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BADMINTON OVERVIEW Badminton is a racket sport that is played on a court divided by a net that is raised 5 ft. from the ground. The game is played with a shuttlecock or “bird”. The objective of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net so that the opponent is unable to return the shot. GRIP AND FOOTWORK Basic Footwork Always remember your base as it is where you will quickly return to once you move out of it to hit the shuttlecock if ever it is far from your reach. It is also to prepare yourself for your opponent’s shots. TIPS: Take ONLY 2-3 steps when moving to the back of the court. Stretch ONLY 1 step towards the sides of the court. Take ONLY 2-3 steps to the front of the court. Maintain your balance Have a good stance If the shuttlecock is served to the front , use your toes of your back leg to push your body weight to the front. If the shuttlecock is served to the back , use your front leg toes to push your bodyweight to the back. This enables you to move fast once the shuttlecock is served. Basic Gripping Technique The correct way of holding a racquet is as simple as a FRIENDLY HANDSHAKE. Your thumb should be pressing comfortably against one of the wider surface of the racquet as if you’re shaking a person’s hand. The way you hold your racket can affect the flexibility of your wrist. In order to execute strong badminton strokes with high accuracy, your wrist needs to be flexible. TIPS: Do not grip your racquet too tightly Use ONLY your thumb, index, and middle finger to control the racket. Forehand Grip to hit forehand shots. Backhand Grip to hit backhand shots. EQUIPMENT AND COURT Equipment Badminton Racket Made from several types of materials
Preferred brands: Yonex, ProKennex, Wilson, ProTeach, Li- Ning Shuttlecock There are 2 types: Plastic and Feathered Shuttlecocks PLASTIC: durable compared to feathered isn’t really expensive and doesn’t fray easily used for beginners usually used by young children travel shorter distances as they are heavier good for building strength as you make transition to feathered shuttlecocks. FEATHERED: Expensive Can fray easily if wrong technique is used. Used at all competitive tournaments Used by professionals Lighter than the plastic shuttlecock Can travel faster than plastic Badminton Shoes Designed to give you better traction and grip to stop in time to return a shot. Should be lightweight Must have good cushioning to absorb impact when you jump or land. Regular players used heel cups to prolong the life span of their shoes. Net A mesh net divides the badminton court into 2 sides. Lower than volleyball net at 5ft. and 1 inch high on the sides and 5 ft. high on the center. 30 inches wide with a 3 inch white tape doubled over the top.

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