They do it in training sessions. In this case BP actually had to put Clint down, and stopping his own attacks before making contact obviously wouldn't do that. So if BP had no intention to land those slashes, why did he use them? And why did he extend his claws in the first place?
Clint did have a bo staff so BP might have extended them to slash through them, or as a threat, but fair point
Looks like he hits him twice, one of them only being an elbow, and Clint is nowhere to be seen for the rest of the airport battle. For all we know, the first elbow already took him out of the fight and the kick was overkill.
He lands 3 hits. The elbow and two kicks in the air - both to the head. And he was still conscious and rolling in pain afterwards. BP was clearly holding back
It still applies because the hits that do land on BP won't affect him. Normally, hitting your opponent will hurt and disorient him, but Clint didn't have that luxury.
True, but wouldn't you agree that BP was treating Hawkeye's hits like they'd hurt him played a role in Hawkeye lasting against him?
The scene cuts away as soon as the kick makes contact, perhaps he was ragdolled.
BP also parries a blow from Clint without affecting him just before.
You're saying it's not a great feat because Clint is pretty good himself? If so, how do Clint's other good feats change the impressiveness of this one?