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Badminton Vocabulary


Forehand Grip


Clear Shot

Smash Hit

Drop Hit








game that somewhat resembles tennis. It is played by two or four players, either indoors or outdoors, on a marked-out area 44 ft (13.41 m) long by 20 ft (6.10 m) wide for the four-player and 17 ft (5.18 m) wide for the two-player game. Across the middle of the court a net is fixed, with the top edge 5 ft (1.52 m) from the ground at the center and 5 ft 1 in. (1.55 m) at the posts. Badminton is played with a shuttlecock, a cork ball fitted with stabilizing feathers. The players hit the shuttlecock back and forth over the net with lightweight rackets. When the receiving side fails to return the shuttlecock, it loses the service, but no point is scored. Generally, 15 points win the game, providing the score of the winner exceeds that of the loser by 2 points. Rules established for championship play by the International Badminton Federation set different deciding scores and tie-breaking procedures for men's, women's, and doubles matches. Badminton was first admitted as an Olympic sport in the 1992 summer games in Barcelona, Spain.

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Vocabulary Definitions

Shuttle- Used instead of a ball to hit with the racquet another name is "birdie".

Forehand Grip- Shake hands with the racquet and form a V with the thumb and forefinger.

Clear Shot- Hitting the shuttle high and deep to the opponent's back court.

Serve- The shuttle is hit diagonally in the opposing teams serve box.

Smash Hit- Hittint the shuttle sharply downward.

Drop Hit- Gently guiding the shuttle so it barely clears the net and drops in the forecourt.

Doubles- Playing in a team of two where you can play side by side or front to back.

Rally- Continually hitting the shuttle back and forthe between teams.

Safety- Using equipment properly to prevent injury and broken equipment.

Teamwork- Working together by using positive praise and respecting your teammate ant the other teams.


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