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Badminton Notes

Badminton is often thought of as tennis with a funny looking ball. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Badminton and tennis to the untrained eye would appear to be a similar sport but in terms of the playing style it varies greatly. Badminton is played on a similar sized looking but with a raised net. The standard badminton court is forty-four feet long by twenty feet wide. Tennis allows the ball to bounce before it must be returned, while in badminton there is a consistent rallying back and forth, until a player is unable to complete the exchange. In this sense, it is closer to the sport of volleyball. The game of badminton is played with a shuttlecock or birdie, not a ball. This design enables intense volleys but the feathers create a drag slightly slowing down the shuttlecock as it travels. Overall, badminton is a much faster paced game that involves more use of the wrists since the birdie is flicked relative to the position it arrives in across the net. There are a few other noticeable differences in the games. The scoring in badminton is also much higher in badminton that in tennis. The score goes to fifteen to win a set, and the set must be won by two points unless one player reaches thirty. In tennis it only takes four points to win a set. Honestly, when you compare then the only similarity is the net. Even though they both use racquets, they are of a different size and weight. The style of badminton is more forward and backwards as opposed to the lateral movements utilized in tennis. Jumping smashes are also much more frequent in badminton. With the inability of the birdie to bounce creates opportunity for longer volley exchanges. In a statical comparison the average badminton players covers a greater distance of ground in a match that the average tennis player. Badminton is an Olympic sport with medals in five categories, men's and women's, singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Also, the game is considered by many to be the most popular sport in many Asian countries. Badminton can only be played inside as the slightest gust of wind can alter the game play. The feathers can change the trajectory of the birdies if a breeze connects with it, making it difficult to volley.




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