Official Badminton

Badminton is an historic sport that originated in ancient times. It is the national sport in Indonesia and is played around the world. Badminton has a reputation, in some countries as a slow and cultured sport, as does croquet. Yet Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world. The shuttlecock (often called a birdie in the U.S. and Canada) can reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour. The sport is played competitively all over the world, and draws good sized crowds especially for tournament play.

People playing on a badminton court.

The Rules of badminton are fairly simple; yet there is a great deal of strategy and skill in the game. Using various techniques and shots, players can become proficient and win consistently. Depending on the level of competition badminton can be set up as a social sport at a backyard picnic or barbecue, or as an event that can draw strong amateurs as well as professionals. In either case players should be good sportsmen, keeping badminton etiquette in mind.

Good equipment including quality badminton racquets and good shuttlecocks or birdies can go a long way to improving a player's game, and increasing the enjoyment of the game. Players serious about the game might want to think about begining a badminton training regimen, including stretching, exercises and drills. Incorporating other games similar to badminton can also help improve a player's game, or simply provide a variation that conforms to special circumstances.