back court. Whether to play it high and deep or a flatter, cross court clear will depend onthe situation at that time and your opponent’s positioning on court. In any case, try toreach the shuttle as early as possible so that you can have various shot options. Your wristaction is the crucial element in creating a deception for your shots. Drop shotsBadminton Drop Shots are delicate badminton shots that can win youpoints outright if executed well with deception. These shots can be playedboth on the forehand and backhand sides. Use the badminton drop shot tomove your opponent to the frontcourt. It will create space in the midcourtand backcourt for you to exploit.Wrist action is essential in providing the disguise and element of surprise.The optimum hitting zone is located somewhere above the central area ofyour racket. You can play two types of Badminton (Drop Shots, SlowDrop Shot and FastDrop Shot)Drives, smashes and net playNet Shots- These shots are played from around the net area back to your opponent’s netarea. It can be played both on the forehand and backhand sides. The objective is to forceyour opponent to hit a weak lift or hit shots that could not clear the net. These shots canbe played straight or cross court. Execute the net shot well and you will have a tumblingshuttle falling into your opponent’s court. It is a difficult shot to return by any standards.
The smash- is a shot hit with power and speed downward to your opponent’s court. Theangle and the steepness of the shuttle’s trajectory will make it hard for your opponent toretrieve. Contact the shuttle further in front of your body than the clear or the drop shot.The optimum hitting zone is located somewhere above the central area of your racket.The drive- is an attacking shot that is usually played from the sides of the court when theshuttle has fallen too low for it to be returned with a smash. The shuttle shall be betweenyour shoulder and knee height. It is widely used in doubles as players want to keep theshuttle low. Although to a lesser extent in the singles, it is an important stroke as well. Aflat and fast drive is useful in getting the shuttle behind your opponent, potentiallycausing them to make a weak return. You can also change your tactics and play a flat butslower drive shot that falls in the frontcourt or midcourt area. It all depends on thesituation you are in and the on court positioning of your opponent. Badminton drive shotcan be played diagonally crosscourt or straight down the line. Your stroking motion issimilar to a sidearm throwing motion. Footwork is important as you need to shuffle orglide to your sides to make the shot.
TerminologiesAlley - The area 18” wide that runs the length of the court, and is in play only for a doublesmatch.