How Is Badminton Unlike Other Racquet Sports?

Badminton vs. Table Tennis

The playing surface is the main difference between table tennis and badminton. The table tennis courts are relatively small, measuring 9 feet in length and 5 feet in width.

Table tennis nets measure 6 inches higher than badminton nets that are 5 feet high. A little ball is used in table tennis instead of a shuttle.

The racquet is another important distinction. The “paddles”, which are often made from wood, are used in table tennis as stand-ins for the rackets.

These are the rules. The winner of table tennis is the player who wins four games each worth 11 points. Badminton players must hit the shuttlecock once before it bounces on their side, but table tennis players must hit it twice before it bounces on their side.

It doesn’t matter who wins table tennis points. Throughout the match, both players alternate between serving two points each.

Badminton vs. Tennis

Both badminton (and tennis) are considered highly demanding sports. However, there is a significant difference between them.

Let’s start with the scoring system. Badminton matches are usually won by the 2 best games. Each game is played to 21 points. Tennis matches are played in sets of six games with the best 3 of 5 games. When a player has 4 points, the game is over.

A playing court is also quite different. A badminton court measures half the width and half as long as a tennis court.

The server in badminton gets one chance to serve; the server in tennis will have two chances. In tennis, it is allowed to bounce the ball once before the point ends. However, in badminton the rally is over when the shuttlecock touches the floor.

Tennis is played against a shuttlecock in badminton, which are heavier and more difficult to control. Tennis players have to use racquets four times heavier than those used in badminton.

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