Disguising this shot is the key to its success. To disguise it use a big upper body turn to make the opponent think a clear or smash is going to be hit.The purpose of this shot is to catch your opponent out and make them stretch when playing their reply, hoping to force an unbalanced weak reply.

Although a really effective dropshop can be an outright winner.

How: To execute the drop shot get behind and in line with the shuttle and turn side on to the net. Have the non-racket arm in front of the body and the racket hand should be up behind the head. To enable maximum disguise the racket/body preparation should be near as identical to how you would play a smash or a clear.

As the shuttle comes closer extend the racket arm and rotate the shoulders and hips round to face the net. With this shot make contact  
with the shuttle out in front of the body but when it is still high in the air. Make sure to direct the shuttle downwards as with a smash but to decelerate the racket head speed - as opposed to accelerating it through. This will ensure the shuttle will drop in the forecourt area.


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