Important-to-Know Info About Smashes to the Baseline
Against Tall Players The baseline smash is very effective against tall people. This is because if the smash is aimed at a tall player’s body, the shuttle will be coming towards the player’s throat/chest area.
A tall player will find it hard to position the racket to that area of the body quickly and execute a swing. This makes it harder to defend.
Against Shorter Players For shorter players, it’s fairly easy for them to squat down. They can execute an overhead stroke to retrieve the baseline smash.
You can squat/bend down to hit an overhead stroke. Or shift your body to hit an underarm stroke.
Using the underarm stroke to retrieve the baseline smash is very difficult. It may not be the best as well.
If you’re forced to use an underarm stroke, practice returning the shuttle so that it flies RIGHT ABOVE the net.
The baseline smash is a difficult skill to execute. It’s no doubt effective especially against tall players.
However, remember it’s also risky in the sense that your opponent might hit the shuttle pass the baseline. You get better at judging this through experience.