Most Badminton players are quite familiar with the term ‘smash’. In fact, it’s one of the most popular Badminton techniques out there and it’s used by all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. But landing an efficient smash, that has the potential to change the game, can be quite difficult. Most beginners and even a few intermediates and advanced players lack technique and skill when it comes to smashing. And without a good smash, it’s difficult to take advantage of an opportunity during a game and score a point.
So if you’re looking to improve your smash, here are a few things you should try out.
While focusing on the smash, most players tend to forget about one of the most important elements in the game – your legs! Without the right legwork, it’s impossible to get into position and throw your body weight into the smash (which is what’s needed for a good smash).
There’s a simple exercise to practice your legwork.
To test whether you’re moving fast enough, stand near the front service line and ask a friend to hit the shuttle towards the back. Now run back towards the shuttle and get into position, but let the shuttle fall on the ground. Now, take note of your body’s position in relation to the shuttle. Ideally, the shuttle should be somewhere in front of you where you can hit it while leaning forward with your body. Keep practicing this exercise till you’re able to get into a favourable position.
Ease The Tension
Most Badminton players tend to tense up their muscles while playing the game. It could be for a variety of reasons, including the stress of the game or tight muscles.
But a tensed muscle will not be able to perform anywhere near its optimum capability. So to make the most of your body’s strength, you need to relax the grip on your racket.
By gripping the racket too tightly, you constrain the movement of the muscles in your arms. This makes it difficult for the muscles to carry out your instructions effectively. So to correct this, practice gripping the racket loosely while playing, but firm enough so it doesn’t slip out of your hand. Now, when you play your shots, grip the racket tightly just moments before it makes contact with the shuttle. This should allow your arm to accelerate freely toward the shuttle and connect with the intended force.
Focus On The Backswing
This is quite a common problem with most players, and can be easily corrected if people are made aware of it. Stand with your racket arm straight above your head and swing downward, as if you’re hitting a shuttle.
If your swing moves across and down towards your non-racket leg, then you’re probably not smashing as effectively as you can. Instead, if your racket moves down in a straight line, then congratulations! You’ve got excellent technique and all your smashes are backed up by the force behind your swinging arm.
Of course, there are hundreds of techniques out there to improve your smash, but these are 3 simple ways to get better at smashing without the help of a coach.
So practice these techniques regularly, and you’re sure to see improvements in your game.