There are three types of lifts in badminton: a flat lift, high lift and ‘regular’ height lift. The flat and high lift are more advanced, and is what we’re going to cover in this blog post!
A flat lift can quickly move your opponent, create counter attacking opportunities and is played with a short hitting action.
The high lift can reset the rally when you are under pressure and is played using a longer swing to hit the shuttle with extra height and power.
We’ll now cover how to play the two advanced lifts, why you should play them, and the tactics of what to do after playing it.
You should use a forehand grip for a forehand lift, and a backhand grip for a backhand lift! This sounds simple but we often see players struggle with lifting on their backhand side in particular.
This type of advanced lift requires a quick squeeze of the grip to create the ‘punch’ with a short follow-through.
Since the lift has a flat trajectory, the flight time is shorter. This means a short follow-through is REALLY important because if your opponent reaches it, you need to be ready for it to come back at you fast!
A big follow-through means less time to prepare for the next shot and you might not be able to get it!
The worker should aim to stay in a high position and play an aggressive shot back! Make sure to practice this from both sides, and also with the feed coming from cross-court.
This practice not only helps you improve your flat lifting, but it also helps you practice adjusting your position to defend the next shot.
This type of advanced lift will have a much bigger follow-through swing as you want to hit the shuttle high up into the air. To be able to hit it high, you need to come under the shuttle more.
As the shuttle will need to travel a much further distance to reach the back of the court, you need to hit it a lot harder to get it to the back!
Aside from the above, the high lift also has another tactical advantage:
You should always aim to make your opponent move across the back line when lifting, and we’d recommend to never hit more than 2 lifts in a row to the same place! This is so that you keep them moving, and they’re never fully on balance and in a good position.
We hope you’ve learnt that lifting in badminton doesn’t always have to be a defensive shot and it can actually be used to your advantage!
In a different article here, we discussed the basics of lifting, covering the footwork, grip, technique and some basic routines of how to practice your lifts, so feel free to have a read of that if you haven’t already!
And to see more visual examples, explanations and some fun practices, you can watch our YouTube video discussing the two types of advanced lifts below.