In this free tutorial video you will learn the proper forehand smash technique when playing badminton
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Remember, the forehand smash is undoubtedly a lethal weapon but should be used only when you expect it to be a winner, as you expend a great deal of energy.
In this video you will learn how to hit a forehand smash.
The smash is a powerful attacking shot that is often difficult to return because of the pace and the downward angle at which it is hit. The shuttle can travel at speeds upto 300 km/h. The smash is played from the rear court to the opponent's mid-court.
The three key steps are the preparation, the shot and the recovery.
Step 1 - The preparation. Use a forehand grip. Start in the ready position. Take the racket leg back and twist the body sideways. Shuffle back and lunge on the racket foot.
Raise the racket and the non racket arm to balance. The shoulders and the elbows should be aligned. The racket should be inclined at roughly 45 degrees. Point the shuttle with your non-racket arm.
Step 2 - The shot. Tighten your grip and swing the racket behind the back with the head pointing downward. Rotate the arm forward and snap down the wrist at the point of impact. The shuttle should be much further forward than for the clear.
Follow through the racket arm across to the other side. Land with the non racket and racket foot respectively in quick succession.
Step 3 - The recovery. Shuffle back to the ready position at the middle of the court.
The smash is undoubtedly a lethal weapon but should be used only when you expect it to be a winner as you expend a great deal of energy. It's not about smashing hard, but smashing smart.
Enjoy the game!