Badminton players cover short distances very quickly between shots, one of the key factors in badminton techniques is to trick the opponent into anticipating a different shot than is actually delivered. This can often force him or her to move in the wrong direction or to delay movement until the shuttlecock is already travelling across the net.
When the opponent is genuinely deceived, he or she will be unable to change direction fast enough and may lose the point. Professional and experienced players will be fully aware of deception techniques and try not to move to quickly. Nevertheless, a feint can still be effective even against the best players. Inexperienced or weaker players will often make shots which can easily be 'read' by the more experienced players who will move before the shuttlecock has actually been hit - anticipating the shot and gaining an advantage.
Both the shorthand hitting action and the slice techniques are commonly used shots used to deceive opponents. Striking with the racquet face at an angle causes the shuttlecock to travel in a different direction than is suggested by the arm and body movement. This is called a slice shot. Shots such as the cross-court slice drop-shot uses a hitting action which portrays a straight clear, or a smash, deceives the opponent of both the direction and power of the shot.
Another badminton technique used by advanced players is to brush the strings around the shuttlecock during the hit to make it spin. This technique causes the shuttlecock to dip faster as it passes over the net. Spinning or tumbling net-shots can also be achieved by this technique. The opponent has to wait for the shuttlecock to stop tumbling before it can be hit effectively.
Short strokes are also used to hit powerful shots when there is no time for a large arm swing. Grip tightening, also known as finger power, is the key factor when using these shots. Elite players can produce extremely powerful shots such as net kills with less than a 10cm racquet swing.
Advanced badminton techniques such as double motions are frequently used by players. This involves making an initial racquet movement one way and then quickly changing the racquet to hit the shuttlecock another way or in a different direction. Another way of utilizing the double motion shot is to use a racquet head fake shot, achieved by continuing the initial motion of the racket but turning it during the hit.
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