October 16, 2019 3 min read 2 Comments

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Contrary to popular belief, especially in western countries, badminton is not a picnic sport! Besides the interesting work by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) & HSBC in launching an outdoor version of the game (Airbadminton), the most current professional form of the game (and best in our opinion!) is actually played indoors. Today, I will cover the three key reasons why real badminton cannot be played outdoors at the moment. 

 

1. It’s terribly windy outside

For those of you who are familiar with what badminton is like indoors, it goes without saying that badminton being played outside is almost an impossibility and certainly worse when it’s windy! (see the video below to see how wind can affect the shuttlecock outdoors). As you can see, sometimes it’s so windy you end up playing with yourself instead of an opponent. Contrast that with what real badminton looks like below! Even if the wind isn’t as strong as in the video, it really doesn’t take much to affect the flight path of a shuttlecock that weighs in at around 4.75 to 5.50 g. This means that the shuttlecock rarely goes exactly where you want to hit it when played outdoors and who wants that?! Hence, the invention of the Airshuttle in the launch of Airbadminton. 

Real badminton: 

2. It’s really hard to see sometimes 

Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world so it’s hard enough to see the shuttlecock travelling >300 kph when you’re playing indoors. When you decide to move the game outdoors, it can be incredibly difficult to see when there’s just so much environment around you (i.e. at a picnic). That might not stop you and I’m sure some of you have great memories of the sport being played outdoors too but when we’re talking about learning or experiencing badminton, try it indoors too :) 

And here's some more badminton: 

 
3. There’s no courts outdoors (in Australia)

Having courts permanently fixed outdoors like tennis courts in our country would help a long way to introducing the world of badminton to the general public, although reason 1 can really make it hard to appreciate. To be honest, I think focusing on generating more participation in the indoor sport would be a much more effective use of time and effort. If you were to attempt setting up a badminton court outdoors in a social setting, the only problem I could see is that there are no lines (like tennis courts have) so you could essentially hit it anywhere as long as it makes it past the net. That wouldn’t be a problem if courts were permanent as lines can be simply drawn on the floor like tennis courts are or that may not be a big deal for the social players out there just wanting to get involved in some way!

With the introduction of Airbadminton, I sure hope the participation in our sport (or a similar sport) is likely to increase but I haven't seen much activity in that space since its announcement. However, for those of you who want a real taste of the sport that’s played at the highest level, head indoors :)

Thanks so much for reading our blog and we hope to see you out there!

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Main image source: BWF
Body image source 1: Giphy
Body video vource 1: Youtube (Rumble Viral)
Body video source 2: Youtube (Shuttle Amazing)
Henry Wong
Henry Wong

Henry is an ex-state badminton player who represented South Australia as well as Melbourne University. He remains an avid badminton player in the social scenes of Melbourne. His passion for all things badminton lead him to be a co-founder of Volant Wear.


2 Responses

Henry
Henry

May 11, 2020

Hi Mick,

Thanks for your comment and feedback! :) Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring out less boring colours for you at some point. In terms of your reference to my negativity about air badminton, the paragraph talks about playing badminton with a feather shuttle outdoors. Not air badminton. Although at the end, I reference that air badminton has been invented to combat this. I’m looking forward to trying out the air badminton shuttle. Anyway, thanks for your comment!

mick
mick

April 03, 2020

Wow i cant beleive your negativety about air badminton you want to promote the sport well i can tell you one thing i wont be promoting Volant with 4 bits of clothing in boring black and white

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