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    Default Gone back to smashing into the net...

    I used to hit the net a LOT, then I backed off the power to "make them count" as I think is very important. I hadn't been hitting into the net for about 99/100 recently (hitting the wrong tramline in singles is a another story).

    Last night I was playing after I lead taped the top of my racquet and restrung to a new string at a slightly lower tension. About 75% of smashes went into the net, most annoying! Especially when I started deliberately holding back a bit to go for placement over power.

    Not to blame the racquet, but could the lead tape have altered the speed/flex such that I need to readjust or was I just trying for too much power because it was a new club? I swapped to a flexier racquet and hit a lot of flatter smashes. Any thoughts? Happy to put it down to use error. I can move the tape, but the rev is still plenty fast so I'm keen to benefit from a bit more power for a bit less effort.

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    Just shift your target to 6 inches above the tape.

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    of course adding lead tape will affect your timing... I would have expected your smashes to be flatter, rather than steeper, though!

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    Remove the tape from the racquet and try again.

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    My aim was off so any adjustment was still wrong

    Timing seemed ok in that it was popping nicely, so contact was good. No idea how is was too steep angle though.

    Yeah thanks Cheung. I'll never deviate from the one racquet spec I've adjusted to. Never try anything different.

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    Possibly when you hit hard your racquet speed is greater and you hit the shuttle too soon, so it goes into the net?

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    Just shift your target to 6 inches above the tape.
    ^^^This.

    It is always better to hit too high above the net than giving the point away to your opponent by hitting into the net.

    75% of smashes in the net is like giving your opponents a 15 point head start.

    Don't get annoyed, analyse it and adjust. I doubt it is the racquet, I suspect it is probably your technique. Videos might help?

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    Hi there,

    I understand much your annoying smashing result. Definitely by changing to a flexier racket will result in a more flatter smash as your racket head has a much lesser downward force effort when contact has been made due to your much faster forearm swinging speed and this is still not the solution to have a better validity in your smashes if you use your proffered racket.

    No doubt that your smashing validity issue still comes from the technique of your smashing execution though or your footwork movements. Having a video can provide better insight since not all solution can come from just analyzing through history.

    However you can try to correct this by executing a half smash first ( a smash that has 50% power) and see what is the outcome. If your half smash has a near or 100% validity success rate then theoretically increasing your smashing power stepwise to 75% and then 100% should yield a near similar result.

    If even by executing a half smash and mostly your smash still end up half of it into the net then accessing not just your execution technique is crucial but importantly your footwork as well is important too. At this stage evaluating visually how you move and execute those smash is a more better way to make an assessment and comments.

    Good luck. SS

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    Stop moaning, try being 5'6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    Stop moaning, try being 5'6.
    Yes I'll try that... 8-)

    Hopefully just a bad night but I'll video the next session if I'm still doing it.
    On the plus side I was hitting the net REALLY hard

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    I only hit the net when I'm impatient and take on smashes that aren't on.

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    Have your vision checked in the off season.

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    As my coach used to say, any serve or smash into the net that doesn't go over is like a free gift to your opponent that did not require any effort by your opponent. So unless you're feeling very generous and like to lose, make sure it's over!
    Last edited by visor; 07-15-2014 at 03:29 PM.

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    Grip size restored, I forgot I'd increased it. Also, lead tape removed. Damnit Cheung with your being right all the time.

    I was wondering what had happened to the mechanics of my swing, no idea but I switched to a more HH and flexier racquet and it was fine. Muscle memory on a per racquet basis? Weird that I like different grip sizes for different racquets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    As my coach used to say, any serve or smash into the net that doesn't go over is like a free gift to your opponent that did not require any effort by your opponent. So unless you're feeling very generous and like to lose, make sure it's over!
    I always say the same, don't give the opponent a free point. Even if your shot goes over and it not ideal, there's still the chance the other side makes a mistake. If your shot does not go over, there is no chance.

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    I like a very slightly bigger diameter grip for singles. Not for power but control.

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    I've put the lead tape back on, but at the t piece this time rather than at the top. Timing is still off.sometimes but power and angle are much better.

    I think I had a bad night and the tape at the top had too much effect on the racquet balance the night I posted originally.

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