Badminton is a game we have known since childhood. It is very popular among both children and the adult population. The game was borrowed by us from the British. In 1893, the first official set of rules of the game was published in England. And in 1992, badminton has already become a mandatory program for the Summer Olympic Games.
Badminton has a beneficial effect on the human body: the general tone of the body rises, calories are burned, muscle tension is relieved, vision and coordination of movements improve. Badminton is especially suitable for people who are sedentary. Badminton will make you flexible, agile, capable of handling heavy loads. During the game, a person makes many runs, jumps and overcomes about ten kilometers.
Badminton can be played by 2-4 people. This does not require special courts, a stretched net and a drawn playing field. You can play in any open place: in the yard, by the river or in the country.
In amateur badminton, the main thing is to keep the shuttle in the air for as long as possible. The most common are overhead and bottom kicks, while the spinning and undercutting kicks are usually used by professional players. For amateurs, the most important thing is to get the most out of the game, and not watch out for mistakes.
For sports badminton, there are rules that must be strictly followed. The players are positioned opposite each other on the playing court and throw the shuttle with a racket over the stretched net. The task is to prevent the shuttle from falling onto the playing field.
The racket and shuttlecock are the main attributes of the game of badminton. The first badminton rackets were made of wood. Modern rackets are made of carbon fiber, aluminum, steel and titanium. Thanks to this, the racket frame withstands the tension of the strings and the force of the blows.
Professional racquets are made from a combination of carbon fiber materials and built-in elements of other materials.
Amateur rackets are distinguished by the presence of a T-shaped knot located at the junction of the rod and the frame of the frame. The racket weighs 70-100 grams.
Along with the mass, the main physical characteristics of the rackets include: the location of the center of gravity, the bending stiffness of the rod and rim, and the torsional rigidity of the rod. Depending on these characteristics, some rackets are recommended for players with an attacking and power style of play, while others are intended for players using defensive tactics.
Professional rackets within the same model may differ in weight and handle thickness. For better control over the grip of the racket, athletes use special windings on the handle.
A large number of companies specialize in the production of badminton accessories, but the recognized leader is Yonex, which produces amateur, semi-professional and professional models.
Yonex amateur rackets are perfect for playing in nature. They are sold as a set and are affordable. For their manufacture, steel and aluminum are used, which makes them heavier than professional ones, but they have a higher mechanical strength. Amateur racquets differ from professional racquets in their larger size and less rigid shaft. The large size of the racket increases the percentage of accurate hits on the shuttle.
Yonex professional rackets are made of modulated graphite, titanium and other modern materials. The racket is more rigid, which allows for precise strikes. And the working area is slightly smaller than that of other rackets, which increases maneuverability.Professional racquets are stronger and tougher and have stronger torsional rigidity.
When choosing a badminton racket, remember that the playing qualities of the racket and its suitability are characterized by the following parameters: rigidity, control and energy.
Rigidity is the pliability of the racket shaft when hitting the shuttlecock. Professionals only use racquets with high rigidity.
Control is the stiffness of the rod at the moment of twisting. The accuracy of the blow depends on this. A quality racket has a correspondingly high control.
Energy is a measure of the force of a blow. It depends on the weight of the racket and the balance.
Racket strings are an important part of badminton equipment. All strings have different thicknesses: from 0.66 to 0.85 mm. Very thin strings - tournament strings, as a rule, are used by professional players, which allows you to feel the shuttle perfectly and play accurately on the net. But thin strings break quickly and become unusable. For intermediate players, strings with a thickness of 0.7-0.8 mm are suitable.
Previously, strings were made from natural materials, but now, mainly, only synthetics are used. Strings are weaves of microfibers that consist of a core, braid and sheath. The quality of the tension affects the playing properties of the racket, therefore, the string tension is performed on a special machine, which provides rigid fastening of the rim at several points, precisely dosed tension force and fixation of the tensioned strings with special clamps.
To keep the racket in perfect condition for longer, make sure that the shuttle does not hit near the rim, this is where the strings break most often. If they break, cut all the tension to relieve the rim of the racket. Uneven string tension leads to hidden cracks, and when hit hard, the racket will crack right in your hands. Therefore, the tension changes completely. Well and well-tied strings cannot be pushed apart with your fingers. If you succeed, then urgently repair or replace the racket.
Badminton shuttlecocks can be plastic and natural feathers.
In tournaments held at the professional level, only feather models of shuttlecocks are used. They have amazing flight dynamics and excellent handling. But shuttlecocks made of natural material are very expensive, and in one game it can take up to twelve pieces of shuttlecocks. Therefore, amateurs use a synthetic analogue, since plastic shuttlecocks last longer and retain their shape.
The feather shuttlecock is made from 16 goose feathers, which are fixed on a cork head covered with thin leather. The feathers are about 70 mm long and are glued into holes around the head. The ends of the feathers should form a circle with a diameter of up to 68 mm. The feathers are held together with strong threads, and the threads are glued. The hemispherical head diameter is 28 mm. The shuttlecock weight is about 5 grams.
The plastic shuttlecock, like the feather, has a cork or synthetic head, and a synthetic imitator is used as feathers. All sizes and weights of the plastic shuttlecock correspond to the size of the feather shuttlecock. Plastic shuttlecocks are produced by all well-known world manufacturers and have a high quality level.
Badminton shuttlecocks are available in different flight speeds. High speed shuttlecocks have red edging, medium speed shuttlecocks have blue edging. And the green edging matches the slow-speed flounces.
The choice of model depends on the conditions of the game. Amateurs most often use shuttlecocks that have a medium or slow speed.
The shuttle speed after hitting a professional can reach 414 km / h - this is an absolute record for the speed of a game projectile.During a match, a player's mileage is about 10 km, which contributes to the loss of several kilograms of weight. Badminton is one of the most technically challenging sports.
Badminton is a great helper in organizing the leisure time of your children and loved ones. This is a great activity for those who love outdoor games and a fun pastime that will give you a huge boost of vivacity.
And we, in turn, offer you a huge selection of high quality badminton equipment. Correctly selected sports equipment is the key to a good and technical game.