Basically, there are 4 types of badminton serves. You want to master them all so you do not give easy points to your opponent.

backhand serve


The whole thing starts from the serve and serving well gives the player upper hand right from the beginning. This is the reason why this is essential.

It is crucial to know when to use which kind of serve.

In the end, there is a picture where you can see how the shuttlecock flies in each serve.


Low Serve

This badminton serve you want to use when you want the opponent to lift the shuttlecock. It is recommended when the opponent’s attack is strong. This serve is commonly used in doubles. The low serve can be served both forehand hand backhand.


  1. Relax your body and bend your knees
  2. Stand a couple of feet behind the short service line
  3. Place your racket leg behind
  4. Keep the racket on to your waist level and hold the shuttlecock by the feathers close to the racket (do not drop it in front)
  5. Push the shuttle bit higher but below your waistline
  6. Aim to the tape of the net and make the shuttle skim from it


TIP: Mix the way you serve and catch your opponent off guard.



  1. Stand relaxed with your racket hand in front
  2. Lead with your racket leg
  3. The backswing should be short
  4. The shuttle should be held in the waistline
  5. Aim to the tape of the net and make the shuttle skim from it


TIP: Shorten the grip to have better control of the racket


High Serve

This badminton serve is used when you want to open an opponent’s court. This is great serve in singles but has to be used carefully in doubles.

  1. Stand a relaxed couple of feet behind the service line and bend your knees
  2. Lead with your non-racket leg
  3. Put your racket near you shoulder level
  4. Hold the shuttle by its feathers and let it drop slightly in front of you
  5. Hit the shuttle with racket’s face.



Flick Serve

It is all about the wrist motion and executing this serve without opponents anticipating it.

This badminton serve starts the same way as the low serve starts but then the wrist movement comes in and hopefully surprises the opponent.


Drive Serve

The main point of this badminton bash serve is to attack. The result may be a bad return from the opponent which gives you a great opportunity or it could lead straight to gaining a point.

This is quite the same as high serve, but instead if aiming up the player makes the shuttle go horizontally.

All these are great ways to serve but the main thing is to use different ways and keep the opponent guessing what you are about to do next.