Without starting an argument about what's better, let me quell that thought right now. The title itself is to invite you to explore these two great sports and discuss some of the similarities and differences between the two without getting too heated!
Tennis was my first love, a fantastic sport by all accounts to get you out of the house, to meet new people as well as to expose you to team environments.
Until I was around 15 years old, I thought badminton was just a backyard sport. More recently, I was introduced to a fresh perspective that as badminton players, we should celebrate the fact that a lot of people already have that initial connection to badminton and I am trying to re-wire my brain to think in that way!
To be honest though, at the time, I had no idea what badminton was really about. If you also don't know what badminton is REALLY about, I encourage you to watch the video below to get a glimpse of reality:
I wont waste too much of your time with detail and keep it super simple, below are some of the key differences between the sport.
There you have it! Some (not all) of the key differences between tennis and badminton.
What we've found in the badminton community is that, like myself, there are many tennis turned badminton players but it's much more rare to see it the other way around.
However, recently Jeff and I had the opportunity to chat to Ernest Ng. He’s passionate about all racquet sports, and it all started with badminton. While he still loves the sport, he decided to try tennis and tells us his story about the transition between the sports and what he’s learnt along the way which relate to sport, career and life.
He works full time at Kayo / Fox Sports in Sydney, Australia – which he describes as a dream job for any athlete.
Check out the episode here:
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Body Video Source: Madminton (Youtube)
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