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Badminton Clears are the most common and important of all badminton strokes that can
be played overhead or underarm. These shots can be played both on the forehand and
backhand sides.

Overhead Clear:
Use the clear to move your opponent to the backcourt. It will create space in the
frontcourt for you to exploit.

It will also give you more time to go back to your base. The optimum hitting zone is
located somewhere above the central area of your racket.

You can play two types of Badminton Clears, Attacking Clear and Defensive Clear.

Attacking clear has a trajectory that runs almost parallel to the ground. The shuttle travels
flat and fast towards your opponents back court. These badminton shots allow less time
to your opponent to get behind the shuttle, potentially causing weak returns. The shuttle
is hit square with your racket face.




Defensive Clear has a high and deep trajectory. These badminton shots give you more
time to return to your base and prepare for the next shot. The shuttle is hit with your
racket face leaning slightly backwards.
Forehand Overhead Clear

The forehand overhead badminton clear is similar to the action of throwing a ball. If you
can throw a ball well, you shouldn’t have problem playing this stroke. You can always
practice throwing with a shuttle first before stepping on to the court.

Here are some pointers for playing a forehand overhead clear.

- Adopt the forehand grip.
- Turn your body and stand sideways to the net with your non-racket shoulder facing the
net.
- Shift your weight on to your rear foot.
- Bend your elbow and lock your wrist preparing to swing forward.
- Raise your non-racket hand and point at the shuttle to improve timing and balance.
- Contact the shuttle as high as possible and in front of your body using a strong throwing
action as if you are going to throw your racket high and forward through the air.
- Straighten your elbow as you hit the shuttle.
- Let your wrist unlock with a whip action as you hit the shuttle.
- Follow through with your racket and shift your weight from your rear foot to your front
foot.
- Move back to your base position.

Backhand Overhead Clear

It is not easy to play a backhand overhead clear. Even experienced players have problem
with this badminton stroke. You shall always try to play an ‘around the head’ forehand
clear whenever possible.

However, it is important that you know how to play the backhand overhead clear. There
are times when you just can’t play the shuttle with your forehand.

Here are some pointers for playing a backhand overhead clear.

- Adopt the backhand grip.
- Turn your body so that your back is facing the net.
- Lead and shift your weight to your racket foot.
- Lift your arm from the shoulder with the forearm parallel to the floor.
- Hold the racket across your body with the racket head pointing down.
- Keep the racket arm and elbow close into your body.
- Hit the shuttle at a high point of contact.
- Flick your wrist powerfully towards the shuttle.
- A follow through is not needed.
- Push your body back to your base position.

Around the Head Clear

This is actually a forehand overhead badminton clear played at the non-racket side of
your body. Try to use it whenever play permits as a forehand stroke is always better and
more accurate than a backhand.

The techniques for hitting these badminton clears are about the same as the forehand
overhead clears with only some minor adjustments.

Here are some pointers for playing a forehand around the head clear.

- Stand squarely to the net.
- Bend your upper body sideways to your non-racket side as your arms come through.
- Shift your weight to your non-racket leg.
- Bend your elbow and bring the racket behind your head.
- As you swing forward, your forearm will brush the top of your head before
straightening.
- Transfer your body weight rapidly as your non-racket leg pushes your body back to
your base position.

An important thing to note here is that whether you are playing a badminton clear, a drop
shot or a smash, your wrist plays a key part in creating deception.

The basic preparations for these badminton shots are the same, only the angle of the
racket face, the speed of the racket head and the point of impact is different. Keep your
opponent guessing.

Underarm Clear:
The underarm clear is usually played from the front court area to your opponent’s back
court. Whether to play it high and deep or a flatter, cross court clear will depend on the
situation at that time and your opponent’s positioning on court.

In any case, try to reach the shuttle as early as possible so that you can have various shot
options. Your wrist action is the crucial element in creating a deception for your shots.

Here are some pointers for the underarm clear.
- Adopt the forehand grip for a forehand underarm clear or the backhand grip for a
backhand underarm clear.
- Extend and put your racket up when you go for the shot.
- The point of impact shall be well out in front of you and as high as possible with your
racket leg leading in a lunge position.
- Swing your racket upwards as the shuttle drops in the hitting area.
- Unlock your wrist as you contact the shuttle, producing a whip action.
- Follow through with your racket in the direction of the shuttle’s trajectory.
- Push with both legs and move back to your base position.




Practice hard on your Badminton Clears and your game will benefit tremendously…

				
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