Badminton
Types of Hits

Knowing where your opponent is standing can help you decide what type of hit to use. Read the descriptions below to find out about each of the four types of hits.

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CLEARS
Clears are used as a defensive stroke to allow you time to regroup; and to move your opponent as far away as possible. A clear can be hit overhand or underhand, but both shots are hit as hard as possible and high.




DROP
Drop shots are soft shots that barely clear the net and then drop quickly into the front of your opponents area. They are used when your opponent is in the backcourt to force them to come up close to the net.





SMASH
The smash is a very powerful shot that is used for getting the shuttle to land on your opponent's side of the court as quickly as possible, like a spike in volleyball.





DRIVE
A drive is a shot that is used to force your opponent to the back of their playing area. It is usually used when they are close to the net and is a hard hit straight shot that does not arc much.


Clear Shot - designed to give you time to get ready for next shot.

Drop Shot - Used when your opponent is back away from the net.

Smash - A hard shot hit down over the net where it is very hard to hit.

Drive - A hard hit when your opponent is close to the net.