Badminton is a racket (racquet) sport where players hit a shuttlecock over a net to score points. Badminton can be played in either singles (one player per side) or doubles with court sizes adapting for either game style. Points are scored when the shuttlecock lands on the opposing team’s half of the court. Badminton can be played casually outdoors or more formally regulated in indoor courts.

Who invented badminton?

Badminton was originally invented in India around the 1860s as a game called ‘Poona.’ The game was imported and played on country estates back in England when British army officers returned home and further codified the rules of the game for competitive play.

How is badminton different from other racquet sports?

Badminton is unique to other racquet sports in that it is played with a conical shaped shuttlecock rather than a spherical ball.

What is the badminton ball called?


Badminton is played with a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie or bird) instead of a ball. The shuttlecock is an aerodynamic conical projectile that will fly through the air with the cork end first upon hitting it.

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Badminton Backhand
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Badminton Backhand
17’-20' | 5.18-6.1 m
44’ | 13.41 m
880 ft2 | 81.75 m2
Badminton Court
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Badminton CourtPerspective view of a 3D model of a Badminton CourtPerspective view of a 3D model of a Badminton Court
Badminton Drop Shot
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Badminton Drop Shot
Badminton Forehand
100
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Badminton Forehand
5’1” | 1.55 m
20’ | 6.1 m
Badminton Net
155.000
610.000
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Badminton Net3D model of a Badminton Net viewed in perspective3D model of a Badminton Net viewed in perspective
8.66”-9.06” | 220-230 mm
1” | 25.4 mm (Handle)
26.18”-26.77” | 665-680 mm
2.46-3.35 oz | 70-95 g
Badminton Racket
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2.540
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Badminton Racket3D model of a Badminton Racket viewed in perspective3D model of a Badminton Racket viewed in perspective
Badminton Serve
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Badminton Serve
Badminton Smash
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Badminton Smash
5’8” | 1.73 m
June 15, 1993
Carolina Marín
173.000
1993.00
51000
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Carolina Marín
5’7.5” | 1.71 m
October 21, 1982
Lee Chong Wei
171.000
1982.00
71000
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Lee Chong Wei
Lin Dan
41000
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 14, 1983
Lin Dan
178.000
1983.00
41000
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Lin Dan
5’7” | 1.70 m
February 5, 1995
Ratchanok Intanon
170.000
1995.00
10000
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Ratchanok Intanon
2.28”-2.68” | 58-68 mm
.167-.194 oz | 4.75-5.5 g
Shuttlecock
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ShuttlecockView of a Badminton Shuttlecock in 3D available for downloadView of a Badminton Shuttlecock in 3D available for download
5’4” | 1.63 m
June 20, 1994
Tai Tzu-Ying
163.000
1994.00
4100
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Tai Tzu-Ying
6’4” | 1.93 m
January 4, 1994
Viktor Axelsen
193.000
1994.00
21000
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Viktor Axelsen
Badminton Racket

A Badminton Racket is a piece of sports equipment that has a handled frame with an open hoop with a network of strings stretched tightly. It is used to strike a shuttlecock in a Badminton match. Modern rackets are made of carbon fiber composite, which is stiff, has a good strength to weight ratio, and gives good kinetic energy transfer. Prior to the use of carbon fiber composite, Badminton Rackets were made of wood. While a Badminton Racket’s size and shape are limited by standards, there is a wide variety of racket designs, and different rackets have playing characteristics that appeal to different players.

Badminton Rackets have an overall length of 26.18”-26.77” (665-680 mm), head width from 8.66”-9.06” (220-230 mm), and a handle diameter of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of a modern Badminton Racket is between 2.46-3.35 oz (70-95 g).

Pair of dimensioned drawings of a Badminton Racket with overall length, width, and handle depth
A Badminton Racket is a piece of sports equipment that has a handled frame with an open hoop with a network of strings stretched tightly. It is used to strike a shuttlecock in a Badminton match. Modern rackets are made of carbon fiber composite, which is stiff with a good strength to weight ratio.

Badminton Rackets have an overall length of 26.18”-26.77” (665-680 mm), head width from 8.66”-9.06” (220-230 mm), and a handle diameter of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of a modern Badminton Racket is between 2.46-3.35 oz (70-95 g).

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Badminton Racket
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8.66”-9.06” | 220-230 mm
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26.18”-26.77” | 665-680 mm
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1” | 25.4 mm (Handle)
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2.46-3.35 oz | 70-95 g
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Materials: Carbon fiber, graphite, or wood (traditional)

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Badminton Smash

A Badminton Smash is an offensive shot that is executed from the rear court; it travels downwards to the opponent’s side. It can be played both on the forehand and backhand sides. The player hits the shuttle overhead with all the tempo downwards. The non-racket hand should be raised and pointed above the chin for an angled shot, and the weight of the player is shifted to the rear foot for balance. A Badminton Smash is considered to be the most potent of all badminton shots, and there is almost no defense against a well executed smash.

Collection of drawings of male badminton players performing the Badminton Smash
A Badminton Smash is an offensive shot that is executed from the rear court; it travels downwards to the opponent’s side. It can be played both on the forehand and backhand sides. The player hits the shuttle overhead with all the tempo downwards. The non-racket hand should be raised and pointed.

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Skill Type: Offensive

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Badminton Net

The Badminton Net is the central gameplay element in a game of Badminton, requiring players to return the shuttlecock from one side of the court to the other during the match. Made taut by the use of weighted tension poles on the outside edges of the badminton court, the badminton net is allowed to sag slightly in the center of the span. Unlike other sport nets that require the poles to be installed permanently, badminton nets are often mobile and can be moved and setup quickly when ready for play. Variations of badminton nets come in polyethylene, nylon, and vinyl.

Badminton Nets span the entire 20’ (6.1 m) width of the court and are placed over the doubles sidelines, even when singles games are played. The net has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m) at the edges and sags slightly at the center resulting in a height of 5’ (1.52 m). Badminton nets are split into a 1:1 ratio with a 30’ (76 cm) opening below the mesh and an equal surface above.

Dimensioned drawing of a Badminton Net with players documenting the width and height
The Badminton Net is the central gameplay element in a game of Badminton, requiring players to return the shuttlecock from one side of the court to the other during the match. Badminton nets are typically made taut by the use of weighted tension poles on the outside edges of the badminton court.

Badminton Nets span the entire 20’ (6.1 m) width of the court and are placed over the doubles sidelines, even when singles games are played. The net has a height of 5’1” (1.55 m) at the edges and sags slightly at the center resulting in a height of 5’ (1.52 m). Badminton nets are split into a 1:1 ratio with a 30’ (76 cm) opening below the mesh and an equal surface above.

Dimensioned drawing of a Badminton Net with players documenting the width and height
Badminton Net
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5’1” | 1.55 m
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20’ | 6.1 m
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Height (Center): 5’ | 1.52 m
Above Floor: 2.5’ | .76 m
Net Mesh: 3/4” | 19 mm
Material: Polyethylene, nylon, vinyl

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Badminton Stance

The Badminton Stance is the defensive position that a player should perform when waiting on their opponent(s) return. Though the badminton stance is a relatively neutral position, the proper stance is a ready and engaged position with bent legs for quick reactions to whatever may come your way. By having a ready stance, players can react more quickly and with more power to their opponent's hits. To perform a proper badminton stance, the body should be turned to face the opponents side fo the court with the non-racket leg forward and legs at a shoulder width apart.

Set of illustrations of female badminton players in various Badminton Stances
The Badminton Stance is the defensive position that a player should perform when waiting on their opponent(s) return. Though the badminton stance is a relatively neutral position, the proper stance is a ready and engaged position with bent legs for quick reactions to whatever may come your way.

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Skill Type: Defensive

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Badminton Backhand

A Badminton Backhand stroke is when the player hits the shuttle with their backhand area when the shuttle is in mid-air above the head. The swinging pattern is very different from tennis or squash. It is a very difficult skill to master, and many badminton players find it difficult to execute strong backhands. It is a defensive shot that is played when the player is not in a position to play a forehand shot. The purpose of the shot is to get the shuttle over the opponent’s head and force them as close to the rear court.

Collection of drawings of male badminton players performing the Badminton Backhand
A Badminton Backhand stroke is when the player hits the shuttle with their backhand area when the shuttle is in mid-air above the head. The swinging pattern is very different from tennis or squash. It is a very difficult skill to master, and many badminton players find it difficult to execute.

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