The purpose of the forehand clear is used to force your opponent to the rear court. It can be played as an attacking shot or as a defensive shot. The attacking clear is hit faster and flatter into the rear corners.


The defensive clear is hit much higher and despite giving your opponent time to get behind the shuttle - it also gives you more time to get back to a base position.

How: The overhead clear is played with a throwing action. To execute the shot turn sideways on with the non racket foot forward. Prepare the racket by lining the racket head and the non racket hand up, pointing towards the shuttle. Follow the line of the shuttle back with racket  and hand until just before the shuttle is in hitting range. At this stage draw the racket back behind the shoulder and form a throwing position - not dis-similar to that of a javelin thrower.

Reach up and attack the shuttle as early as you can hit it, ideally directly above or slightly in front of the hitting shoulder (somewhere between 12 and 1 o'clock).At this stage the body should turn in, transferring your body weight forward, bringing the racket hip then shoulder through. The follow through should leave the dominant side slightly closer to the net when you have finished the stroke.

During the throwing action the racket should make the sound of a 'whip' or a 'swoosh' as the racket accelerates forward. Advanced players will not only flick the wrist but also pronate the forearm to gain extra racket head speed. (THIS IS OF EVEN MORE BENEFIT WHEN MASTERING A POWERFUL SMASH).

With practice a player can perfect their timing and hit a full length overhead clear with a relaxed grip, enabling them to play the shot over and over without exerting too much energy.

NB: Performing the overhead forehand clear is not only important for the shot itself - but it also forms the technical basis for smashes and dropshots. These three strokes between them make up a large percentage of the shots in a game of badminton.

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