Badminton uses lingo and terminology specific to the sport, including alley, backcourt, balk, carry, clear, drive, fault, flick, kill, hairpin shot, racket, shuttlecock, smash and wood shot. Badminton terms include let, love, match, net shot, overhead, point and rally. International rules and vocabulary are standardized by the Badminton World Federation, which is the international governing body recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Badminton has been an Olympic sport since 1992.Know More
The Washington Post explains that an alley, in Badminton, is a 1.5-feet-wide extension of the sideline, which creates a wider court for doubles play. Likewise, the back alley is between the back-boundary line and long-service lines for doubles. The short-service line is 6.5 feet from the net, and all serves must go over this line to be considered legal.
A balk, or feint, is an illegal move designed to deceive the opponent of a serving team while the shuttlecock is served. A carry denotes an illegal tactic in which the shuttlecock is held on the racket, and then slung by a player.
The shuttlecock is the object hit by players over the net. Traditionally, a shuttlecock is made of 16 goose feathers attached to a goat-skin-covered cork tip. Modern shuttlecocks are plastic with rubber tips. Also known as a bird or birdie, the shuttlecock weighs between 0.17 and 0.19 ounce. The heavier the object, the farther it flies. Shuttlecocks go farther in higher altitudes and higher temperatures.Learn more in Classic Sports
The height of a badminton net is 5 feet in the center and 5.1 feet on the edges. The net divides two different sides of the court.Full Answer >
Badminton is played by volleying a small item called a shuttlecock back and forth over a high narrow net using light long-handled rackets. Two opposing players, or two opposing pairs, take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court.Full Answer >
In a badminton forehand shot, the badminton racket is held with a forehand grip on the dominant side of the body. The shuttle is struck with a pushing motion and the palm toward the opponent. There are several forehand strokes, including the clear, lob, smash and drop shot.Full Answer >
A full-size regulation badminton court measures 20 feet in width and 44 feet in length. For singles' competitions, the width of the court is reduced to 17 feet with a 1-foot-6-inch "out of bounds" area inside each sideline.Full Answer >