HistoryThe origins of the game of badminton date back at least 2,000 years to the game of battledore and shuttlecock played in ancient Greece, China, and India.
India played a vital role in the development of this game. This was through the introduction of another game that was similar to “ti jian zi” called Battle and Shuttlecock that was played in China, India, Japan and Greece. The game was played in India during the 18th Century, at which time it was called "Poona" . In the 1860s it was adopted by British Army officers stationed in India.
The bat was then referred to as “Battledore”. Battledore and shuttlecock was a rather simple outdoor game. Both players were just required to keep the shuttlecock in the air as long as possible, preventing it from touching the ground. The British government officials who were posted to India during those years took the game to their homes in 1873.
Duke of Beaufort was the first to introduce the game in England at a party given by him at his estate called “Badminton” in Gloucestershireand it soon became a hit and a gained a lot of popularity among the elite in England as a party sport.
Today, badminton is considered as the “fastest racket sport”. Badminton is played at a very intense level. Badminton players are much more athletic and agile. The shuttlecocks are travel faster as compared to the olden days.
The badminton racket is one of the most important tools in the game. Badminton rackets are much lighter than most other sports rackets because they are made from materials such as carbon fiber or lighter RACKET
Parts of the racket include the head, throat, shaft and handle with a maximum length of 27.77 inches and a width of 9 inches. Strings are stretched across the opening of the racket in a checkerboard pattern, which acts as the hitting RACKET