Badminton-

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It’s fast! It’s fun! It’s so easy to learn that even five-year-olds can delight in playing it. More than just a game for families, badminton will soar you to the Olympics if you choose to perfect your skill level!

Badminton has captivated the hearts of the multi-generational family for decades, as the young toddler who hasn’t reached
pre-school can play, as well as the grandfather and even the great-grandfather. The tools of badminton are simple: a shuttlecock often referred to as the ‘bird’ or the ‘shuttle,’ and a racket that is strung either with synthetic fiber. The racket is usually about 26 inches long and only weighs about 5 or 5 ½ ounces. So toddlers can handle the same weight racket as the parents — if
their hands reach around the handle.

Winter winds blowing don’t stop the badminton lovers. Played indoors with a net, the sport is a year-round possibility. An
empty basketball court suffices, and players are ingenious in finding one that is available. Schools have found that even
students who are not athletically inclined can enjoy learning and playing badminton. Many schools offer classes from
kindergarten on through high school, increasing the skill level as the students grow.

Hand-eye coordination increases, as does depth perception, concentration, and spatial awareness. It is one of the best cross training sports for tennis, where you can master your volley skills. Fast! That’s one word that describes the game itself. That little ‘bird’ can travel in excess of 60 MPH. Players lurch,twist, jump, run forwards, backwards, and sideways while lunging to flip the shuttle back to the other side.

The pros will travel more than a mile during a match, and cover almost every inch of the court. Because both the shuttle and the
racket are so light, the slightest twist of one’s wrist can direct where the bird will fly.

Fun! Delightful fun! Badminton brings much joy and laughter to the players.

The Tennis Depot recommends the Yonex Armortec 600 Badminton Racquet with the Yonex BG-80 string.

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