7 Badminton Clear Drills: To Improve Your Clear

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The clear in badminton is one of the first shots you will ever play as a beginner. Nevertheless, it is one of the most essential shots and there is no doubt you come back to the clear time and time again as it is your best friend when trying to get out of trouble. We have given an indepth look into the badminton clear and everything you need to know about them in our article, Badminton Clear: Types of Clear and How to Play Them. So if you want to learn how to play a clear or you want some tips, tricks and tactics for playing a clear, check that article out first.

In this article we have given you 7 different badminton clear drills that you can use to train and improve your clear. We have broken them down into different levels so that you can use these training drills no matter whether you are an experienced player or playing a clear for the first time.

List of Routines

  1. Clear to Clear (Pair Drill)
  2. Lift-Clear-Drop (Pair Drill)
  3. Multi-shuttle Clear Drill (Feeder Drill)
  4. Clear Accuracy (Feeder Drill)
  5. Clear-Smash-Block-Lift (Pair Drill)
  6. Footwork (Solo Drill)
  7. Shadow Badminton (Solo Drill)

The Clear Routines

Clear to Clear
(Pair Drill)

The Clear to Clear routine is a good drill to practice the clear motion, movement and timing. It gives you a good volume of clear to help practice how a clear is supposed to feel and how hard you need to hit it.

For this drill, both players are playing a clear back and forth to one another. We have broken down the drill into different levels of complexity to work different aspects of your clears. If you are learning how to play a clear for the first time, work through the levels, if you already know how to play a clear then jump in wherever you want.

Level 1

On a half court, one player starts by playing a high lift to the other. Both players then just clear back and forth to each other. As there isn’t much movement, Level 1 is good for practicing the motion of a clear. It is also the way most players begin a warm up. 

Set a timer for 5 mins. Have a rest. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 2

Using a full court, each player should stand in opposite service boxes. One player begins with a high lift and then both players will then play cross-court clears to one another. As cross-court is the furthest distance on the court, Level 2 is good to demonstrate the power you will need in your clear to cover the full distance of the court. 

Set a timer for 5 mins. Have a rest. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 3

In Level 3 we will introduce some movement to your clear. This time we will be interchanging between a straight clear and a cross-court clear. Player A will begin with a high lift from one side of the court. Player B will then play a cross-court clear. Player A will play a straight clear. Player B will return with a cross-court clear. This pattern is then repeated. Level 3 is good for adding movement into the clear. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner so that you both get to practice your straight and cross-court clears. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

For Level 4, both players can play a clear anywhere on a full court. 

Either

Set a timer for 5 mins. Have a rest. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Or

Play a mini game to 11 points. Who will make the least mistakes?

The Clear to Clear Routine can be practiced using both for a standard or punch clear. If you don’t know what a punch clear is, go and check out our article on the Badminton Clear: Types of Clears and How to play them.

Lift-Clear-Drop
(Pair Drill)

After you have mastered playing a clear, it is good to practice it in a way that better reflects the actual movement you will be doing from the center of the court. 

For the Lift-Clear-Drop Drill, Player 1 begins by playing a high lift to start off the routine. Player 2 plays a clear. Player 1 then plays a drop from the clear. Then Player 2 lifts the shuttle back to Player 1, who will then play a clear. The routine repeats like this.

Again, we have broken the Drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

Perform this level in only half of the court.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then have a rest. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 2

Move up to the full size of the court. The routine follows the same order as Level 1, except this time the clear should be cross-court. The drop shot should be a straight drop. However, in this routine, we are working the clear, so don’t be too harsh with your drop shot. We want the routine to continue, without mistakes, as long as possible.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then have a rest. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds.

Level 3

All in! Your clear, drop and lift can go anywhere within the singles court. Just maintain the order of the routine.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. 

The Clear-Lift-Drop drill can be practiced using both a normal clear and a punch clear.

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Multi-shuttle Clear Drill (Feeder drill)

Complex drill for more advanced players. You need to be able to, or have someone that can feed multiple shuttles. Good for practicing your clear with full court movement. Using Multi-shuttle also gives the player practicing a good volume of shuttle to hit one after another, as mistakes don’t slow down this routine.

For a Multi-shuttle routine, the feeder holds a row of shuttle in their arm, typically 12-20, and hits the shuttle one after another to the desired location on the court. This means that during the exercise there is one shuttle for each shot, as opposed to the previous drills which have one shuttle only for all of the shots played. This means that if a mistake is made, the routine carries on regardless, unlike the previous routines in which the shuttle needs to be retrieved to begin again.

Again, we have broken this drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

To perform this level the feeder should alternate which corner they play the shuttle to. The player working can clear to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

To perform this level the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. The player working can clear to wherever. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

Like level 2 the feeder can play the shuttle to whichever corner, they do not need to alternate. But, between each clear, the feeder should play a shuttle to mid-court to move the player working forward. The player working can clear wherever. The shot from the mid-court can be whatever they choose, lift, drive or net etc. 

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

For level 4 the feeder can play the shuttle wherever they wish. For the player working, any shot from the back of the court should be a clear.

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

This clear drill can be practiced using both standard and punch clear.

Clear Accuracy
(Feeder drill)

A good fun drill to practice clear placement. Take a couple of shuttle tubes and stand them up on the feeder side to designate an area for you to aim for. Cones, a box or even a bucket can also be used to mark an area. The aim of the game is to try and get as many shuttles into this area using your clear. Let’s see who gets the most!

Play 3 x 20 shuttles for 1 round and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

The size of the area can be changed depending on how accurate your clear is.

A schematic representation of different sized areas for the Clear Accuracy Drill

Clear Accuracy can be practiced using both standard and punch clears.

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Clear-Smash-Block-Lift (Pair Drill)

The Clear-Smash-Block-Lift Drill is very similar to the Lift-Clear-Drop routine. The difference is, the better your clear, the weaker your opponent’s smash will be. 

So to begin, Player 1 plays a high lift. Player 2 plays a clear. Player 1 then plays a smash from the clear. Then Player 2 blocks the shuttle back to Player 1, who will then play a lift for Player 2 to again clear. The routine repeats like this.

Again, we have broken the drill down into 4 levels for you to work through.

Level 1

Perform this level in only half of the court.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 2

Move up to the full size of the court. The routine follows the same order as Level 1, except this time the lift should be to alternate corners. The clear, the smash and the block should be straight. 

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 3

For Level 3, lift now can be to whichever side. The clear, smash and block should still be straight.

Set a timer for 5 mins and then swap with your partner. Repeat the routine for 3 rounds each.

Level 4

All in! Your clear, smash, block and lift can go anywhere within the singles court. Just maintain the order of the routine.

Play to 11 points. Play it like a game with a point for every rally. 

The Clear-Smash-Block-Lift drill can be practiced using both a normal clear and a punch clear.

Footwork
(Solo Drill)

Not only good for practicing your clear, as anytime you are working on your badminton footwork, you’re improving every area of the game from helping you reach the shuttle quicker to returning to the middle of the court faster.

One way to practice footwork is the badminton court clock.

Move to each point around the court using good badminton movement. If you have a partner, they can point to where they want you to move to. If not, just decide for yourself. This drill can be performed with or without your racket.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off. 

Shadow Badminton
(Solo Drill)

Practice the clear movement. Focus on the footwork as well as the clear motion. If you can, try and move around the court in a way that would reflect a real match. 

I.e. if you play a clear, your opponent might play a drop shot. So move to the front of the court after shadowing the smash. The more realistic the better.

Perform movement for 5 continuous rounds. 1 round is 1 min on, 30 seconds off.

Conclusion

In conclusion, practicing different badminton clear drills can help you improve your clear. These seven drills are a great place to start, but don’t be afraid to experiment and find the drills that work best for you. Remember to have fun and keep practicing!

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