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Smash Early or Smash High when playing doubles

Discussion in 'Techniques / Training' started by pcll99, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. pcll99

    pcll99 Regular Member

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    should I, when i am at the rear court, smash the shuttle at the highest point or should i smash it as early as possible?
     
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    is there such thing as smash at highest point but late? :confused:
     
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    I'm confused too. What's the difference between smashing it at the highest point and smashing it as early as possible?
     
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    If you want to smash it as early as possible, then you have to hit it as high as possible.
     
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    I think the OP was slightly unclear in his post, but there are definitely different types of smashes.

    1. Jumping and actively looking to hit the shuttle as high as possible - this leads to the steepest smash, which can be doubly deadly when combined with an accurate angle (attacking the sides). I believe this is the standard in singles, where angles are more important than raw speed.

    2. Jumping, "waiting", then hitting the smash lower with the added gravity / body-weight power. This leads to a flatter, faster smash (huge sound). This is effective when mixing up attack, aiming for the center of the court or their body. This variation is popular in doubles, and I've seen many tall players rip through the shuttle using this method.
     
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    I think the OP is referring to the birdie on its way up (flick serve)..... hit early meaning intercepting it. Or back up hitting high.
    I would hit early.

    otherwise the question does not make sense.
     
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    You must reach every shuttle as early as possible. If you take it earlier, you can still hit it steeply because you are closer to the net.
     
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    Doubles is a speed game.

    You usually try to hit it as soon as possible.

    In short, jump!
     
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    Still no clarification from pcll99?
     
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    thanks everyone. i was speaking generally.

    let's say there is a lift by the opponent. I may be able to rush up to the net and hit it early (but just may be.) Or, I may stay at the back and smash it at the rear. what should i do?
     
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    ^^ In that case, best still to take it early if you can, for several reasons:

    1. Speed. If doubles, speed is paramount as others have already pointed out. The speed of your shot from the front is much faster than from the back, giving your opponents much less time to react.

    2. Momentum. The bird coming towards you has more momentum towards you the sooner you take it. Meaning that when you hit it, you can "borrow" its momentum to reverse direction towards your opponents, thus making it more powerful and also saving you energy at the same time.

    3. Shuttle angle. The earlier you take the bird means that the cork is aimed more upwards than downwards. The former makes it easier to time and transfer power properly, while the latter is easier to mishit as the feather skirt gets in the way.
     
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    When you mean "early", hit it as the shuttle is going upwards?
     
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    not necessarily. upwards or downwards.
     
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    you want to hit a lift at the net that moves downward?

    not sure what you mean...:confused::confused::confused:
     
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    simple. just hit everything as early as possible. (which may or may not be as high as possible). there, done.The only time you delay is to fake out your opponent. you're tired. you thought it was out but not.
     
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    Still unclear of the what pcll99 is describing.
     
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    You should stay back and try to smash it because that is the high percentage shot to do, going forward near the net and try to jump up to intercept the shot is low percentage and high chance you will miss the birdie .

     
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    i dont think it matters what hes describing. you should still hit it as early 'as you can'.

    i say 'as you can' as betazone points out it is more difficult and you may miss.
     
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    If you want to win, hit it early. If you're playing in Olympics, hit it late or not at all.

    Jokes aside though, you generally hit the shuttle at the earliest opportunity unless for example, you are trying to be deceptive or in a jump smash where you'd want to be coming down from the highest point when you strike the shuttle.

    Also, in most shots you don't want to have your arm 100% fully extended to prevent injury, so technically you could hit the shot a fraction earlier, but you don't to protect your joints.
     
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    For me, its all about the timing difference, foot work moving from the net to the back of the court and do a jump smash.. beware of the turning point, when u land , you right leg and body must be always really to move forward.

    [video=youtube;eH6qFJoySf8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH6qFJoySf8[/video]
     

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