11-20-2009, 04:44 AM #18
You should train your smash defence to cope with powerful, steep smashes. If your racket is up near head height, you have no chance of returning these.
If your opponent constantly smashes flat, then by all means bring your racket up to head height (this is "crouch defence"), and improve your counter-attack.
Generally, however, it's better to be ready for the steeper smashes. If a flat smash comes, you still have time to switch into crouch defence (flat smashes are necessarily slower smashes, or they will go out the back).
Last edited by Gollum; 11-20-2009 at 04:48 AM.
11-20-2009, 06:26 AM #19
There is the added issue that if your racket head is too high you will be blocking smashes that are going to go long.
Lee Jae Bok, in one of his online coaching videos, suggests having the racket head no higher than chest height; if something comes in higher than this you can leave it to go long. Of course, if the opponent can get some mental angles, or is very close to the net, this doesn't always work...
11-20-2009, 11:09 AM #20
I try to keep my racket at waist level with a slight downward angle and unless I'm playing very hard smashers I like to keep my elbow in close to my side to allow for a forehand shot if needed.
11-23-2009, 10:25 PM #21
a good tip i was taught was to have the BASE of your thumb firmly on the grip as well, not just the tip of the thumb touching,(so your entire thumb is flush against the grip) makes your shot more solid, the smash wont rattle your racket, and you can reply with ease.
11-23-2009, 11:44 PM #22
My smash defense is simply the basic grip which allow me to use all the methods I listed above as well as covering the forehand and left hand. I hold the racket low in front on me, but usually a bit toward the forehand side.
11-24-2009, 02:16 AM #23
Whereas in defence ie: clear, lift you stand side by side to take smashes or drop shots from the opponent.
Not that i'm saying YOU HAVE to have your racquet below your waist to return smash normally a strong player's smash is very sharp not flat if it is flat smash then take advantage.
Quote: You shouldn't really be making much of a swing with your arm, just a firm flick of the wrist coupled with a small arm movement should be enough.
If you take smash you should have some sort of arm movement so that when you strike the shuttle your arm will move so that the shuttle will be high above and land on the opponent's baseline.
Flick is more like in singles whereas your opponent smash you on the side of the court you slightly flick your wrist so that the shuttle can just nick over the net.
Note: I'm not sure if i explained very well because doubles and singles method of returning smash are totally different
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