Originally known as battledore, shuttlecock or Poona, Badminton is an athletic game which is played by two players on a court. The players use a stringed racket and a shuttlecock. They are tasked with hitting the shuttlecock into a designated area of the court. If the shuttlecock falls out of bounds, the opponent gains a point.
Badminton is one of the fastest racquet sports in the world, and requires lightning-quick reflexes and exceptional motor coordination. Players must also have strong ankles and excellent footwork, as badminton is a lateral sport. Badminton also requires an athlete’s ability to use their hands to create complex racquet movements.
Badminton is a racquet sport that is played on rectangular courts, with a net in the middle. Players use a shuttlecock, or birdie, to hit the ball, and the game is played as a best of three sets. The winner of the set is the first side to score 21 points. If the score is tied at 20-20, the game is played as a singles match with two players on each team. The winner of a singles match is the first side to score two clear points.
Badminton is a popular sport in many parts of the world. The sport is played in countries such as China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, Denmark, Ireland, Canada, England, Scotland, and Australia. The sport is also popular in Japan. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992. Originally, it was an exhibition sport at the Summer Olympics in 1988 and 1972, and it has been featured as a demonstration sport at the Olympics since 1992.
Badminton is a team sport, with two players per team. Badminton teams are placed in pools and play one match each in each of the five disciplines. The winning team advances to the knock-out competition. A badminton team is allowed one shot at the shuttlecock before crossing the net. If the player does not have the shuttlecock in hand, the referee may call “let.” If the player hits the shuttlecock twice before the game ends, he or she will be penalized.
The first serve in badminton is usually a low serve. The high serve is hit very high, usually in the middle of the court. The high serve is rarely used in doubles. A high serve can be intercepted earlier than a low serve, because the receiver has not been prepared. The high serve is usually hit as a punishment to a well-prepared receiver.
The basic badminton strokes are usually played from the forecourt, midcourt, and rearcourt. A player’s basic badminton strokes usually include a smash, a push, a netshot, a lift, and a net kill. A player can also use a triple motion. A triple motion is a deception technique, where the player attempts to show an opponent which way to hit the shuttlecock. The player then quickly withdraws the racket and hits the shuttlecock in another direction.
A badminton player can also play a double serve, where the player will attempt to block the opponent’s first shot. The player then attempts to intercept the opponent’s second shot. If the player misses the second shot, the opponent can hit the shuttlecock back. The opponent can also hit the shuttlecock back if the player is distracted.