Badminton is the fastest racquet sport. Professional players are able to perform a powerful smash inflicting incredible speed. Fu Haifeng of China hit a 332 kilometers per hour smash during a tournament. Also, Naoki Kawamae of Japan hit a 414 kilometers an hour smash during promotional video. The advantage of these players is that they know how to play badminton. Fortunately, a shuttlecock was designed so that it decelerates rapidly compared to any other projectile game making it defensible when being smashed. However, stopping it isn’t going to be easy unless you are in the proper stance. But proper stance isn’t enough to stop a powerful smash, especially when you hit the shuttlecock poorly so that it descended near the net. It is very difficult to stop a very steep angle smash.
Is a smash really that important in playing badminton? Is it the main reason why you want to know how to play badminton? Well, according to various studies, it is very useful in playing doubles. In an offensive formation, the player in the rear will do the smashes and when the defender volleys the shuttlecock poorly, the player in the front would be the one to follow-up the smash. On the other hand, a smash isn’t necessary in playing singles. The disadvantage of a smash is that you are going to gamble great amount of energy on a single stroke. If the defender successfully intercepts the attack, there’s no one to support or follow-up the attack. Thus, it is seldom used in singles.
In order to master the game, one must learn all the basics and the proper execution of a hit. You could earn a point from a good service, an immediate interception for a net kill, a beautiful net play, a tricky hit to the corners and edges, a powerful smash, and obviously from a defender’s mistake. Professional players may know how to play badminton, but since nobody is perfect, they often commit faults and mistakes.
Professional players have different advantages in the game. The world champion Lee Chong Wei excels through his great determination and spirit. The Olympic champion Lin Dan seems to be born for badminton due to his athleticism and great execution. The pride of Denmark Peter Gade is well renounced for his tricky shots. The killer backhand of Taufik Hidayat outclasses all backhand hit in the game. The pairs Fu Haifeng/Cai Yun of China and Jung Jae Sung/Lee Yong Dae of Korea display an iconic execution and masterpiece of cooperation in doubles.
The game badminton is not intended for professionals only. Studies claimed that thirty minutes of playing the game everyday, enough to increase your heart rate, will more likely give you 77% healthy living for 20 years and extend longevity of 2 years. Better learn how to play badminton so that you’re going to enjoy its benefits.