for getting the shuttle to land on your opponent’s side of the court as quickly as possible. An attacking shot made with all the power and speed one can put into it. Clear the lob Clears are used as a defensive stroke to allow you time to return to the ready position andregroup and to move your opponent as far away from the net as possible. This is a defensive shot used to keep the opponent away from the net when caught off balance or out of position or when in doubt as to what the shot should be played. Use either the forehand or backhand grip. Overhead clear – it is usually taken from a backcourt position. Forehand Underhand (Net) Clear – it is usually taken from forecourt position. The Service The service is the stroke used to initiate play. It is used to begin each point in the match. It begins as a defensive play, in which you must strike the shuttle below the waist and hit upward over the net. Long Short Serve – Bird should clear the net and fall on in or two beyond short service line of opponent’s court. Long High Serve – Bird travels above the receiving reach and falls within six inches ofrear boundary line. Drive Serve – made by a quick flip of wrist and bird travels in a direct line to the desired spot.