Three Simple Tips To Increase The Power Of Your Badminton Smash

Point your free hand at the shuttle to keep track of its path, and then swing the racket over your head, hitting the center of the birdie and smashing it down into the opponent's court. The drive serve is more of a gamble than the other types. Your backswing can make all the difference. ALL CATEGORIES

Exercise 1

Let’s Begin With Your Feet!

Hold the racket loose, but still tightly enough so that it doesn't fall out of your hands. Place your fingers so that the space between your thumb and your index finger forms a mix between a "U" and a "V". Not Helpful 58 Helpful Use the thumb and index finger, with the other three fingers below the thumb and the index finger. Make the hold tight especially when it's backhand.

Not Helpful 13 Helpful There is a different kind of footwork for each and every shot. For example, there is a move called chasing. Also, always make sure you return to the center of the court. Not Helpful 2 Helpful There's no true way to predict where your opponent will return the shot, but there are some hints. Look for clues such as where their body is facing. Most players will turn their body towards where they'll hit to.

With some players you can watch their racket. For example, a player may draw their racket backwards if they're going to clear a drop, whereas if they were to drop, they wouldn't draw. At more advanced levels, these clues will get less obvious or may even be red herrings, but it's a good start. Not Helpful 35 Helpful What would be the best kind of shoes to wear for badminton to keep my knees from hurting?

To stop your feet from hurting on a hard court, invest in some good shoes. Go to your local sports shoe store, ask for a "cross trainer" shoe or a "court" shoe with extra support. Do not buy a "running shoe" for badminton as these types of shoes offer little support and do not work well on a hard court surface. Not Helpful 45 Helpful Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Already answered Not a question Bad question Other. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube.

Tips Communication is the key in doubles. Call for shots and tell your partner to 'leave' shots that are going out. Use visual communication, letting the player who cannot see his partner make the tactical decisions. For example, when you are in front of your partner, you decide which shots to take and where to move. Do it quickly, so your partner isn't left guessing. When choosing a double's partner you both should have similar strength and skills.

Even if your shots aren't great and you are bad at defense, it is important that your partner can help improve your decision making and you can work together to overcome your weaknesses. If possible try to send the shuttlecock to the back line of the court. Cross drop shots and cross serves will do magic. Try dropping the shuttle diagonally near the net.

It is easier to stymie the opponent. Study your opponent's weaknesses. Is his backhand weak? Does he have difficulty returning smashes to the body, returning drops, moving backwards, etc? In doubles, is one player weaker than the other? Is one better at the net than the other? In doubles, avoid blocking a smash softly. There is a person standing in the front waiting to intercept it. Instead, keep lifting it back until they hit back a weaker shot that you can counterattack.

If you are trying for short serve, tilt the racket as you hit the serve. This will lead to a wobbling shuttle, making harder for the opponent to return with accuracy or power. Advanced players know how to use deception, so try not to guess what the next shot will be beforehand. Try to do half smashed.

They have half the speed and travel half the distance. Practice it with someone you know. It involves wrist work by jumping up and smashing only with your wrist. In short, if you're pretty sure your opponent cannot return your shot to the back lines, you can stand closer to the net.

Remember, these are only assumptions; you still need to keep other possibilities in mind so you aren't caught off guard. Many people learn to always return to the exact center of the court after each shot.

This is actually incorrect. Your "base" changes depending on the type of shot you make. For instance, when you hit a net shot, you bias your base closer to the front. The closer the birdie is to the net, the more forward you stand, because it is harder for your opponent to push you back. If they try, it is rare that the shuttle will reach the back lines, so you don't need to worry about covering there. When you lift to the back, you might want to move back as well to prepare for the smash especially when you hit high and shallow.

And when you smash in singles, your opponent will almost always block it to the front, so prepare to move forward. If playing doubles, when you serve, the server should go close to the net forcing your opponents to hit it long. Your partner, who is behind you can then return it easily. When your opponent gives you a backhand shot, try to convert it to forehand by playing the round the head shot whenever possible.

Net shots are delicate. To control them more accurately, use your fingers to send them where you want. Don't rely on your arm. Soon your strategy will fall into place. As with any exercise or physical activity, make sure you round off your game with a period of cool-down. Finish as you began, but this time with a gentle walk around the court.

You can then focus on some light stretching. Focus on the major muscle groups but you may wish to concentrate on other areas depending on how the game went.

Hold your stretches for around 30 seconds a little longer than in the warm-up to ensure a really deep stretch. Search Register Login here. Achievers Wall of Fame. The Realbuzz Foundation Our Athletes. Authors Meet Our Team. Charities Our Partner Charities. Facebook Twitter Google Plus Pinterest.

Warm-up for badminton Ensure your body is properly prepared for the badminton game ahead. The badminton grip When choosing a racket, the grip is crucial. Check the shuttlecock flight Beware of shuttles which 'wobble' in flight. The placement of the thumb is the main difference between the backhand and forehand grips. For the backhand grip, the thumb is placed upwards along the grip, pointed towards the head of the racquet. This allows for a longer, more powerful backhand swing.

Swing your arm around, racquet aimed towards the shuttlecock. Use a flick of your wrist to transfer the power of your swing to the shuttlecock. Master the different types of serve. Each serves a different function, some driving your opponent back while others force them to play close to the net. Some are more aggressive while others are played defensively. The high serve is sent powerfully upward, so that it come at your opponent almost vertically.

This serve is used to drive your opponent back. The flick serve follows a similar upward trajectory as the high serve, but is not nearly as powerful. The drive serve is more of a gamble than the other types. It is struck quickly, low over the net. You aim to give your opponent the least amount of time to respond, in order to force them into a mistake. When you're playing with a new opponent, whether it's at a competition or during a friendly game at a family outing, you should actively try to discover your opponent's weaknesses.

Always try to hit the shuttle on the opposite side of the player, like for example if the player is righty then hit the shuttle on the left. Find out whether they play more aggressively or defensively. Look for weaknesses like slow footwork, weak drop shot returns or etc. Always try to hide your backhand. Try to take above the head or degree.

Force your opponent to run around the court. Don't hit all of your shots to the same location of the court; this makes you predictable. Place your shots differently.

Aim to confuse and tire your opponent. If your opponent hits the shuttle straight at you or to the net, hit the shuttle in a different direction instead of hitting it right back at your opponent, where they will expect it to go. You can use long shots to force your opponent to run around the court. Always plan your next move. A beginner is just happy when he hits the shuttle over the net. An advanced player understands that you should always position your shot wisely so that you move your opponent to the exact place where you want them to be so you can hit the following shot or smash them.

Always return to base after sending or returning a shot. Whenever you see high shots try to hit a smash or do a fake. Make your opponent play your style of game. If you like staying near the net, serve short and hit drop shots, do whatever you can to make sure that your opponent can't hit the shuttle to the back line. If you're more comfortable at the back line, serve long and hit speedy shots so your opponent doesn't have a chance to move you towards the net.

Don't allow yourself to become discouraged or complacent.