5 Great Starting Points For Badminton Beginners

franzia-badminton-54386-lBefore the Olympic gold medallists became THAT good in this sport, they started where you are starting now; the beginning. Badminton is becoming more and more popular nowadays, not is it a sport for professionals and Olympic athletes but is also a sport for anyone and everyone. Badminton is already offered in schools for Physical Education and is played by adults as well as a form of recreation activity.

Badminton originated in Greece 2000 years ago and started gaining popularity as years passed. It can be played both by professionals and amateurs. It is a racquet sport than can be played by two opposing players or two teams made up of two players.

Great starting points for badminton beginners Is to know the basics, and here are 5 basics regarding badminton:

Equipment Used In The Game

Before learning how to play the sport, one must be familiar with the basics first.

Badminton racquet

A handled frame with an open hoop that frames a network of cords (usually nylon) that are stretched tightly. Top quality rackets for badminton are light weighing about 80 to 100 grams only. Newly emerging badminton racquets are made up of carbon fibre (plastic reinforced with graphite). Carbon fibre is used due to its exceptional ratio of strength to weight, it is stiff and also gives outstanding kinetic energy transfer to whatever lighter that comes in contact with its surface. There a lot of designs but the shape and sizes are limited. Different racquets also have different technologies in them and are used by different players. The traditional oval shaped is still being used but the isometric head is slowly becoming famous.

Shuttlecock

It has 16 feathers fixed covered in leather. The best shuttlecocks are those made from the feathers of a goose’s left wing. The feathers are measured equally and should have the same length which can range between 62mm to 70mm. It should weigh between 4.74 and 5.50 grams. Shuttles are mostly graded in terms of speed. For professionals who can hit from baseline to another baseline, you can use shuttlecocks with standard speed but if you are not there yet, a shuttle with faster speed is recommended. The shuttle speed is affected by weather, altitude and temperature.

Court

The court size for a single’s game is 44 feet long by 17 feet wide and for a doubles match; it would be 44 feet long by 20 feet wide. The height of the net between is 5 feet.

Basic Rules

  • The sport involves two opponents who will alternately hit the shuttlecock once over the net into the opponents’ side. A point is score when the shuttlecock touches the ground which means that the rally ended. One match is made up of three games with 21 point each. There are five categories in professional badminton: men’s singles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, women’s singles and women’s doubles.
  • The player nor the racquet should never touch the net during the game
  • The shuttle should not rest in a players racquet
  • A player is not allowed to reach over the net to hi the shuttle
  • A legal serve should be diagonal
  • During the serve, the shuttle should always be hit below the waist of the server and the server should not touch any lines inside the court
  • A player scores when he wins a rally.
  • A player wins a rally when the shuttle is stroked and the opposing player commits a mistake and fails to hit the shuttlecock over the net or it lands outside the boundary of the court.
  • Each player can only hit the shuttle once over the net to make a move valid
  • A fault is given once the shuttle hits the ceiling

Scoring System

A point is score when the shuttlecock touches the ground which means that the rally ended. One match is made up of three games with 21 point each. A player scores a point when he wins a rally. One wins a rally when the shuttle is stroked and the opposing player commits a mistake and fails to hit the shuttlecock over the net or it lands outside the boundary of the court.

Grip Work

franzia-badminton-54390-lThis is the most fundamental technique in badminton, your grip. It is how a player holds the badminton racquet. A correct grip is a way for a player to improve on their skills but an incorrect grip leads to poorly executed techniques. A wrong grip can also cause a player injury. Initially, the proper grip will feel uncomfortable and unnatural but you will eventually get used it.  There are two basic grips: the forehand grip and the backhand grip, you can search online on how it is executed.

After learning a grip that best suits you, you should now learn the correct strokes, the best way to learn a good stroke especially if you want to play professionally or competitively is to get yourself a coach.

Foot Work

Foot work is also fundamental in badminton, it will allow you to move form spot to spot with ease to be able to hit the shuttle. Learning a technique on footwork will not come easy because it is one of the most difficult techniques to learn in badminton. The reason why footwork is important because of the concept: it is useless to have a good grip and strong stroke if you cannot get on time to where the shuttle is going. Because if you reach the shuttle earlier, you can well calculate your next stroke which can make you score a point. Footwork needs a lot of practice and a lot of time to learn. Proper racket court trainers are recommended 

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