Learn two backhand techniques from NYC Badminton's Chris Awong in this Howcast video. Thumbnail: IMG_0890_Web by Eric MARTEEL/ericmarteel/Flickr
Like to say a couple words about the backhand clear and the technique of doing an effective backhand clear. It’s a very difficult shot for a lot of beginners, as opposed to the typical forehand clear. And, start off with the right backhand grip. Typically you want to hold the grip, place your thumb somewhere between the broad part of the grip, which is this, and the narrow part of the grip. So, it should be right in between there. Somewhere at the apex of the grip. The motion of the backhand swing is a rotation of the elbow, not a wrist flick. So, you want to be doing this. I’ll do it a couple times very slow. I’ll show you what not to do. You don’t want to do this. This is typically, never a shot in badminton. As a matter of fact, if you do this too vigorously you can damage the tendons and the ligaments in the wrist. Now, I’d like to say a couple words about the point of contact when you hit a backhand overhead clear. You want to strike the shuttle when it’s, more or less, directly above your head or even a little bit behind your head. So, I’m going to do the full backhand swing. Contact and then you follow through. I’ll do it again. Contact, shuttle and then follow through. You notice that it’s a full rotation of the elbow and not a wrist flick. So, I’ll do it a little bit faster. And, just as a reference point, the forehand is exactly the opposite. Again, it’s a elbow rotation, not a wrist flick. Okay. And that’s your basic backhand clear.