Badminton is sport in which players use racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net to the opponent. There are various versions allow large team to play; however, the most common forms are “singles” and “doubles” in which there are one or two players per side. Badminton is played both as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach or as formal competition on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored when player strikes the shuttlecock with the racquet through the net to land it within the opposing side’s half of the court.
Each side is allow to strike the shuttlecock only once before it passes over the net. The match ends as soon as the shuttlecock hit the floor or if a fault has been called by the service judge.
The game rooted back in British India, inspired by the game of battledore and shuttlecock. It then becomes very popular in Asia, with recent competitions dominated by China. Since 1992, badminton has been recognized as a Summer Olympic sport with five events: men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Badminton is a physical and technical sports requires high levels of play, excellent fitness level, agility, strength, speed, precision as well as good motor coordination and sophisticated racquet movements.
The design and size of racquets and shuttlecocks are strictly defined by badminton rules. The shuttlecock is a feathered or plastic projectile in which the feathers create much higher drag, causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly. Shuttlecocks also have a high top speed; hence, the flight of the shuttlecock gives the sport its distinctive nature.
Badminton racquets are lightweight, with top quality racquets weighing between 70 and 95 grams (2.5 and 3.4 ounces) excludes the grip or strings. The racquet is made of many different materials ranging from carbon fibre composite (graphite reinforced plastic) to solid steel. The design of racquets is varied, each of which have playing characteristics that appeal to different players, although the most traditional shape is oval.