Replayed in slow motion, badminton’s smash shot is revealed to be a ballet of muscle and tendons working in perfect tandem. When it all comes together the result can be the fastest moving projectile seen in any racket sport.
BADMINTON SMASH SHOT TECHNIQUE
Mastering the smash can elevate one’s badminton game from a pedestrian backyard pastime to being tournament ready. Badminton England produced the above video which details the step-by-step execution of the smash shot.
Until the motion of the smash is deeply encoded in your muscular memory, there are a number of pointers to keep in mind:
- Assume a sideways stance with the rear foot parallel to the back line
- Using a relaxed forehand grip, bring the racket back with the strings facing downwards
- Elevate the non-racket arm for balance
- Create a position with the shoulders and elbows in a line, looking over the front arm
- Load the rear leg muscles to generate power
- Drive through — hip first, then the body, hitting the shuttle in front of you
- Land with a wide stance, non-racket foot, then racket-foot in quick succession
Lastly, to really make your smash sizzle, there’s one more critical element…
FLICK OF THE WRIST
Once you get the fundamentals of the smash down pat, there is one more element needed to add the proverbially cherry to the top. It turns out the real key to unleashing the speed of the smash is a flick of the wrist, which can create a whip-like motion to the racket head.