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Badminton Facilities

Badminton Court Dimensions


The overall dimensions is 20 feet by 44 feet, marking the sidelines for doubles play and long
service lines for singles play.
The Net Line
The net line marks the middle of the court where the net is placed creating a 22 feet area on
each side of the net.
The Badminton Net
The top of the badminton net is hung 5 feet above in the center net line.
Short Service Line
The short service line is marked 6 feet 6 inches from the center line. The area inside the short
service line is also called the Non Volley Zone.
Center Line
The Center Line is the line that divides the court from the Short Service Line to the Back
Boundary Line. This delineates the Left from Right Service Court.
Side Line for Singles Play
The Single Line is marked 1 feet from the edge of the outer boundary (doubles side line).
Back Boundary Line and Long Service Line for Singles
The back boundary line is the same for singles and doubles play. It is the outermost back line
on the court.
Long Service Line for Doubles
The Long Service line for Doubles is marked 2 feet inside the Back Boundary Line.
Badminton Equipments

Badminton Rackets



It shall not exceed 680mm in overall length and 230 mm in overall width.

So how to choose a Badminton Racket that suits you most?

Don't be overly economical. The lower priced rackets are usually quite heavy because they are
made of cheaper material. You will tend to use more arm movements rather than your wrist to
hit the shuttle if your wrist muscle is not strong enough.

This will lead you to develop bad habits.

Heavier rackets are mostly preferred by players who have much stronger wrists and can
therefore make use of the weight of the racket to extract more power from it. The weight
should not exceed more than 100 grams.

A majority of racket manufacturers use 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U to indicate the weight of the racket, 1U
being the heaviest and 4U the lightest. The weight of high quality rackets range from 83 grams
to 100 grams.

Most racket manufacturers provide four grip sizes. In Japan, they range from G2, G3, G4 to G5
where G2 is the biggest size and G5 is the smallest size. In some countries, the opposite
applies. Some brands go by small, medium and big sizes.


Shuttlecock

A Shuttlecock shall have 16 feathers fixed in a cork base covered in kid leather. Interestingly,
the best Badminton Shuttlecocks are made from feathers from the left wing of a goose.

The feathers shall be measured from the tip to the top of the base and each shuttle shall be of
the same length. This length can be between 62mm and 70mm. The shuttle shall weigh
between 4.74 to 5.50 grams.

Shuttles are usually graded according to speed. If you have reached a certain level and can hit
from baseline to baseline, use standard speed shuttlecocks. If your strength is not there yet, you
can use shuttlecocks of a slightly faster speed.

The speed at which the shuttle travels is also affected by the weather, altitude and
temperature. When it's hot, the shuttle will fly faster. When it's cold, the shuttle will move
slower. If you are playing in an air-conditioned hall, use a slightly faster shuttle. If you're playing
at high altitude, use a slower speed shuttle.
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Badminton String

There are two types of Badminton Strings, strings made of natural guts material or synthetic
material.

Natural guts strings provide more feel, control and power. It gives out less vibration and is nice
to play with. However, they are less durable and more expensive.

Unless you have a higher budget, you may want to use the synthetic ones.

Badminton Strings have different gauge numbers to indicate the thickness or diameter of the
strings. Thicker strings will have a lower gauge number. A 20 gauge string is thicker than a 22
gauge one.

Thicker strings are more durable and gives more control but not as powerful. Thinner strings will
give you more zip and power but they don't last long.

A lot of people think that a higher string tension means more power. In fact it's the opposite that
is correct. A higher string tension will give you more control while a lower string tension will give
you more power. This is due to the trampoline effect of the strings.


Badminton Shoes

A good pair of Badminton Shoes must provide good grip, cushioning and some flexibility at the
forefoot.
Never wear jogging shoes to play badminton. These shoes have thicker soles and lack the
stability needed for badminton. You might end up twisting your ankles.

If you want to get a good grip from your badminton shoes, only wear it on badminton courts. Do
not wear it for jogging or any other activities. Once the grip is gone, the shoes will not be
effective on court anymore.

Reserve it solely for Badminton purposes.

When selecting the size, leave a space about a thumb's width from the tip of your big toe to the
tip of the shoes. This will allow some room for your feet to move inside your shoes after wearing
sports socks.

If your heels and knees start to hurt every time you land heavily on the floor after jumping, it
means that the cushioning of your shoes has worn off.

Although your shoes may still look new, it may be time to change them. If you want them to last
longer, you may have to change the insole.

To protect your heels, it would be wise to invest in a good pair of heel cups. While they may be
expensive, they are certainly worth it as they can save you from a lot of pain.

Heel cups can also help to prolong the life span of your Badminton Shoes. If you decide to
invest in them, get a good pair that comes with a life-time guarantee.


Badminton Accessory

In this Badminton Accessory category, I have grouped five items under it. They are Grip,
Badminton Clothes, Socks, Wrist Band and Head Band.
Grip

You can choose to use either a towel grip or a synthetic one. Both serve the same purpose, which is
to absorb sweat and provide you a drier feel.

.Badminton Clothes
Always wear shirts and shorts that are comfortable and will not hinder your movements. I usually wear a
cotton round-neck or a collar t-shirts with a pair of light shorts.

Badminton is a game with much cardiovascular activity. So there will always be a lot of sweat. Usually a
normal cotton t-shirt will do well to absorb your sweat, but you can always go for a more fancy shirt that
does it better.

Socks
Wear a pair of thick cotton socks as they help to absorb sweat. It will prevent your feet from slipping
inside your shoes. Nylon socks can stretch and provide good fit but are not suitable for badminton as they
can't absorb much sweat.
Wrist Band

If you are those that perspire a lot, consider getting a wrist band. It will prevent your sweat from flowing to
your racket handle.
Head Band

Wear a Head Band if you are wearing spectacles. It will prevent your lenses from getting wet. Head
Bands will also stop the sweat from getting into your eyes.