(7 Steps) How To Serve High (Forehand Long Serve)

When you are playing badminton, the forehand long serve or high long serve is one of the most important strokes that you need to master. This particular stroke is used to put your opponents at the back of the court and give you an advantage. In this article, we shall share the importance of long high service and how to execute properly from beginner to pro level.

The long high serve is one of the most important strokes in badminton as it can give you an immediate advantage over your opponents. It is a very powerful stroke and can be used to put your opponents at the back of the court.

Who should learn this Serve?

The long serve is suitable for all levels of players, from beginner to pro. Even if you are playing for enjoyment, it is still good to have this stroke in your repertoire as it can be very useful in certain situations.

Why learn this?

The high long serve is a very powerful stroke and can be used to put your opponents at the back of the court. This will give you more space to attack and put pressure on your opponents. In addition, the long service can also be used to score points directly.

How to execute the forehand long serve?

The forehand high long serve can be executed by using a backhand grip. To execute forehand long serve, you need to follow the below steps:-

Step 1: Having a Proper Grip

The first thing that you need to do is to have a proper grip on your racket. For a backhand grip, you need to hold the racket in your right hand and place your thumb at the top of the racket. Make sure to leave a 1 finger-wide gap in between your index finger and middle finger for stability.

Having a Proper Grip
Having a Proper Grip

Step 2: Stance & Balance

Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and your weight should be evenly distributed. You can either stand side-on or square-on to the net, depending on your preference.

Step 3: Standing Position

Beginner or intermediate players, they should stand inside the service near to service court line. Ensure no feet are touching the boundary line or service line. It is advisable to experiment with your standing position to find the sweet spot that suits you.

Step 4: Hold the shuttlecock correctly

The shuttlecock should be held at the bottom with your thumb and index finger. The other 3 fingers should be folded into your palm. Do not hold a shuttlecock with lose grip as this will affect your shuttlecock to wobble in the air while executing the long serve.

Hold Shuttle In Steady Way
Hold Shuttle In Steady Way

Step 5: Racket Position before execution

The racket should be pointing downwards at a 45-degree angle and the face of the racket should be perpendicular to the ground. Lift your racket arm towards the 4 o’clock direction (Backside of stance) and hold the shuttlecock to the 2 o’clock from the front side.

Step 6: Start Serve

For beginners and intermediates, it is advised to lift toe balance from the front leg to the back leg and then release the shuttlecock, apparently releasing a 4 o’clock position racket for hitting the shuttlecock. The swinging racket should connect the shuttle at a point, just above your front knee.

Surely, this won’t be easy to execute perfectly for beginners. However, with regular practice, you will be able to execute it perfectly in no time!

Step 7: Finish Position

After hitting the shuttlecock, you should notice, that body weight has shifted from back leg to front. Whereas, your racket hand approached your ear level. This is important to complete your position and be ready for the next shot.

The above 7 steps are a guide on how you can execute a forehand high long serve. Remember to practice regularly and have patience, you will be able to master this stroke in no time!

Additional Tips

  1. It is important to warm up before you start your practice session. This will help to prevent any injuries and also help you to be in the right mindset.
  2. Beginners make mistakes by not tightening shoe laces, which can be dangerous. So, make sure to double-check your shoes before you start serving.
  3. It is always recommended to have extra pair of shoes and socks, in case your shoes get wet. Wearing comfortable clothes is also important, as you don’t want to be distracted while you are serving.
  4. Carry the right weighted badminton racket, as it will help you to execute the stroke perfectly. If the racket is too heavy, it will be difficult to control.

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I hope the above information will help you to execute a forehand high long serve perfectly. Good service is the key to winning a badminton game. So, make sure to practice regularly and have patience, you will be able to master this stroke in no time!

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