The smash is probably the most attacking shot in badminton. If executed well it is probably the most difficult shot to return, just because of the pace and direction put on the shuttle. The downward angle of the shot is just as important as the speed it is hit at.

The smash is used when an opponent returns the shuttle high but short. The advantages of hitting a smash is that it gives an opponent very little time to react and return the shuttle, but if the shuttle is returned this then gives the smasher reduced time to prepare and set themselves for the next shot after hitting a smash. So it is important to choose the correct moment to unleash the smash, as hitting too many can also make a player tire quicker.

 

How: From the ready position in the center of the court get in line with the shuttle and turn side on to the net. The non-dominant foot should be in front of the dominant foot. Body weight should be evenly spread between the balls of both feet. The non-racket arm should be out in front around shoulder height or where it feels comfortable. The racket arm should be up behind the body line with the racket head pointing toward the sky.

In the next stage of the shot body weight should be transferred to the rear foot. Cock the wrist, swing the racket up and forward to make contact with the shuttle as high as possible and well out in front of the body. The shoulders and hips should also rotate to face the net in this phase of the stroke. Make sure the face of the racket is pointing at the mid court of the opponents side.

On the follow through allow the arm to swing down past the non-dominant leg, and step forward with the dominant leg. Use the momentum of the swing and push off both feet to return to the ready position as soon as possible.

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