BWF Council Imposes Interim Ban on New Spin Serve

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Last Updated on 14/06/2023 by Kriss

In a recent development, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Council has approved an interim ban on the ‘spin serve’, a technique we explored in depth in one of our previous posts. This decision comes after much debate around this innovative serve, first introduced by Danish player Marcus Rindshoj at the Polish Open 2023.

The BWF Council has decided to enact an ‘experimental variation’ to the Laws of Badminton, prohibiting the use of the ‘spin serve’ effective immediately, and the ban will last until 29 May 2023. According to the amendment to 9.1.5 of Section 4.1 of the BWF Laws of Badminton, the server must now release the shuttle without adding spin, and the server’s racket should initially hit the base of the shuttle. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a fault being called.

This ban comes into effect in all BWF sanction international tournaments, including the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023 and the PERODUA Malaysia Masters 2023.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer explained that while the BWF appreciates innovation in the game, several feedback points, including those from the BWF Athletes’ Commission, suggested that the ‘spin serve’ could negatively impact the game. The ‘spin serve’ bears similarities to the ‘Sidek serve’, which is currently disallowed. An expert panel recommended the temporary ban until further discussion at the upcoming BWF AGM on 27 May 2023.

We will continue to monitor this development and provide updates on any further discussions and decisions on this matter by the BWF Council.


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