Badminton is a very popular sport, especially in Asian countries. It is originally from India, in which two players or two teams (as in tennis can be played in the doubles mode) face each other on a playing court. The rectangular shape and divided in half by a network. For playing badminton you need to have the best badminton rackets and shuttlecock.
Shuttlecocks are the equivalent of other racquet sports to the ball. This shuttlecock is an object of conical shape and is also known by other names such as feather or birdie.
It is formed by a hemisphere whose base is surrounded by feathers that make its movement slower. This being one of the characteristics of this sport since thanks to this design there is an aerodynamic resistance of the nib that gives cadence to movements and prevents it from deviating when it’s windy.
Badminton Court Dimensions for Single and Doubles
The Badminton court dimensions 13.4 meters long by 5.18 meters wide in singles and 13.4 meters long by 6.1 meters wide in doubles.
The badminton courts have dimensions of 13.40m long and 5.18m wide for the singles mode, widening the width to 6.10m for the doubles. The lines that delimit the playing field are 4 cm wide, to be able to be yellow, and are part of the surface of the game, meaning that if the steering wheel touches the line it means that it has touched inside the playing field.
The network that divides the pitch in half will have a height of 1.55m. It must be overcome each time the flyer hits the opposite field. Around the game track, there will have to be a free space of at least 0.50m on the sides and 1.00m on the bottoms. Sliding surfaces or with poor adherence should be avoided as far as possible. Since they may impair the movements of the players.
What is badminton all about?
The game consists of hitting the pen with the racket so that it crosses the track, over the net, and ends up in the opponent’s sector, managing to finish the point when the wheel touches the ground.
Badminton became an Olympic sport in 1992. And for the first time, it happened in Spain.
This sport combines the requirements of aerobic endurance, speed and strength. It is being a technical sport with a high level of coordination requirement. It also required to have great skill in the handling of the racket.
As we have commented the badminton is original of Asia, in particular of India, where it was known him with the name of Poona (an original city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra).
It was taken to England by the officers of the British army around 1873. In 1890 it was implanted in the United States. And in 1895 the National Badminton Association of the United States was created. Which was in charge of unifying the rules of the game.
The rackets that are used for the practice of this sport have a weight between 75 and 90 grams, for professionals, and between 100 and 115 grams for beginners, are made of carbon fiber for its excellent resistance in proportion to its weight and the great transfer of kinetic energy that is capable of transmitting. The higher the tension, the more precision and speed we will get to print on the steering wheel.
The ruffles are formed by sixteen feathers of 6 cm in length inserted around a base of hemispherical cork, 25 to 28 mm in diameter. It’s covered by a thin layer of leather. The weight of the steering wheel or pen should be between 5.74 and 5.5 grams.
There are two types of birdies:
– The Feather: used by professionals in official competitions
– The Plastic: used for a more recreational use
These shuttlecocks or feathers are tested to know if the speed is correct. To do this, a throw is made from the bottom line of the field. With the front foot stepping on the line. Then the wheel is hit with force below the waist towards the other field. Trying to pass about two meters above the net.
If it falls within the field at a distance of between 30 and 75 cm, the speed of it is considered correct and the steering wheel suitable for the game.