5 Game-Changing Tips to Skyrocket Your Backhand Clear Now!

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Last Updated on 06/08/2023 by Kriss

Badminton is a game of agility, precision, and strategy, where good technique can be the difference between victory and defeat. Among the various techniques in a player’s arsenal, the backhand clear stands out as both a challenge and an opportunity. Mastering the backhand clear can elevate your game to new heights, giving you more options to play from the backhand corner. I myself struggled a long time with this stroke and now I’ve collected the best tips to help you master the backhand clear.

Intrigued? Let’s get started!

1: Use The Right Grip

The grip is the foundation of every shot in badminton, and the backhand is no exception. Using the right grip not only enhances control and power but also minimizes the risk of injuries. Understanding the different types of grips and when to use them can significantly enhance your game. We have a detailed guide on the various grips used in badminton, which you can find here.

The correct grip for the backhand clear is actually the bevel grip – not the backhand grip. The bevel grip is used for the backhand clear, late backhand strokes and when you are stretched out on defense. The grip looks like this:

Bevel Grip
Your thumb is not on the flat side but on the bevel/ridge. This makes it easier to create the right angle when hitting a backhand clear.

You will quickly get a feeling for this grip once you start using it.

2: Avoid Tensing Up

Tension in the body, especially in the arm and shoulder, can hold back your backhand clear. When you tense up, you restrict the natural flow of movement, leading to less control and reduced power. If you watch the pro players playing a backhand you will see that it looks like a fluid, smooth motion.

Often times tension is caused by not practicing enough. The backhand clear is a complex stroke and you need to do a lot of repetitions before it feels like second nature. Especially beginners want to “force” the stroke and therefore tense up. Before hitting the shuttle, you want a smooth motion with your shoulder and then elbow leading the way, then followed by the forearm and your racket. You also want a loose grip and in the last moment you need to grip the racket tight so you generate even more power.

3: Not Recording Yourself

Most people don’t like seeing themself play. I’m no exception. But it really helps to record yourself with your smartphone or camera to see what you are doing wrong. Compare the clips to the pros or just your friends at the badminton club.

Slow motion recording is also a good idea since the shot happens quickly. Here are some things to look out for:

  • How is our stance? Are you aligned correctly? Your racket leg shout point towards to backhand corner and your stance should be low with your knees bent.
  • How is your preparation? From where do you start your movement? Having no preparation will make your shot look rushed and reduce the power you can generate.
  • How is your rotation? The elbow goes up first followed by the forearm rotation. A common mistake is that you move your whole arm instead of rotating.
  • Where are you hitting the shuttle? You should hit the shuttle roughly next to your body. Hitting it behind your body or in front of it can reduce power and control over the shot

You can watch this video from Badminton Insight to look at the correct form and also learn about some other common mistakes:

4: Not Doing Training Drills and Exercises

Improving your backhand in badminton isn’t just about understanding the technique; it’s about embedding that technique into your muscle memory through consistent practice. Training drills and exercises are the keys to making this happen. Here are two backhand drills that help you improve quickly:

  • Practice the isolated move while sitting on a chair: This keeps the footwork and upper body out of the equation and you can focus on the movement of your arm. This drill is nicely explained in this video.
  • Feeding to the backhand corner: At first, your partner or coach will just feed shuttlecocks to the backhand corner and you will be ready standing there to hit the backhand clear. Later on, you will incorporate the movement from the middle of the court to the corner. If you mastered this as well it is time to do some real game simulations. Your partner can feed the first shuttle to the net which you return as a net shot. Then comes the lift to your backhand corner where you will play the clear.

5: Not Having A Coach or Taking Advice

We have previously covered why a badminton coach is a good idea to help you improve your game. A coach can easily spot the mistakes you make and correct them early on. If you develop the wrong technique it is even harder to get rid of it later down the line. If you can’t afford a coach or simply don’t have access to one – ask your badminton partners to help you out. Maybe they can spot mistakes that you did not see previously.

Mastering the backhand clear on your own can be very hard and getting early feedback is like taking a shortcut – so don’t be shy to ask for it.


Mastering the backhand clear in badminton is a journey that requires attention to detail, consistent practice, and a willingness to learn. From understanding the details of the right grip to avoiding tension in your shots, from recording yourself to analyzing your form, every step is crucial in enhancing this important aspect of your game.

Remember, the path to badminton mastery is rarely a solo trip. Coaches, training partners, and even fellow players at your club can provide valuable feedback and support. Embrace the process, stay committed to continuous improvement, and the backhand clear that once seemed elusive can become a powerful weapon in your badminton arsenal.

Happy playing!

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