Badminton Study Guide
Badminton Study Guide
Badminton evolved from a similar game called battledore played in fifth-century B.C. China. During the
17th century, the game was played in India and there it was known as Poona. British army officers brought
the game back to England around 1873. There the Duke of Beaufort became interested in the game and
since it was played regularly at his country estate, Badminton, this name became associated with the
game. The first U.S. badminton club opened in New York in 1978. In 1992, the game of badminton
became a medal sport in the Summer Olympic Games.
Badminton may be leisurely played indoors or outdoors as a recreational sport, or it may be a challenging
and exciting competitive sport for the skilled participant.
Nature and Purpose of the game
Badminton is a racket game played by two (singles) or four (doubles) players on a rectangular court. The
object is to serve the shuttle strategically and thereafter direct it with speed or accuracy to an unprotected
point on the opponent’s court so that the opponent is unable to return the shuttle across the net or into the
proper boundaries of the court area. Likewise, the opponent attempts to prevent the shuttle from falling to
the court on his side of the net and to return it to an unprotected spot in his opponent’s court.
Court Size: 20 feet wide by 44 feet long for doubles, 17 feet wide by 44 feet long for singles. Service court
being 6 ½ feet from net
Net height: 5 feet high and 5 feet 1 inch at posts
Shuttle: also known as shuttlecock, bird, or birdie. May have cork or rubber base with plastic, nylon, or
real feathers
Racket: the frame is of lightweight material such as aluminum or wood, and strings are flat and crossed in
a pattern.
Badminton Playing Techniques
The basic difference between the strokes in badminton and those in tennis is that badminton requires
greater wrist action. Here are just a few key points to remember:
May use forehand or backhand grip
Hold racket in the fingers rather than in the palm of the hand
Grip should be firm, but not tight
Wrist should be flexible
After making a shot, return to “home” position (center of court)
2008 Badminton Study Guide
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