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05-21-2006, 04:30 PM #1
Returning Tight Net Drops
I have played players who are able to drop the shuttle so that it physically tumbles up and over the net.
What's the best way to return shots like these? I can't really drop it back otherwise my racket will hit the net, nor can I lift it up high as that will give them an easy smash.
05-21-2006, 04:34 PM #2Originally Posted by Tweak
05-21-2006, 07:33 PM #3
wow, alot of pros cant even do that, hit the net every time and let it tumble . well, you can always play more aggressivly and put alot more pressure on them so they'll either : play crapier drops, or they will drop less frequently. if you cant return the drop with a better qaulity drop, id just be prepared to sprint to the the net if it is a drop and take it earlier, right on the net tape and tumble it back.
05-21-2006, 07:34 PM #4
orrrr, lift it as deep and as low/ fast as you can into their backahnd side, would be harder to play an around the head or forehand smash from there.
05-21-2006, 07:40 PM #5
my suggestions :
1. if this situation occurs, drop it back, but if it's a really well placed drop on their part, then put your return drop to a side so it doesn't have to be a perfectly on the net, it can be off a little.
2. if their net game is stronger than yours, STAY AWAY FROM THE NET. when you would drop, put it near the short service line by the sides, or clear.
05-21-2006, 10:11 PM #6
If there's no one at the net covering your return, then just stay cool.
We all worry about hitting the net, but this concern can make you freeze and play no shot at all.
Assuming the drop is a straight shot and not cross court, then I would try and play either:
1. A tight net shot - racket arm and leading leg forward, point your foot at the shuttle and keep your head level with the tape, other arm out for balance. You could either play a "stabbing" motion shot with the racket face (from back to front), or a "scooping" motion shot (a U shape from left to right, or right to left). Racket MUST be at the height of the tape, not hugely above or below! Racket facing the ceiling and play shuttle in FRONT of you, not from the side.
2. This one's a bit trickier - you could play the "brush" shot. Again, take the shuttle at the level of the tape or slightly higher, racket facing the tape or opponent's court, lightly brush across the tape from left to right or right to left. This one takes a lot of practice. Get a friend to stand at the "T" and throw a shuttle towards you, as tight to the net as possible - you're looking to play the brush shot just as the shuttle arrives at the tape, so have your racket up and ready in position.
Hope this all makes sense!
05-22-2006, 03:46 AM #7Originally Posted by Tweak
05-22-2006, 06:07 AM #8
Very tight, tumbling net shots are rally-finishing strokes. Your question is like asking: "My opponents play steep net kills. How can I return them?"
The answer is: you can't. Just like the net kill, you should think instead about how to prevent your opponents playing this stroke, or at least forcing them to play a lower quality version that you may then retrieve with a high lift.
There are two main situations that this can happen: after you played a drop shot, or after you played a net shot.
If it happens when you played a net shot, then your opponent was already in position to play the net reply. Either play a net shot directed away from him, or play another stroke.
If it happens after you played a drop shot, then you did not put enough pace on the drop shot. Most drop shots should land near the short service line. If you play a slow, tight drop that would land near the net, then your opponent can take it near the net tape and play a devastating net reply. If you play a fast drop instead, he will not be able to take the shuttle near the net; he will have to take it much lower down and farther away.
Slow drops are only useful when your opponent is out of position at the back of the court. In this situation, he will not reach the shuttle in time to play a good net shot. But in an ordinary situation, he will be able to take it at the top of the tape.
Last edited by Gollum; 05-22-2006 at 06:09 AM.
05-24-2006, 09:26 PM #9
Thanks for the detailed responses guys! I'll do my best to integrate whatever works next time a situation like that arises again =)
05-24-2006, 11:13 PM #10
Yr chances to successful reply such tight/tumble net shot is 50-50. I suggest;
1. Rush forward for a net kill or normal push/clear to backcourt. That is when the shuttle is just come over to yr court side & above the tape (Dont wait the shuttle drop below the tape).
2. Just simply tumble/slice it back or send to crosscourt. But it is too risky.
3. If the shuttle already falls further down below, i suggest u do a crosscourt hairpin net shot. If u go for clearing, it will be a halfcourt return and will be end up with a smash by yr opponent. If u r thinking for clearing, make sure the shuttle not fall below net height (as per item 1).
The other way is try to prevent him from making the shot. Change yr playing strategy. Dont play at the net often.
06-06-2006, 02:53 PM #11
Rubbish, absolute rubbish, there are no shots which are imposible to lift to the back line, you just need to have to confidence and skill to do it. I am of course talking about halls such as High Wicombe or Milton Keynes, in a low ceiling sports hall the only option is to cross-court drop.
06-06-2006, 03:24 PM #12Originally Posted by Sunsgambit
If Lin Dan can't do it, I'm willing to bet you can't either
Very tight spinning net shots can make it impossible to lift the shuttle to the back. The top men's singles players use these regularly to force either a short lift or a desperation crosscourt net shot.
Respect the rally-ending potential of spinning net shots
Last edited by Gollum; 06-06-2006 at 03:27 PM.
06-06-2006, 04:28 PM #13Originally Posted by Gollum
This is nicely illustrated by Lin Dan who managed to dive for about 3 shots in one rally i think.
06-06-2006, 04:48 PM #14Originally Posted by Sunsgambit
For example, an extremely tight tumbling net shot can limit the length that your opponent can achieve on his lift. If the shuttle is almost hugging the bottom of the net, then no player in the world will be able to lift it to the back.
06-06-2006, 04:56 PM #15Originally Posted by Gollum
06-17-2006, 10:13 PM #16
You can try tumbling it back again or if you don't have the confidence, just cross-net. The cross-net doesn't have to be perfect. Just get it over the net. That way, your opponent can't control you.
06-18-2006, 09:57 AM #17
You can cross court the net shot, or do a straight net return. Thats what I would do, I don't like clearing the shuttle in doubles, however in singlees, I draw the player into the net and flick over his head, mostly to the backhand corner.
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