Badminton is a racket sport which is extremely popular and very easy game to learn and fun to play at any level of ability. It is played using rackets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are “singles” and “doubles”. Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity and formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racket and landing it within the opposing side’s half of the court. Each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Play ends once the shuttlecock has struck the floor or if a fault has been called by the umpire, service judge, or (in their absence) the opposing side.
Like other racket sports, Badminton racket is generally made of different types of Materials. Most commonly used materials are Graphite, Aluminum, Boron and Kevlar or the Wood. The vast majority of rackets manufactured today use graphite in one form or another as the base ingredient. Graphite is remarkably strong for its relative light weight. It provides terrific power, as well as good control and feel for the ball.
- The racket shall be a frame not exceeding 680 mm in overall length and 230 mm in overall width.
- The handle is the part of the racket intended to be gripped by the player.
- The stringed area is the part of the racket with which it is intended the player hits the shuttle.
- The head bounds the stringed area.
- The shaft connects the handle to the head.
- The throat (if present) connects the shaft to the head.
The stringed area:
- It shall be flat and consist of a pattern of crossed strings either alternately interlaced or bonded where they cross.
- The stringing pattern shall be generally uniform and, in particular, not less dense in the centre than in any other area.
- It shall not exceed 280 mm in overall length and 220 mm in overall width. However, the strings may extend into an area which otherwise would be the throat, provided that the width of the extended stringed area does not exceed 35 mm and provided that the overall length of the stringed area does not then exceed 330 mm.
- It shall be free of attached objects and protrusions, other than those used solely and specifically to limit or prevent wear and tear, or vibration, or to distribute weight, or to secure the handle by cord to the player’s hand, and which are reasonable in size and placement for such purposes.
- It shall be free of any device that makes it possible for a player to change materially the shape of the racket.