AirBadminton is a new sport, similar to badminton but played outdoors. The aim of AirBadminton is to make badminton more accessible. It can be played on hard, grass and sand surfaces, and uses a wind-resistant AirShuttle.
#1 Formats of Play –
AirBadminton has three formats – singles, doubles, or triples. When playing Triples a player can only hit the AirShuttle once in a row. This is to encourage movement and strategy.
#2 Serving –
To begin the rally, the serve must be struck behind the ‘serve marker’, and the AirShuttle must be struck below the height of the net tape.
#3 Dead Zone –
If the AirShuttle lands in the dead zone at the net, this is out.
The dead zone eliminates net play as the AirShuttle is difficult to control. The dead zone also reduces deep lunges, minimising the risk of injury on the outdoor surfaces.
AirBadminton Scoring System
AirBadminton is best of 5 sets to 11 points. If the score reaches 10-all, a two-point advantage is required. If the score then reaches 12-all, the next point wins.
AirBadminton Court Dimensions
This is the first, very noticeable, difference between AirBadminton and ‘normal’ badminton.
As you can see, there are no back tramlines like in the normal game, and the court dimensions are quite different.
For the AirBadminton court dimensions, the length is 16m, and 6m in width (or 5m for a singles match). There is a dead zone at the net, which measures 2m either side from the centre of the court.
Finally, there is a ‘serve marker’ which should be placed 3m from the dead zone. We will discuss this in further detail below.
The overall playable area is slightly smaller in an AirBadminton court compared to the normal game.
The AirShuttle Used In AirBadminton
The AirShuttle weighs 8g, which is noticeably heavier than a feather or plastic shuttle that both weigh 5g. There are five pillars, allowing the shuttle to be more wind resistant and therefore creating a more ‘true flight’ in outdoor conditions.
Additional AirBadminton Recommendations
Wind Speed –
The BWF recommend that AirBadminton should be played at a wind speed of up to 12kph. Playing at a high wind speed significantly impacts the performance of the AirShuttle.
String Tension –
The BWF recommends that the string tension in your racket when playing AirBadminton is at around 18 – 20 lbs (9kg). This is much lower than what a normal badminton racket would be strung at due to the weight of the AirShuttle.
You should also use a thicker gauge string. The thicker the string, the less likely it is to break.