How to Improve Timing in Badminton: A Simple Guide

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Last Updated on 03/09/2023 by Kriss

Are you struggling with your timing in badminton? You’re not alone! Timing is crucial in badminton, affecting everything from your smashes to your drop shots. In this blog post, we’ll explore some straightforward tips to help you improve your timing and elevate your game.

To improve timing in badminton, focus on practicing basic drills, enhancing your footwork and therefore being in the correct position, and considering professional coaching.

Why is Timing Important?

Timing in badminton is the key to executing powerful and accurate shots. If your timing is off, you’ll find it challenging to control the shuttlecock, making it easier for your opponent to score. Good timing allows you to:

  1. Hit Powerful Smashes: A well-timed swing can add extra speed to your smashes.
  2. Control the Shuttle: Accurate timing helps you place the shuttle exactly where you want it.
  3. Consistency: Being consistent means that you will win more points in the long run. You will make fewer unforced errors and put your opponent under more pressure.

Tips to Improve Your Timing

1. Practice Basic Drills

Start with the basics. Practice forehand and backhand drills to get the feel of the shuttlecock on your racket. The more you practice, the better your timing will get. If you are a beginner it is normal to struggle with your timing and it will improve quickly. Make sure that you don’t develop bad habits early on. Use the correct grip and technique for each shot. We also have a guide for all the grips you need for each shot.

2. Focus on Footwork

Good footwork is essential for timing. Practice moving quickly and efficiently around the court. This will help you get to the shuttlecock faster, giving you more time to prepare for your shot. Keep your center of gravity low, your weight on your toes, and check out our footwork guide.

A good position will help you improve your timing since you will hit fewer shots under pressure without correct positioning.

3. Get Professional Coaching

If you’re serious about improving your timing, consider hiring a coach. They can provide personalized guidance and help you identify areas for improvement. A coach will quickly see your mistakes and know how to fix them. However, you don’t need a coach to make progress with your timing – but you might leave some potential behind.

Also read: Is a Badminton Coach Worth it?

4. Start Slow

This one mainly goes for smashes. When you have bad timing you shouldn’t focus on a full 100% smash. Focus on the technique and hit a half-smash with maybe 50-70% power. This will allow you to focus more on the timing and positioning of the smash. Most of the time, a well-positioned half-smash is more effective than a badly placed one with 100% power.

5. Try to Hit The Sweet Spot

Have you ever heard of the sweet spot? It describes the ideal area on the racket where you should hit the shuttle. This is where the racket itself and your string tension come into play. Different rackets have different sweet spots but in general, it is right in the center of your racket. A lighter string tension increases this sweet spot, a tighter tension decreases it. If you try hit the sweet spot – your timing should improve.

Sweet Spot in Badminton
The size of the sweet spot decreases when you have higher string tension.

6. Listen to The Sound

You might have heard that really sharp and loud bite when a pro hits a nice smash. This sound is actually a very good indicator of your timing. A well-timed smash or clear creates a sharp sound and feels good. There is however one variable that might hold you back: The string tension. Especially as a beginner you profit from a string tension that is lower than the ones that the pros use. These lower tensions won’t create that biting sound. But no matter what string material or tension you use, a good smash will still sound right.

Also read: Mastering Badminton String Tension.

7. Know Where to Hit The Shuttle

All the basic shots in badminton require a different location of the impact point of the racket with the shuttle. You should hit a smash slightly in front of your body to create the correct angle while you hit a clear right over your head. Your racket should be at shoulder height to hit a nice tight net shot. This isn’t necessarily a tip for timing, but both of these things might influence each other. This concept is also discussed in this video where two pros break down how to create a powerful smash.

Try to record yourself and compare it to pro players or better players at your local club. You might see a lot of things to work on.


Improving your timing in badminton is not something that happens overnight. It requires consistent practice, focus, and perhaps a bit of guidance. Start with basic drills, pay attention to your footwork, learn from the pros, use tools like recording yourself, and consider professional coaching. With time and effort, you’ll find your timing improving, and you’ll become a more formidable opponent on the badminton court.

Happy Playing!

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