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11-20-2009, 08:13 AM #1
How to drive while returning smashes.
I have been trying to drive the smashes while receiving it but not successful yet. I play mostly doubles. I consider myself as an advanced player. I don’t have any trouble with a drop or a clear while returning a smash. A return clear will not make me on the offensive and a return drop will easily be killed or dropped if the opponent’s partner is already at the net and my partner is not at the net .
I know I could drive a smash by using the pan handle grip and crouching. But if I prepare for this I will not be in a position for other returns.
I prepare for returning a smash with:
• back hand grip, racket head square with the net almost level with my waist. (I am right handed)
• Racket arm stretched (not fully) and elbow always higher than the wrist
• Position one step above half court nearer to the front box.
• Feet wide almost in line with the shoulders and knees bend a little, me leaning forward and facing the net and in line with the opponent who is smashing.
How could I drive a smash successfully from this position. I don’t want to lose my clears and drops by changing the position.
Thanks a lot .
11-20-2009, 09:38 AM #2
11-20-2009, 10:05 AM #3
It's also very difficult to drive back a hard smash from below the waist. I don't try to drive back too many smashes unless: 1. it's a half smash; 2. it's above the waist; and 3. i've got good court position. It's a pretty low percentage shot.
11-20-2009, 11:29 AM #4
11-21-2009, 01:58 AM #5
you shouldn't be in backhand grip nor forehand grip. You should have a loose grip to change to backhand or forehand grip depending on where your opponent is smashing
11-21-2009, 06:04 AM #6
11-21-2009, 06:16 AM #7
11-21-2009, 06:18 AM #8
11-21-2009, 06:24 AM #9
11-22-2009, 03:39 PM #10
I would like to ask Jestin a question.
Are you playing with feather bird or plastic bird?
Because even MOST of the time ur opponent smash flat with feather, and u're standing middle of the court it pretty much be will be in. Unless he is hitting the bird at around middle of his side of the court and up close to the net.
And i'm talking about 4 feet flat smash height.
11-23-2009, 03:36 AM #11
I forgot to tell you where your legs are suppose to be
Your legs should be wide and knees bent down.
I have a question is your footwork really swift ie: you have fast recovery and you don't stomp like a dinosaur.
Because in singles when you take smash try to be behind the the service by like 1 foot size. And if your opponent is Pro Singles he should smash the sides of the court and get ready to stretch your legs, dive and reach!
In doubles make sure your foot is ready to move so that you can adjust the distance you are comfortable to return smash.
11-23-2009, 09:12 AM #12
11-23-2009, 09:24 AM #13
I rarely play singles nowadays!! My footwork is good but recovery is not fast as before!!! I like that dinosaur part, just thought about how the dino would wield an arc 10 with all the teeth showing, stomp down at me for a smash
Last edited by Jestin; 11-23-2009 at 09:26 AM.
11-23-2009, 09:37 AM #14
Next, if his opponent is Pro Singles and he's asking here, something's very wrong.
Last edited by weeyeh; 11-23-2009 at 09:45 AM. Reason: Stated contact point instead of standing position.
11-23-2009, 10:00 AM #15
ooops... I think I need to clarify my defense position. I said in my first post "one step above half court nearer to the front box." By "half court" what I intended was half of the court excluding both front and back boxes. Very sorry for that. So taking the full court into account I will be positioned one step back from the center as Gollum has said.
11-23-2009, 10:37 AM #16
To be honest, what you're talking about is more of a push than a drive. To me drives are fairly flat with little to no arc, when the shuttle is below your waist you have no choice but to have an arc in it or it will become a low clear or just go out. Basically what you're trying to do is push is past the front defender but short enough the smasher has to raise it. Hopefully you keep it low or fast enough the front attacker can't intercept.
11-24-2009, 03:28 AM #17
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