Badminton is an easily accessible sport, which is played all over the world by young and old people, as it can be played outdoors almost everywhere and there is no expensive equipment needed. Since the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, it is also an Olympic sport.
According to some sports literature, the history of badminton dates back to Greek antiquity. It is well known that British soldiers who were stationed in India, brought in the 18th century the sport with them to England, where it was officially launched during the 19 th century.
You do not need a lot to start playing badminton with your friends or family: two rackets and a shuttlecock. If you want to play it in a more official way, then you can also set up a net.
Badminton rackets are lightweight rackets, they weight usually between 70 and 95 grams, which equals 2.4 to 3.3 ounces. A tennis racket is approximately 4 times as heavy as a badminton racket.
The rackets used to be made of wood, but nowadays most badminton rackets are made of carbon fiber. The rackets are available in various price ranges for beginners to experienced players.
Professional players play with a shuttle or shuttlecock with a cork base, which is covered with synthetic material or leather and has overlapping feathers. Recreational players usually play with a synthetic shuttle with a plastic skirt. Since you need to make sudden and explosive movements during a game of badminton, it is advised to have light-weight shoes that can handle extreme pressure.
A badminton court is rectangular and measures 20 foot wide and 44 feet long. When a singles game is played, then the court is 17 feet wide. The height of the net is 5 foot.
During official badminton matches three games are played until 21 points, but there needs to be at least a 2 points difference between players. If that is not the case, then the game continues until there is a 2 points difference or who reaches 30 first. If a player makes a fault, then the point goes to the other badminton player, regardless of who served.