The Basics of Badminton


You may be wondering what a badminton court is like. It is basically two courts in one. It has a court line, shuttlecock, and rules. There are also many different types of badminton players. Whether you’re playing for fun or for serious competition, you’ll find out that badminton can be an exciting sport.

The shuttlecock

The shuttlecock is an open, conical-shaped projectile used in badminton games. It can be made of feathers or plastic embedded in a cork base. Its shape makes it aerodynamically stable. In badminton, the shuttlecock is launched at a distance of a few meters, so it’s important that the shuttlecock has a smooth flight path.

A drive is a stroke that involves hitting the shuttlecock near the net’s height. A push, on the other hand, is a shot that travels downward toward the opponent’s forecourt. Both of these shots attempt to regain an attack and force the opponent to lift the shuttlecock.

The court

The court of badminton is a rectangular area that is 20 feet by 44 feet in size. The court’s dimensions include a sideline for doubles play, a long service line for singles play, and a net line at the centre. The badminton net is five feet high and is placed at the center of the court. The net is a rectangle that is marked by 40 mm wide lines.

The court is marked to make it easy for players to see which end is the net. The net is approximately 1.55m tall at the centre and 1.55m at the sidelines for doubles. The sides of the court are marked with posts that hold the net in place. The poles on both sides of the court are positioned a distance apart to prevent the net from sagging.

The ‘birdie’

In badminton, the shuttlecock, or ‘birdie,’ is the main object used in the game. It is a soft, thin object made of cork, synthetic nylon, or duck or goose feathers. Players hit the birdie with their rackets to score points. The birdie, or shuttlecock, has two important parts: a head and a tail. The tail is made of sixteen overlapping feathers that are inserted into the head and secured by a thread.

Some birdies are made of real feathers, while others are made of plastic. Usually, professional players change their birdies every three or four rallies. Medium level players, on the other hand, tend to change their birdies after 15 to 40 points. Beginners, however, tend to use the same birdie throughout a session.