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What is badminton ?

Badminton is a racket sport and is one of the five major racket sports. The others are of course tennis, table tennis, squash, and racket ball. Unlike the other racket sports, badminton is purely volley sport in which the shuttlecock is not allowed to fall on land or on the floor before the opponent hits it. The sport was originated by British India in the mid 18th century and became very popular in Asia and Europe and has been dominated by those countries ever since. The badminton equipment is very similar to tennis. We have a racket unlike tennis you have something called a shuttlecock.

What is a Shuttlecock ?

A shuttlecock is like a projectile that is struck with racket. Depending on the quality of shuttle, a shuttlecock is typically composed of 16 feathers all from the same wing of either a goose or duck.

What are shuttles made of ?


Sometimes the shuttle is made up of plastic but that is more of the recreational level. Especially the goose feather is the much better quality that last longer. The flight of the shuttle using goose feathers is much more stable and predictable. Duck feathers are used in lower quality shuttle and more at recreational games and plastic is for mostly beginners and that’s what badminton is.

How to score points in badminton ?

The scoring itself is upto 21 points. You can win a point in one of two ways either your opponent hits the shuttlecock outside of bounds or you can hit the shuttle away from your opponent as long as it lands inside and that’s how you score a point in badminton.

How to be in a ready position ?

In the sport of badminton, it’s very important to be in the ready position. For quick movement in any direction, the player have to bend their knees slightly. You should also keep your racket at your eye level, certainly at least at the height of the net. The net, by the way, is about five feet one inch in height. You also need to stand close to the center of the court. Perhaps even slightly closer to the net than to the baseline. And that’s all you need to know about getting into the ready position.

Now you know the basic fundamentals of badminton. To know more about badminton, click on the following link :-


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