Badminton Science: Transfer of Energy

Hi Badmintologists!
Did you know that the way you move your body can affect the power of your shot?
When standing still our bodies aren’t able to transfer lots of energy into a shot. By
shifting our weight we can build up momentum. This momentum releases energy and if done
smoothly can help to create a really powerful shot without using a whole heap of effort.
To get this power, the muscles which are the furthest from your racquet need to be activated
and head in the opposite direction to where you’re hitting. Once everything is lined
up the body then moves towards the direction you’re hitting. Your feet should be the
first to move, followed by your hips and body. Your arms and wrist are last to move before
your racquet hits the shuttle. Your legs are then the first to land and wait for the next
instruction, followed by your body and then arms.
By keeping a smooth motion from pre to post shot, more energy is transferred from body
to racquet. You might have seen players drawing halo’s
around their head with their racquets. This is so that their whole body doesn’t do one
static action followed by another, it’s one big continuous motion that doesn’t stop
until you start moving for the next shot. The racquet arm moves back to pre-load but
continues straight into moving forward to hit the shuttle which conserves that energy
producing a powerful shot. Try it out yourself. Stand still and hit the
shuttle. Then try it again by moving in one big motion using your entire body. You should
find you don’t need as much effort to hit the shuttle the same distance and it should
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3 thoughts on “Badminton Science: Transfer of Energy

  1. Interesting here. Is badminton about momentum transfer or repulsion? Tennis I can see is momentum transfer and it seems the power hitters have low tension stringing to allow momentum to transfer over a longer period whereas badminton players have tight stringing mote suited for racket speed and instant repulsion.
    Or should badminton players have heavier racquets and soft stringing?

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