Players who are agile and athletic like to win their matches in an offensive style, the smashes. Since, these players are well trained and have good strength in their legs can hit more smashes continuously.
Care should be taken to see to that is you are fast, then you are liable to smash, as your opponent simply blocks the shuttle, you should cover the distance and reply to his net shot with another tight spinning net shot. But, on the other hand, if you are slow to reach the shuttle to the net after the smash, then the advantage is your opponents.
On the other hand, a possible reply for a smash is a lift, drive, or long block (push), these all offer yet another chance for you to score your point by smashing again to your opponent.
If you played a smash near the sidelines, then your opponent may not have recovered to the center. Now, smashing the shuttle to the other side is a good option. However, this changes according to the game situation and your feel during the rally.
When countering for a drive, if your are agile and athletic and if your opponent plays a drive above the net, it is advisable to play again a drive to him or direct the drive down and away from your opponent.
The high the shuttle contact, the steeper the smash and the hard lot of work to be done by the opponent to reply the smash. usually steep smashes have weak replies or no replies.