Badminton is a racket (racquet) sport where players hit a shuttlecock over a net to score points. Badminton can be played in either singles (one player per side) or doubles with court sizes adapting for either game style. Points are scored when the shuttlecock lands on the opposing team’s half of the court. Badminton can be played casually outdoors or more formally regulated in indoor courts.

Who invented badminton?

Badminton was originally invented in India around the 1860s as a game called ‘Poona.’ The game was imported and played on country estates back in England when British army officers returned home and further codified the rules of the game for competitive play.

How is badminton different from other racquet sports?

Badminton is unique to other racquet sports in that it is played with a conical shaped shuttlecock rather than a spherical ball.

What is the badminton ball called?


Badminton is played with a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie or bird) instead of a ball. The shuttlecock is an aerodynamic conical projectile that will fly through the air with the cork end first upon hitting it.

Badminton Guides
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Badminton Backhand
700
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Badminton Backhand
17’-20' | 5.18-6.1 m
44’ | 13.41 m
880 ft2 | 81.75 m2
Badminton Court
610.000
1341.000
81.75
57000
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Badminton CourtPerspective view of a 3D model of a Badminton CourtPerspective view of a 3D model of a Badminton Court
Badminton Drop Shot
100
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Badminton Drop Shot
Badminton Forehand
100
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Badminton Forehand
5’1” | 1.55 m
20’ | 6.1 m
Badminton Net
155.000
610.000
14000
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Badminton Net3D model of a Badminton Net viewed in perspective3D model of a Badminton Net viewed in perspective
8.66”-9.06” | 220-230 mm
1” | 25.4 mm (Handle)
26.18”-26.77” | 665-680 mm
2.46-3.35 oz | 70-95 g
Badminton Racket
23.000
2.540
68.000
0.095
45000
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Badminton Racket3D model of a Badminton Racket viewed in perspective3D model of a Badminton Racket viewed in perspective
Badminton Serve
200
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Badminton Serve
Badminton Smash
4500
3D
Badminton Smash
5’8” | 1.73 m
June 15, 1993
Carolina Marín
173.000
1993.00
51000
3D
Carolina Marín
5’7.5” | 1.71 m
October 21, 1982
Lee Chong Wei
171.000
1982.00
71000
3D
Lee Chong Wei
Lin Dan
41000
5’10” | 1.78 m
October 14, 1983
Lin Dan
178.000
1983.00
41000
3D
Lin Dan
5’7” | 1.70 m
February 5, 1995
Ratchanok Intanon
170.000
1995.00
10000
3D
Ratchanok Intanon
2.28”-2.68” | 58-68 mm
.167-.194 oz | 4.75-5.5 g
Shuttlecock
6.800
0.005
93000
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ShuttlecockView of a Badminton Shuttlecock in 3D available for downloadView of a Badminton Shuttlecock in 3D available for download
5’4” | 1.63 m
June 20, 1994
Tai Tzu-Ying
163.000
1994.00
4100
3D
Tai Tzu-Ying
6’4” | 1.93 m
January 4, 1994
Viktor Axelsen
193.000
1994.00
21000
3D
Viktor Axelsen
Badminton Racket

A Badminton Racket is a piece of sports equipment that has a handled frame with an open hoop with a network of strings stretched tightly. It is used to strike a shuttlecock in a Badminton match. Modern rackets are made of carbon fiber composite, which is stiff, has a good strength to weight ratio, and gives good kinetic energy transfer. Prior to the use of carbon fiber composite, Badminton Rackets were made of wood. While a Badminton Racket’s size and shape are limited by standards, there is a wide variety of racket designs, and different rackets have playing characteristics that appeal to different players.

Badminton Rackets have an overall length of 26.18”-26.77” (665-680 mm), head width from 8.66”-9.06” (220-230 mm), and a handle diameter of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of a modern Badminton Racket is between 2.46-3.35 oz (70-95 g).

Pair of dimensioned drawings of a Badminton Racket with overall length, width, and handle depth
A Badminton Racket is a piece of sports equipment that has a handled frame with an open hoop with a network of strings stretched tightly. It is used to strike a shuttlecock in a Badminton match. Modern rackets are made of carbon fiber composite, which is stiff with a good strength to weight ratio.

Badminton Rackets have an overall length of 26.18”-26.77” (665-680 mm), head width from 8.66”-9.06” (220-230 mm), and a handle diameter of 1” (25.4 mm). The mass of a modern Badminton Racket is between 2.46-3.35 oz (70-95 g).

Pair of dimensioned drawings of a Badminton Racket with overall length, width, and handle depth
Badminton Racket
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8.66”-9.06” | 220-230 mm
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26.18”-26.77” | 665-680 mm
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1” | 25.4 mm (Handle)
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2.46-3.35 oz | 70-95 g
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Materials: Carbon fiber, graphite, or wood (traditional)

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Badminton Backhand

A Badminton Backhand stroke is when the player hits the shuttle with their backhand area when the shuttle is in mid-air above the head. The swinging pattern is very different from tennis or squash. It is a very difficult skill to master, and many badminton players find it difficult to execute strong backhands. It is a defensive shot that is played when the player is not in a position to play a forehand shot. The purpose of the shot is to get the shuttle over the opponent’s head and force them as close to the rear court.

Collection of drawings of male badminton players performing the Badminton Backhand
A Badminton Backhand stroke is when the player hits the shuttle with their backhand area when the shuttle is in mid-air above the head. The swinging pattern is very different from tennis or squash. It is a very difficult skill to master, and many badminton players find it difficult to execute.

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Skill Type: Defensive

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Badminton Serve

A Badminton Serve is how the shuttle is put into play. Serves are different in badminton for singles and doubles play. They can be executed so the opponent cannot smash the shuttle, or they can be used to keep the opponent on the move. A Badminton Serve can be performed using two different methods, a high serve and a low serve. A high serve is executed when the player wants the shuttle to land at the back end of the court, and a low serve is used when the player wants the shuttle to land in front of the court, in front of the opponent.

Set of illustrations of female badminton players doing the Badminton Serve in various stances
A Badminton Serve is how the shuttle is put into play. Serves are different in badminton for singles and doubles play. They can be executed so the opponent cannot smash the shuttle, or they can be used to keep the opponent on the move. A Badminton Serve can be performed as a high or low serve.

Set of illustrations of female badminton players doing the Badminton Serve in various stances
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Skill Type: Offensive

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Viktor Axelsen
Group of scaled height illustrations of various badminton players compared to Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen, born January 4, 1994, is a Danish badminton player. He was the 2017 World Champion and the bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Axelsen won the 2010 World Junior Championships, being the first ever European player to hold the title, and he was also crowned the European men’s singles champion in 2016 and 2018. His greatest strength is his offensive play with his steep and powerful smash. His cross court net shots and ability to cut off many push shots further strengthen his offensive play.

Viktor Axelsen has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Viktor Axelsen in badminton positions measured with overall height
Viktor Axelsen, born January 4, 1994, is a Danish badminton player. He was the 2017 World Champion and the bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Axelsen won the 2010 World Junior Championships, being the first ever European player to hold the title.

Viktor Axelsen has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Series of elevation drawings of Viktor Axelsen in badminton positions measured with overall height
Viktor Axelsen
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Nationality: Denmark

Years Active: 2010—

Birthday
January 4, 1994

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Viktor Axelsen standing, swinging, jumping

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Lee Chong Wei
Set of scaled height illustrations of various badminton players compared to Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei, born October 21, 1982, is former Malaysian badminton player. He was ranked first worldwide for 349 weeks, and he is the fourth Malaysian player to achieve this ranking, and the only Malaysian shuttler who held the number one ranking for more than a year. Lee is a triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games; he won his first silver medal in 2008 and repeated the achievement twice more in 2012 and 2016. At the beginning of his career Lee Chong Wei played a very defensive game, but he soon after changed his style with a more aggressive approach and a higher pace.

Lee Chong Wei has a height of 5’7.5” (1.71 m).

Collection of drawings of Lee Chong Wei measured with overall height
Lee Chong Wei, born October 21, 1982, is former Malaysian badminton player. He was ranked first worldwide for 349 weeks, and he is the fourth Malaysian player to achieve this ranking, and the only Malaysian shuttler who held the number one ranking for more than a year.

Lee Chong Wei has a height of 5’7.5” (1.71 m).

Collection of drawings of Lee Chong Wei measured with overall height
Lee Chong Wei
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Nationality: Malaysia

Years Active: 2000-2019

Birthday
October 21, 1982

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Lee Chong Wei standing, swinging, jumping

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