Given the flexible nature of the sport of badminton, it is no surprising that the range of shots available during gametime is wide and diverse! Amongst the hundreds of variations possible, we in this series of articles (this being the first one) come up with a list of the essential shots in their most fundamental form. This article is meant both for beginners - who would speed up their improvement process with such basic knowledge in mind - and supposedly seasoned players - who would probably benefit from being having a more strategic approach to the game after re-learning some supposedly basic knowledge. Happy learning!
The Net Shot
- As can be seen by Lin Dan in the above picture, the defining feature of such a shot is that it is done at the net
- It involves a light touch of the shuttlecock, with a relaxed racket arm still at the point of contact, with the racket head typically upward-facing as the shot is being conducted
- The contact between the racket and the shuttlecock in the creation of the shot is supposed to be a gentle one; as a result the speed of the shuttlecock upon being hit will be slow
- Shuttlecock would go down between the net and the front of the court if done properly
To draw the opponent to the front of the court.
The Net Kill
- Like the net shot, the net kill is also done at the net
- However unlike its twin shot, the net kill is a conducted with great aggression and a fast racket speed; as a result the shuttlecock is supposed to travel at 'rocket' speed upon contact
- Unlike its twin shot too, the net kill is always done with the racket head pointing downwards, throughout the entire process of the stroke
The net kill is to finish off the point
- This shot is done at the front of the court
- Done with a firm and powerful arm motion, the shuttlecock is supposed to travel with power (more for distance than speed)
- The shuttlecock would be aimed to be delivered to the back of the court, after a loop-like motion over the opposite the court
This shot is done to give yourself time to reposition yourself, from the front (more exposed) part of the court to typically somewhere in the centre
- As can be seen in this very instructive picture, the drive is hit at a rather flat angle, causing the shuttlecock to fly straight right into the heart of the enemy's position. Rather like the body serve of tennis!
- This is one of the most aggressive shots in badminton, hit with powerfully and fast.
- This shot can be done from any part of the court - front, middle and even back!
- Ideally and typically, the shuttlecock would land in the middle or back of the opposite court
At lower levels of the play, this shot is done mainly to finish off the point. At higher levels of play, the purpose of such would mainly be to pressure the opponent into reacting quickly, taking huge time off him.
- The drop shot is done with a fast but light touch
- It is done at the back of the court
- Disclaimer: Although the person picture is facing backwards, it does not have to be so)
- The drop shot is typically hit rather paralleled with the court, in a downward trajectory, with the shuttlecock dropping slightly over the net.
- The purpose of the drop shot, like the net shot (which we should warn can easily be confused with the drop shot), is meant to draw the opponent to the front of the court.
- As can be seen in the image, the clear is hit from the back of the court, with an aim of driving the shuttlecock towards the back of the opponent's
- Given the distance travelled, the shot is hit firm and powerfully; the resulting shuttlecock hit produced would be fast and heavy
- The shuttlecock is hit upwards, to generate a loop which ensures the long distance travelled
- Although not meant to be strictly offensive, this shot is typically hit as powerfully and fast as the player can
This shot despite its aggressiveness, like all other defensive shots, is to give the hitter time to reposition himself to a more ideal or comfortable position.
I hope you have enjoyed the first article of this series. Stay tuned for more coming up shortly, and happy playing!
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