The smash is probably the most attacking shot in badminton and if executed well it is probably the most difficult shot to return, just because of the pace and direction put on the shuttle. Here we demonstrate and explain the backhand smash and forehand smash shots.

Backhand smash

The smash is used when an opponent returns the shuttle high but short. The downward angle of the shot is just as important as the speed it is hit at. The advantages of hitting a smash is that it gives the 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 players tire quicker. The backhand smash is a top level skill, which only advanced players with a high skill level can execute properly.

Forehand smash

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.