When you are in forehand position to play either forehand clear or smash, it is very important that you should generate as much power as possible. Tang XianHu shows you the key elements you need to be aware and familiar to achieve so.
Back swing is the preparation of badminton racket. Draw racket from before chest position, round the shoulder and to behind your back. The racket need a certain distance to accelerate before hitting the shuttlecock.
Consistence and deception:
From the forehand position, you could play forehand clear, drop or smash. If you could maintain consistency from back swing of badminton racket (including footwork and body rotation) to hitting the shuttlecock, your opponent will have a hard time to figure out what type of shots you are going to play.
Hitting the shuttlecock:
Use 2 or 3 steps to reach the baseline, body faces to the right. When right foot lands on the court, leap upward with racket swung back to point downward, elbow high. Then rotate your body to face the net, quickly swing your forearm to shuttlecock direction. Forearm pronates in order for the full racket face pointing to shuttlecock. (If you are playing drop shots, then you only need an angle to slice over shuttlecock). Hold racket tight when hitting the shuttlecock.
Initial speed comes from the leaping from right foot and body rotation.
Acceleration comes from forearm swing, forearm poration, and fingers contraction.
One thing to be noticed is the use of wrist power. If you have good wrist power, you may be able to play a clear shot to opponent’s baseline together with fingers power. If not, use the speed/force generated from forearm. In this case, if your wrist is too tight, then flow of power from forearm to racket is going to be hindered.
After contact with the shuttlecock, any more power generated is wasted. All you need from this position is to allow the racket to follow through to your left thigh area.
During the badminton racket follow-through, land in your left foot with your right foot slightly forward. Ready to move to the badminton court centre.