Smash technique

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  1. Udbhav

    Udbhav Regular Member

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    Hello everybody,
    Is it ok to use panhandle grip for smash or i need to change it to forehand grip or ljb grip ?
    I feel the ljb and fore hand grip to be quite uncomfortable while hitting smash. My priority is speed and then control
     
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    panhandle is not appropriate for 99.9% of situations. especially during a smash!
     
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    Seconded. A forehand grip gives you way more power and control. You'll find it uncomfortable to start with but practice it and it will feel natural before long.

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    So what should i use ljb or classic forehand.
    Also tell me the steps to hit it as fast as possible
    Also should i grip the racket firmly or loose
     
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    I would recommend you learn to hit a proper clear, and then simply angle the clear downwards. There are lots of good video tutorials out there. I prefer to teach a forehand or a basic grip as I think it produces better technique in the long run.
    Here is a video of the best mens singles player ever hitting smashes (and other shots) - try to copy the way he hits as best as possible:


    The grip should be relaxed, but relatively firm so that the racket doesn't move around or slip/twist as you swing.

    Good luck!
     
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    Go for classic

    Lots of practice hitting many shuttles

    Loose and then at point of impact tighten grip. After that relax the grip.
     
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    For the most part, yes. Grip should be relaxed most of the time. I prefer "relaxed" to "loose". Some players take "loose" to an extreme where the racket is falling out of the hand.

    Note that the shuttle is only on the strings for a few milliseconds. Too quick for us to react to firm up the grip. In reality, the hand tightens up a bit as the racket head accelerates just prior to contact. Relaxes again a bit later (after contact).
     
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