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A point scored on a smash shot in badminton has the same visceral appeal as a slam dunk in basketball or a grand slam in baseball, but sometimes — as the old adage goes — the best offense is good defense.


Check out the video compilation above as badminton great Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia demonstrates his deadly defensive skills against the world’s best players.

China's Lin Dan demonstrates dazzling badminton defense

While it may not be a jump smash, a well-place dink shot is still a thing of beauty.


Sometimes the best defense is the most unpredictable one, as the crafty doubles players in the above video demonstrate.