Being able to strike an object with another is an important skill in many sports: baseball & softball, hockey, and racquet sports. One of the most user-friendly striking sports to start out with is badminton. At least it seems that way when you’re playing it with your family at the park.
But did you know that the shuttlecock, or birdie, can travel over 200 miles per hour when hit by the world’s top players? Yikes! That’s as fast as a race car! Fortunately, with a lot of air drag from the feathers, the birdie slows down quickly. But it makes top-level badminton an incredibly quick sport.
We practiced serving, forehand and backhand strokes, and smashes, and the kids had a great time playing badminton… in fact, it was pretty good minton!