If you have a lawn…
If you have a party…
If you have a party on your lawn… then it is highly possibly you will need a form of entertainment for guests to involve themselves in. Perhaps you pick badminton. The game is rare, played not often enough. A lovely outdoor competition, friendly, easy to catch onto, all without requiring a change in wardrobe. Not to worry ladies you can keep on your perfectly planned summer dress. You can even slip out of those heels that are yet to be broken in.
So this game, “badminton”. You know what it is but lets be serious it’s a foreign language to everyone. So I did a little research, cliff notes if you will, to wrap your head around the game. Its short and sweet but other party goers will be impressed when that one guy (we all know who you are) asks you to grab the shuttle cock, and you calm composure will ground him right before you smash a wood shot that happens to land in, on, or around, his face; a definite summer highlight.
- Alley – extension of the court by 1-1/2 feet on both sides for doubles play
- Back Alley– Area between the back boundary line and the long service line for doubles.
- Backcourt– Back third of the court, in the area of the back boundary lines.
- Balk (Feint)– Any deceptive movement that disconcerts an opponent before or during the service.
- Baseline– Back boundary line at each end of the court, parallel to the net.
- Carry– An illegal tactic, also called a sling or a throw, in which the shuttle is caught and held on the racquet and then slung during the execution of a stroke.
- Center or Base Position– Location in the center of the court to which a singles player tries to return after each shot.
- Center Line– Line perpendicular to the net that separates the left and right service courts.
- Clear– A shot hit deep to the opponents back boundary line. The high clear is a defensive shot, while the flatter attacking clear is used offensively.
- Court– Area of play, as defined by the outer boundary lines.
- Drive– A fast and low shot that makes a horizontal flight over the net.
- Drop– A shot hit softly and with finesse to fall rapidly and close to the net on the opponent’s side.
- Fault– A violation of the playing rules, either in serving, receiving, or during play.
- Feint (Balk)– Any deceptive movement that disconcerts an opponent before or during the service.
- Flick– A quick wrist and forearm rotation that surprises an opponent by changing an apparently soft shot into a faster passing one; used primarily on the serve and at the net.
- Forecourt– Front third of the court, between the net and the short service line.
- Hairpin Net Shot– Shot made from below and very close to the net with the shuttle rising, just clearing the net, and then dropping sharply down the other side. The shuttle’s flight approximates the shape of a hairpin.
- Halfcourt Shot– A shot hit low and to midcourt, used effectively in doubles against the up-and-back formation.
- Kill– fast downward shot that cannot be returned; a “putaway”.
- Let– A legitimate cessation of play to allow a rally to be replayed.
- Long Service Line– In singles, the back boundary line. In doubles a line 2-1/2 feet inside the back boundary line. The serve may not go past this line.
- Match– A series of games to determine a winner.
- Midcourt– The middle third of the court, halfway between the net and the back boundary line.
- Net Shot– Shot hit from the forecourt that just clears the net and then falls rapidly.
- Push Shot– Gentle shot played by pushing the shuttle with little wrist motion, usually from the net or midcourt to the opponent’s midcourt.
- Racquet (Racket)– Instrument used by the player to hit the shuttlecock. Weight about 90 grams (3 oz). Length 680 mm (27 in). Made from metal alloys (steel/aluminum) or from ceramic, graphite or boron composites. Generally strung with synthetic strings or natural gut.
- Rally– Exchange of shots while the shuttle is in play.
- Serve (Service)– Stroke used to put the shuttlecock into play at the start of a rally.
- Service Court– Area into which the serve must be delivered. Different for singles and doubles play.
- Short Service Line– The line 6-1/2 feet from the net which a serve must reach to be legal.
- Shuttlecock (Shuttle)– Official name for the object that the players must hit. Composed of 16 goose feathers attached to a cork base covered with leather. Synthetic shuttles are also used by some.
- Smash– Hard-hit overhead shot that forces the shuttle sharply downward. Badminton’s primary attacking stroke.
- Wood Shot– Shot that results when the base of the shuttle is hit by the frame of the racket. Once illegal, this shot was ruled acceptable by the International Badminton Federation in 1963.