Is Badminton an expensive game?

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  1. Yodha

    Yodha New Member

    Aug 31, 2008
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    In Depok - Indonesia,
    Court USD 7 / 3 hrs - Devide it to 4 people, only USD 1.75 / 3 hrs / people
    Shuttles USD 7 - 10 / session .. again divide it to 4 people
    Transportation USD 2 if you use motorcycle
    It would be much cheaper if you just play doubles and devide the cost to 8 people since I can't play for 3 hours non stop, especially in my age ( 38 )

    if kids want to learn to play badminton, they just play it on the street with cheap racket ( less than USD 6 for a pair ) and a cheap shuttle, less than USD 0.4 each.

    Badminton is very popular here, almost every kid love to play badminton.
  2. chris-ccc

    chris-ccc Regular Member

    Apr 1, 2006
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    Professional Badminton Coach & Badminton Promoter
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Playing Badminton is expensive when we are to use good quality shuttlecocks

    In Melbourne, Australia, we can get Badminton courts as cheap as 10AUD per court per hour from schools/universities halls.

    But to play at proper Badminton halls, it can be as expensive as 20AUD per court per hour.

    Btw, I find that Badminton is an expensive game not because of the cost of the court hire, but because of the cost of good quality shuttlecocks.

  3. allyjack110

    allyjack110 Regular Member

    Dec 12, 2010
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    University Graduate (History)
    Is badminton an expensive game?

    In short: It can be - but compared to other mainstream sports such as golf, that require huge membership fees, badminton as a whole is relatively friendly on the wallet. Right now, badminton is proving to be quite an expensive hobby for me as I am currently unemployed. However, badminton is ‘my’ passion in life, therefore any spare money I have usually goes towards that. My main expense is probably the cost of petrol (gas). Here in the UK a litre of petrol costs somewhere between 3 and 4 times more than it costs in the USA. I play around 3 times a week and I typically drive anywhere between 20-45 mins to get to my club(s).

    Shuttles – Yes, undoubtedly these are expensive. However, many clubs buy them in bulk and therefore are able to make huge savings. I personally find cheap shuttles to be a false economy as you end-up using more in the end. According to my estimate, a tube (12/dozen) of Yonex Aerosensa 40s on average cost around £22.00 in the UK. A high-street store will charge considerably more but your online retailers will charge a lot less; although you’ll have to take delivery charges into consideration.

    Rackets – again, these can be expensive, especially if you play a lot of doubles and tend to string your rackets at very high tensions. I’m fortunate in that I’ve never broken a racket during a clash (frustration only!!!). As much as I like the Z-slash and Arc 10, etc, etc, etc I would never pay that sort of money for a racket again, especially since I play a lot of doubles and unwilling to risk such a heavy clash with an expensive racket. The Z-slash retails for around £190.00 here in the UK, although if you search online you can find it for £150.00 - a lot of money if you want to buy 3 or 4 or your favourite rackets. I play with the Head Metallix 4000, a truly awesome racket and a mere fraction of the price and just as good a performer as the Z in my opinion. In saying that, if I had a choice and if money was ‘no object’ I would probably buy 4 or 5 Yonex Arc Zs.

    There are some great bargains out there if you are willing to search online. I would never buy a racket from a high-street store again as you tend to pay the full RRP, even for older models. Amazon and eBay are a good place to start, although I would never buy a high-end Yonex from ebay. Last year’s high-end
    Carlton, Wilson and Head models - which at one point retailed for over £100 plus - can be bought for less than half price. Apacs, Kason and Yehlex manufacture some very good models at affordable prices.

    #83 allyjack110, Jul 5, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011
  4. venkatesh

    venkatesh Regular Member

    Jan 26, 2008
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    I attend queueings; thus, I don't worry much about the shuttle cock.

    One queueing session costs 200 php on average (that's US$4.66)

    I play 3 to 4 times a week

    US$4.66 X 3 = US$13.98 a week.

    Let's add the refreshment, and that's approximately 100 php (US$2.33) per session

    US$2.33 x 3 = US$6.99

    US$13.98 (queueing fee) + US$6.99 (refreshments) = US$20.97 a week (rackets, clothes, and transportation exlcluded)
  5. nprince

    nprince Regular Member

    Jun 13, 2009
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    I play in Bangalore India-Daily one hour, everyday.

    Court-6$/hour (shared by 6 of us) =30US$/Month/Person.
    Birds-Mavis 350 for regular play and occasionaly Yonex AS30 MAvis 350 each tube at US$10, 4 tubes/Month $40 or 7$ per person/Month.

    So, if you include stringing & grips etc, on an everage I spend around US$50/month for my game.

  6. john1994

    john1994 Regular Member

    Aug 10, 2014
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    I think badminton is expensive even to play competition u have to pay ur air fare to play. At least soccer u just stay on manchester united U don't really move anywhere, so u don't need to play airfare.
  7. kaki!

    kaki! Regular Member

    Jul 30, 2012
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    South Bay
    An old thread, but I'll add another data point.

    Badminton is an expensive sport compared to tennis (free courts, more durable balls), basketball (free courts), cycling (a road bike can be had for less than $1000, replaced a tire once in 300+ miles), swimming (pool use about the same as court rental, but less consumable parts).

    I started badminton four years ago. In the past two years, I've worn out a pair of shoes, broken three rackets, restrung half a dozen times, and used up boxes of birdies. Because of my low preference for shininess and competitive plays, I was able to save on rackets and strings, but membership and birdies (no I don't employ the let-me-be-cheap-and-feed-on-others-birdies strategy) still cost a lot.

    Cost breakdown in a year:

    - Membership fee: $450
    - Shuttlecock: lucky, 2 per session; unlucky (i.e. matched with cheap people), 4+. 4 times a week, that's about 1 tube a week if I'm slightly on the lucky side; 52 weeks, $21 a tube of aeroplane black, total $1000+
    - Rackets and shoes: ~$200 due to unfortunate broken rackets
    - Strings, apparels, gas: ~$60+100+150=~$300

    Grand total: ~$2000

    This is not counting water (our gym has no working water fountain), food-not-otherwise-comsumed-if-not-for-badminton, increased washing load, injuries, etc.

    Expensive? Not expensive? You decide.
  8. |_Footwork_|

    |_Footwork_| Regular Member

    Dec 13, 2011
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    Smashikon, Driveland
    At least in Europe, tennis is just as expensive as badminton. Probably even more expensive.
    Club fees are somewhat more expensive for tennis. If you play in a center, courts are more expensive than badminton. And rackets are somewhat more expensive. The rest will be roughly the same (shoes, strings, balls...)

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