As we all know, Smashes are one of the vital weapons to scores points in badminton although it is a continuous and tiring process. A technically sound player will direct the smash to the sidelines of his opponent as it makes the opponent difficult to cover the whole width of the court or may be to stretch his whole body to the direction of the smash.
Smashing to the body of your opponent is a perfectly valid tactic. In this case, you’re hoping that he will have difficulty getting his racket into an effective hitting position. This is more usually played as an attempted winning shot.
Straight smashes are more safer than a cross court as they limit the opponent’s angles of reply more effectively.On the other hand, straight smashes also travels much faster since, they have a shorter distance to travel.
To account for this, your opponent will bias his base towards covering the straight smash, leaving more open space for the cross court smash. Because of this open space, cross court smashes often do more damage than straight smashes. Unfortunately, they also expose you to greater movement pressure if your opponent is able to play a good reply.
Before you attack your opponent with a cross court smash, it is viable to consider your own position. If you attack cross court when you are off-balance, you will have great difficulty covering a straight block, which forces you to travel the long diagonal and may end up with a weak reply.
Another disadvantage of smashing cross court is that your opponent may reply with a simple straight block. When you hit a straight smash, there is a chance of the bird hitting the net while angling a cross court block which is more difficult.