How to hold the racket:
In order to hold the racket right you first of all need to make sure
that it stays firm in your hand. Most people do good right from the
start except for the position of the thumb. You need to turn your
thumb to the inside so that you can hit the ball harder.
When you hit the ball it is important that you do not only use your
forearm but the whole arm and shoulder.
The Overhead-Clear is used if you feel like your opponent is getting
the better of you. You point at the ball with one hand, bend backward
and try to hit the ball at the highest position. The ball is then
supposed to land far at the back of your opponent’s field.
Smashing means that you hit the ball very hard while you are jumping.
It’s not about jumping as high as you can though. It is better
if you stand in front of the ball and only jump very quick when it
is right before you.
Position in case your opponent is going for a smash:
As soon as you notice that your opponent is going to smash the ball
you need to move to the middle of your field and keep the racket at
the height of your hips. Now you can reach to more easily to the left
or to the right. This is positive because your opponent will try to
put the ball into one of the outer corners and you don’t know
which one. But be careful! He might as well just pretend to smash
and then play a very short ball just shortly behind the net.