The Sport Of Badminton
Badminton is a fast and dynamic racket sport. Played with a fast moving shuttlecock instead of a ball, it is a game of quick reactions and teamwork, as you work in unison with your partner to outplay your opponents.
A standard doubles court is 13.4m long and 6.1m wide, divided in half by a 1.55m high net. Players score points by playing the shuttlecock into their opponents half so that it cannot be returned.
Key shots are the clear, drop shot, and the SMASH, which the world’s top players can hit in excess of 400km/h!
What You Need To Play Badminton
In terms of equipment, badminton is a relatively inexpensive sport to start playing.
Shorts, and a T shirt or sports shirt and a warm top are all the clothes you need. If you have a tracksuit then that is also useful but not absolutely necessary.
Sports socks and comfortable badminton shoes or trainers with a good sole to obtain a grip on the floor are important. Black soles to the shoes are not allowed.
You will also need a Badminton racket. These are made of various lightweight materials and come in many different makes and prices. The latest most expensive Badminton rackets feature many technological advancements, but If you are just starting to play you do not need to buy the most expensive racket. However, steer clear of really cheap rackets (under £10). Buy a racket that suits you. The key elements are that the racket feels appropriately balanced for you, has the correct level of flexibility and is strong enough for the string tension that you require.
Try to go to a specialist racket shop and ask about their different characteristics. Pick up as many as possible to see if they feel right and ask if you can borrow a demonstration model. You could also borrow your friends’ rackets to see how they perform.
Shuttlecocks are either plastic or feathered, and the two different types have different flight characteristics. At the highest levels of Badminton feather shuttlecocks are generally used, and may be changed after a single point if play is particularly intense! Mereway Badminton Club Northampton use good quality feather shuttlecocks and these are provided.
Find Out More About Badminton
To find out more about Badminton in England visit the website of BADMINTON England. Mereway Badminton Club Northampton are a BADMINTON England Premier Club.