What are the definition of terms of badminton?

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Badminton is an indoor/outdoor game played with racket and shuttle cocks. The game as such was started in PUNE (India) later the game was given a boost in England with the name of the hall as "Badminton" was used to give the game its official name.

From then on Badminton was taken up as a recreational sport rather than competative before the game was picked up by the Asian giants like Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Korea, Hongkong etc... and countries like Denmark, Germany, Russia picked up the game later on.

Badminton is the world's fastest racket sport with a speed of a smash reaching 150KM/PH.

Some of the terminologies used in Badminton......

Service/drops/smash/net play/dribble/toss/clears/forehand/backhand/let/setting/drills/shuttle picking/

Game is played for 21 points with best of 5 games (scoring is TT scoring )

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Descriptions of many terms and expressions used in the sport of badminton.

  • Alley - extension of the court by 1-1/2 feet on both sides for doubles play
  • Back Alley- Area between the back boundary line and the long service line for doubles.
  • Backcourt- Back third of the court, in the area of the back boundary lines.
  • Balk (Feint)- Any deceptive movement that disconcerts an opponent before or during the service.
  • Baseline- Back boundary line at each end of the court, parallel to the net.
  • Carry- An illegal tactic, also called a sling or a throw, in which the shuttle is caught and held on the racquet and then slung during the execution of a stroke.
  • Center or Base Position- Location in the center of the court to which a singles player tries to return after each shot.
  • Center Line- Line perpendicular to the net that separates the left and right service courts.
  • Clear- A shot hit deep to the opponents back boundary line. The high clear is a defensive shot, while the flatter attacking clear is used offensively.
  • Court- Area of play, as defined by the outer boundary lines.
  • Drive- A fast and low shot that makes a horizontal flight over the net.
  • Drop- A shot hit softly and with finesse to fall rapidly and close to the net on the opponent's side.
  • Fault- A violation of the playing rules, either in serving, receiving, or during play.
  • Feint (Balk)- Any deceptive movement that disconcerts an opponent before or during the service.
  • Flick- A quick wrist and forearm rotation that surprises an opponent by changing an apparently soft shot into a faster passing one; used primarily on the serve and at the net.
  • Forecourt- Front third of the court, between the net and the short service line.
  • Hairpin Net Shot- Shot made from below and very close to the net with the shuttle rising, just clearing the net, and then dropping sharply down the other side. The shuttle's flight approximates the shape of a hairpin.
  • Halfcourt Shot- A shot hit low and to midcourt, used effectively in doubles against the up-and-back formation.
  • Kill- fast downward shot that cannot be returned; a "putaway".
  • Let- A legitimate cessation of play to allow a rally to be replayed.
  • Long Service Line- In singles, the back boundary line. In doubles a line 2-1/2 feet inside the back boundary line. The serve may not go past this line.
  • Match- A series of games to determine a winner.
  • Midcourt- The middle third of the court, halfway between the net and the back boundary line.
  • Net Shot- Shot hit from the forecourt that just clears the net and then falls rapidly.
  • Push Shot- Gentle shot played by pushing the shuttle with little wrist motion, usually from the net or midcourt to the opponent's midcourt.
  • Racquet (Racket)- Instrument used by the player to hit the shuttlecock. Weight about 90 grams (3 oz). Length 680 mm (27 in). Made from metal alloys (steel/aluminum) or from ceramic, graphite or boron composites. Generally strung with synthetic strings or natural gut.
  • Rally- Exchange of shots while the shuttle is in play.
  • Serve (Service)- Stroke used to put the shuttlecock into play at the start of a rally.
  • Service Court- Area into which the serve must be delivered. Different for singles and doubles play.
  • Short Service Line- The line 6-1/2 feet from the net which a serve must reach to be legal.
  • Shuttlecock (Shuttle)- Official name for the object that the players must hit. Composed of 16 goose feathers attached to a cork base covered with leather. Synthetic shuttles are also used by some.
  • Smash- Hard-hit overhead shot that forces the shuttle sharply downward. Badminton's primary attacking stroke.
  • Wood Shot- Shot that results when the base of the shuttle is hit by the frame of the racket. Once illegal, this shot was ruled acceptable by the International Badminton Federation in 1963.
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I play badminton at a high standard so here it goes.

Badminton isn't just about hitting the shuttle over the net, it is about having good co-ordination to place the shuttle where your opponent is going to struggle to return it. You improve your co-ordination skills by loads playing badminton.

Secondly, there are players who are going to send you running round the court. You need to have quick feet to get to where the shuttle is going. You need to be able to quickly change directions to get to where the shuttle is going. Badminton improves you foot work.

Finnaly, In badminton you need to have some good stamina, if your facing a tough opponent, you may have really long rallys that make you go sprinting round the court. You need to be able to keep up the quick pace for long rallies and games. You stamina will build heavily by playing badminton.

Hope this helps!!!


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Badminton is the fastest racket sport on the planet with the shuttlecock capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200mph, that's faster than the speed of a Euro Star train! It's no surprise then that elite badminton players require supreme fitness, electric reaction speed, agility, poise, strength and finesse, but is also a sport that is easily picked up and that anyone can play.

With the world's top players hailed as 'super heroes' within the fanatical badminton communities across Asia, badminton is one of the most popular sports on the globe, played, and enjoyed, by millions of people every day.

Yet a sport with such universal appeal has its humble beginnings in the UK, where the game was formalised and founded. The sport even takes its name from the stately home of the Duke of Beaufort who was an early fan!

The Olympic badminton competition, consisting of 5 different formats, is considered the pinnacle of the sport's competitive calendar; however it only featured for the first time in 1972 as a demonstration sport, becoming competitive 20 years later.

Find out more about the history of badminton with the British Olympic Association.

Badminton is played as singles or doubles, with Olympic events for men, women and mixed doubles teams. Team GB have had good representation in the Olympic badminton competitions since they started in 1992 with their most successful showing being at Athens in 2004 where Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson took silver in the mixed doubles event, having won gold at the European Championships earlier that year.

The Badminton World Federation is charged with promoting the game of badminton worldwide and for managing and delivering major championships. They are supported by continental federations and national associations such as BADMINTON England, Badminton Scotland, Ulster Badminton and Welsh Badminton. It is these associations that we are working with to ensure that you have access to the best possible badminton experience across the UK through their extensive clubs network and other initiatives.

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A badminton game is where people dress up in yellow chicken suits and run across a large muddy field whilst shouting "YAMAMAWAKAKAHOOOO" :)

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It is a type of sport that includes running,stamina,strength and the spirit of sportsmanship .it is known as a sport that is mainly played indoors. It is a racquet sport

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