Badminton Vocabulary

 

 

Alley - The area 18” wide, that runs the length of the court, and is in play only

            for a doubles match.                        

 

 

Clear - The hit used to hit the shuttlercock high and deep into the backcourt.

 

 

Drive - The hit used to send the shuttlecock, hard and parallel to the floor.

 

 

Drop Shot - The hit, similar to a dink in Volleyball, where the shuttlecock is

                    barely hit over the net.  

 

 

Doubles - When you play with a partner, 2-on-2.  

 

 

Fault - When a serve is missed, for any reason.

 

 

 

Foot Fault - When the server steps on the back line while serving.

 

 

 

Game -  A series of points.

 

 

 

Let - When there is an occurrence, with no one at fault the point is played over,   “let”.

 

 

Long service Line - The back line that marks the end of the service area.

 

 

Match -  If a player or team wins 3 games, they win the match.  

 

 

Score -  The score should be even when the server is serving from the right side, and odd when the server is serving from the left side.

 

 

Serve -  The serve should be hit underhand, and may touch the net, as long as

             the shuttlecock lands in the correct service area.

 

 

Short Service Line -  The front line of the service area.

 

 

Shuttle -  Also known as the shuttlecock or birdie, could be made out of

                bird feathers, if the were very expensive.

 

 

 

Singles -  Anytime you play one person against another person.

 

 

 

Smash -  The one hit you use to strike the shuttlecock down to the floor

               on your opponents side of the net.