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The Badminton Drop Shot: How To & Strategy

Updated on May 13, 2012

What is it?

Drop shots are short shots preferably played right over the net from anywhere on your side of the court. Some people prefer to use the term net shot when a drop shot is played from close to the net but for our intents and purposes, we won't distinguish them. There are 2 types of drop shots.

A player receives a drop shot.
A player receives a drop shot.

Slow Drop Shot

A slow drop is a drop played at a high point from the mid/backcourt or played at the net. It generally has no angle so the only goal of the slow drop is to have just enough power to make it over the net and no more. When making a slow drop, your racquet should be directly above or a little further back when contact is made with the shuttle. Or birdie. Whatever. Be careful not hit it too high and set up your opponent for a smash.

2. Fast Drop Shot

Fast drop shots are... well... faster. Your racquet should be should be angled slightly downward when making a fast drop. It's similar to smash without the wrist flick and and the power. This is a more offensive shot than the slow drop but both are effective for different situations.

Drop shots can be extremely effective in making your opponent run and can trip up even the best of players if done extremely well. This requires proper set up by putting your opponent where you want him/her to be. If the player you are playing against is less experienced, a simple clear then drop should put them in their place. More experienced players will require you to play the shuttle to the edges of the court. You can set up a drop by forcing your opponent to the back corners and then maintaining your control of the game by making him run. Once tired, simply play the shot to his forehand back corner then play short to his backhand. This is the longest distance on a court for a player to move and if you have tired him/her sufficiently or faked him/her out, it should work like a charm.


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