This is to practice the correct movement and technique without actually hitting a shuttle. Get a partner to help direct you to the areas of the court, making sure that you cover the backcourt, midcourt, and the frontcourt with both your forehand and backhand.
Commit fully during this practice as you would in any competition. Imagine that you are playing against a world class player. It will definitely improve your movement on court and fitness.
Wall Rally Drill
Take an old shuttle and hit it against the wall. Hit the shuttle with your forehand and backhand, straight or diagonal. It can be used for practicing almost every stroke. It is a good way to improve footwork, strengthen the arm and wrist muscles used in badminton.
The wall should be at least 20 feet high to accommodate clears. The practice will be more effective if you can show the height of the net with a chalk line or a string, 5 feet above the ground.
As the shuttle rebounds so fast from the wall, your wrist will naturally come into play. You will learn how to switch grips at an instance as well. You will be amazed on your improved reflexes the next time you step on court.
Hitting a shuttle against a wall is an effective practice at all levels of plays.
Multiple Shuttles - Overhead Strokes
The more shuttles you have, the better for this routine. The feeder plays the shuttles into different areas of your backcourt. You will then use your forehand, backhand or around the head to play the clears, drop shots or smashes. Return to your base position after each shot.
This badminton drill is meant to improve your speed and accuracy in executing overhead strokes. You have to remember that merely reaching the shuttles is not enough. You have to play quality shots to the other side.
Multiple shuttles - Net Play
Again, you will need a lot of shuttles for this routine. The feeder throws the shuttles to your net area. You will then decide whether to play a net shot, a net kill or a net lift with your forehand or backhand. Return to your base position after each shot.
This badminton drill is meant to improve your net play and your movement on court. The quality of your return is important. Pay attention to it or this practice will not be effective.
Half Court Singles
Playing half court singles can improve footwork and increase stamina. It will train you to play more accurate shots with all strokes as well. It is fun to play and effective in improving your game.
King of the Court
This game is useful when you are with a lot of players. It is enjoyable and can improve your overall game. It is played with the normal rules and regulation. You can set the winning condition, normally whoever reaches 3 points first wins.
The winner will stay in the court as king while another player will take him on. The king will stay on until he looses. The eventual winner of that duel will then switch to the other side of the court becoming king.
2 Versus 1
If you want to improve your singles play, this is a badminton drill that you can't do without. It is played on a singles court and is great for improving fitness, speed around the court, footwork and shot accuracy.
The two players on one side of the court must assume a front back position and play as they would in a singles match. You will then be able to play in a very tough and pressured condition, enabling you to raise your game.
World class players put in a lot of effort during their Badminton Training. If you aspire to be one, you should do that too. Practice in the above Badminton Drills and I am sure you will come off a better player.