Badminton is one of the top racquet sports played all around the world. Badminton is played with a badminton racquet, and a feather shuttlecock in national tournaments and international games. A nylon shuttlecock is used for intramural games or in-school seasonal games. There are various types of badminton racquets for all types of players. There are racquets that would increase your hitting accuracy, some racquets increases your speed, and some helps you even increase your power. There are also different types of nylon shuttlecocks. There are lighter, medium, or harder shuttlecocks. The leading producer of badminton racquets, shuttlecocks, or any badminton equipments is Yonex. Yonex is a company from Japan, and it uses sophisticated engineering technology in producing higher-level equipments for top level players and also for novice or intermediate badminton players.
Badminton is played by either two players, or four players. There is singles Badminton, where one person plays against another player. Furthermore, there is doubles badminton, where two players face against another two players. There are two types of singles badminton: Man’s and Woman’s singles. But, however, there are three types of doubles badminton: Men’s, women’s, and mixed. The mixed doubles are played by one male player and a female player of the same team, face against another male player and female player of another team.
There have been a lot of changes in the point system in badminton since the first point system was too long to finish a game. The game is played by two teams; singles’ or doubles’. The team that wins a coin toss or any other toss starts the rally. If the rally is to finish without the bird not being in one side of the court, the person in that court gets a point. The game goes until 21, and if there is 20-20, the game goes until one person wins by 2 points, or if they end up having 29-29, the person who gets 30 first is the winner. This point system goes for all types of badminton.
Badminton requires a person’s stamina, speed, technique, flexibility, stability, agility, and fast reflexes to win a game. It takes quite a long time to master all techniques, skills, and gain physical and psychological tools to be a professional badminton player. There are lots of strategies and tactics which can be learnt because badminton is not just a game of brawn, but brain too. It also requires team work and coordination if it is a doubles’ team. The no.1 badminton player for Men’s singles, as of summer 2009, is Lin Dan from China, and the second best badminton player is Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia.