2 Backhand Techniques | Badminton Lessons

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.

23 thoughts on “2 Backhand Techniques | Badminton Lessons

  • wow after playing for so many years, i didn't no know that you were supposed to do elbow rotation instead of using your wrist in badminton.

  • I don't understand why all the comments about this being "wrong." I've watched other "badminton training videos" and this one is spot on, as far as technique is concern. Why Chris Awong doesn't use the technical words for what he is demonstrating would be the only question I have. Maybe he didn't want to confuse new players? The apex of the grip is called the "bevel" grip. The backhand "elbow" and the forehand "elbow" movements are called supination and pronation, respectively (for both righty and lefty).
    I wish he would have hit a few birdies — you are on the court.  

  • Wrist is more important to use than elbow, because wrist gives more power than elbow, look at taufik hidayat's backhand strokes, he uses more wrist than elbow, the elbow only helps with the swing while the wrist do its job that is why professionals have powerful backhand clear

  • Correct terminology: pronation, pronate, reverse pronate, reversed pronation. (reverse meaning opposite of forward pronation in forehand strokes)
    Calling it an elbow twist/flick or wrist flick would be incorrect because neither refer to pronation of the forearm.
    The backhand stroke consists of an elbow turn, reverse forearm pronation, and minor wrist flick in that order of succession.

  • The backhand clear/smash are both "tapping" shots which is mostly wrist after the the arm prep and execution, few players follow through as described, that follow through is mostly used in the BH drop technique to get your recovery faster, mostly in singles.

  • Constructive criticism: First off, if you want to show the difference between the flats and bevels of a badminton racquet grip, use a light-coloured grip; preferably a tightly wrapped rubber grip cover to see grip's octagonal nature. Second, if it's an overhead baseline-to-baseline backhand clear, the movement of your whole racquet arm (upper arms, elbow, forearm, and wrist) should look like a wave with a whiplash effect at the point of contact; hence no follow through of the arm after hitting the shuttlecock. And third, this backhand clear should only be used as a last option when you are under pressure. Players should use a round-the-head (forehand) clear for most times to keep your front facing the net almost always. 🙂


  • its TOD its pure strength not technique
    and you should flex the racket and let racket do the work

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