Badminton is one said to be one of the fastest racquet sports that there is. It is an extremely challenging game and literally, all our muscles are used while playing badminton.
If you’re just starting to take up badminton there are certain things you must keep in mind while playing; although this will be applicable to players at all levels.
Things like correct form, grip, stepping, and movement are vital in the game of badminton. Now keeping all these things in point, I’ll explain the player’s movement on the court while playing an attacking shot.
It is a misconception that just a ‘smash’ is an attacking stroke. Yes, it definitely does help you in finishing the point in your favour, but it is not the only stroke that is considered an attacking shot. This misconception is in the minds of most newcomers and beginners to the sport.
The ‘toss’ can be a very attacking stroke too if played at the right time and at the right height.
Now, while using smash as an attacking play, a player must keep in mind that they should create an opening for themselves to play this stroke and not just go for the kill blindly. Beginners tend to use this attacking shot at wrong times during the game.
A smash is played to put pressure on one’s opponent and to even try and finish a rally in one’s favour. The most ideal time to smash is once you have displaced and moved your opponent all over the court and then played a smash.
This creates the element of surprise and it also means that you have moved the opponent all over that he/she is bound to make a weak return while enables you to play this stroke.
In terms of movement, a player should ideally be slightly behind the shuttle and should catch it as early as possible in order to hit a more accurate shot. Moving under the shuttle is a must, as if you aren’t in the proper position to smash, you will land up playing a very weak and bad shot which may not even cross the net. It is also very important to note that after smashing the person should follow up.
This means he/she should move towards the direction of his smash in anticipation of a return which at a higher level is quite likely to come. Staying in the same spot after smashing could really put you in a bad position.
Another important point to note while smashing is that if the player is at the extreme back end of the court he should avoid using smash as an attacking stroke as it is quite difficult to hit an effective smash from the rear end and also trying to return the next shot could be extremely difficult and could cost you a point.
Talking about the toss as an attacking play, one should keep in mind that if played at the right height and distance, it could be an absolute winner. This stroke can be played from the midcourt area to the rear end area of the court.
Again, the player must be under, yet slightly behind the shuttle to be able to play and execute this stroke. In order to move smoothly on the court, a player should have a slight bounce in his/her body. This enables the player to reach all corner of the court quicker and react fast which will help them play all the possible strokes. Ideally, from the centre to the backcourt on either side 2 and a half steps should be taken unless a player is extremely tall then he/she requires just 2 steps.
So when hitting this attacking toss a player should run behind the shuttle in time and only then make the decision to play an attacking toss. An attacking toss differs from a regular toss as it is played to surprise the opponent and to also get him off balance and make him chase the shuttle. If played correctly, the point could be yours.
To play an attacking stroke, a player should be in ideal position and should be able to move quickly towards the shuttle in order to be in that position. If he/she is not, he.she should just clear the shuttle back in order to still be in the game. Attacking strokes shouldn’t be played in a haste.
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