The flick serve in badminton is when the serve goes in an upwards trajectory and lands at the back of the designated service box. It can be used as an attacking shot to make your opponents move backwards and open up space on the court. It can also be used to add variety to your serves to keep your opponents guessing what you are going to do.
To play the flick serve in badminton, have a backhand grip and hold the shuttle with your thumb and index finger. Take a controlled backswing, bending your elbow to no more than 90 degrees and keeping your shoulder quite still. Then squeeze your fingers and thumb to create the power.
A lot of players have problems with the quality and consistency of their flick serve, or they don’t know how to use it to its full advantage. So in this article, we will cover:
Step 1: The Grip
Step 2: Racket Positioning
Step 3: Shuttle Positioning
You can also hold it with your thumb, index finger and middle finger – this again is down to personal preference. Just don’t hold it by the cork, as this reduces your control and accuracy!
The angle you hold the shuttle is also very important. It should be roughly facing this direction:
This is because:
Step 4: Foot Positioning
Similar to the low serve (which you can learn more about here), you can stand with your feet side by side, with your racket leg forwards, or your non-racket leg forwards. Again, this down to is personal preference.
Step 1: Have a controlled backswing, bending your elbow to no more than 90 degrees and keeping your shoulder quite still.
Step 2: Bring your arm forwards, squeezing your fingers & thumb to create the power.
3 common mistakes that we often see with the hitting action are:
Now that we’ve gone through the correct preparation, hitting action, when and where you should hit it, hopefully you’ve learned something that you can implement into your game.
If you’d like to see visual examples of how to perform the backhand flick serve in badminton, you can watch our YouTube video here!
There has definitely been some controversy with various types of serves in the badminton world – you can watch our video on the spin serve here, or read about the serving rules to learn what is legal or illegal when it comes to the flick serve