Badminton Terms That Are Essential To Know

Understanding badminton terms can help you develop and execute effective strategies, communicate effectively with other players, coaches, and referees, help you understand the rules and regulations of the game, and in improving your game. Below are good badminton terms to know.



The act of hitting the shuttlecock to start a rally.



The exchange of shots between players until the shuttlecock falls out of bounds or a fault is made.



A powerful overhead shot that is hit steeply downwards, usually aimed at the opponent’s backcourt.


Drop shoT

A soft shot played by hitting the shuttlecock just over the net, making it difficult for the opponent to reach.



A shot that is hit high and deep into the opponent’s backcourt, forcing them to move backwards.



A fast, flat shot that is hit parallel to the ground and travels horizontally over the net.


Net shot

A shot played close to the net, usually a soft touch shot that drops just over the net.



The lightweight object that is hit back and forth over the net.



A violation of the rules resulting in the loss of a point.


A situation where the rally is stopped and replayed, often due to interference or obstruction.



A powerful shot that is aimed at the opponent in such a way that it is very difficult for them to return the shuttlecock.



Type of badminton serve in which the shuttlecock is hit with an underhand stroke using a pushing motion.



The area of the court farthest from the net.



The area of the court farthest from the net.


Service line

The line on the court behind which a player must stand while serving.


Let serve

A serve that touches the top of the net and lands in the correct service court, which is replayed without penalty.


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