Theoretically I know when and how to do the split step. When doing shadow footwork it works too, but, as most will know, once you try to implement it into a game, it gets really hard to get the correct timing. When watching videos of myself playing badminton, I observe, that I do some kind of split step sometimes, but often only one-sided. This tells me, that I most likely execute the split step too late (when I know in which direction I need to push off). Now, as a noob, I have the issue with the correct timing when I try to consciously execute the split step (most often executing it too early which results being rooted to the ground for the moment and reaching the shuttle even later as without split step). So, I would like to know, if there are some intermetiate steps I could use to approach the split step during a game. Some thoughts I have are: 1. Should I start with a jump, even if it is a waste of power and time, but it helps me to get down the timing and lower the jump high, when I get better ? 2. Is it better to start the split step "too early" or "too late" ? From which side of the "timing" should I approach the "right timing" ? 3. Is it easier to start it only for certain shots/positions (e.g. only if the opponent plays from the backcourt).