Curtains in Rich Autumnal Colors

Autumn is an excellent time of year to be inspired by nature’s colour palette of rich reds, dusky yellows, burnt oranges and deep hues of greens within interior design concepts and styles. A living room will look welcoming and cozy with curtains, soft furnishings and accessories which reflect these autumnal hues and shades.

Deep rich red curtains made from good quality chenille or damask fabrics will provide a warm glow to a living room and are an excellent choice for coordinating with a whole host of soft furnishing colours such as creams, beige or midnight blues and gold. For a more traditional look, curtains with symmetrical all over contrasting colour patterns can be teamed with stripes and plain fabrics which have a similar tone to either the main curtain colour or the contrasting pattern. The latest design principals use combinations of different textures and patterns to provide both visual appeal and tactile soft furnishings, which are brought together simply by choosing colours from the palette spectrum which reflect nature’s choices. For inspiration as to which colours tone and blend well together a trip to a local park or a walk in a leafy area will provide a multitude of colour ranges which can be utilised effectively within a home.

Plain or patterned curtains made from a medium or heavy weight fabric which are hung from the curtain track to the floor will provide valuable heat insulation to a room during the cooler months. This style of curtain can be swept back and held in place with rope tassels to provide gentle folds of fabric. Rope tassels are available in a variety of different colours which can be used to coordinate with the living room’s colour themes, not only will they add the finishing touches to the curtains they can also be used as an effective way to bring a sense of harmony to a room, especially when the colours accent the soft furnishings.

Scatter cushions made from complimentary fabric colours and textures piled onto a sofa will add to the overall interior design style as well as looking inviting to snuggle into as the nights draw in. Traditional cushions of all the same dimensions, fabrics and colours still have their place for an ordered look and approach, however, by adding cushions which are of different shapes, sizes and textured fabrics offers a more informal look and feel to a room.

A key factor of interior design is not to use too many different main colours, two or three is preferable and then to look at all the different shades within these main colours to use in complimentary or contrasting ways. Each main colour has an extensive range of shades, from the deepest nearly black to virtually white and all variations of shades in between, combinations of these tones are visually pleasing to the eye and for a dramatic effect a completely different base colour can be injected randomly and strategically within the room. For example, deep reds contrasted with cream and injected with a contrast of gold will offer a sumptuous and rich feel to a room.



Why E Learning Course Design Fails

Unless your organisation is blessed with massive resources and high-end development skills, it’s likely you will be creating your e learning course design on a tight budget and to a demanding timescale.

If this is your reality, then you will almost certainly be using an e learning authoring tool to help you create your finished product. Regardless of the tool you are using (and there are scores of them out there for you to choose from) they will be both a blessing and a curse.

A blessing because they can help you do all sorts of things quickly and easily. A curse because they can constrain your thinking and limit your creativity.

The single biggest failure of much e learning design is the tendency to create very dry, content-centric courses that present screens and screens of text. Learners are treated like sponges, expected to absorb this content with little or no time for practice or reflection. Multimedia elements and interactions are added as ways to ‘liven up’ this text.

In many respects, e learning authoring tools contribute greatly to this problem. Most authoring tools encourage designers to think in terms of linear screens of content organised into a hierarchy. To reinforce this thinking, many tools offer the ability to import previously created PowerPoint slides.

Using this as your starting point, the authoring tool provides the option of layering individual screens with multimedia elements such as audio, video, animations and graphics. Additionally, ready-made interactions such as multiple-choice questions or drag and drop functionality can be added to screens.

Before long, course designers are creating little more than whizzy online books and high-end multimedia presentations. The finishing touch is a series of tests provided at the end of each content section to convince everyone that learning might actually take place.

Learners are forced to complete the course and take the test. Very little learning happens (apart from short term memory recall to get through the test). The learners are bored and resentful. Everyone’s time has been wasted and your e learning has failed.

To avoid this frighteningly common situation happening time and time again, course designers need to do two things.

First, to take control of their authoring tool, rather than allowing the authoring tool to control them. In short, the functionality of the authoring tool should not be driving the development of your course.

In taking this first step, course designers are well on the way to achieving step two: breaking out of the straitjacket of content-centric thinking. This involves thinking about the world your learners inhabit and reflecting that reality in your e learning.

This is achieved by taking a much more context and scenario-driven approach to development. Instead of thinking primarily about the content your learners need to know, think much more about the contexts and challenges that your learners will face when using their new knowledge and skills.

Rather than just telling your learners lots of stuff (with a short test at the end), create appropriate contexts and challenges. Let your learners practice and discover relevant knowledge and skills for themselves through the actions they take and the decisions they make.



Using Cloth Nappies

We all know that using  cloth  nappies is best for the environment and for our baby’s health (not to mention our pockets) but just how easy are they to use?

Here are answers to some common questions to help get you started.

Are  cloth  nappies easy to use?

The short answer, is YES. The more useful response is to answer some common questions about real nappies.

What do I do at change time?

If the nappy is simply wet, all you need to do is take it off, throw the liner away (if disposable) and put the nappy and reusable liner in your nappy bucket instead of the bin.

If the nappy is dirty, the poo can be flushed away down the loo (far more hygienic than putting it in the bin) and the nappy put in the bucket.

Liquid poo can be washed off by holding the nappy under the flush of the loo before being dealt with in your normal way.

Are they difficult to put on?

Not at all. Shaped nappies or all-in-ones are the easiest to use and require no folding – simply put them on just as you would a disposable. Flat or terry nappies do need to be folded but the fantastic invention of the Nappi Nippa means that you don’t have to use a pin.

Will I have to do lots of washing?

All families have lots of washing, so to add in a few nappies isn’t really that much extra work. When you are ready to do a normal wash, simply take the nappies out of the bucket and put them in the washing machine, it is as simple as that.

Putting nappies into a modern machine with its fast spin is a far cry from having to put them through the twin tub and mangle that your mother may have used.

Nappies can be washed at 60c and some people even use 40c with the odd hotter wash to keep the stains at bay.

The best way to dry nappies is on the line with the rest of your washing (or on a radiator during the winter) but I like to fluff them by putting them in the dryer for 10 mins with the bath towels after taking them off the line.

Will I get dirty putting them in the washing machine?

No. The poo will have been disposed of, so you are only dealing with a little wee. If you wet pail (see below) you can use a mesh bag to store the nappies in, so you just need to pick that up and put it in the machine. Dry pailing is even easier to do.

What is “pailing”?

Basically, storing used nappies in a bucket. Wet pailing involves putting the nappies into a solution of water and nappy soak or similar or just plain water.

Dry pailing is very easy – simply drop the used nappy into the bucket and replace the lid.

Will my house smell?

Only if you leave lots of dirty nappies hanging around for days. Just think of how your bin smells with a couple day’s worth of dirty disposables in it. With real nappies, the poo is flushed down the loo straight away, so you won’t suffer from this problem. If you like, you can put a few drops of essential oil on a  cloth  that you keep on the top of the bucket to help with any smells.

Won’t all the washing powders harm the environment?

Yes and no. Yes to the extent that all detergents cause some damage (this can be limited by using non-bio or eco-friendly products) but no to the extent that this is still much better than using disposable nappies.

Will I have to change more nappies?

Not really. Guidelines state that you should change your baby’s nappy every 4 hours during the day (more often for new borns), so this remains the same.

Won’t my baby get nappy rash?

Nappy rash is caused by bacteria in the poo reacting to the ammonia in wee. The best way to stop nappy rash is to change frequently (every 4 hours or so) and allow fresh air to get to the nappy area.

The lock away core in disposable nappies encourages parents to change less often and their very design prevents air from circulating. Most designs of real nappy are breathable, allowing air to circulate, resulting in a healthier bottom.

Will they leak?

Not if they fit properly. A well fitting  cloth  nappy with wrap if appropriate is no more likely to leak than a disposable. It is a good idea to try a few sample kits to make sure you buy the right nappy for your baby.

What about overnight?

It is perfectly possible to use  cloth  nappies overnight, maybe with the addition of a  cloth  booster pad. Other parents opt for an eco-disposable overnight.

What if I go out for the day?

Many parents use real nappies even when they go out and just take a slightly bigger bag with them. Others have a stock of eco-disposables to use for day trips or when they go away.

What is a nappy laundry services?

A nappy laundry service will provide you with a set of nappies and collect and wash the dirty nappies. A real boon if you are pushed for time but can be a little more expensive than washing your own.

Will I really save money?

Yes. Figures vary, but you should expect to save over £500 for the first child in  cloth  nappies, plus you get to use them again for subsequent children. Also, there is a thriving market in second hand nappies, so you could even recoup some of the initial set up costs.

Are they really better?

Certainly!  Cloth  nappies help prevent nappy rash, aid walking and early potty training and are much better for the environment. What are you waiting for?



Interior Design Ideas – Conservatory Living

Can you imagine the joy of spending late autumn afternoons warmly lounging in the midst of your garden, of growing and harvesting your very own tropical fruits and of twilight summer suppers that are guaranteed rainproof? No, this is not a description of life on a faraway tropical island, but a glimpse of the bliss to be had when you own a conservatory.

Yet another inspired Victorian concept that we are revisiting and appreciating anew, despite the disparity of lifestyles between then and now. A conservatory gives life a new dimension. It allows us to enjoy a garden year-round and stretches the living areas of our homes. All age groups can benefit: it provides an ideal space for a toddler to play in (the semi-outdoor finishes should stand up well), for an elderly person to relax in out of season, and for people of any age to enjoy atmospheric dinner parties.

Should you be on the brink of deciding to construct a conservatory, be sure to pin down your ideas well in advance;

How much do you want to spend? A finished conservatory may cost more than you imagine and such extras as heating, lighting, wall and floor finishes, furnishings and plants can add considerably to an initial estimate.

How will the finished conservatory look from outside? Do you wish its style to reflect the architecture of your home?

Which direction do you wish your conservatory to face? A southerly orientated conservatory will be full of sunshine, but unless a good ventilation system is installed and shade provided (by blinds or by painting the glass), it is likely to overheat in summer. A north-facing glass house will receive little sunshine and so will require an efficient heating system for cooler days.

To what purpose will you put your conservatory? Is it to be a place for indoor gardening, relaxing, dining, cooking or playing?

Do you wish your conservatory to become an integral part of an interior living area and/or to open up to and become one with your garden or terrace? The larger your opening on to either or both of these areas, the more linked they will appear. Double, sliding or folding-back doors will help to achieve the connection you desire.

Because the conservatory represents a link between the house and its exterior, the most appropriate furnishings will be those that reflect this connection. Well-designed garden furniture, softened with table cloths, cushions and upholstered seats, will help to blur the line between inside and out, as will rattan, wicker or cane furniture.

A floor of flagstones, scrubbed wood planking or terracotta tiles will underscore the connection. Accessories can provide a similar link – garden statuary, urns, plants and terracotta pots are all particularly suitable.

The best window treatments are ones that do not detract from the view or interior planting. Tailored blinds or curtains of muslin or calico in a simple style are ideal.

When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your conservatory, the choice is yours – but do remember that the exterior views will become your ‘wallpaper’ and indoor plants your ‘accessories’, so choose colors that blend well.

Lighting a conservatory is a relatively easy process so long as electrical points have been well positioned and there are sufficient sockets for free-standing fittings. Wall- or ceiling-mounted lanterns will look good, as will discreet spotlights focused on features.

A well-lit garden will form a magnificent backdrop at night and a dining table might be lit by a simple country-style chandelier or candles in glass hurricane lamps on the table. Free-standing uplighters placed behind plants will add some magic to the room.



Durable TV Stands

TV stands and for that matter audio racks, media storage, speaker stands and almost all components of home theater furniture, are available in wood, steel, and glass. Some are also available in clear or tinted acrylic. When setting up your home theater you need to locate those that are built to last, unless you plan to replace the furniture every couple of years.

For wooden stands, solid wood is the best, though not the only choice, for durable material. Take your pick from hardwoods, softwoods, wood veneer, and engineered woods. Hardwood is premium wood. In hardwood, you have a choice of maple, oak, teak, cherry, mahogany, and ebony. These are generally harder to work, more attractive, and more expensive.

Softwoods include pine, spruce, cedar, redwood, and fir. Though the name might suggest, these are not necessarily softer. All solid wood, whether hardwood or softwood, have a strong decorative appeal in their grain, which looks elegant and can last a lifetime and more. Wood veneer is another popular material for making stands. It looks as good as solid wood, but is much cheaper. It is made up of thin strips of real wood glues to a substrate, which makes it cheaper than solid woods.

Engineered woods are made from mill waste, wood scraps and other materials that would otherwise be discarded as trash. The mill waste and wood scrap is glued and bonded into sheets. These products are environmentally friendly and recycled. They reduce the need for tree cutting and in many ways are better than solid wood because they cost less and do not warp. TV stands made from engineered wood are not as durable as those made from solid wood, but with a little care and upkeep can last for decades.

Metal stands come in aluminum, brass, and stainless steel, which is the predominant material in the market. Unlike the other metals, stainless steel does not rust or tarnish. It takes chrome plating as well as powder coating very well, which means that it is available in a variety of attractive finishes. It can be worked into an overwhelming variety of sleek, creative and innovative designs with ease. A modern stand made of steel goes well with your high-tech audio and video systems, and lasts very long.

Glass is of three types. Regular glass, also known as ‘annealed glass’, shatters into large shards with razor sharp edges, and is not suitable for furniture. Heat-treated or ‘toughened’ glass is much stronger than annealed glass. Glass that is treated with chemicals and heat, known as ‘tempered glass’, is many times stronger than annealed glass. When broken, it forms small cube-like pieces instead of sharp-edged shards, and is therefore much safer than annealed glass. stands, speaker stands, audio stands etc made of tempered glass can last long but need careful handling. You need to be extra careful while cleaning or moving them.

Serenitylivingstores strives to assist people in making informed decisions on furnishing their homes. He writes for http://www.tv-stands-shop.com/, an online shop for TV stands and other furniture.



The Joy of Living

Life is beautiful on its own. I realize this after I translated the short story Good Luck and Best Wishes from Chinese into English.

In the story, people live a primitive life with few modern belongings in a far-off mountainous area; however, they enjoy life enormously. A bowl of fermented spirits, a flowery bun, colorful strings, spices, scented pouches, and longing for love and marriage bring them great joy of living.

Mom teaches her teen daughter how to hold a needle and how to use a thimble to sew flowered cloth into the shape of a heart to make a scented pouch, and how to spread aromatic spices to make the scented pouch bulge. The girl savors the pleasure of using a thimble to push a needle, the pleasure of pulling a needle through a cloth, and the pleasure of joining two pieces of cloth together.

Dad teaches his young boy to pound the spices in a mortar with a stone pestle, but spices jump out mischievously. Through pounding and pounding, the boy finally can make the spices turn compliant and burst into flowers, which satisfies him. As he pounds the pestle up and down, the house becomes filled with the aroma.

The atmosphere is aromatic and mystic and the practice means more than itself. The teenagers feel that it is something beautiful and worth expecting. The implication of sex education is evasive, beautiful and healthy.

On Dragon Boat Festival (the 5th day of the 5th lunar month), the young boys and young girls climb onto mountaintop to collect Chinese spicy mugwort plants, they feel like harvesting good luck and best wishes for the entire year. They enjoy being young, being together, being pure and being in love.

The story doesn’t provide a specific time setting nor a particular place. There is nothing to do with politics. It is simply an ode to life. Living is meaningful and beautiful by itself. It doesn’t take much to be happy.

Good Luck and Best Wishes, authored by Wenbin Guo, is included in the short story collection Street Wizards and Other New Folklore, one volume of 21st Century Chinese Literature, which presents a kaleidoscope of Chinese folk customs and provides a view of the multifaceted and living China.

Wenbin Guo, born in 1966 in Xiji County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, now is a chair of the Federation of Literary and Art Circles of Yinchuan City and vice Chair of Ningxia Writer’s Association. Good Luck and Best Wishes has won the People’s Literature Prize and other awards in China.



Three Tips to Choosing the Right Webkinz For You

Plush furry little adorable toys otherwise known as Webkinz have become a rage and every kid must have at least one. Each pet comes with a special code which lets you access the Webkinz World website and play with your pet virtually.

Adoption of your pet is essentially giving you full authority to do whatever you want with your Webkinz. You can feed the animal, buy clothes for it, earn extra kinzcash and play a host of games at Webkinz World.

Webkinz were a huge hit with children but in the beginning they could only be found in a few stores. By the end of the year, however, there was a mad rush to own Webkinz products and soon stores were running out of stock.

Some of these Webkinz animals become rare and prices are hiked up by a huge margin. To give your child the very best and latest Webkinz you must buy them quickly before they become really expensive.

You want to get your child his or her favorite pet? Well then just ask them to make a list of all those Webkinz animals that they love but do not own. Make a mental note to add all the accessories that come along with these plush toys. This small gesture makes the toy more personal than ever before. Now simply go to the store and check with the shopkeeper if any of those toys are available. If the toy or toys are there buy it that very instant. This is the most hassle free way to get your child’s most liked pet or pets.

Make sure you do your homework before you set out to purchase your Webkinz pet. Find out the cheapest available price online and don’t forget to include shipping charges along with it. Some may propose free shipping if a purchase is made over a certain amount. However on auction websites sellers usually charge you for every part you buy but that balances out the little money you save otherwise.

Keep your eyes wide open for any toys that are likely to go into retirement. If you spot any Webkinz of that kind buy it on the spot. Retired Webkinz are extremely expensive and the price just keeps rising for instance the ‘cheeky dog’ which is believed to have been sold for a four digit figure.

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Shaq Shoe Size – What’s Shaquille O’Neal’s Shoe Size?

Shaquille O’Neal is more often known simply as ‘Shaq’, the basketball player who is famous across the world and one of the most renowned players in the United States. He is well known for his large size and people often ask what his shoe size is.

Shaquille O’Neal has a shoe size of 22 but he is 7 feet and 1 inch tall and weighing 325 pounds, he makes a perfect basketball player. Even many of the world’s other basketball players who are also popular are relatively dwarfed by him.

Some people put Shaquille O’Neal’s shoe size to be as great as 23 but is generally considered to be 22. The currently plays for the team known as the Cleveland Cavaliers although he has played with a number of teams over the impressive stretch of his career.

He has earned a number of achievements throughout his extensive career and is currently earning a salary of twenty one million dollars with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also appeared with his past team, the Los Angeles Lakers, with which she won three NBA world championship awards, at the White House with George Bush.

His other and most recent NBA world championship award occurred in 2006 when he was playing with the team Miami Heat.

Shaquille O’Neal has also participated in a number of other ventures throughout his career. He is also into rap music and has released five studio albums plus a compilation album. On top of he has appeared in a number of reality television shows and various other programs on the TV. He has also dabbled in the world of martial arts and even got involved in law enforcement. Reportedly, he also asked for a role in the hit film X-Men but this was apparently turned down. His image is also appeared on the covers of numerous basketball video games.



How to Choose and Match Brick Veneer For New Construction and Additions

My neighbor spent well over $200,000 to add a beautiful addition to her traditional brick veneer Cape Cod home. But when the masonry contractor put up the brick he failed to even come close to matching the color of the mortar to the original part of the house. Even worse the new bright white mortar clashes with both the new brick and the old. The house now has a garish and jarring appearance and the cost of repair is prohibitive.

Brick veneer is the most durable and beautiful material that will protect your home from the elements. Brick is virtually maintenance free and will last for generations. Living in the Detroit area it is plain to see the brick in all the dilapidated buildings is still in beautiful condition and in most cases can be salvaged and reused. Brick veneer is more costly and you will have to live with your choice for as long as you own your home. If you’re planning an addition or building a new home the money, time and effort invested in choosing the design, brick, mortar and most importantly the contractor will be returned many times over in long-term value.

These are some ideas to consider when choosing or matching brick veneer

• Cost: maybe it would be better to sacrifice square footage for quality and beauty

• Design: Long, high walls need to be broken up with a vertical course of brick, a ledge of stone or by brick that varies in color and texture. Design in offset walls with interior or exterior corners to give vertical definition to the house.

• Use “offset” (brick that protrudes from the wall in patterns or randomly)of bricks to create interest

• Make the addition narrower or wider than the existing home for interior or exterior corners to make brick and mortar matching easier

• How does the house fit into the neighborhood? A traditional styled house needs darker reds and more texture with gray mortar. Fieldstone, granite or sandstone can be used carefully

• Contemporary houses can use whites, blushes or neutral colors and smooth to glazed brick. Mortar can be bright white

• A skilled and experienced mason will take the time to try out various mixtures to match the mortar. Remember it is the SAND in the mortar that must match. Ask to see other work the mason has done and be prepared to pay a little more

• There are many sizes and profiles of brick available. We have a ranch house built on a slab in our neighborhood that used long, low profile brick with a subtle wavy texture. Along with a double-hip roof and deep eves this house would be the envy of Frank Lloyd Wright himself!

• Design the roof and gutters so the downspouts can be used to hide the seam between the old and new brick. There are many decorative gutter and downspout products available. Visit a local siding and gutter supply house

• A faux copper downspout with an elegant leader head (or conductor) can be used to hide a seam too

• Many faux half columns are available in various metal and paintable materials

• Use high quality beveled horizontal or battened vertical siding carefully in your design

• More and/or larger windows, entry doors, shutters and small round or octagon shaped windows can be used to breakup large brick walls

• Be careful using brick up into gables. Because of the roof slope at each end of the brick courses, the careless mason will loose his way; the vertical joints will not line up and the wall will have an undulating and amateurish look. A small window high in the gable would be good in this circumstance

• And remember to choose your roof shingles and materials at the same time. As an example, using a metal roof on an addition can be a way of making the addition “compliment” the original house instead of trying for an exact “match” (for the few of you that are self-confident, brave and daring you can use a combination of materials and design to “contrast” the original house; I’ve seen it done and to wonderful ends!)

And finally a special mention when using stone. A cobblestone cottage looks the way it does because it’s a cottage! A cottage is a small house. A large stone house must be very carefully designed. Avoid long, tall walls of stone veneer.

Mixing stone with brick veneer can produce a pleasing effect. Try to imagine you are building your house on the ancient ruins of stone fence or an old country manor. The lower corners, some around the entry door and a few randomly chosen places in the wall are all that is needed.

Brick has been made in local kilns using clay dug up from nearby river banks for centuries. The brick you find made in New England may clash with landscape of the house you build in Texas. The same is true if you use that blush pink brick that you loved in Florida for a house built in Wisconsin. The brick must be from the same origin as the house. Contemporary or traditional; single story ranch or two story colonial; split-level or townhouse; new construction or addition, all need the appropriate brick veneer to enhance long term value and style.



Eight Basic Badminton Techniques

If you want to improve your game, you should practice these 8 basic techniques. Even if you just play badminton for fun, you can always learn something new to better your performance.

1. Badminton Grip

The right grip is your basic foundation for badminton. For more power and accuracy, make sure you are holding the racket correctly. There are 2 main types of grips: forehand and backhand.

Use the forehand grip when your shots are in the front of your body, and you hold your hand on the handle as if you where shaking hands. Keep the racket face perpendicular to the floor.

When the shot is behind your body, you should use the backhand racket grip. Hold the handle just like you did for the forehand, but then turn the racket counter-clockwise so your thumb is to the left.

2. Badminton Footwork

Your opponent will try to keep the shuttle away from you, so be prepared to move around the court quickly and accurate with good footwork. You’ll need moves like skipping, shuffling, gliding, lunging and even bouncing. It’s up to you how to use them during your game. Always keep your knees slightly bent and ready to move at all times. Generally stay in the mid-court area so you can reach all corners of the court quickly.

3. Serving

You can even gain points with the right serve. There are 4 basic kinds of badminton serve: high serve, low serve, flick serve, and the drive serve. You can choose the right serve after watching your opponent. Serving to the back of the court with a high serve is a good idea if you are playing against someone who likes to stay close to the net, for example.

4. Clears

The badminton clear is the most common stroke, and it can be played from either forehand or backhand, as well as overhead or underarm. Regardless of exactly how you use the clear, the objective is to send the shuttle to the back of the court, forcing your opponent back away from the net to open up the forecourt.

5. Drop Shots

The drop shot is the opposite of the above mentioned clear shot, as it is intended to drop right behind the net and force your opponent closer into the forecourt. This can open up space in the backcourt for your next play. This move can be played either forehand or backhand, and usually has a lot of wrist movement to it.

6. The Smash

The badminton smash is a powerful move that you should strive to master. It’s a downward shot that comes down steeply into your opponents fore or mid court area. For a faster smash, you can jump and make the shot as you some down. Your opponent will have little time to react, almost guaranteeing you the point. Don’t overuse the smash because it will tire you out. You usually use a forehand grip when doing a smash.

7. The Drive

If the ball is too low for a smash, you can use a drive instead. The drive shot moves horizontally, rather than arching upward. The shuttle would just skim the top of the net, moving either diagonally across the court or straight from your position. You’re trying to get the shuttle behind your opponent, making it difficult for them to return with a good shot.

8. Badminton Net Play

Net play shots are usually done with just a wrist movement, and lack the power of most other techniques. The intent is to gently knock the shuttle over the net, usually when your opponent can’t reach the net in time to counter. Any light shot near the net is hard to return, especially if you get the shuttle tumbling.