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    I've been trying this one out for quite some time now, but all I end up with is one awkwardly high cross court drop with no where near the angle that my forehand slice creates. Any tips on how to stop it from lifting and inevitable being killed time after time?

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    So ur tryin to do a cross court tight drop shot then?

    It does take a bit of practice, i find its al about the wrist mate, mines goes quite flat landin rite in the corner, gud shot to use as variation cause ur opponent is always expectin the straight drop shot der or a crap backhand clear.

    Pratcie doin it slowly without a shuttle first al the actions, I find its al about a sharp twist of the wrist at the moment of impact, reali flings the shuttle flatish and towards the corner, quite deceptive to

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    i find it's not so much a "slice" like tennis but more of a wrist "hook" action. imagine doing a backhand drive/clear, but instead aim the racquet head at the cross court direction and flick the wrist at contact point.

    btw, the cross court drop works most effective against novice players, or used only on "new" opponents. if u play against regular people and they are fast, most likely they can anticipate the shot and move in because cross court drop is one of the slowest shots i think in badminton. takes a relatively longer time for the birdie to get to cross court, and if the opponent is there and ready, you're most likely out of position

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    Well actually I came accross it by accident, I had just been doing some slice drills and I guess my racquet just naturally angled that way when I went to play a backhand straight drop, it worked nicely then but I can't figure out what else I'm doing wrong.
    Oh and to Capnx, I rarely play competitive singles, I'm all about doubles lately. It's really to catch the front court player off guard when they're commited to their forehand side.

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    hi.for me its about the feeling of hitting the shot.maybe you can try to focus on hitting the shuttle forward.push your racket further foward when doing backhand so the shuttle will not be so high.after getting used to it you just need to control it.try variations and see what your comfortable with.everybody has diff backhand stroke nomatter how minute it is.i guess the reason why your backhand is high above the net is cos you want your backhand to cross the net and not land into the net but by doing that you were too careful so you keep hitting it too high.you can try hitting it harder so the shuttle moves faster and lands faster.this way,even if you hit it a bit too high over the net,the speed of the shuttle will still be fast enuf that when the opponent gets to the shuttle it is not high enuf for him to kill and you still can retrieve your next shot.last of all,be daring!just try any backhand shots.if too high,adjust and try to hit the shuttle with your racket facing slightly downwards and so on.how far you are from the net also determines how high you take the shuttle and how fast you have to hit.all the best for you!

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    Yeah, my normal backhand drops are fine, just this backhand "slice", I'm pretty sure I saw Taufik use one in one of his vids but I cant remember where.

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    VIdeo of Taufik: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpiAIxWDVoU

    Though I have no idea how to do it, I can do a reasonable crosscourt backhand drop myself. It's have to do with slice though.

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    That's a different video but I think the same kind of thing. Except in the other it pretty clearly showed his racquet head nicely angled for a slice and looking like he was playng a straight backhand shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athelete1234 View Post
    As one might expect from Taufik, that video provides a demonstration of flawless technique (and stupid comments from the commentators).

    Notice that the hitting action involves a "hooking" or "pulling" action, and that there is relatively little use of the wrist -- the pull is mainly from the forearm. Notice also how this action is incorporated into his recovery movement, so that even as he hits the shot he is turning back into court.

    If you're at full stretch and are unable to make this hitting action, then you can shorten the swing and "use more wrist" -- just punching at the shuttle with an angled racket face. However, with the smoother pulling action, you get better control and recovery.

    The action should look similar even when playing a straight drop. The "cross-court" arm movement and body recovery would still be present.

    I'm pretty sure he added slice to that shot. As well as improving the trajectory, slicing can make it easier to hit the cross-court angle, as you don't need to come around from outside the shuttle as much.

    I would recommend starting with a straight backhand drop, and then experimenting with the effects of slice. Change the angle of the racket, so that you hit the shuttle with a glancing blow. You'll also need to hit it harder, to compensate both for the longer cross-court path and the loss of speed due to slice. Grip tightening and a small flick of the wrist should suffice for this added power, but don't neglect to use the forearm to guide the shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gollum View Post
    As one might expect from Taufik, that video provides a demonstration of flawless technique (and stupid comments from the commentators).

    Notice that the hitting action involves a "hooking" or "pulling" action, and that there is relatively little use of the wrist -- the pull is mainly from the forearm. Notice also how this action is incorporated into his recovery movement, so that even as he hits the shot he is turning back into court.

    If you're at full stretch and are unable to make this hitting action, then you can shorten the swing and "use more wrist" -- just punching at the shuttle with an angled racket face. However, with the smoother pulling action, you get better control and recovery.

    The action should look very similar even when playing a straight drop. The "cross-court" arm movement and body recovery would still be present.

    I'm pretty sure he added slice to that shot. As well as improving the trajectory, slicing can make it easier to hit the cross-court angle, as you don't need to come around from outside the shuttle as much.

    I would recommend starting with a straight backhand drop, and then experimenting with the effects of slice. Change the angle of the racket, so that you hit the shuttle with a glancing blow. You'll also need to hit it harder, to compensate both for the longer cross-court path and the loss of speed due to slice.
    Should I be trying to hit the shot a little earlier like in normal slices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TedTheFarmer View Post
    Should I be trying to hit the shot a little earlier like in normal slices?
    Well, I don't think that playing a slice -- forehand or backhand -- means playing the shot earlier. You play the shot as early as you can (obviously, this doesn't mean straining your arm upwards with the joints locked out, or hitting from an badly off-balance position).

    I think I know what you mean, however. With a forehand reverse slice, the timing of your arm rotation is different -- you actually hit at the same moment, but your arm has rotated slightly earlier, so that as you contact the shuttle, the racket is already facing in a somewhat cross-court direction.

    As an example of forehand reverse slice: you are in your backhand corner, and play a round-the-head cross-court forehand drop.

    The same is true if you apply reverse slice on the backhand. Note, however, that this would never be used for a cross-court shot, because you never play backhands in your forehand corner (unless you're mad ). It would only be used on a straight drop.

    For the "normal" slice, it's a different story. Here, instead of merely changing the timing of your arm rotation, you don't even complete the rotation (you don't want your racket angled flat or outward -- you want it angled inward). This applies for both forehand and backhand slice.

    However, with forehand slice you can increase the slicing effect by brushing around the shuttle -- supinating your forearm and bringing it across your body, when for a normal shot you would be pronating instead. With a backhand (cross-court) slice, your ability to do this is much more limited -- partly by the grip, but also by the more restricted movement at your shoulder. Note that with the backhand drop you would be pronating instead of supinating (turning the arm in the opposite way).

    Pronation of the forearm is possible here, but it's limited, and it's also much more difficult to use the fingers to help control it (compared to a forehand). Just another reason to use forehands when you can!

    To a certain extent, the pulling/hooking action I mentioned earlier helps to overcome these difficulties -- it does at least allow freer use of your arm to help guide the shot.

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    Heres a video of LCW slicing shuttlecock with a backhand, but in a upward motion! check out 2:35

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    Another LCW upward slice backhand drop shot is at 7:02

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    uh, links? i mean, did you try to embed the video?

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    Oh that's the shot he did against Kenneth Jonassen in an exhibition match... so sneaky.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ur5YruyBHhI
    here is the link, dont know why it did not come up before

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    yes, im thinking of asking the same questions too earlier..this backhand slice from chong wei is superb..seldom see him did that in tournaments.

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