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03-08-2009, 12:29 PM #1
backhand underhand clear
ive started up this badminton season fairly well i guess, but i have noticed a consistent weakness in my game when im playing "smarter" players. I was playing the other day in singles, and my opponent continually hit it to the back court, my backhand side, and too low for a normal overhand backhand clear. I was able to return, but only able to get it just over the net for what should have been a drop. The problem was, he figured out quickly i could not clear it to the backcourtfrom this position, and dropped it every time.
I figured what i needed to do was to be able to clear it obviously to the back court, but obviouysly i cannot. I find this strange because in any other type of shot, i can return with enough strengthfor anything (i can even do a sort of backhand spike). I also heard that maybe i need a heavier raquet to solve my problem. But im unsure so what do you guys think?
03-08-2009, 12:30 PM #2
oops wrong forum
03-08-2009, 12:46 PM #3
Unless you're Taufik, you will struggle to do this shot. Move quicker and hit it overhead forehand.
03-08-2009, 01:04 PM #4
This is similar to tennis backhand underhand return. Use your leg strength by stooping down when turning your back to the net in prep, and rotate your upper body and straighten your leg to complete your stroke. This requires good strength and technique, but is within reach of mere mortals :-)
03-08-2009, 01:09 PM #5
Definitely quicker movement is the key - if you can hit the shuttle while it's still infront of you (or at least level) you should be able to lift it deep, even if it's too low to play overhead.
Once you allow the shuttle to go past you it's a very difficult shot to play.
I generally attempt to play either a crosscourt drop or a drive down the line (at least that way it's a little unpredictable), but I wouldn't be expecting to win the point.
03-08-2009, 02:37 PM #6
If it's that low you should have been able to cut it off before it got there in the first place.
03-08-2009, 03:56 PM #7
if youre stuck in that position, learn to hit shots other than straight drop - like cross drop or straight drive. Otherwise, to not get into that position in the first place just inprove on your anticipation and footwork.
03-08-2009, 04:10 PM #8
I agree that you should try to intercept it earlier. You'll give yourself a lot more options this way. You can see even pros when they're pushed into that position (low backcourt backhand) have to put a lot of effort into making the shot! It's best to avoid it altogether if possible.
03-08-2009, 04:37 PM #9
well, for me at least, theres a lot of times where the backhand underhand clear saves me/ or gives me some more options in terms of trick shots and things like that (but the trick shots only work for once or twice a match before peopel start adapting to do it)
Its all a matter of getting the right whip motion and obtaining the proper wrist strength
03-09-2009, 02:50 PM #10
well, i did better today, thanks a lot by the way
i played with my boys doubles partner against an older team who are really good and we beat them after a really long tie break. I had to keep serving short and just over the net to one of them cause he smashed everything. The other one was all placement so i had to dive a bit.
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