Thread: Learning badminton
06-11-2005, 11:29 AM #1
Ok....I know how to play badminton, but all along, I never know any rules whatever.
My girlfriend is a badminton player and you know, sometimes, during conversations, it's good to strike up some chit-chat about badminton to entertain her etc.
Now, any interesting ideas? Like which aspect of badminton is the most interesting to talk about? Is it the competitions? Or the fanciful tricks/techniques?
I'm also currently reading this site to learn about the rules of badminton etc.
06-11-2005, 12:19 PM #2Originally Posted by Nikar
06-12-2005, 05:47 AM #3Originally Posted by Nikar
then have your chit chat after game. infact you don't need to even talk about badminton after that.
06-12-2005, 07:52 AM #4Originally Posted by Nikar
06-12-2005, 10:07 AM #5Originally Posted by Nikar
I mean, unless everyone is a badminton nerd, "well I think you should shift your weight, put more hips into it, pronate the forearm and flick it to their backhand corner..." isn't exactly coffee talk, but "he was smashing and I was like BLAM! back to you! and smash and BLAM! and then I countered and dove to the right because he droppped it and then he cleared it and I was running like a dog and then..."
06-12-2005, 11:31 AM #6
Thanks a lot for your replies, Jinryu, Chinek, FEND and Splinter!
Actually, I'm not so worried about the playing part. I can more or less catch the shuttle with my racket and hit back etc.
However, you know....there's some of her male friends who're also badminton players and in the circumstance of a game with my girlfriend and her male badminton friends, I don't wanna look like a fool and embarrass her if the whole lot of them start talking about badminton stuff.
Worse yet, some of these badminton folks are chasing after her and trying to impress her everyday. Now, I really need to be at least somewhere "on-par" with them.
Anyway, I'm already embarking on a badminton theory crash-course to learn about the basic rules of badminton and such.
I'm reading the articles on this forum and today, I've some questions regarding rules.
Hope you can all help!
1) In a men's Singles and Doubles badminton game, the party who wins 15 points first is considered the winner? (Yes / No)
2) In a women's Singles and Doubles badminton game, the party who wins 11 points first is considered the winner? (Yes / No)
3) Is it true that the serving party gets 1 point if he serves the shuttle and the receiving party fails to catch it? (Yes / No)
4) On Badminton central, there's this article which says :
If the score becomes 14-all (10-all in women’s singles), the side which first scored 14 (10) shall choose either Law 7.5.1 or 7.5.2:
Law 7.5.1 : to continue the game to 15 (11) points, ie not to ‘set’ the game; or
Law 7.5.2 : to ‘set’ the game to 17 (13) points.
5) Lastly, is it true that in a men's Singles/Doubles game, the players must switch sides when the score reaches 8?
For the women's Singles/Doubles game, the players must switch sides when the score reaches 6? (Yes / No)
Thanks a lot, guys!
06-12-2005, 11:49 AM #7Originally Posted by Nikar
My answers to your questions..
3) Yes, provided that the serve gets into the receiving player's "box" (the correct term can't seem to come into my mind)
4) 14-all means 14-14 (10-10 for the ladies).. It means that if the game reached 14-14 (or 10-10), the player who drew the score will either choose to play until 15-14 (for either player) or decide the game/set in another 3 points (meaning the first person to get 17 points wins the game/set).
5) Not too sure whether is it a must.. but from what i observed.. it does usually happen.. and it only happens in the deciding set of play (meaning the game set).. *For example, in the round of 3 sets.. players 'A' and 'B' won 1 set each.. so they will play the deciding set to determine the winner. *
06-12-2005, 02:56 PM #8
Don't know if you do this already, but challenge other guys/gals to doubles =) That would be a great way to have another different partner "relationship". Usually quite a few things that can be said after two people just engaged in a fierce battle...
06-13-2005, 09:36 AM #9
My....I'm really sick of these badminton theory and I can't take it anymore.
What I'm gonna do now is to be a real man and have a badminton game with them if they ask me to.
Yes, you're right....it's also a good opportunity to get her to teach me some of the badminton stuff.
I think it's more important to be good on the techniques and be able to defend and hit back all the shuttles that the opponent sends you.
In general, I do have a few questions on playing badminton well, though. Hope you guys don't mind!
1) Regarding playing Doubles in a game. You know, I'm always scared that my and my partner will go and hit the shuttle at the same time and in the end, clash into each other or worse still, I will accidentally smack his/her face with my racket. This is why I'm worse off when playing Doubles. Do you guys shout commands etc. to each other?
Like "The shuttle is coming! This time, I'll hit!" or "You stay back! This is mine!" etc.?
2) In a game of badminton, do you guys run around in your area all the time waiting for the shuttle to come? Or do you guys just stand there cooly and wait for the shuttle to come, before hitting it back?
In the first case, it can be tiring after a while, right?
3) The third question is regarding aiming. Sometimes, the shuttle is coming down onto my court area and I aim at it carefully. Then, I use all my force to smack the shuttle back to the opponent, but strangely, I miss!
Can this kind of poor aiming be overcome with practice?
4) The last question for today is regarding smacking(the technique whereby the opponent suddendly hits back the shuttle to you very hard and furiously).
A smack is usually very unpredictable and there's no way to counter it, right?
(I was just dreaming how great it's gonna be if I could beat all the other guys at badminton....I would be her hero then! )
06-13-2005, 10:24 AM #10Originally Posted by Nikar
2) Not exactly running around, but you do need to keep moving and alert if you want to play well.
4) Wrong. A smash (not "smack") can easily be countered.
06-13-2005, 10:34 AM #11
probably best to keep your mouth firmly shut, if you havent played alot. it rely is embrassing calling something out when it isnt. also your terms of smash as smack is very impressive, it might make people laugh. best thing to do is to play at a club or practice with a few people you dont know. cos then if you hit the other person or something bad happens, worse thing that will happen is that you just never play with them again. if this isnt possible, dont try to learn all these fancy techniques and whatever to impress people, just play your best and if people laugh remind them that they probably were crap at a point. and youve only been playing for a month.
06-13-2005, 01:27 PM #12Originally Posted by Nikar
Be confident, and there's no need to feel bad as u might not be as good as her other friends. Everyone is good at different stuff, and no one could be Mr. Perfect in every single category (i.e. sport).
06-13-2005, 02:49 PM #13Originally Posted by Nikar
1.When playing double, more than yelling out “mine” or “yours”, the person with forehand should take the middle.
2.This is closely related to number 1 and there are procedures of where to go/do when defending as well as offending. For example: the players split to left and right when in defensive position or front and back when attacking. Moreover, playing badminton is tiresome at first place, but if you step up and hit the shuttle the quickest as possible, it could bring you team the advantage or score a point.
3. Rather than using a roar power, try to use you wrist more for aiming. And I suggest you to do it easily as you progress, before you hit too hard and hurt yourself.
4.It is definitely predictable and returnable, just stay calm and concentrate. Of course, when you’re doing a clear make sure you clear it to farthest as possible, so you will have more time to prepare when they smash on you, and don’t get setup.
And keep in mind that practice makes prefect. Enjoy
06-13-2005, 05:00 PM #14Originally Posted by Nikar
06-14-2005, 04:49 AM #15
Thanks a lot, guys!
And Kenneth....in my country, the local term for "smash" is "smack".
I never knew the correct term until I came here.
Good day and thanks!
06-14-2005, 09:58 AM #16
ooo didnt realise that. hehe smack.... seems like smack the ony or donkey or whatever. anyways have fun playing/learning badminton
06-14-2005, 11:34 AM #17Originally Posted by Nikar
I am sure if u watch competition players (i.e. ur gf) play, they tend to run all over the place, and could be quite tiring.
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