timing is very important, knowing where the shuttle is in reference to your racket is also important.
i find myself hitting the shuttle a lot less if my timing is correct, and if it's very very good, then i even get to use the sweet spot too
for fast exchanges, i would like to be able to see my racket before i hit the shuttle so that in reference to the racket, i know how far the shuttle is from the racket and i would know to swing or push appropriately.
Hey, I totally agree with your tip as to get behind the shuttle. I would also add that if you are late, try not to hit too hard.
This was my issue because whenever I was out of position, I always tried to hit it as hard as I can to the opponents back court. Stupid, I know. I broke a racquet and a bunch of strings cause of that.
Now when I am out of position I generally try to place the bird really well at the net area. But when I do hit to the opponents back court, I make sure that I time it right because you're better off timing it and hitting the sweet spot of the racquet then swinging like an idiot and snapping the racquet in half.
i agree that often when we are in trouble we tend to think that we need to pound the shuttle out of our back court, but like the post mentioned above, i realized that a lot of times when i hit the shuttle with my backhand just enough to get it over the net, my opponent might not be able to kill it right away. of course i'll be a bit out of positon, which is a given, but still, prolonging the rally for another swing