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A Beginner’s Guide to Badminton

A Beginner’s Guide to Badminton

A sport that requires 16 feathers from the left wing of a goose?

Find out everything you need to know about the fastest racquet sport in the world in our Beginner’s Guide to Badminton.

What It’s All About

Badminton is a racquet sport played on a rectangular court divided by a net. Two opposing players or two opposing pairs (in the case of a doubles match) take up position on opposite sides of the court and hit a small feathered projectile (called a shuttlecock) over the net.

To score points, players must hit the shuttlecock with enough skill and energy so that their opponent cannot return the shot within the boundary lines.

Matches are played as best of three games. A game is won when a player or doubles pair reaches 21 points by a margin of at least two points. If the score reaches 29-29, the winner of the next point wins the game!

At Glasgow 2014, there will be Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles and a combined Mixed Team event, with six Gold medals up for grabs.

Why You’ll Love Watching Badminton

The speed of badminton will have you enthralled as you watch shuttlecocks fly at more than 300km/h.

Badminton players need tremendous physical and mental agility in this lightning-fast contest of instinct, dexterity and stamina. This is a truly exhilarating sport to watch and an exhausting one to play!

All About Shuttlecocks

A shuttlecock (also known as a shuttle or birdie) is a small projectile with an open conical shape.

The best shuttlecocks are made up of feathers from the left wing of a goose, with sixteen overlapping feathers embedded into a rounded cork base.

The unusual aerodynamic properties of these mini missiles mean that they have a much higher top speed and a quicker deceleration than balls used in other racquet sports.

Badminton Pub Quiz Round

  • A badminton player can cover more than 2 km in just one match.
  • England is the top medalling nation in Commonwealth badminton, having won a total of 96 medals at previous Games.
  • Billy Gilliland is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games badminton player to date, winning a Bronze, Silver and Gold.

Players to watch out for…

  • World number one in the Men’s singles, Malaysian Lee Chong Wei.
  • Scotland’s Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier – both World Championships Silver medallists.
  • 19-year-old Kirsty Gilmour – an up and coming Scottish player who is currently ranked 37 in the world and climbing.

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