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Badminton Smash: The Right Grip

November 8, 2019

The grip for smash the player must be able to change grip depending on where they hit it, what kind of shot they are hitting let’s say if they hit shuttle at the net in front their grip has to be changed to pan handle grip like this if they don’t change it, same grip they can’t hit it, because they have to chop it another way to hit it without changing grip to move that way and hit like this now smash is same, smash is good when player hit shuttle in front of their body this grip not allow player be able to take shuttle in front of their body because if they don’t change it this grip goes with chopped the shuttle will go that way so player must change grip 10 degree that way, that way ready that way from your direction that way so bottom part goes outside top part goes inside so this is pan handle grip I am not asking you to change this much I am not asking to change that much either I say 10 degree that much why? this 10 degree change will allow you to smash in front without slice so now here when shuttle been thrown here I will be changing my grip 10 degree like this, so what happens here the sound if I don’t change it I do same grip for smash it will be slicing or if I don’t want to slice I have to take shuttle side of my body so you have the choice would you like to turn your body make shuttle side of your body instead of changing grip don’t change grip, shuttle comes take shuttle side or stay that way, you have vision, shuttle, opponent all together and just change 10 degree that will allow you to smash like this instead of like this so now watch my finger set set I change on the way from here shuttle been hit I set to smash, change 10 degree that will allow me to hit straight, instead of chopping the shuttle ready set change 10 degree and then bang change 10 degree there fore you can hit flat instead of chop one more ready change do not do this way instead of changing grip inside, some of the players they just turn their wrist it’s does not mean its changed no like that this is wrong, no like this stay same way inside your hand change 10 degree ready change ready change not like this watch slowly set shuttle comes bang no change bang slice ready change ready change have a look change change change change change if you have power 10 and you smash without changing 10 degrees you will be able to use only 5 or 4 power out of 10 you have so you must change 10 degree if you want to have a smash like a missile then you have to change grip other wise your smash will be chopped your smash looks like fast drop shot


  • Reply oachkatzlschwoaph September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    The failure to change my grip slightly from neutral to panhandle was exactly why my smashes (and clears) were rather puny and the racket felt like slipping out of my hand.

  • Reply Coaching Badminton September 6, 2013 at 2:28 am

    Yes I do know many players who have poor shots because of the grip right you. I hope your smash and clear get better with the grip.

  • Reply oachkatzlschwoaph September 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    You hoped right! I feel that the power transmission from the shoulder up to the wrist is direct now. Though I lack a bit control initially (having used a flawed grip for years), my smashes and clears are now easy and powerful and make that awesome whiplash sound!

  • Reply Coaching Badminton September 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I am delighted to know. You have made my day of being a badminton coach. Thank you for sharing your experience with my clip. I wish you happy badminton. Lee

  • Reply Bhushan Kaluskar September 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Hi Lee, Since i started watching your clips, my focus has been changed to play better badminton rather than only winning games. Initially i used to get angry on myself when lost a point and used to loose focus, but now i am bit calm and focus on technique improvement as per your suggestions here. Thanks for your valuable videos and taking time out from your busy schedule to solve our queries. Thanks Coach Lee.

  • Reply Coaching Badminton September 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Thank you and I am very pleased to know that my clips are helping your badminton. Yes the mind set is more important. If you can control your mind then you can control the skills and eventully your opponent. Thank you for posting your comment. Lee

  • Reply Christian Camacho October 1, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Hi coach Lee, I benefit greatly from your videos. Keep them coming please =)) Is your smashing method different from how the top players do it? They seem to use the forehand grip but uses pronation of the arm to hit the shuttle squarely. Their swing naturally ends up on the non-racket arm side. What are your thoughts on these? Thanks

  • Reply Coaching Badminton October 1, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I am using the same skills but much less and using more wrist action. There are all difefrent situation in a match sometime you can do full swing and sometime you do not have time and space to do full swing. I think players should be able to do all different ways and be able to use the different ways of hitting skills in different situations. As I am using less rotation, my action will be shorter and compact therefore I can do more deceptions.

  • Reply Coaching Badminton October 1, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I am going make clips for this soon. I suggest you to try both and feel it and learn both. Lee

  • Reply Super Saiyan October 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I don't understand, are you supposed to change your grip at the beginning when you're in your neutral grip or when you're about to hit the shuttle. cause it seems like when you change your grip when moving back you're already at 10 degrees, do you add 10 more?

  • Reply Coaching Badminton October 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    When you are waiting you have to have neutral grip, on the way to the shuttlecock you have to change grip for the shuttlecock, after the hit when you coming back to base you have to change neutral grip again. Lee

  • Reply Vijay Poduval January 2, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Hi Coach Lee,
    Thank you very much for the detailed videos. I have a question. Shpould we grip the racket tightly prior to smashing or should our grip on the racket be loose and tighten as we hit the shuttle.

  • Reply Vijay Poduval January 9, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    After smashing,what should be the follow through of the racket hand? should the racket hand follow through to the left side of the body or should it stay to the right?

  • Reply Yikie Eriko February 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Ohh I see I get it now no wonder I always tried to smash but it go another way

  • Reply Yikie Eriko February 3, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Thanks a lot

  • Reply Vishnu Vardhan February 18, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I put lot of pressure on my elbow while smashing a shuttle.. And My elbow muscles pain so much afta a while and this is frequently happening for me these days.. Can u please help me out of this Mr.Lee

  • Reply suakang0308 March 5, 2014 at 1:47 am

    Thank you so much your videos have improved my skills quite a bit

  • Reply Tan Yuinn Ming June 8, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    This is very useful indeed, I could smash it to the direction that I want when I hold the grip like yours without turning too much my body. When I do overhead smashing, I do not have to bend so much my waist to do it after I changed my grip. I shared this to my friends, one of them said he was trained by a China coach and told that I should not change the grip and I need to turn the body to suit the angle. Maybe different coaches have different smashing methods, but I like your way, my smashing power and accuracy has improved a lot after I changed the grip. Thanks.

  • Reply 0pt618 October 13, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Lee, I would appreciate it if you could help me with a question. After the impact with the shuttle, which finger (index finger or thumb) do you use to "slow down" or "decelerate" the racquet? I feel that sometimes I'm not putting as much power into the swing because I can't control the deceleration of the racquet and I'm afraid I'll hit myself after hitting the shuttle. I have been using my thumb to slow down the racquet, but the part just under my nail (near the joint of my thumb) is getting a bruise from too much friction with racquet handle, as that part is used slow down the racquet after impact. Is this the wrong way to "reverse" the motion of the racquet after hitting the shuttle? Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Ganesh Dikshit November 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Hello Coach i'm from India.Saw most of your videos on Badminton.They are amazing. My age is 24 and since only a couple of years have i started playing badminton.Do you think i can take this sport as my Career. I know the basics good enough just need daily practise.

  • Reply Tran Vinh January 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Hi Coach, My shoulder joint is hurting from smashing, is it because I am smashing it from the side?

  • Reply Tran Vinh January 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I will try that. I think I am using a lot more shoulder than wrist. Thank you Coach Lee!

  • Reply Cohen Goh January 20, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Hi coach lee, my shuttle always hits the net even though my arm is straight and im hitting it in front of me, is my angle too steep or i hit it too front?

  • Reply Kristine L. January 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    We will try it tomorrow! thanks a lot, your videos are very interesting!! 

  • Reply Ai Fernandez March 10, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Hello coach! I thought I won't be changing me grip because my school coach said but this video helped me alot. Thanks coach! ^^

  • Reply prashant sharma April 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    i love your videos but now a days i am feeling too much pain in my muscles near elbow after sometime when i start playing (sometimes i am not even able lift my arm) and after taking 30 minutes rest their is no pain.Plz…help sir!!!

  • Reply Luc Bours April 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Doe maar 6 nasi 3bami en extra saté saus TY 😉

  • Reply shawn qiu April 22, 2015 at 4:40 am

    It seems you don't play correctly

  • Reply raju mighty May 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Coach lee I appreciate your wonderful service of giving a free coaching. Thank you coach. I am a powerful smasher but I can't smash accurately.please give me a solution.

  • Reply PSYCHO SMART May 19, 2015 at 3:30 am

    sir i totally appriciate the work you are doing for mant badminton aspirants around the world but sir there is a need to improve the video quality

  • Reply Lalit Khera July 6, 2015 at 7:44 am

    sir how to improve backhand 
    my backhand is to week

  • Reply Sarath Mohan July 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

    love you coach…

  • Reply Tarun Garg July 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    thanks sir 
    it works

  • Reply Dom Dom August 9, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Great video sir😉 keep it up👍

  • Reply Azmat Ravi & Associates KL August 31, 2015 at 3:41 am

    Brother you are a good coach, i will more money now

  • Reply Thọ Huỳnh September 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    You point out the problem that I`m facing. I always get a slice smash (change wrist, not change grip). I haven`t been attended any badminton classes so all the techniques that I learn come from my team-mate. They teach me that I should grip neutral in every situation and I always wander that how can I have a power smash if I keep the neutral grip. Thank you sir.

  • Reply Sajjaad Loothfaully September 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you Lee
    you made me love this sport

  • Reply JB HAILEY September 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Thank you sir. It helped so much.. :')

  • Reply Jose Leonidas September 17, 2015 at 12:07 am

    I love this tutorial. 100% it improved my grip.!

  • Reply Deepesh Meghwal September 24, 2015 at 8:24 am

    u are the greatest

  • Reply Adza Zara Adam Malik September 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

    This is the best badminton coach in my world I love you hope you be the best

  • Reply Hajazi Idris October 12, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you very much coach… I have a try this tecnic and what can i say… I got a powerfull smash tq tq tq…

  • Reply Suharsono Wijaya October 29, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Thanx coach

  • Reply devesh kurup October 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Your coaching on power smash is very impressive. Can I expect more in simplest way…Thank you…

  • Reply Aayush Patra November 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    wow ! nice one

  • Reply singhh984 November 4, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    thank you sir you are the best coach.

  • Reply Hajazi Idris November 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    That's why my smash not have a power… Tq coach.. Tonight i will try use this tips… One more question coach.. In smash defend what kind grip i will used…?? Forehand grip or backhand grip… Tq..

  • Reply Bishnoi Pooja. November 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Thank u so much just love ur video n really it all works

  • Reply Faru Fayis December 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    coach itz good♥

  • Reply Abhishek Dubey December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    thank you a lot for such a illustrative and helpful video.

  • Reply Algorox December 6, 2015 at 5:20 am

    This video has helped me and has increased my smash speed considerably! Thank you coach Lee.

  • Reply vishnu bathija December 11, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Thank you sir
    i just starting play this game some day before
    i hope this video help me a lot once again Thank you.

  • Reply Raymond Huang December 27, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Sorry kinda new to badminton but do I still use that changed grip for clears as well?

  • Reply Protul Rahman January 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    hello coach Lee,Sir I'm no 15 and I can't hold badminton as you show because my hand can' t take the full handle ..what do I do please reply it will kind and honour to you…thank you I'm from Bangladesh..

  • Reply Protul Rahman January 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I also love you sir

  • Reply Adrian Tan January 20, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Coach Lee, after watching this instructional video of yours, i finally cleared a huge doubt on the smashing grip. Previously i always ended up smashing with the basic grip or panhandle, resulting in weak smashes and sometimes straining my wrist and forearms. Now I'm able to exert force more naturally without injuring myself.

    I have a question though. Does the tilt has to be maximum of 10 degrees? Because today when i tried, i was very consciously trying to get the grip to rotate not beyond 10 degrees, resulting in me missing smashes as i hit too late. When i was not trying to focus on get the specific 10 degrees rotation, i was able to hit more naturally, but i realized i was probably rotating it between 10 – 20 degrees. Would this pose a problem on the power generated?


  • Reply shreyans bhardwaj January 27, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Thanku so much coach lee, this technique has totally transformed my smash's speed and accuracy; also the video on deception was also very useful in the game.

  • Reply Kristan Carabido March 5, 2016 at 10:18 am

    coach lee i have a weak smash how do i improve power?

  • Reply Milan Rai March 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Very impressive teaching style. I really like it. Thank you so much Mr Lee.

  • Reply Sutriono March 28, 2016 at 3:51 am

    is there a vidio on the backhand smash?
    thank you coach lee.

  • Reply Prateek Kumar April 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    sir i learnt lot from you. but now a days i am suffering from pain in my arm in upper elbo and lower than sholder after hitting some shots ….can you tell me that how can i heal that…thank you :]

  • Reply Nazirul Alip April 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Thanks coach. clear instructions.

  • Reply Sai Subramaniam April 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    If you could upload a video about Jump Smash, it would be helpful for us!

  • Reply NarongsuoN Nick - ALI May 16, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Thank you so much.

  • Reply ikomang suparta June 27, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Thank you coach Lee, I really appreciated your video. really helpful

  • Reply mohd faiz July 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    nice lee

  • Reply THOMAS D CRUZ July 9, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    that's a good tip now I understood how to hit a smash

  • Reply Sanjay Tayal July 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    sir, please show the picture of right grip from a side view

  • Reply Sanjay Tayal July 13, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    either u post a picture or make a new video to make us more clear ! PLEASE SIR …

  • Reply Ravi Anandrao July 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

    # respect ..thats really incredible … must watch all your videos to learn in proper way

  • Reply Hamid Sandhu July 27, 2016 at 12:26 am

    very nice Lee

  • Reply Hamid Sandhu July 27, 2016 at 12:27 am

    please telling about left hand grip for smash and defence or net short

  • Reply Hamid Sandhu July 27, 2016 at 12:28 am

    sir i really like u and
    watching your all badminton drill videos

  • Reply mulkala spandhana April 1, 2017 at 4:54 am

    superb way of teaching and how to hit back to back in the court please reply

  • Reply Adrian Maulana April 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    hey sir i am a kid i like badminton and i win a the race thank you sir.

  • Reply Yagnesh Sakriya May 18, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    hello sir
    your every technique is very effective
    I can see change in my game

  • Reply Raghavendra badiger May 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Perfect Explaination Master.

  • Reply Addhi July 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Coach lee, you're the best!

  • Reply Pratham Sood July 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    nice coaching coach lee

  • Reply bishnu sharma August 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    thank you coach sir…

  • Reply Ivo Limić August 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Hey coach Lee, thank you for teaching me the right grip smash technique. I'm ready. Alen I'm coming for you.

  • Reply bintee singh September 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Thanks soooo much coach lee u have helped me so much…..tthanks a lot!!!

  • Reply Pawan Ghale October 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    great technique coach.. i have been doing so wrong all along.. a very good explanation of using racket … will be following you all along.. thank you

  • Reply Mangesh Rao October 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    He speak and tech clearly.

  • Reply Henry wang November 4, 2017 at 2:54 am

    Hello Coach, does this grip apply to clears as well?

  • Reply Geetha Mangamara January 22, 2018 at 7:48 am

    A very good explanation

  • Reply Aryo Prabu February 7, 2018 at 2:53 am

    hi coach lee … how grip for dropshot cop n smash ?? thnks..

  • Reply Cutty Flam March 17, 2018 at 3:44 am

    my index keeps hitting my thumb

  • Reply Sasongko Wiroatmodjo July 2, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks coach…

  • Reply Prabin Shrestha July 25, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I got 90 grm over raket what llb is right for power shot ?

  • Reply Bisen Vikram August 15, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Thank u coach sir for your videos..

    I am following u closely.. I have just started playing.. I feel like improving each day..

    Coach please tell me how to practice smash grip… I find it very uncomfortable…

  • Reply RENJITH.G renji October 16, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Nice one

  • Reply hendra saputra October 17, 2018 at 4:42 am

    please translid Indonesia

  • Reply Killer47457 November 29, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    you’re a god!

  • Reply Yeong Fabian March 5, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Coach ,I'm watching your vedio everyday and i must tell you I'm enjoying n improving . Anyway im a Coach from Singapore ,im using your coaching method as well

  • Reply MrFubu7 April 8, 2019 at 9:33 am

    It seems to me that Professional players keep Always the same grip between backhand and forehand shot… is that right ?

  • Reply Kh Bijoylakshmi Singha April 12, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    It's clear to me now.

  • Reply Robyn Rock August 22, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This video is so important. A lot of others badminton video that teaches badminton smash grip only mentioned the V grip and did not mentioned the change of 10 degree while smashing. When i tried it without the slight 10 degree change, it goes way left and puzzled me a lot. Thank you Coach Lee for explaining this. It clear my doubt.

  • Reply Amal T.M October 21, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Thank you Sir…You are My coach

  • Reply manu shrivastava November 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Mere smash me kbhi v takkk ki awaj kyu nii aati

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