Information on the game of badminton
Types of Shots
Clear: Where a players hits the birdie overhand or underhand, sending it high and dropping it deep in the other players court.
Smash: Where the player hits overhead and hit the birdie forcefully, sending in hard into your opponent's court.
Drop shot: When a player uses an overhead shot to drop the birdie immediately after going over the net.
Hair pin: When a player uses an underhand shot to have the birdie travel low and drop close to net.
Drive: Where a player uses a forehand or backhand shot, hitting the birdie hard and fast, sending it to the back of your opponents court.
Serve: This is always and underhand shot, and you contact the birdie below your waist. A serve must always be cross-court as well.
Vocabulary and General Rules
Fault: A violation of the rules.
Side- out: When the serving player/team has a loss of service
Birdie: Also known as a shuttlecock is the thing that the players hit back and fourth.
Let: An interference, which then the point is replayed.
Match: Winning two out of three games played.
Inning: A series where one team has the serve until the lose a rally.
Down: A series in which one person has the serve until they lose the rally.
Inside: The serving team
Out side: The team receiving the serve
Now on to the actual general rules of Badminton.
- When serving, if you miss the birdie it is a re-do.
- If the birdie land on the line on the court, it is considered in.
- A player can hold their racket up to protect their face.
- The sides of the badminton court are changed after every game.
- After the serve, any player can contact the birdie and/ or play any position on the court. But they must return to the original, starting position for the next serve.
- A player can step out of bounds to play the birdie, if needed.
Strategies To Play
- Serve long and high to the back of your opponents court. Having your opponent have to go to the baseline will either make them struggle to hit it or it will open up the front of the court/forecourt.
- When serving long and high, make sure to include some low serves once in a while to catch them off guard.
- Pay attention to the serve/shot your opponent struggles to return, so you can use that to your advantage.
- Make your shot go different places in the court to make your opponent move around, so they potential struggle to return it. But hitting it hard at their body can make it a hard shot for them too.
- Return to a base position/favorable position to set yourself up to make a nice return shot.