7 Badminton Smash Drills: To Improve Your Smash

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The badminton smash is the fast shot in badminton and also the fast shot in the entirety of the racket playing world. We have given an indepth look into the badminton smash and everything you need to know about them in our article, Badminton Smash: Types of Smashes and How to Play Them. So if you want to learn how to play a smash, check that article out first.

In this article we have given you 7 different badminton smash drills that you can use to train and improve your smash. We have broken them down into different levels so that you can use these training drills no matter whether you are an experienced player or playing a smash for the first time.

List of Routines

  1. Smash-Block-Lift (Pair Drill)
  2. Multi-shuttle Smash Drill (Feeder drill)
  3. 2-on-1 (Pair Exercise)
  4. Jump Outs (Feeder Drill)
  5. Hit the Tube (Pair Drill)
  6. Footwork (Solo Drill)
  7. Shadow Badminton (Solo Drill)

The Smash Routines

Smash-Block-Lift Routine (Pair Drill)

The Smash-Block-Lift routine is a good drill to practice the smash motion, movement and timing. Plus the later levels are great for fitness!

 

For this drill, one player plays a high lift (Player B) to the back of the court and the other player (Player A) smashes the shuttle back. We have broken down the drill into different levels of complexity to work different aspects of your smash. If you are learning how to play a smash for the first time, work through the levels, if you already know how to play a smash then jump in wherever you want. 

Level 1

On a half court, Player 2 stands in one position and plays a smash to one place. Player 1 can block the smash back to Player 2, who can then gently play the shuttle back to Player 1, so they can lift the shuttle again. This pattern is then repeated. Level 1 is good for practicing the smash motion. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Instead of standing in one position, this time Player 1 should alternate which corner they lift the shuttle to. Player 2 should smash straight to the middle. Level 2 is good for adding movement into the smash. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Very similar to Level 2, except now Player 1 can play a lift to any side they choose. Two lifts to the same side, then switching to the other side. At level 3, Player 2 never knows where it is going to go. Level 3 is good for adding movement into the smash with more unpredictability. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

Beat the feeder. Instead of playing it back to Player 1, Player 2 can smash it wherever they like, to try and beat the feeder. Like level 3, Player 1 can still play their lift to any side they wish.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. Player 1 can block and defend the smash to wherever they like.

The Smash-Block-Lift Routine can be practiced using both for a standard or stick smash.

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Multi-shuttle Smash Drill (Feeder drill)

Complex drill for more advanced players. You need to be able to, or have someone that can feed multiple shuttles. Good for practicing smashing with full court movement. Using Multi-shuttle also gives the player practicing a good volume of shuttle to hit one after another, as mistakes don’t slow down this routine.

For Multi-shuttle routine, the feeder holds a row of shuttle in their arm, typically 12-20, and hits the shuttle one after another to the desired location on the court. This means that during the exercise there is one shuttle for each shot, as opposed to the previous drills which have one shuttle only for all of the shots played. This means that if a mistake is made, the routine carries on regardless, unlike the previous one in which the shuttle needs to be retrieved to begin again.

Again, we have broken the drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

To perform this level the feeder should alternate which corner they play the shuttle to. The player working can smash to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

To perform this level the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. The player working can smash to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Like level 2 the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. But, between each smash, the feeder should play a shuttle to mid-court to move the player working forward. The player working can smash wherever. The shot from the mid-court can be whatever they choose, lift, drive or net etc. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

For level 4 the feeder can play the shuttle wherever they wish. For the player working, any shot from the back of the court should be a smash.

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

This smash drill can be practiced using both standard and stick smash.

2-on-1
(Pair Exercise)

This drill is simple, 2 players vs 1. The 2 players should defend/lift everything and the player working should smash everything.

Level 1

The working player can be half court, smashing into a full court. 

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally and then rotate round so each player can have a turn. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Both sides use a full court.  

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally and then rotate round so each player can have a turn. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

A schematic showing Level 2 of the 2-on-1 drill to practice smashing

The 2-on-1 exercise can be practiced using both standard and stick smashes.

Jump Outs
(Feeder drill)

The Jump Outs drill is great for practicing your stick smash. Similar to the Multi-shuttle Smash Drill, you will need someone to be able to feed multiple shuttles. With the working player standing in the center of the court, the feeder will lift a shuttle so that the working player can jump out and smash the shuttle. The working player should not have moved toward the back of the court without more than that one jump. The working player must move back to the middle after the smash. 

Get ready, this workout makes your legs burn!

We have broken the drill down into 3 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

To perform this level the feeder should just feed to one side.

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

To perform this level the feeder should alternate which corner they play the shuttle to. The player working can smash to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

To perform this level the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. The player working can smash to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

For lifts played to the backhand side, make sure that you jump out and take the shuttle as a forehand smash by going around your head.

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Hit the Tube
(Feeder drill)

A good fun drill to practice smash placement. Take a shuttle tube and stand it up on the feeder side near the tram lines. The aim of the game is to try and hit the tube with your smash. Let’s see who hits it the most!

We have broken the drill down into 3 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

To start with, let’s use two shuttle tubes to set a zone for you to aim for to practice aiming your smash. Try and hit as many shuttles as you can between the two tubes. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Now that you are getting better at aiming your smash, let’s just have one tube for you to aim for. Let’s get really precise with your smash.

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Now that your smash has pin point accuracy, let’s bring the power level of your smash back up and try to knock the tube over with your accurate smash. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Hit the Tube can be practiced using both standard and stick smashes.

Footwork
(Solo Drill)

Not just good for practicing your smash, as anytime you are working on your badminton footwork, you’re improving every area of the game from helping you reach the shuttle quicker to returning to the middle of the court faster.

One way to practice footwork is the badminton court clock. 

Move to each point around the court using good badminton movement. If you have a partner, they can point to where they want you to move to. If not, just decide for yourself. This drill can be performed with or without your racket.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off. 

Shadow Badminton
(Solo Drill)

Practice the smash movement. Focus on the footwork as well as the smash motion. If you can, try and move around the court in a way that would reflect a real match. 

I.e. if you play a smash, your opponent might block your smash to the net. So move to the front of the court after shadowing the smash. The more realistic the better.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off.

Conclusion

All of these drills are on court ways to improve your smash, however if you are looking for a way to improve your smash away from the court then check out our article, One Exercise to Improve Your Smash: Pull-Ups.  

In conclusion, practicing different badminton smash drills can help you improve your smash. These seven drills are a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to experiment and find the drills that work best for you. Remember to have fun and keep practicing!

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