Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by 2ndServe, Dec 11, 2012.
is the footwork more demanding than tennis?
I don't know about the footwork, but it helped me develop a really flexible/snappy wrist.
After picking up tennis, all racquet sports do not come close for fun. And tennis has way more footwork effort than badminton.
Footwork in badminton is much more demanding than tennis, yes (I mean physically, not necessarily technically). Rallies are much longer in badminton, so you can get winded in a couple of rallies, which basically never happens in tennis. Badminton is similar to squash in that respect.
Badminton is like volleyer vs volleyer, it is much quicker so a lot of reaction shots, not all but many, many more than baseline bashing tennis. Long story short, footwork happens but it is at the level of a reaction not a grooved stroke, much of the time.
Badminton is rather unique in that the courts (at least the ones I play on) are really soft, which makes diving a lot easier. Perfect for when your feet have stopped working because there are a lot of small steps coupled with sprints, and you really have to be on your toes at all times.
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