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Smash grip adjustment

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In an ideal situation, the shuttlecock will be somewhat in front of you when you play a forehand smash.

In this case, it is natural to adjust the basic grip very slightly towards panhandle.

Smashing in front of the body
A forehand smash; the point of contact is somewhat in front of the body.

Bear in mind, however, that the adjustment should be small. A full panhandle is never good for forehand overheads. If the shuttlecock has dropped too low, however, y ou will need to shift even farther towards panhandle: your smash will, necessarily, be very flat — almost a drive.

This type of badminton grip adjustment will probably happen naturally. The difficulty is usually stopping players from shifting too much towards panhandle!

Also, remember that this will not work if the shuttlecock is level with or behind your body. Make sure that you don’t use this slight panhandle as a substitute for the basic grip: your clears, drop shots, and some of your smashes will suffer.

Key tip

Be careful! Overuse of this badminton grip will have disastrous consequences for your technique. Remember:

  • This only works when the shuttlecock is in front.
  • The shift towards panhandle is subtle.

Comparing the normal basic grip with the adjusted version

This is only an example of adjusting your badminton grip. How much you actually change the angle will depend on where the shuttlecock is.

Normal basic grip
The normal basic grip
Adjusted basic grip
The grip angle is adjusted for hitting from in front of the body