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A point scored on a smash shot in badminton has the same visceral appeal as a slam dunk in basketball or a grand slam in baseball, but sometimes — as the old adage goes — the best offense is good defense.


Check out the video compilation above as badminton greats like China’s Lin Dan and Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei demonstrate their deadly defensive skills.

China's Lin Dan demonstrates dazzling badminton defense

While it may not be a jump smash, a well-place dink shot is still a thing of beauty.


Sometimes the best defense is the most unpredictable one, as the crafty players in the above video demonstrate.