For backhand defense the thumb is placed on the back of the racket handle at a slight downward angle. When the shuttle is smashed the defending player brings the racket head slightly upwards and forwards to meet it. Although the forearm plays a major role in backhand defensive shots for softer shots this forearm movement is limited.
Moving the racket to meet the shuttle will not only allow you to intercept it early but will give you options to play a variety of replies. Remember the earlier you can intercept the shuttle, the less time your opponent has to react.
This is a video of Peter Gade demonstrating moving to the net on the backhand side, sorry no English translation of it.
This is a video of Peter Gade demonstrating backhand defense for going to the backhand side of the court, sorry no English translation of it.
This is a video of Peter Gade demonstrating a forehand cross court drop, sorry no English translation of it. Hit it short over the net.
This is a video of Peter Gade demonstrating moving to the net on the forehand side, sorry no English translation of it.
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