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This article is about the sport. For other uses, see Badminton (disambiguation) . Badminton The Danish badminton player Peter Gade Highest governing body Badminton World Federation First played 18th century Characteristics Contact No Team members Single or doubles Categorization Racquet sport Equipment Shuttlecock Olympic 1992-present Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles) or two opposing pairs (doubles), who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the ground, and each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. The shuttlecock (or shuttle) is a feathered projectile whose unique aerodynamic properties cause it to fly differently from the balls used in most racquet sports; in particular, the feathers create much higher drag , causing the shuttlecock to decelerate more rapidly than a ball. Shuttlecocks have a much higher top speed, when compared to other racquet sports. Because shuttlecock flight is affected by wind, competitive badminton is best played indoors. Badminton is also played outdoors as a casual recreational activity, often as a garden or beach game. Since 1992, badminton has been an Olympic sport with five events : men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles, in which each pair is a man and a woman. At high levels of play, the sport demands excellent fitness: players require aerobic stamina, agility, strength, speed and precision. It is also a technical sport, requiring good motor coordination and the development of sophisticated racquet movements. Contents
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[ hide ] 1 History and development 2 Laws of the game o 2.1 Playing court dimensions o 2.2 Equipment laws o 2.3 Scoring system and service 2.3.1 The basics 2.3.2 Details 2.3.3 Faults 2.3.4 Lets 3 Equipment o 3.1 Racquets o 3.2 Strings o 3.3 Grip o 3.4 Shuttlecock o 3.5 Shoes 4 Strokes o 4.1 Forehand and backhand o 4.2 Position of the shuttlecock and receiving player o 4.3 Vertical position of the shuttlecock o 4.4 Other factors o 4.5 Deceptions 5 Strategy o 5.1 Doubles o 5.2 Singles o 5.3 Mixed doubles 6 Governing bodies 7 Competitions 8 Records 9 Comparisons with other racquet sports o 9.1 Comparisons of speed and athletic requirements o 9.2 Comparisons of technique o 9.3 Distinctive characteristics of the shuttlecock 9.3.1 Aerodynamic drag and stability 9.3.2 Spin 10 See also 11 References 12 External links [ edit ] History and development
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Battledore and Shuttlecock . 1854, from the John Leech Archive [1] According to Jean-Yves Guillain, the author of Badminton, an Illustrated History [2] , the first traces of a game involving the use of a shuttlecock can be found in Asia, and specifically in China. It supposedly has its origins in
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