Badminton: Smash Defense

Smash Defence Smash Defence How to do smash defence in doubles, singles also mixed doubles if a player has not got confident of defencing smash he she cannot play game confidently before I explain the techniques of movement and racket skills I would like to discuss about the positioning first does not matter how good racket skill a player has if he is finding or standing wrong place then they cannot make good smash defence the question is where to stand I lift shuttle to opponent then I have 3 choices number 1 – from the net, rear court I stand exactly center about here or I stand little bit forward or I stand little bit backward what is your answer what you think some people some players say should be exactly centre some might say little bit forward because they can attack it some might say little bit backward in my view when shuttle is in the air in normal shot its better to stand not exactly centre one step backward that will be the right place in defencing opponent smash reason 1 – If I stand centre or little bit closer the speed of smash will be much faster also the opponent smash can come to my body also to my floor so the area, I have to defence will be much wider but if I stay little bit further back I can see shuttle better also the distance between my opponent to me will be little bit longer so I can defence it but if smash come to here in this position I don’t have to hit it because it will go out so the area I have to ready, prepare to defence will be much narrow than when I am standing center or front have a look I am standing exactly center between the net and end line what happens shuttle is coming too fast the angle is too wide if I stay little bit backward about here then easier shuttle will come around this area so my racket is there, then most of them I can return it quite comfortably if my opponent smash here then that’s out so not to worry about this area and the third reason why the player should be not standing center rather one step backward is this some might say Lee if you stay little bit backward what happens to the net too much gap ok no drop shot will land here most of drop shot will land around the service line so from here to the service line is not too far and most important reason why player should stand little bit backward rather than center or forward is this from my body my arm is this long, that’s in front from here I have racket so from my body I have this much length in front of me, so if I am standing center here actually I am taking shuttle here which is too quick if I stay one step backward my racket will be center or little bit forward if my arm is this short, my racket is this short then may be exactly center will be the right but because of this player should be standing backward much easier now, posture the most difficult shot to defence is to the body so the player’s posture should be smaller and crouched and looking that way, rather than like this have a look if I do that I can see shuttle better like this but if I make posture like that, like this then much slower so posture, upper body, lower body together smaller, crouched then my weakness will be covered by my racket now the racket position when shuttle is in the air I don’t know whether my opponent will smash or drop shot or clear most dangerous shot in that situation is smash so my racket should be some where here where shuttle comes when I am ready like this and opponent hit clear, I have time to go from here, when my opponent do drop shot I have time to move forward but if I do that, racket is high when shuttle is in the air opponent court and opponent smashes it then I don’t have time to put my racket down and hit it no chance so the right posture the racket should be lower have a look please some where here like this like that now step in defencing smash, how to make the movement all the movements same after my opponent made shot I must do the initial identifying step of where have a look please watch my feet carefully please ready look where – here where – here where – here where – here where – here where – here where – here rather than just standing standing and hit standing and hit standing and hit no rhythm look and hit look and go look and go look, look if you are looking all the match real match no player stand still and make move every single player, they do that every single time now, racket skills racket skill how to hit the shuttle same, in this technique the finger power is very crucial rather than wrist have a look what I mean smash backhand side please this is finger this is wrist too big, too slow forehand same this is finger power rather than wrist this finger for the fast, sharp stroke skills this finger power is needed look, in general posture, my racket should be away from my body not here please compare away here there there now not here, here here so too slow put your racket away so you can make quicker actions ok once more have a look please the rhythm of movement steps, how to start, how to stop and how to come back watch my feet please smash please go ready move – hit move – hit move – hit move – hit look – hit finally, I know many players they worry about their backhand because their backhand is weak so when they are ready they don’t ready 50-50 they ready 70-30 so when shuttle comes here they do that I know some of the top international players they do that but in my personal view that is not ideal why? from here, limited shot I can make block or drive but if I can do that I can do across block, straight block across drive, lift I have much more choices this one is limited if this players opponent know he is doing that then he will smash here and he will do that again so that is not ideal or that’s not the way trying to do the way trying to do is this here center 50-50 and the mind of this player should be like very deep lake because its so deep there is no sound no panic the players they cannot defence their smash not only because of their lack of skills but more because they panic so they move before rather than very calm and wait look and hit have a look please smash any side please look look – hit where – here where – here where – here look – hit look – hit rather than rather than make this shot like gambling already decision yeah ready for backhand, that’s lucky ok that’s ok but what happens if I do that if shuttle comes here, problem ready here there it will be much better, from here there there so ready for both ways I know its difficult but it will be the way to train, rather than limit yourself for just backhand by this way your ability will be limited because of this so make your mind very calm and wait wait, wait, wait until you actually see the shot and then make movement finally, the racket actoin look ready shuttle comes to the backhand then don’t go backward from here go forward could you throw shuttle by hand please have a look yeah here look ready shuttle comes, they try to hit hard so they bring racket backwards like this because its there shuttle comes to you more so its difficult to hit it look, compare this one do like this or there look here there look here rather than look same forehand ready not here not there look ready here here ready here ready there so, I would like to say the final word in this video the technique, foot work is secondly important number 1 – in order to be better player playing better skills, better technique the mind the hunger, that is number 1 have a look again please so, when this player practice it should be like this smash please seriousness ok, ready – hit look – hit look – hit look – hit look – hit rather than rather than casual two different badminton it does not matter the level what matters is the mind thank you I hope you enjoyed and you find it beneficial thank you

100 thoughts on “Badminton: Smash Defense

  1. Thank You Master Lee You are the best Please Make 1080p Videos it will help a lot more anyway thank You Again

  2. The coach Lee not only explains how to do and most importantly explains why to do. This is very helpful for the players.

  3. coach lee , wht grip are we using if we are defending the opponent smashes ? i use backhand grip.. i have no problem returning opponent smash on my backhand but i have problem on the forehand because i have to change it to the normal grip

  4. Wow the video is superb beyond doubt and definitely the technique is already helping but what I absolutely love about the video is the humility of this person. 

    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. this video has really improved my return of smash. i return most of the smashes now. many thanks Mr. lee. now i would like to know where to return the smash.

  6. Hello Mr.Lee., Thank you this is a best smash defense video. I like the way u explained comparing mind of the player to the deep lake. Hope it will help me lot to improve further in future.

  7. Amazing work lee sir!one of the most helpful tutorials on youtube.i like your independent views and the passion of teaching!your students must be lucky.keep up the good work.

  8. This trully helps me on the right way of how to defend smash. Thank you, Mr. Lee. I'm saving it on my offline videos so that I can review it all over until I master this technique. Thank you very much for ur effort in making this video.

  9. The most interesting thing about your videos are always the way you teach.I'm more of a beginner in badminton and your videos are so helpful for people like us.
    Thank you sir

  10. Thank you for uploading this video sir it really helped me improve my game and made my defence more strong

  11. For smash defence, what grip should I be using? I usually can't lift the shuttle defensing from smashes

  12. Hi Coach Lee, i have 2 question here.

    1. backhand grip or natural grip for smash defend?
    2. how to return a smash if the shuttlecock move toward body near to forearm side?

    thanks in advance

  13. Very informative indeed, great basics. No point playing the game without perfecting these techniques. Thanks for your time and effort.


  14. Coach Lee, your videos are fantastic.  Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge.  You are inspiring!

  15. Hello lee your coaching is very clear hard and intense. You explain exactly different outcomes of the shot. Really a detailed video on smash return. Thanks a ton.

  16. Are you trying to teach beginners or improving players? If improvers, you are standing too square on. In this position I would always smash at your right hip or just left to it. On this stance, there is a point at which you will have to decide to play a backhand or a forehand and that point on indecision will be crucial. You should be positioned with your left foot more advanced and your racket further ahead, so you can play every shot with the backhand if you want to. Again too much of this action is focussed upon wrist reaction to hit back to mid-court rather than the required body reaction to reach back of the court. This action is more like a ping-pong shot.

  17. Hello lee i want to know control to return of smash and improve to my return skill… if any exercise is can do it please tell me…..

  18. I have been playing competitive league badminton for over 20 years at Div1/2 and I have learnt much from Lee's videos. many thanks !

  19. thank you sir it was a great help, i am 63 years old and they always smash at me because of my weak return,

  20. great final words.
    I have to face my p.e. instructor at the end of the semester and I'm so tense whenever I have a practice match with him.
    Thanks for this video, I learned a lot!

  21. Really good video. I wanted to know that how do i play better in front of my seniors. As they play really well. And i am not that good. Also after hitting 7-10 shuttles i get tired. Please suggest something Lee Sir.

  22. I learned in order to play better, I need to use fingers well, I feel my fingers and wrist muscles are not as powerful as yours coach, how do I increase the power of hitting?

  23. I have started Playing badminton for about an year, but I was just playing as I wish and didn't improve considerably, BUT recently I started to watch your training, it's first class, and I got improved massively. Best lecture and best training. keep up the good work

  24. Hi Coach. nice videos. Got a question. Dont have sharp eyes and it makes it even worse to spot the shuttle in a gym where there is a white background. When the smashes come at eye level I react too late. Any suggestions? I cannot offcourse control the courts I play in so looking to make suitable adjustments

  25. Your Tutorials are awesome Sir.As a beginner I have improved my badminton considerably recently..Arigatou Guzaimas

  26. The guy who is smashing and returning the shuttle exactly to your demonstration position also needs appreciation…
    Lee san, Your patience and broad heart to tech the technique to the world needs a big appreciation. God bless.

  27. What a great video, thank you. You not only tell us where to stand but you go into detailed description of why to stand there. Thank you! I will learn a lot from your videos

  28. sir I am not able to determine how to take the smash either back hand or forehand and I make a mistake so how to overcome it any way ?

  29. Thanks a lot Coach Lee! I could finally defeat my greatest enemy at a school tournament thanks to you!

  30. Just wondering, when people smash right in front of the net, are we allowed to put our racket up to block the shot?
    Thank you

  31. Wah Mr. Lee ! how nicely and convincingly you explain and demo the smash defenses!
    Congrats and many thanks.

  32. Wow! A brilliant video. I love returning hard smashes from players better than me, but my skill is limited. I'll study this video over and over and correct everything i'm doing wrong. Thanks Coach Lee 🙂

  33. That is really an informative video.I will love to practice the moves I have learned in the video.Thanks for making the video.

  34. Thanku so much coach u cover every aspect of the topic,though i have one question what if the opponent goes for a cross drop near the net when i am defending a smash at a backward position?

  35. I have started to play badminton in few weeks, after few days of my play i decided to become a great player, i am 23 years old, is that possible to make badminton as my career?

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