Although badminton players improve naturally through matches with other players, it’s a mistake to dismiss badminton drills as optional or unnecessary. It’s true that drills lack the spontaneity and pressure of real matches; however, even the most experienced players can benefit from methodical, repetitive exercises that challenge them to improve their footwork and strokes. Badminton drills also help with limbering up, building stamina, and “memorizing” moves until the player doesn’t have to think about them. In short, drills keep badminton players in top condition.
Special equipment such as shuttlecock feeders are helpful, but not essential, especially if the player has a partner to serve shuttles. A player that lacks both can instead stand in front of a wall and practice hitting a shuttlecock against it. Almost any move can be practiced and refined this way, and it increases response time. It also breaks players out of the habit of using large swings as opposed to small, quick moves.
Some badminton drills focus strictly on footwork. Speed is less important than consistency, rhythm, and stamina. Proper footwork saves energy, prevents injury, and helps the player move efficiently around the court. Once the player masters the lunges and side-to-side movements, speed naturally follows.
Many drills can be done with two or more players. For example, playing half court singles helps both players increase their speed and improve the accuracy of their shots. One player can compete with two players to improve reflexes.
Badminton drills can’t take the place of training and input from an experienced coach. Without feedback, new players might continue to grip the racquet incorrectly or use improper footwork. A coach will see what they’re doing wrong and help them correct the problem. But once a player has a firm grasp on all the basics, they will benefit immeasurably from badminton drills.