Thanks for visiting us!

Badminton Central is a free community for fans of badminton! If you find anything useful here please consider registering to see more content and get involved with our great community users, it takes less than 15 seconds! Everybody is welcome here.

Click here for a FREE account!

For smashing or clearing, should the elbow extend out first before swinging the forea

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by Birdy, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Birdy

    Birdy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Vancouver
    For smashing or clearing, should the elbow extend out first before swinging the forearm?

    or should both be at same time in a fluid way?
     
  2. visor

    visor Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    13,516
    Likes Received:
    262
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    what do you think?
     
  3. Birdy

    Birdy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Vancouver
    I think after because that's how I've seen some videos teach it and I think it should give more power since you are isolating focused power, but then I 'm not sure. I was just watching myself in the mirror swing just now and i noticed that i do two movements almost at same time (like swing my forearm forward and seeing my elbow follow through with the momentum).. however it feels more comfortable and the swing seems bigger and more fluid than the put elbow out first then swing . So i don't know which is better and why one is preferred over the other. What's the answer?
     
    #3 Birdy, Jan 16, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014
  4. Cheung

    Cheung Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    16,158
    Likes Received:
    35
    Occupation:
    wannabe badminton phototaker
    Location:
    Outside the box
    Watch the slow motion videos of smashing on youtube.

    Also, take 200 hundred shuttles, stand on the baseline and throw them, one at a time, to the net. Basically, try to get the shuttles to reach the net. If the shuttles can reach the net (normal speed shuttles), you don't need to ask this question. :)
     
  5. MSeeley

    MSeeley Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2009
    Messages:
    1,378
    Likes Received:
    87
    Occupation:
    Professional
    Location:
    England
    Don't worry about it. Just practice hitting using the correct grip. In a few years time, you will be awesome because you can just let your body work out how to do it.

    Good luck!
     
  6. visor

    visor Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    13,516
    Likes Received:
    262
    Location:
    Vancouver, BC
    the answer is yes...

    as a matter of fact, for all power shots ie smash, clear, drive, always lead with elbow first... always

    just remember the following sequence of movement and power transfer and you'll learn the right technique:
    elbow - forearm - wrist - fingers
     
  7. Birdy

    Birdy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Thanks for the advice! I guess the grip is more important to focus at on this point. Maybe the elbow thing is just a small thing. However, I try next time on the court to see if the shot feels any different. :)
     
  8. Birdy

    Birdy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2008
    Messages:
    225
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Vancouver
    Thanks for the sequence, I will keep in mind. :D
     

Share This Page