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Thread: Need Help on Smashes
02-09-2007, 07:21 AM #1
Need Help on Smashes
everyone, i've just become the member of the BC After today's varsity practice, however, I just realized how "flat" my smash is. By flat, I mean it does not achieve an angle at all, it could simply be blocked by anyone of my relative level. Yet my smashes aren't always flat, sometimes i get a pretty good and decent angle smash , but most of the times I do not produce a effective smash that forces a weak return. I would like to consistently (by consistenly, I mean hitting it more than 90%) smash with good angles and sufficient power. I hope the shuttle could land around 2/3 of the length of the court if possible. So, could anyone give my any advice on how to improve smashes and make them more angled, rather than just power but with little efficiency? Any suggestion and comments are greatly appreciated. Thank you all.
02-09-2007, 08:01 AM #2
stand behind the shuttle a little bit.. with the shuttle in front of u .. u can get a better angle.. if u hit the net keep trying until u get the " perfect " angle.. btw welcome to bc
02-09-2007, 08:42 AM #3
"my smashes wont go down"
normally its either that your standing a bit far forward - (the shuttle is over you)
or your racquet isnt in the downward stroke when your making contact
Now to fix the first is easy half a step back or try to only smash as your moving in to the net.
Second part if your playing the classic smash stroke you probably need to accelerate your wrist movement.
02-09-2007, 09:02 AM #4
this takes practice, also your wrist will control where angle, if you bend your wrist its a smash(depression of shuttle), if you leave it straight it should be a clear
02-10-2007, 05:09 AM #5
take the shuttle at the highest point so u can get a better angle
02-10-2007, 11:58 AM #6
I agree with this. However, make sure you don't go too far behind the bird, or this will give away to your opponent that you are going to smash... after all, your smash/drop/clear should look virtually identical from a form point of view.
Since your smashes are working most of the time, I think this is just a practice and consistency issue. However, there is the strong possibility that it might be footwork related. Here's how you can tell...
Do a smash/lift drill with a friend, just waiting for the bird and smashing. If those are all going at the angle you'd like, then it's probably that your footwork is not allowing you to get behind the bird. In that case, I suggest you work on your footwork.
02-10-2007, 03:47 PM #7
try to swing your body forward when you jump while running backwards. you can then push of quickly in case of a weak net return and then kill it. also use your wrist to get a greater angle on the bird.
02-10-2007, 09:36 PM #8
Originally Posted by westwood_13
02-10-2007, 09:38 PM #9
okay, well i thoguht my smashes were pretty good until the new guy came and played, i believe hes in the leagues or something like that. he had great angle smashes. i was wondering when you smash what degree of an angle should the birdey be on and should it line up with your arm or should the birdey be close to your body. I saw his smashes were fast and on a great angle, when he smashed he made his wrist to almost an 90 degree, are you suppost to do that when you smash?
02-11-2007, 07:11 AM #10
everyone, I really appreciate you guys' comments and valuable suggestions. After playing today and using those comments on smashing technique, I realized that angle comes naturally when I have the correct downward point of contact when I smash. after all, thank you guys soo soo much.
02-12-2007, 04:08 AM #11
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