19 thoughts on “How to Return a Smash | Badminton Lessons

  1. This is not a tutorial. This is getting your viewers to watch you show off. What a shame. Don't mislead us with this title. You are hunting for audience to watch his fanciful return. Do you expect your audience to learn this?

  2. what a pathetic video.. no information about the grip, that guy does some fancy moves, people are looking for basics here…

  3. Smash defense is a skill that needs to be built up. No one has ever been able to perfectly defend from moment 1.
    Keep in mind that the following steps are for people that have never properly learned defense. Basics are basics and can be disregarded as you get better and better. But when you play against people better than you, you will always revert back to the basics to be able to defend.

    Step 1: Foundation. Feet should be wide apart with the knees bent and upper body leaning forward so as to relieve the weight from the heels. Weight should be evenly distributed on the soles of the feet and the heels should not touch the floor. Visibly, the heels may look to touch the floor but feeling and weight distribution is what matters. As the person defending, feel and know that there is 0 pressure on the heels. The last and very important factor in the foundation is your field of view. Having your feet wide apart and knees bent, the head should be below the tape(top of the net) which gives a better view of the shot being defended.

    Step 2: Defense Arc. With the right foundation, we need the right area of defense. A good majority of players primarily use backhand strokes to defend smashes. With the backhand grip, raise the racket head to where it is in front of the base of the neck and the handle is in front of the armpit. The face of the racket should be kept at an angle that is natural with your wrist and grip(the backhand face should be angled slightly upward). Keeping the racket similar to an upright position will give you a better reply when defending racket shoulder shots. There is a video where someone explains that the backhand arc is roughly 330 degrees, I believe its more like 359. The last degree are shots that are beyond your backhand reach and you MUST use forehand to reply. Imagine yourself in the matrix performing the bullet-time thing. Leaning from side to side helps with positioning yourself to better contact the smash.

    Step 3: Contact. Before applying a swing, work on making consistent contact with the bird. Practice blocking the smashes and refrain from swinging back at it. Move on to step 4 once you consistently block smashes with the face of the racket.

    Step 4: Reply. All replies at this stage should be a pronation of the forearm with little to no follow through. There is a common misconception on what the swing looks like. Avoid pushing your hand/forearm forward to make early contact with the bird. Let the bird come to you. Using the same arc of motion, like a jellyfish, whip from the upper arm and refrain from extending wide. Like a whip, go up then down. A common mistake is the upper arm swinging in a single wide and continuous stroke. The upper arm should go up/forward then back in/down to make the whip effect with your arm. The Channel, Coaching Badminton, referred to this motion as the wave.
    That is basic smash defense.

    …I should really make a video on this…

    Step 5: Perfection. After nailing the basics, you can start experimenting with things. Especially changing the timing, creativity of reply, slicing/cutting, and other fancy things.

  4. He just teaches us to – If it comes to your right, USE YOUR FOREHAND. If it comes to your left hand, USE YOUR BACK HAND. Thanks for the info and also, thanks for wasting my time!

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