Badminton Rules & Equipment
This section offers an explanation to the rules of the game along with description of all equipment you will need.
As with any sport it is important to know the rules of badminton. After all, you wouldn't want your opponent gaining an unfair advantage over you just because you aren't sure about them! It is also worth noting that the rules have been changed in recent years in an attempt to make the game more exciting and entertaining to watch. The laws of badminton are highly complex and technical, but here is a brief overview of the key points to know:
The length of an entire badminton court is 44 ft. Luckily you only have to cover your side of the net, so 22 ft! The width of the court you must cover is 17 ft in singles, and 20 ft per pair in doubles. The net which equally divides the length of the court should be 5 ft 1in high.
The roots of the sport of badminton can be traced back thousands of years, although the exact origin is unknown. Games involving a racket and a shuttlecock were probably developed and played in Ancient Greece.
To prevent injury and optimise performance, it is important to wear a pair of specific badminton shoes. Playing badminton involves a great deal of twisting and turning, often at high speed, and can be fairly vigorous on your knee and ankle joints. To reduce the risk of injury, it is important to wear a pair of shoes with very good grip, cushioning and also support for your ankles. It is also important that you find a pair which are comfortable!
One of the most common questions is 'what sort of shuttlecock should I use?'. Broadly speaking there are two main types of shuttlecock - feathered and plastic. They also tend to come in a variety of different speeds and quality, which may differ further in measurement between brands. Given all of the variables, it is no surprise that deciding what to use can be a daunting decision! Here is a brief guide about the different options, to try and make the process simpler for you.
A badminton racket is a pivotal piece of kit for all players. Whether you own one or borrow one, it is impossible to play a game without it! Trying to find the right racket can be a very confusing and daunting experience for even the most experienced of players. Here, we will try and give you a bit of information to make this experience as hassle free as possible!