Top 10 Craziest Trick Shots in Badminton

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Today, we have another guest post on the site! This time, it is from K. Prannoy, who will be guiding you through 10 of the craziest badminton trick shots and how to perform them. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them! Here is a quick introduction from K. Prannoy in his own words


Badminton is all about performing different techniques and strategies in the game to win more rallies. But you must know when and where to use them. Usually, these trick shots are performed to mislead your opponents. It also confuses your opponent, puts them under pressure, and helps you win a rally easily.

Many elite professionals and world-famous players like Lin Dan and Tai Tzu Ying have inspired many players to learn and play these deceptive shots. So let’s discuss some of these shots, which are helpful for both singles and doubles players:

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10 Badminton Trick Shots

Now take a look at these effective trick shots:

Lin Dan Baseline Trick

This fantastic trick shot is discovered or let’s say, inspired by Lin Dan (a world-famous Chinese player).

To perform this shot, you have to move towards the backcourt, rotate your forehand and body and try to hit the shuttle before it touches the ground. Also, remember that your back should be facing the net while hitting the shuttle. It would help if you bend your wrist so the shuttle would move crosscourt and indulge a bit of power while hitting the shuttle so it can travel over the net and land on the opponent’s court.

This trick shot will make your opponent assume that you won’t be able to hit the shuttle and will not find where the shuttle would land.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Hit Through the Legs (Crosscourt)

This trick shot looks similar to a standard net shot, but the only difference is that you perform a lunge and hit the shuttle from between the legs.

To perform this trick shot, you need to widen your legs and pretend like you are going to perform a regular net shot or a high lift. When you see the shuttle coming closer, you need to rotate your forearm, tighten your grip, and move your racket from high to low.

Focus on the shuttle, get closer to the net and hit the shuttlecock to the crosscourt direction. You will also need to improve and work on your hand and eye coordination because it requires a lot of focus and stability.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Peter Gade Signature Shot

I think you might have already guessed who must have inspired this trick shot.

Yes, this deceptive shot is inspired by the badminton legend Peter Gade. It is his signature trick shot. It is played when your opponent performs a backhand net shot at you.

Here you pretend to be ready to play a backhand net shot to confuse your opponent. But you hit the shuttle and land it near the net in a crosscourt direction, with the racket head pointing downwards. To perform this shot, you must rotate your forearm to hit the shuttle from outside. Remember that your response should be quick and must be performed before the shuttle touches the court.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Deceptive Smash Return

This trick shot is performed to confuse your opponent and make him assume that you will achieve a smash shot, but you end up landing the shuttle near the net in the opponent’s court.

If you are willing to perform this shot, first, you need to be in your attacking stance, then you need to keep your arm straight and keep your grip loose and relaxed for better control. Now pretend like you are ready to hit a smash but when the shuttle comes closer, rotate your racket and perform a backhand lift. And then surprisingly slice the shuttle in crosscourt direction.

It will mislead your opponent, who is waiting to receive a smash, then you can win a rally easily.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

360 Degrees Forehand Lift

Three hundred sixty degrees forehand lift is one of this list’s most comical shots.

You must focus on your upper body rather than the lower one to perform this astonishing trick shot. All you need to do is place your left leg behind and your right leg forward. Then turn back towards the net while slightly spinning your body around. While spinning, place your right foot to the side and point it backward. After this, wait for the shuttle and try to time the racket movement with the shuttle. When the shuttle comes closer, hit it precisely.

And remember that if you have long hair, then tie them up and avoid them from coming in the face while hitting the shuttle. Or else you can face some severe injuries.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Net Surprise

It is commonly used trick shots by singles players.

Here you pretend like you are going to hit the shuttle high and let your opponent expect a lift or a push from you. But at the end, you finish up with a straight net drop. To play this shot, you need to move slightly forward and miss the shuttle but accidentally cover it before it lands on the surface. It will confuse your opponent, and they won’t be able to reach the shuttle in time.

Net Surprise is quite confusing and tricky as well. If you are willing to perform this shot, you require excellent concentration power and a fantastic sense of assuming things, making the image more compelling.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Fake Smash

If you want to confuse and mislead your opponent, then fake smash is one of your best options.

Here you will make your opponent assume that you will perform a straight smash, but you end up with the shuttle landing on the other side of the court, which will help you score a point. To perform this deceptive shot, you need to hold your racket with the help of your forehand grip while you are at you attacking stance.

After which, all you need to do is wait for the shuttle to cross the net and enter your court. Then you must miss the shot and quickly change your grip from forehand to backhand and hit the shuttle in crosscourt direction.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Slice Return

Slice return is usually played when your opponent returns the shuttle at the backend of the court.
o return the shuttle to your opponent with a trick shot, you need to make it look like a normal one and then suddenly slice the shuttle with the wrong strings of the racket.

It would be surprising for your opponent, and he won’t be able to respond to that shot. It would be best if you used your thumb grip while performing this trick shot to provide a spinning movement to the shuttle. It will change the angle of return to the opponent in which the head of the racket is angled accordingly to your position while hitting the shuttle high and in front of your body.

Slice return makes the shuttle travel in a curvilinear way and creates many difficulties for your opponent to face.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Sukamuljo Spin Serve

This fantastic trick serve is inspired by a badminton doubles legend, Kevin Sukamuljo.

In this deceptive serve, you need to hit the shuttle on its edges with the help of your racket, but remember you don’t have to touch the feathers of the shuttle, or else it will be counted as a fault. To perform this service, you need to change the angle of the shuttle slightly towards your body o hit the edge of the shuttle. Try not to hit the shuttle straight. Instead, switch away from the direction where you want to serve, as it will produce more spin to the shuttle.

It will mislead your opponent, and not allow him to return the shot.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Magical Spin Serve

It is a kind of forehand spin that serves trick shots.

While performing this shot, you must hit the shuttle on the side with a downward curved swing. It will help to spin the shuttle and make it difficult for your opponent to return the shot.

Let me inform you, though, that it is one of the most accessible and commonly used trick shots by the players on the court. Trust me, playing it virtually will allow you to score a point and win more rallies than your opponent.

To learn this trick shot check out the video below:

Final Words

These were some craziest trick shots performed by the players, which helped them to mislead their opponents.

These trick shots seem funny, but some are hard to master. To perform these shots adequately, you must improve your concentration and assume power.

But it would help if you wait for the right time to execute these trick shots.

About the Author

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One comment

  1. I appreciate that you added a video with every trick example, makes it easier to copy it. I’m honestly just an average player, but having a trick or two would definitely make playing so much more fun.

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