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Ball Badminton?????

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by tchandra, Oct 15, 2002.

  1. tchandra

    tchandra Regular Member

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    I was speaking to this Indian gentleman who saw me playing the other day and he mentioned that he used to play ball badminton :eek:
    Puzzled I came home and searched for this game. It seems there is indeed a game called ball badminton played in South India (I AM FROM SOUTH INDIA - though I grew up in north india. I've never seen anyone play it).

    seems that you play with badminton rackets and light plastic balls.

    this is what Lord Google could come up with

    http://www.mysoresports.com/BallBadminton/Html/BallBadminton.htm

    anyone every heard of\played this?
    what are the rules like?
    can the ball bounce?
     
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    wow, very interesting. never heard of it before. sounds like cross of all racquet sports combined. :D
     
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    Maybe it's like using a racquet and pingpong ball. I tried it before, it was fun, but the ball flew out of the house though.:D :D
     
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    haha... pingpong ball's too light to hit with badminton rackets... they jus end up not coming back :p
     
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    Maybe that's how badminton started, and why someone decided to stick feathers in the ball--to slow it down.
     
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    Hey!!!! great idea!!! now I'll never ever ever never ever need to buy birdies from now on :D :D just get pingpong balls and pull some feathers from geese/ducks that inhabit the local lake! j/k j/k :p
     
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    Lol, I'll keep that in mind. I never found that ball though. lol
     
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    Ball Badminton

    This is not Tennis by the way :D , I have heard its payed a lot in rural India and its a fast paced game like badminton played with badminton rackets. Anyone have any extra info???
     
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    played with a ball? I don't think a badminton racket could support that kind of pressure when contact with the ball...depending on how big and how heavy the ball is..
     
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    those smashes are not going to be easy to return. :eek:
     
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    There was little details of the game at the site, but assumed the dimension and all else is same except to use ball instead of shuttle? Probably in the rural areas cheaper to use a ball than shuttle, since likely balls do last longer and easier to get/make.

    For speed of smash I guess it would depend much on the characteristics of the ball. Using a table tennis ball, the speed would drop significant over the length of the badminton court. A heavier ball will keep speed and smashes will be harder to return. I would also see keeping the ball under control would be an interesting technique. Table tennis balls can do some amazing moves based on the spins and angles it is hit. Net plays would be incredible with extra spin on the ball.
     
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    wow... you guys got to know about that... :p .. when I was in college, I saw few guys playing ball-badminton. I never tried it... Here, rackets are made of wood and gutted with a much thick string. Ball is kind of made of rubber (I never touched it but the bounce was like rubber material), though soft... They were playing it on outdoor court. Court was bigger and net-height was more... It was pretty fast game to play.... It doesn't seem to be a very popular game here, though I hail from south india.:rolleyes:
     
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    Badminton Ball???

    When you first brought up badminton ball, this is the first thing that popped up in mind. http://www.pickleball.com/
    I played this back in high school (in Canada), it was pretty fun....
     
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    Pickle ball

    Pickle Ball is a horrible game!
     
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    Maybe you should try to use a squash ball?
     
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    for real?

    Ive got to say, I spend 9 years in South India and Id never heard of Ball Badminton! :(

    Badmad, whereabouts in S. India do you live?

    A College website....
    A news article (scroll down a bit)
    ...and a few others all seem to be college sites mentioning Ball Badminton facilities or inter-college tournament schedules but no actual info regarding how the game is played.

    Anyone know more? :confused:
     
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    I guess noone else know anything about this. I just asked my Dad and some of his friends that were down tonite. They've all heard of it but not really played it.

    For a start, the ball used is soft, light and made of fluffy stuff. The court is bigger than a badminton court, could be the same size as a volleyball court. The ball is not allowed to touch the floor. Also "doubles" games can have upto three people on each side.

    Thats all the info I could get from them. They've not played them game, but know of it. So I guess it cant be that popular. My dad claimed that "ball badminton" came first and that the shuttle came later, which is why in India its known as "shuttle badminton" or simply "shuttle". He wasnt sure if the game (ball badminton) originated in India.

    I guess I can understand the info regarding the ball and court, but Im extremely dubious of my dad's claims regarding the origins of the game. Can someone else please shed some light on this?
     
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    Re: for real?

    I was at REC Trichy (Tamilnadu)... college which you were mentioning is near to this place... but these days, I'm placed at bangalore... it's a big city out here in india.... but never saw anybody playing ball badminton...
     

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