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    Hi All,

    Just started playing badminton again and not sure about some badminton etiquette.

    1. If the shuttle hits the net and drops for a winner - do you have to apologize?

    2. How does using feather shuttles work - everyone brings a tube and just rotate using a new shuttle? What happens to the old ones?

    3. The club I am playing at people don't shake hands they hit racquets - aren't some of these racquets expensive - not sure I want slam racquets - is there proper way to clash these racquets?

    Thanks in advance

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    1. I always apologise and the same goes if you get a point off the frame.
    2. When I've played socially, we all chip in for shuttles. I play at clubs though so my fees pay for club shuttles.
    3. Shake hands or high five, if you or anyone hits my racquet like that I will hurt them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Hi All,

    Just started playing badminton again and not sure about some badminton etiquette.

    1. If the shuttle hits the net and drops for a winner - do you have to apologize?

    yes usually i do.

    2. How does using feather shuttles work - everyone brings a tube and just rotate using a new shuttle? What happens to the old ones?

    usually with friends you all just bring one out and switch as needed, when your shuttle becomes used, you have the right to retrieve it and keep it as a practice shuttle.

    3. The club I am playing at people don't shake hands they hit racquets - aren't some of these racquets expensive - not sure I want slam racquets - is there proper way to clash these racquets?

    turn your racket around and hold it by the frame and use the handle to hit racket, just kidding. i have actually have never seen it happen that way but if you extend you hand for a shake, i don't think they will reject your hand shake?

    Thanks in advance
    hope this helps

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    hitting racket seems to be a kids thing.

    i have seen high school kids, after winning a rally they will lightly hit each others rackets. i cringe upon seeing it. i guess they don't pay for their own rackets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Hi All,

    Just started playing badminton again and not sure about some badminton etiquette.

    1. If the shuttle hits the net and drops for a winner - do you have to apologize?
    If you feel the urge to be very polite, yes. Usually if I'm playing a friendly match, or my opponent has not been rude, I will apologize to them if I play "lucky" shots (net cord) or if I play a really good netkill.

    If it's a competitive match (tournament/ team match) and my opponent has been rude (cheering on mistakes, etc.) Then I usually do not apologize.

    2. How does using feather shuttles work - everyone brings a tube and just rotate using a new shuttle? What happens to the old ones?
    What I've seen happen at tournaments is that one side will supply the first bird, and whenever the bird is to be switched (becuase it is damaged) the other side provides the second bird. Original owner of bird can keep the used bird, but it's usually discarded to the side of the court for other people to use for warm up.

    If you're just going out to an open gym with friends, try to bring your own birds. Don't be the guy who mooches birds off of people! If you provided the shuttle, you can keep it after it's been used. I like to have 2-3 tubes in my bag. 1 tube of brand new birds for matches, and 1-2 tubes for warm up. The super dead birds go in one tube, and birds that are okay to rally with go in another.

    I'm friends with vultures. They go around stealing these broken warm up birds to use for themselves later

    3. The club I am playing at people don't shake hands they hit racquets - aren't some of these racquets expensive - not sure I want slam racquets - is there proper way to clash these racquets?
    If you don't want to clash rackets, don't. I still see high schoolers do it at CCS (district tournament? largest tournament for highschool in this area) and it makes me cringe and facepalm.
    If your partner desperately wants to clash rackets with you instead of a hi-five or tap on the back...tell him to buy you a new racket to do that with


    Thanks in advance
    I hope you enjoy your return to badminton!

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    1. i always apologize. if i do a good netshot that cuts the net, it may happen that i cheer first and apologize afterwards...;-)
    2. in my club, we get the shuttles in training. in my former club, everyone brought shuttles, evenly distibuted. old shuttles usually go into a box everyone in the club may use for multifeeding or stuff. if it's just social play, you may keep you good used shuttles for practice and throw away the bad ones...
    3. i've never seen racket-hand-shakes, seems ridiculous. anyway: if you gently touch each others rackets, it's def no problem for the racket. so you have to decide whether you like that habit or not...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    3. Shake hands or high five, if you or anyone hits my racquet like that I will hurt them.
    I am just picturing a bunch of bc'ers going to play a match against this club, 5 courts or something and all the games end at the same time, bc'ers go up to the net to high five and instead they all get their rackets hit. It would just be a violent mass riot

    1. Yes
    2. depends just don't leave anyone out of pocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigandy View Post
    I am just picturing a bunch of bc'ers going to play a match against this club, 5 courts or something and all the games end at the same time, bc'ers go up to the net to high five and instead they all get their rackets hit. It would just be a violent mass riot

    1. Yes
    2. depends just don't leave anyone out of pocket
    i think the image you've set about BCers playing and ending a their matches all at the same time is very funny

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm loving playing badminton again.
    I noticed in some pro - matches people don't apologize on net shots - so I thought maybe it's considered a great shot as opposed to lucky as in Tennis or Table Tennis.

    Racquet shakehands - I'm playing with not so expensive racquet - so not a big issue for me, If I had an expensive one - I might be against it. From hypochondriac point of view - I kind a like - since quite few people have colds and flu's during the winter season - rather not pick any of that up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm loving playing badminton again.
    I noticed in some pro - matches people don't apologize on net shots - so I thought maybe it's considered a great shot as opposed to lucky as in Tennis or Table Tennis.

    Racquet shakehands - I'm playing with not so expensive racquet - so not a big issue for me, If I had an expensive one - I might be against it. From hypochondriac point of view - I kind a like - since quite few people have colds and flu's during the winter season - rather not pick any of that up.
    that is a very good point, about people being sick, especially when the players still have sweaty hands that's where the germs are! maybe i should start banging rackets

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    I have 3 kids, my immune system is awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by gundamzaku View Post
    that is a very good point, about people being sick, especially when the players still have sweaty hands that's where the germs are! maybe i should start banging rackets

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm loving playing badminton again.
    I noticed in some pro - matches people don't apologize on net shots - so I thought maybe it's considered a great shot as opposed to lucky as in Tennis or Table Tennis.
    Suppose, especially on tight spinning net shots close to the net the pro's can tape it regularly so not really that lucky. Let's put it this way, it is most certainly good etiquette to apologise but not really frowned upon if you don't. If you can hit the tape every shot you can stop apologising since that would be just straight up skill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigandy View Post
    Suppose, especially on tight spinning net shots close to the net the pro's can tape it regularly so not really that lucky. Let's put it this way, it is most certainly good etiquette to apologise but not really frowned upon if you don't. If you can hit the tape every shot you can stop apologising since that would be just straight up skill.
    Ok, that's it - right after I stop framing my shots (which I am constantly apologizing), I'm aiming for the tape!

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    Always blame the shuttles for frame shots

    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Ok, that's it - right after I stop framing my shots (which I am constantly apologizing), I'm aiming for the tape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    Always blame the shuttles for frame shots
    Man, my shuttles never apologise for frame shots. Rude little buggers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbswansea View Post
    Always blame the shuttles for frame shots
    Really, you can do that.....I was wondering why I was framing so many shots....it's the shuttles - it never even occurred to me....hey I'm getting good at this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catman View Post
    Really, you can do that.....I was wondering why I was framing so many shots....it's the shuttles - it never even occurred to me....hey I'm getting good at this!
    As a feather shuttle nears its end, it'll slow down or wobble causing you to mistime the shot. If that fails, blame your partner for putting you off.

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