There are a few badminton terms that you should be familiar with, even if it is a casual badminton game. Terminologies Alley – the extension of the court by 1 1/2 ft. on both sides for doubles play. Back Alley – the area between the back boundary line. Basic strokes. There are many strokes in badminton; below is a list of basic strokes, which is divided into strokes played from the forecourt.

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Baseline — the back boundary line at each end of the court, parallel to the net. This means, for serves, the court length for singles is longer than that of doubles by 0. The rally ends when the shuttle touches the ground or a player commits a fault.

In badminton, a player while serving, must strike at the base of the shuttlecock in one stroke, and the racket-head should point down.

A line perpendicular to the net that separates the left and right service courts.

Badminton Terminologies

Fault — a violation of the playing rules, either in serving, receiving or during play. Badminton has a surprisingly long history given its relatively recent introduction onto the Olympic scene. Serve or service – Stroke used to put shuttlethingy into play at the start of each rally. Badminton Rules and Regulations. Running Bacminton for High Arches.

Back from Badminton Terms to Badminton Rules. Smash — an overhead stroke in which the birdie travels at a downward angle spike.



Official doubles games are played to 15 points. In doubles, both people on a team have a chance to serve each. This shot is also known as a toss.

This shot is usually accompanied with height, so that the player who has hit terminologiez, has sufficient time to recover his position.

Do you have any badminton terms to share with others? Smashing with full power. Fault – A violation of the playing rules, either in serving, receiving, or during play. The overall effect of terminolkgies laws is that the server must hit in an upwards direction; “tennis serves” are prohibited.

Performance Anxiety in Sports. Started in the World Cup was established to provide top players with an opportunity to earn greater levels of prize money. Flick – A quick wrist and forearm rotation that surprises an opponent by changing an apparently soft shot into a faster passing one; used primarily on the serve and at the badmintpn.

Common Badminton Terms

Tram lines – The area between the doubles side boundary lines and the singles side boundary lines. Hairpin badimnton shot – Shot made from below and very close to the net with the shuttle rising, just clearing the net, and then dropping sharply down the other side. Center Line — a line perpendicular to the net that separates the left and right service courts.

Dropshots must be disguised as smashes or clears, so that the opponent cannot anticipate the dropshot. Badmintton Terms for Court Lines and Areas. The foot of neither the serving player nor the receiving player should go off the ground, till the service has been completed. Usually lasts for no more than a few rallies. Thus, badminton is a game that requires you to be agile and flexible, and once you master the skills and techniques of the game, you will not only enjoy playing it, but also gain good health and fitness.


It has the same objective as the Net Kill, but different technique. Backcourt – Back third of the court, in the area of the back boundary lines.

Wood shot – Shot that results when the frame of the racquet hits the base of the shuttle. It is a deliberate toned down smash, usually executed with a slice of the racquet to slow down the speed of the shuttle, causing it to fall quickly short of the short service line.

This shot is usually played from the mid court or the net to the mid court of the opponent.

Here, the shuttlecock just clears the net, and lands just beyond the short service line. Email required Address never made public. For example in doubles: