Badminton is a very popular racket sport being played around the world. To play the game all you need is a badminton set, which will include a couple of rackets, a net and some shuttlecocks. (Shuttlecocks are traditionally made with goose feathers stuck unto a small rounded cork. It is shaped like a funnel. When struck by a racket it literally takes flight and floats in the air, moving in a straight path until it is brought down by gravity. Note: Modern technology have given rise to the nylon-shuttlecock, which is normally used in recreation but has not been sanctioned by the world governing body for official use.)
The proper game would require you to play in a court with specific dimensions and a net. You can either play singles or doubles. However, for fun and recreation it can be played almost anywhere and even without a net. The objective of the game is to hit the shuttlecock over the net, within the boundaries of the court, back and forth. A point is won or loss when the shuttlecock hits the floor (in and out of court) or when it is caught by the net or when the umpire deems a foul stroke has been made.
A ‘set’ in badminton consists of 21 points and the first person (singles) or pair (doubles) to reach 21 points is the winner of the `set’. A typical badminton match would be based on the best of three (3) ‘sets’. The rules and regulations pertaining to game is governed by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
For fun and recreation, all you need is a pair of racket and some shuttlecocks. You define your own boundaries. It can be played on the beach, in the park or in any open spaces. Especially, small children love to play it, because they do not even need to count scores. Just pick up a racket and hit the shuttlecock. The shuttlecock is designed so that it does not travel too fast in the air and is easily visible for any child or beginner to hit it with a racket. It is great fun for the whole family, from grand children to grandma and grandpa.
For professionals and serious players, it however is a totally different ball game. Shuttlecock speeds can reach into the hundreds of km/h. This is due to the physical preparation of the players and the technologically advanced equipment they use. It is a very challenging and lucrative sport. Serious players and professionals have to undergo rigorous exercise routines to be competitive and their competitive lifespan is usually between 10 to 15 years.