Use the badminton drop shot to pull your opponent to the front of the court and open up a large area of their backcourt for a consequent attack. Novices who have not been properly instructed may try to hit the shuttle softly. However, a soft hit results in slow shuttle flight, giving the opponent time to reach the shuttle making the shot ineffective. The proper technique involves the face of the racket slicing the head of the shuttle. This slicing motion allows for deceptive placements of the shuttle because the shuttle does not necessarily fly towards the direction of the swing.