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Equipment

Page history last edited by Helena Baert 9 years, 9 months ago

First Author: Shannon G.


Badminton Equipment 

 

The basic equipment needed to play the game of Badminton is:[1]

 

     -racquet

 

     -birdies/shuttles

 

     -net

 

     -shoes

 

 Racquet

 

-Racquets are usually made of aluminum, graphite and other synthetic materials. 

-The frame including the handle cannot exceed 28.75 inches long and 9 inches wide.

-The hitting surface must have a consistent pattern of criss-crossed strings and must be flat attached to the frame.

-The hitting/strung surface must not exceed 11 inches long and 8 5/8 inches wide.[2]

-The efficiency of the racquet depends on the ability and skill of the player.

 

 

Birdies/Shuttles

 

-The shuttle can be made of either snythetic or natural materials, plastic being a cheaper material.

-Feathered shuttlecocks have a cork base fixed with 16 feathers around.

-Feathers in a birdie can be anywhere from 2.5 inches to 2.75 inches, but must be consistent within the shuttle.

-Proper feathered shuttlecocks should have feathers that form a circle with a diameter 2.25 inches to 2 5/8 inches.

-The shuttles base should be rounded, covered by leather and be 1 inch to 1 1/8 inches across.

-Shuttlecocks should weigh 4.74 to 5.50 grams allowing it to reach speeds up to 200mph.

-All standards for feather shuttles apply to synthetic plastic shuttles.[3]

 

There are three different degrees of shuttlecocks:

Red-faster (heavier head), are for more advanced players and used in cold conditions.

Blue-medium (medium head), are for average skilled players and used in normal conditions.

Green-slow (lighter head), are for beginners and used in warm conditions.[4]

 

Net

 

-The Badminton net measures 5ft 2in at the edges and 5 ft high in the center.

-Posts for the net should be at the doubles side lines even if it is a singles match.[5]

File:Badminton court 3d.svg 

Shoes

-Badminton shoes provide no lateral support.  Badminton shoes should provide forefoot support and flexibility, along with good grip and cushioning for the athlete.

-In order to preserve the grip of badminton shoes, do not wear them for any other activity such as jogging or playing other sports.

-Heel cups are very beneficial and may even prolong the life of badminton shoes along with protecting your feet.

-It may be time to purchase a new pair of badminton shoes if the knees and heels hurt after landing hard after a jump while playing badminton.[6]

 

 

 

A Little Taste of the Intensity of Badminton

 

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Footnotes

  1. http://academics.uww.edu/cni/webquest/PE/Badminton/Equipment%20Page.htm
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/olympics/badminton/4162622.stm
  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/low/olympics/badminton/4162622.stm
  4. http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:pvPj8mVUMCAJ:www.twenga.co.uk/dir-Sports,Racket-sports,Badminton-shuttlecock/Colour-Red-4-18472+red+green+and+blue+kinds+of+shuttlecocks&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=us
  5. http://www.badminton-rules.com/badminton_court_dimensions/badminton_court_dimensions.html
  6. http://www.badminton-information.com/badminton_shoes.html

Comments (1)

Helena Baert said

at 5:02 pm on Feb 13, 2009

Excellent work! Full credit is given.

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