more. but one thing I noticed my self. I am moving hardly to hit the shuttle where as my opponents who is a champ he is moving very normally and winning on me . please let me know how to improvise my moment vid hard running in the court.

  31. I am learning a lot from your videos.. Thank you sir. You are a great teacher. Love and regards from India.

  32. Hey man your videos are great. But just for a tip, you should get microphone so your voice quality can be better and more clear. But yeah this video is great and it helped me a lot 😀

  33. how to grip Badminton I saw ur vedio but know I m not able to change my grip. I grip my Badminton with forehand generally so not able to shot through backhand.

  34. Lee, you are a big hit in Europe! Viewers in Germany, Switzerland and GB just love you. Your videos are unique and very well prepared and explained. thanks!


  36. What an amazing video. I always struggled to understand what to cover and usually reached late to pick the shuttle because I was thinking all the four corners. Will definitely try this way of thinking. Thanks a lot Coach!!

  37. Dear Coach, your videos have helped me improve my game a lot. I always watch a lesson before playing with my friends and they are amazed at the improvements that I am making.

    A question: Have you considered coaching students over internet, by getting video recordings from the student, and creating custom video lessons for the student based on the submitted video? I would very much like to get lessons from you that way.

  38. sir when I make drop from rear court after he lift it like drop suddenly if he hit at backhand high I can't hit y? then what I do how to footwork

  39. Thankyou sir, it's seems impossible to get this kind of knowledge specially when there is no coach around…
    Thankyou very much
    Love from India…

  40. Coach Lee I started to play badminton I watched your video to use proper grip.what are the next videos I should watch to improve you have more videos so I don't know which to watch to improve my basics.And coach in my shots I don't get power and hitting back the birdie only to the opponent where he is help me how to improve my game.

  41. Sir, I like your teaching a lot but I suggest you can improve the quality of the voice because there is lot of echo

  42. Sir, thanks for the excellent suggestions…. But am not able to move freely throughout the Court… Not able to clear…I am fast in running but not able to move freely in court

  43. Great video but just for a suggestion please speak a little bit faster because long videos are very boring to see but hence the video was very nice .

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