Testing Badminton Shuttle Speeds – Coaching Video

Too many league badminton clubs are playing with slow shuttles which is taking the skill out of the game.

In this video I share a simple method for testing Badminton shuttle speeds.


  1. Paul November 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Hi Mathieu

    Many thanks for your comments and question.

    The video was filmed to give you the best possible view of what I was doing. I tried filming from different places to make sure we could capture the correct technique.

    You raise a good point about strength. If you were playing a very strong player who could hit further than you, then you would have to agree on a speed of shuttle that suited you both.

    Let’s say that your opponent tested the shuttle to the outer margin near the base line and your test was closer to the inner margin short of the doubles service line. Clearly you’ll need to agree a mid point that retained the shuttle speed within the rules.

    Both sides have to agree the shuttle speed before play can commence.

    Hope this helps answer your question Mathieu.

    To your success.


  2. Mathieu November 23, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I have a question concerning your video.

    First of all, at 1:50, you are hitting the shuttles at a slight angle (you are standing on the center line, or a bit to the left, and you are sending the shuttles on the right of the center line. Is there a reason for this, or is it only for the purpose of the video?

    Also, you say that the rule states that the player should use a full underhand action for the test. Isn’t that relative to the strenght of the player? I know that on such a long distance, it should not mage a huge difference, but a stronger player is most likely going to send the shuttle at least a few inches further than a weaker player… should we make adjustments considering that?

    Thank you for your time and your great video.


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