Basic smash technique

When it comes to smashing, there are three main things that we always have to take note. The preparation, forward swing and contact and follow through.

1. Preparation

Turn sideways and then get into a position where the ball is above and slightly to the right or left depending which hand you are using. Move backwards and get ready for the shot. Use the free hand to point at the ball for balance and coordination.

2. Forward swing and contact

Throw the racket head up to meet the ball at maximum height and ensure the contact point is in front of your head with your arm fully extended upward. Eyes on the ball and strike it.

3. Follow through

Make your racket follow through slightly across the body to help you recover the next shot and ensure your upper body follows the trajectory of the ball and bends forward.