Different types of badminton shots and when to use them

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While many may be confused with the difference in a shot and stroke, a badminton stroke is the swinging motion performed before you take a shot. In a nutshell, the strokes you execute is fundamental in producing a good shot in a game of badminton. As a beginner, do not rush into learning all the different types of badminton shots. Learn and practice till you’re good with one then move on to learn new types of shots. All shots in badminton can be classified broadly into either offensive or defensive shots. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Defensive badminton shots

The Clear Shot

Also known as lobbing, the clear shot is the most important badminton shot especially in a Singles Game. It is commonly used when you need to buy more time for yourself to return to base before the next return. It is also strategic to use when your opponent is near to the fore-court, forcing him to retract to the back to retrieve the shuttle. In this stroke, contact the shuttlecock around the middle of your racket head. The aim of the clear shot is to cause the shuttle to go up high in the air and land at your opponent’s backcourt.

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The Drive Shot

The drive shot is a basic flat shot, directly hit over the net. It is a powerful, quick counter-attacking shot that is easy to execute. If the shot is played correctly, it will force your opponent to hit an upward return, giving you opportunities to counter-attack. It is widely used in a Doubles Game as players would like to keep the shuttle low. The Drive Shot can be played both on the forehand or backhand. To execute the shot, your racket should be held with the head facing straight ahead locking your wrist as the shuttle comes in contact with your racket.

Offensives badminton shots

The Clear Shot

The drop shot is best used when the shuttle is heading towards you in the first half of your court. To perform this stroke, the player must hit the shuttlecock downwards towards the opponent’s fore-court, aiming for it to go just over the net. There are two types of drop shots, Fast Drop Shot: where the shuttlecock travels down steeply and lands further away from the net, Slow Drop Shot: the shuttle does not travel down steeply but lands nearer to the net.

The Smash Shot

The badminton smash is considered the most powerful shot in badminton and is usually played on the forehand. It is often difficult to return because of the pace and the downward angle of the shot, think of it as a downwards drive. It is best used when the shuttle is high in the air so that it can be angled downwards. When the shuttle comes in from a high angle, it will allow you enough time to arch and get in position to strike. At the highest point of contact, with a flick of the wrist aim the shuttle downwards in a steep gradient. You ideally want to aim for spots furthest from your opponent, but another tactic is to aim it towards his upper torso, making it hard for him to defend.

 

Take away tip

* Badminton tips for beginners:

·  Always warm up properly

·  Get comfortable with your grip

·  Know the rules

·  Watch some quality YouTube content

·  Keep your racquet up

.  Play with a positive mindset

Q&A: Is the smash shot defensive or offensive?

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