Those who play badminton well take decisions quickly. - Dmitry Medvedev
Badminton is a fast paced racket game that can be very fun to play. The game can be very frustrating as even the best players have an off game and struggle to pick themselves up. It requires a soft touch, pinpoint accuracy, hard smashing and fast reflexes. Although playing badminton outdoors can be great sports, playing and training competitively can only really happen at a club. Most clubs practice two to three times a week and there are normally players of all levels practising. Club captains put games on the court and match players to ensure everyone gets to play. They should also ensure that beginners get exposure and play with more experienced players.
If you want to try badminton, contact a club close to you to find out when and where they practice. If you have non-marking shoes, take them along (also bring water, a towel and patience).
Starting badminton can be quite daunting and frustrating. The more experienced players can make it look easy. It takes practice to get a good drop, smash, backhand hit and to move across the court quickly. If you played some tennis before, you have to learn that you don't play with a straight arm as in tennis, but have to use your wrist. However, if you give it some time and remember that it is a game and have fun, you will find it a rewarding sport.
After a while, it is a good idea to play in a competition and there are usually two or three open events throughout the year where you will be able to test yourself against other players. This costs a nominal fee to cover the costs for shuttles. These events are a lot of fun, but there will be lots of time where you will sit on the sidelines. Bring snacks, lots of water and something to keep you busy if you don't want to look at the matches being played.
For tips on stretching and warm-up read here.
Contacts Cape Town
Dean Brotherton for badminton equipment sales. He sells rackets, shoes and other items.
Jaco de Beer for rackets and other items.
Roelof Dednam for rackets and other items.
For an overview of badminton rules, follow this link:
For contact details of Provincial Associations:
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