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    Default Smash question (yeah, another one...)

    What is the correct position of the right elbow when winding up for a smash?

    Some players have it up and away from the body, but I've noticed a lot of pros have it tucked in tight, almost at their waist level.

    Watching Fu Haifeng smash, his racket elbow is so low, that his shoulders and front arm make a line almost at the 11 o'clock-5 o'clock angle. Doesn't this put a lot of stress on the spine which has to curve sideways? Is it only young strong pros who should be doing it this way?

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    Depends what you mean when 'winding up'..

    Actually in motion or just waiting for the shuttle to come down.

    I notice that the racquet elbow dips down a lot at the beginning to the swinging motion. But I think this is a relaxation of the shoulder and upper arm occurring at the beginning of the stroke.

    i.e. I don't think they conciously use muscles to 'pull' the elbow down. The elbow goes down because of gravity.

    There will always be a more standardised technique. Then every person will have a slightly different variation. Pros have a different set of musculature and training to amateurs so they probably would get away with doing things other mortals cannot do.

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