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Defensive Angles And Shots

Defense.(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badmnton.com).

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The main idea of defensive shots are more about finding the gap wherever it might be and to deceive your opponent fora weak reply or with a no reply.

If the smashers are able to smash striaght, they can easily cover these shots. so, straight shots, are best defensive when played cross court.

Lifts should always be played to a corner and never to the middle. If you lift
to the middle, then they will smash down the middle, making it almost impossible for you to find an effective reply.

Always lift the shuttle away from your opponent, so that he moves to play a shot. If you lift to the same corner each time, it’s much easier for him to get into a good smashing position.

Always, the straight defender should play cross court drives, and the cross court defender should play straight drives. In both these cases, the defender must be aware of the opponent standing in the front. He must be careful not to allow the front attacker to intercept the drive. However, a straight drive to the opponent’s backhand can be safer than a cross court drive to his forehand. Always remember to play the drives away from the front defender. Drives are usually best played straight.

Unlike drives, blocks to the centre can be effective, because it limits his possible net shot angles and you may be able to cover all his net shot replies.

The cross court defender should almost always play his net shots straight.

Where To Smash!

Flat Vs Steep Smash.(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badminton.com).

Flat Vs Steep Smash.
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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.

Benefits Of Smashing

Flat Vs Steep Smash.(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badminton.com).

Flat Vs Steep Smash.
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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.

Smash Defence – The Drives

Drive defence.

Drive defence.

The drive is the third possible reply for an smashing opponent.

Drives should be played with caution as if your lazy playing or slightly mistimed the smash into a drive reply, the bird nay eventually hit the net or your opponent may play a drive back to you. So when playing a drive, you have to keep your self agile and cautious.

If you can place your drive into the open space, however, it can be an extremely difficult shot for your opponent to get his best possible reply.

The same mantra applies here too, whenever your opponent smashes straight, reply with a cross court drive and vice versa. This is an even more aggressive tactic similar to using Lifts.

Drives are best when your opponent’s smash is flat.

Smash Defence – The Lifts

Lift defence.(Image Courtesy: www.how-to-play-badminton.com).

Lift defence.
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This is the second possible reply for your opponent if he smashes the shuttle.

One basic disadvantage is that, Lifts often allow your opponent smash continuously, whereby if there is a leak in your defence, then your opponent may earn his point. There is also an advantage to you when you actually Lift the shuttle to his possible smash is that your opponent gets tired when

The smashes repeatedly.

For your lift to be effective, kindly lift the shuttle to get good height and depth.

The Lift is an alternative to a block at the net, as it may surprise your opponent who tends to move forward quickly so that they can play a tight spinning net shot or even tap the shuttle for a winner.

If you always defend with blocks to the net, then your opponent can anticipate these and move in faster. so, surprise him by playing the Lift so that he will face the difficulty of changing direction to move backwards. Either he may play a weak shot or may not reach to the shuttle at all if the Lift has a good depth.

If your opponent smashes and tends to move forwards, you have to play a flatter lift, anyway your are taking a risk as you give your opponent less time to recover will probably intercept your flat lift with a winning smash.

If your opponent is quick and athletic and ready to cover both lift and block responses, then avoid playing flat lifts.

Add more pressure to the Movement of your opponent and variation to your Lifts after your opponent smashes. Lifts are usually best directed away from him i.e., if he smashes straight, lift cross court and if he smashes cross court, lift straight.

Smash Defence – The Block

The Net Block Defence.

The Net Block Defence.

Smashes are the vital weapons where the player uses against the opponent to gain points. However, smashes are the one which takes out more energy from your body as it needs an explosive power.

However, while Smashes are the weapons, defence is the guard to continue the rally and may be to even win a point. When a opponent smashes there are several ways to divert this force back to the opponent either to continue the rally in a different form or to win a point against the smash. There are several ways of doing so viz., The Block, Lift, Drive, The Push.

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When your opponent smashes, you can easily reply to the shot by playing a block to the net. This is the most common response to a smash.

Blocks are the only shots that force your opponent to move into the forecourt after his smash, and they are also the easiest shots to play. If your opponent is very fast and reaches the net quick for your block, then he may attempt to play a tight spinning net shot. But if your block is played accurately, you have good chances of preventing this on the net.

You need to judge the speed of your block carefully. Don’t play the block so that the shuttle falls too close to the net but, instead aim for your block to land near the short service line.

Blocks can be categorized into two type they are the Straight blocks and angled ones. Most probably the cross-court blocks.

Straight blocks are the easiest shot, and the best choice when your opponent smashes cross-court because, after a straight block, he will be forced to travel the longest possible distance.

If you feel that your opponent is athletic and anticipates your straight block, then play the block in a different angle so that he has to share his time for changing the direction and have a chance of catching him off-balance.

Similarly, after a straight smash, the ideal reply would be a cross court block, because it forces your opponent to change direction and cover more distance.

However, the cross-court block is more difficult than the straight block and requires more skill to angle the shuttle that travels with such speed.