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As you’re about to hit the shuttle, flick your wrist to generate power. However, only perform a gentleflick of your wrist or else you might hit the shuttle the shuttle long (outside your opponent’s baseline).In the picture above, the underarm stroke has already commenced but yet to make contact with the shuttle. Take note of the position of the wrist as it’s important for performing the correct wrist action.As you hit the shuttle, bend your body slightly forward to make sure you maintain body balance (especially when you lunge very far forward).
After you hit the shuttle, allow your racket to FOLLOW THROUGH. Continue your swing motion even after you hit the shuttle . This does not help with power, but enables a better quality flight trajectory of the shuttle. Besides, following through after hitting the shuttle increases the accuracy of your shot. Notice the wrist rotation in thepicture.Important Tips/AdviceDO NOT exert too much strength into your underarmforehand stroke. Gently perform an underarm swing using the correct technique!Adopt the badminton forehand grip. Also, DO NOT grip your racket too tightly so that your wrist is flexible to mobilize.FOLLOW THROUGH with your swing, even after hitting the shuttle. This is important to create a betterquality flight trajectory of the shuttle.If you realise that you’re losing body balance as you lunge forward, slightly bend forward when you make contact with the shuttle.Underarm Backhand StrokeThe badminton underarm backhand stroke is fairly easy to perform compared to other badminton strokes.This stroke is usually performed when your opponent hits a badminton drop shotto your backhand area at the front of
the court.Don’t worry about generating sufficient power in this stroke.It’s fairly easy to do so. In fact, worry about generating too much powerwhile performing an underarm stroke!If you hit an underarm clear at the front of the court too hard, the shuttle will easily land OUTSIDE the court.Generating PowerSwinging Motion:You don’t need to swing too hardfor an underarm stroke. A gentle underarm swing is sufficient to send the shuttle right to the back of the court. However, correct techniqueis still important toprovide you with good body balance. The tutorial below shows you the correct way of performing a badminton underarm backhand stroke.Wrist Action: Most of the power of this stroke comes from the flick of your wrist. But you don’t need a strong flick to send the shuttle to your opponent’s baseline. A gentle flick isenough. It’s the gentle underarm swingand the gentle flick of your wristthat works together to generate the power for this stroke.Gripping Technique: Since it’s fairly easy to produce power to hit a high clear, I find it’s not necessary to switch to a backhand grip. Use the forehand gripto perform a badminton underarm backhand stroke. However, remember NOT to grip your racket too tightly or else your wrist action is limited.