Who doesn’t love to smash the shuttle hard?
And when the birdie hits the opponent’s body, it’s pure ecstasy.
But getting smash right isn’t easy. For that, you need to practice. And when you get it right, you’ll have the edge over your opponent.
Nevertheless, to help you learn how to smash properly, we are going to share some tips and tricks about smashing in this post.
So, keep reading!
What Is Smashing?
As the position of the shuttlecock on the court is crucial when it comes to scoring a point, there have been many techniques invented over the years to beat the opponent.
And smashing is one of the most powerful techniques used in badminton.
In the case of smashing, a player needs to hit the shuttlecock in a downward angle at the opponent with a lot of strength.
Out of all the shots in badminton, smashing is the most popular one among the players.
Types of Badminton Smashes
Although the main concept of smashing involves shooting the shuttlecock downwards, there are more than one way to do it. Basically, there are three ways you can perform a badminton smash. They are as follows:
- Forehand smash
- Backhand smash
- Jump smash
From the titles, you can understand how these smashing techniques work, but there are proper ways to execute these techniques so that they can give you the expected results.
1. Forehand Smash
To perform a forehand smash like a pro, follow the tips below:
- Stay on your toes and react at a higher speed than usual to perform a strong smash.
- In case your shuttlecock comes in quickly, keep both your feet in a position so it points to the inside of the court. This is important as you will not have enough time to react.
- When hitting the shuttlecock, raise your racket hand as high as you can. But do not overstretch as it can cause you to lose your balance.
- When hitting the shuttle, try to keep the racket-less hand raised. This will act as a counterbalance for you to perform a stronger smash.
2. Backhand Smash
A backhand smash is one of the most difficult attacking strikes, and it’s not easy to execute. Here are some tips for you to get it right:
- As this technique needs you to switch to a backhand grip very naturally, you need to master the backhand stroke at first.
- Point your feet to the back of the court and keep your hand as close to your body as possible.
- When hitting the shuttlecock, do not hold your racket too tightly as it disrupts the intensity of the smash.
- It is very easy to lose balance when performing a backhand smash. So, remember to use your free hand for counterbalance.
3. Jump Smash
The jump smash needs the same kind of preparation any regular smash would need. But by following the techniques below, you can get better at it.
- When jumping, try to stay less tense and loosen up your body. Staying stiff will restrict the power of your jump.
- While jumping, stay behind and under the shuttlecock. But do not go too behind.
- Sometimes the shuttlecock might go outside the court giving you points. So, it is better to walk behind at a high speed and then perform the jump smash.
- Distance is the key here. While hitting the shuttlecock, do not stay too far behind or too close. Otherwise, the smash will be unstable and weak.
A Bonus Trick
At times, players react to the shuttlecock in a way that makes it seem like they are about to perform a badminton smash. But in reality, the player is attempting to make a deceptive shot drop.
So, if you want to trick your opponent, you may want to attempt this shot. And if you’re being tricked using this, remember to act fast!
I believe two things are important to get success in the badminton court. first, mastering the art of serve; second, perfecting the smash shot.
Although badminton smashes are hard to master, it is one of the most basic techniques used to play this game.
Needless to say, it is one of the most effective shots as well. So, if you wish to gain the upper hand over your adversary, then you have no option but to learn this shot.
Anyway, if you still face any trouble mastering the smash shot, let me know in the comments section. I’ll do my best to help you.