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    Quote Originally Posted by MSeeley View Post
    As with all shots - you should be aiming one foot above the net. Then you will not miss.
    Thanks for the reply. How to predict the height of the net while hitting a smash as all shots are lifted above whereas in smash the shuttle is targeted downwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleepyEyedBoyZ View Post
    This is just my suggestion. You can visualize a target board (opponent) standing in front of you.

    In order to improve the validity part, it will be easier for you to aim for the target board body instead of aiming for the floor. Once you got your validity part nailed down, you can start getting your accuracy. As the thread starter says,"focus on getting it across."

    Now, I am focusing to clear the net while smashing rather than accuracy or steepness but in due course repeatedly hitting the net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    Yes.

    First slow down your smash. As Pirelli put it... "power is nothing without control"! cheesy, but true.

    Now, assuming your general technique is good, it sounds to me that what you're not doing, is imagining in your head where the tape is. You need to be able to visualize the proximity and height of the net/tape in your head with every shot.

    Start by playing a few gentle tap smashes, and observing the trajectory as the shuttle crosses the net. Remember the angle in which you hit the shuttle.

    As you become more comfortable with this, gradually add more power with a full smash stroke. Practice this more and more until you get to the point when you don't need to think where the net is, your subconscious mind knows where it is, and all you think about is where the shuttle will land.

    I am going wrong in this part - "need to be able to visualize the proximity and height of the net/tape in your head with every shot."


    Also in some shots, my point of contact with the shuttle is very poor which I think I can correct it with practice but the above one, I am making it repeatedly

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbase View Post
    Thanks for the reply. How to predict the height of the net while hitting a smash as all shots are lifted above whereas in smash the shuttle is targeted downwards
    When you are about to smash you can see the net - hence you know what height you need to hit the shuttle. I suggest that, to begin with you aim deep into the court. Then adjust the angle over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSeeley View Post
    When you are about to smash you can see the net - hence you know what height you need to hit the shuttle. I suggest that, to begin with you aim deep into the court. Then adjust the angle over time.

    When I aim for the court(anywhere), I am clearing the net but shuttle falls on the back boundary service lines and it looks awkward and doesn't look like a smash. Now, when I try to focus more on the midcourt and steepness , I am getting it wrong. Now I am standing still and asking my partner to toss and practicing to clear the net which I am not able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbase View Post
    When I aim for the court(anywhere), I am clearing the net but shuttle falls on the back boundary service lines and it looks awkward and doesn't look like a smash. Now, when I try to focus more on the midcourt and steepness , I am getting it wrong. Now I am standing still and asking my partner to toss and practicing to clear the net which I am not able to do it.
    I understand the problem. However, just continue to get it in (even if it lands near the back). As you continue to improve, you will automatically start to improve your shots.

    A final idea for you - practice fast drops or half smashes instead. These should be easier to judge, and actually practice the full smash action anyway (but with less power).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbase View Post
    I am going wrong in this part - "need to be able to visualize the proximity and height of the net/tape in your head with every shot."


    Also in some shots, my point of contact with the shuttle is very poor which I think I can correct it with practice but the above one, I am making it repeatedly
    I sort of know what you mean as I used to alternate between tennis, table tennis and badminton so I always needed to remind myself where the net and the limits of the court are.

    Suggest you simply stand at the back of the court, look at the net and try and observe and remember where it is and how high it is in relation to where you're standing.

    Smashes don't need to skim the tape. In fact, it is far better to hit the smash too high than into the net and present the point to your opponent as a gift. So don't worry if it is too high. Make sure it doesn't go into the net first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSeeley View Post
    I understand the problem. However, just continue to get it in (even if it lands near the back). As you continue to improve, you will automatically start to improve your shots.

    A final idea for you - practice fast drops or half smashes instead. These should be easier to judge, and actually practice the full smash action anyway (but with less power).
    Thanks once again for the very quick reply. I just want to confirm what exactly is fast drops and half smash.

    Fast drop - Hitting the shuttle from the back boundary service line so that the shuttle falls within the front court service line . Am I right ? If it is, I am good in this. Only my deceiving is very poor in this as people can easily predict that I am going to drop. I am just improving the deceiving in this.

    Half smash - What exaclty is called as half smash ? Hitting anywhere on the court with the smash action called as half smash. Am I right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbase View Post
    Thanks once again for the very quick reply. I just want to confirm what exactly is fast drops and half smash.

    Fast drop - Hitting the shuttle from the back boundary service line so that the shuttle falls within the front court service line . Am I right ? If it is, I am good in this. Only my deceiving is very poor in this as people can easily predict that I am going to drop. I am just improving the deceiving in this.

    Half smash - What exaclty is called as half smash ? Hitting anywhere on the court with the smash action called as half smash. Am I right ?
    A fast drop is probably NOT going to land within the front court service line - that would be a slow drop (has to be more loopy). A fast drop is hit quick a quick tapping action and lands on or after the service line (often a foot or two past the service line).

    A half smash is a smash played with 50% to 75% power i.e. not a drop, but not a full power smash. Think of it a slower or less powerful smash. It will land in the midcourt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R20190 View Post
    I sort of know what you mean as I used to alternate between tennis, table tennis and badminton so I always needed to remind myself where the net and the limits of the court are.

    Suggest you simply stand at the back of the court, look at the net and try and observe and remember where it is and how high it is in relation to where you're standing.

    Smashes don't need to skim the tape. In fact, it is far better to hit the smash too high than into the net and present the point to your opponent as a gift. So don't worry if it is too high. Make sure it doesn't go into the net first!

    I am practicing now from the midcourt as I got frustrated when hitting from the back boundary service line. If it is a practice, it is well and good but if it is a match, then it is really awkward as to me it is smash but opponent easily attacking it with a real smash. But as of now I take your point first to clear the net. For this, I am trying hard to proximate the height of the net while hitting from the midcourt. Of 10 shots, I am just clearing one or two shots. I will be very much happier even if the shuttle lands in midcourt while trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSeeley View Post
    A fast drop is probably NOT going to land within the front court service line - that would be a slow drop (has to be more loopy). A fast drop is hit quick a quick tapping action and lands on or after the service line (often a foot or two past the service line).

    A half smash is a smash played with 50% to 75% power i.e. not a drop, but not a full power smash. Think of it a slower or less powerful smash. It will land in the midcourt.
    Should the fast drop must be hit from the midcourt ? Also, should the fast drop must be done with the same action as smash ?

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    The fast drop can be hit from anywhere (from the back or from the middle). You can practice hitting from wherever you want. Just so you know: drops, fast drops, half smashes, full smashes and clears ALL use the same hitting ACTION, but use different speeds. Hence, you could just practice one (in the middle), and they will all get better.

    Good luck!

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    Thanks a lot and will practice as suggested and will get back to this thread post 2 weeks with my results.

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    Btw your partner should be feeding high birds to you with a racket instead of tossing it as you said as tossing won't be high enough.

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    I'm wondering if you could add in recovery. Good recovery from a smash especially in singles is very important as when smashing down the line the opponent will push to the net, if recovery is good this could be capitalised with a net kill/ tight tumble to finish the rally, if recovery is poor then the opponent can return to the net and recover for the next shot when you will be taking the shuttle below the net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliebadders View Post
    I'm wondering if you could add in recovery. Good recovery from a smash especially in singles is very important as when smashing down the line the opponent will push to the net, if recovery is good this could be capitalised with a net kill/ tight tumble to finish the rally, if recovery is poor then the opponent can return to the net and recover for the next shot when you will be taking the shuttle below the net.
    Whilst footwork is incredibly important, this is probably something I would leave to take a back seat until you can effortlessly move TO the shuttle and hit the shot with precision. Once you are hitting well, then worry about the movement side of things. Otherwise, you may end up trying to achieve too much, and simply become overwhelmed.

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