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Badminton is the fastest racket sport on the planet and with shuttlecocks travelling faster than a Formula 1 car (421kph!) it’s no wonder it’s played by over 250 million people worldwide.

Why Play Badminton?

Anyone, of any age, can play badminton. It’s great exercise to help improve health, relieve stress, meet new people and play competitive sport. It’s a fast-paced, dynamic sport offering a full body workout, and to play competitively requires aerobic stamina, agility, explosive strength, speed and precision.

Whether playing for fun with family and friends, fitness or to learn a new sport alongside like-minded people, Badminton England offer a fantastic selection of ways to play badminton, so if you’re looking for a way to get involved in badminton in England click here.

Badminton Basics

Badminton scoring

Badminton, in its basic form, is beautifully simple and easy to understand.

A point is won if the shuttlecock touches the floor or fails to cross the net, the serve has to be delivered from alternate sides, and the server is the winner of the last rally.

In 2006 the ‘rally-point scoring’ system (point-per-rally) to 21 points was introduced, replacing a centuries-old hand-in hand-out system. Under the previous rules, only the player or pair serving could score a point, making matches long and scoring slow. The newer, faster-paced system adds more drama and excitement to the badminton spectator experience whether watching live or on television.

Serving and Shots

Badminton players usually attempt either a low service, tight over the net and accurate to the lines, or a high service, lifted deep to the baseline. The racket head must not be above the waist while serving.

Rallies often involve four kinds of shot:

  1. Deep and high to the back of the court, with overhead clears, or flicks and lifts
  2. Fast and flat from the mid-court
  3. Gentle and delicate shots in the forecourt, using tumblers, hairpins and pushes
  4. Steep, attacking shots with powerful smashes or subtle drops

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Singles and Doubles

Because singles demands extraordinary fitness, it can become a game of maneuvering rather than the all-out aggression characteristic of men’s (and sometimes mixed) doubles. Since one person covers the entire court in singles, tactics are often based on making the opponent move, for example by directing shots towards the corners.

Doubles is played in tactical formations in which the pair with one player in the forecourt and the other at the back is likely to be attacking, and the pair situated side-to-side is more likely to be defending.

Where can I play?

At Badminton England, we have something for everyone. There are 30,000 badminton courts across England. And we have developed a great range of ways for you, your friends and family to play.

Play serious sport, events and tournaments or play to keep fit or just for fun.

However you want to get involved – check out our ways to play.