4 SMASHING Techniques Every Badminton Player Must Master

In this post we’ll be talking about 4 different types of smash shots, and it’s extremely important that you learn the different kinds of smashes because when you have variation in your game, it makes you so much more unpredictable.

When you have a lot more weapons at your disposal, you know the different kinds of weapons to use at the right situation and basically they will bring your smash game, your killing shot, your end game to a whole new level.

We’re going to be covering 4 different types of smash shots:

  1. The first is the full smash also known as the heavy smash.
  2. The second would be the half smash which is not quite half your strength
  3. The third is, the flick smash
  4. And last of all would be the slicing smash shot

We’re going to be covering how to do it the pros of each technique as well as the cons of each technique.

So let’s begin.

1. Full Smash (aka Heavy Smash)

So first up is the full smash. Here’s how we can do the full smash:

The jump full smash:

Some of the pros of the heavy smash is that compared to the other types of smash shots is: this is the heaviest type of smash.

So this means that it’s very hard for the opponent to control, it’s very difficult to counter back because of the pure weight of that smash or the speed of the smash.

Some of the problems or the cons of this heavy smash is that the full smash uses a lot of stamina.

It burns your stamina every time you do a full smash because typically when people do the full smash, they jump and do the full smash so they do a double leg jump full smash.

It burns a lot of energy and makes you very vulnerable.

So you’ll be a lot slower in the follow-up because you use your whole body weight to push the shuttle forward, that means that your follow up is gonna be a lot slower.

So it’s usually used in the end shot, as the final shot kill the opponent and very often it’s used in doubles where you have your partner to help cover the front.

2. Half Smash

So now on to the second type of smash, which is the half smash. Here’s how you do the half smash:

Some of the pros of doing the half smash is that it’s very effective in stealing cheap points.

If your opponent is not prepared for the half smash, especially during singles, they do the high serve, they’re not prepared, and you’re gonna steal that point.

So that’s the first. And secondly, it starts off the game by applying pressure.

This pressure is not meant to kill but it’s meant to apply pressure to your opponent because if they’re not ready and they’re gonna get killed, but even if they are ready they can’t do much because it’s, after all, a downwards relatively hard smashing shot.

Thirdly, is that when you do the half smash, you are very prepared for the next shot because you know that this smash is not meant to kill.

And you’re not putting your entire momentum into it, so that means that your next shot. You’re a lot more prepared. You can follow-up a lot faster.

So let’s talk about some of the cons of doing the half smash.

If your opponent is prepared, you’re gonna be ready for a lot of pain because the opponent can counter the half smash relatively easy because it’s not sharp.

It’s not meant to be sharp. It’s not meant to kill. It’s only meant to apply pressure and if your opponent is ready for that shot they can counter it easily and put a lot of pressure on you instead.

3. Flick Smash

Let’s move on to the third kind of smash which is the flick smash. So here’s how you can do the flick smash:

There are several pros of using the flick smash. The first is of course, unpredictability – the flick smash is usually very sudden like you try to change your tempo and then you add a flick.

And you’re doing a normal rally people think it’s gonna lob, you’re gonna drop, but you do it a flick smash instead.

So it’s unpredictable, it’s hard to tell when you’re going to do that flick smash so it has the element of surprise in it.

And therefore, it’s used very extensively in singles.

A lot of players use the flick smash a lot because it’s unpredictable and that’s how you can kill very skilled, strong defensive kind of player – players with very strong defense with the element of unpredictability.

So they can’t tell which direction or when they’re going to do the flick smash.

The second thing is that the flick smash is generally, or always very sharp. So it’s the whole idea of the flick smash is that you want to attack a weak point.

So the angle, the steepness is always very sharp and deadly.

That being said the problem with the flick smash is that it’s not as hard as the heavy smash or half smash.

That means that the shuttle is gonna be much easier for the opponent to control.

Meaning, if your opponent can get to the shuttle they can easily lift the shuttle do the cross defend because the shuttle is a lot softer

And the second problem of doing the flick smash is that it is much harder for you to control because if you’re trying to do the flick smash, you would want to aim for the corners or certain points of the body so that means that you need a lot of accuracy.

Imagine this you are playing an important game. It’s 29 all, you’re trembling(nervous). And then are you gonna do the flick smash (to the corner)?

It’s a lot harder to do it compared to the heavy smash because it requires a lot more control.

4. Slicing Smash

So now we move on to the last kind of smash shot, which is the slicing smash and here’s how you can do the smashing shot slicing shot:

And once again, some of the strengths of using the slice shot are that it’s very deceptive because there is an element of the slice.

So it looks as though you are hitting towards a different direction so when you’re trying to hit, your racket moves right & the shuttle moves left.

So this deception makes it a lot harder for your opponent to predict or move towards the right direction to where you’re smashing so that makes it very deceptive.

Secondly, it slows the shuttle down so apart from being deceptive in terms of the direction, it slows the shuttle down meaning to say that it’s it’s gonna be a lot harder for your opponent to control the shuttle because you know you smash hard.

I hit hard but now the shuttle slows down you can’t control your strength the same anymore.

You kind of hard to adjust in order to hit the slice shot so that makes it a lot harder for the opponent to control.

That being said, some of the problems of doing the slicing smash is that it’s not very effective in killing your opponent outright.

Because if it’s slowing the shuttle down that means that it’s a lot easier to retrieve the shuttle, but it’s a lot harder to control it’s easier to retrieve by under the control.

So pros and cons there but bear in mind, usually people use the slice drop shot a lot more than a slice smash but it’s up to you.


With that said, I’ve covered the 4 different types of smashing shots.

Even though I haven’t really covered the use cases like when is the most appropriate time to use the full smash, the half smash, the slice smash.

This video really aims to help educate and share with you guys that there are so many different types of smash shots that you can use.

It’s up to you to choose to learn them and choose the best kind of smash for your situation.

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Thanks for reading!

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Chen Jin is the chief editor & leader of Badminton Life team. He's also an avid badminton player.

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