AirBadminton Rules - How To Play AirBadminton

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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.

AirBadminton Rules

The Formats Of Play

AirBadminton has three formats – singles (one player per side), doubles (two players per side), or triples (three players per side).

When playing Triples, a player can only hit the AirShuttle once in a row. This is to encourage movement and strategy.


To begin the rally, the serve must be struck behind the ‘serve marker’ (3m behind the dead zone), into anywhere behind the dead zone on the opposing side. The AirShuttle must be struck below the height of the net tape.

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 played to 11 points, and is the best of 5 sets. 

If the score reaches 10-10, a two-point advantage is required. If the score reaches 14-14, the next point wins.

AirBadminton Court Dimensions

The AirBadminton court has a very noticeable difference compared to a ‘normal’ badminton court.

AirBadminton Court Dimensions
AirBadminton Court vs Standard Indoor Court

As you can see, there are no back tramlines like in the normal game, and the court dimensions are quite different. 

The AirBadminton court dimensions are:

  • 16m in length 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.
  • There is a ‘serve marker’ which should be placed 3m from the dead zone. 

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 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.

The Main Differences Between 'AirBadminton' And 'Badminton'

The main differences between AirBadminton and Badminton are:

  • Where it’s played –
    • AirBadminton is played outdoors on hard, grass or sand surfaces
    • Badminton is played indoors
  • The shuttle –
    • AirBadminton uses the AirShuttle
    • Badminton uses plastic or feather shuttles
  • The format –
    • AirBadminton uses a best of 5 to 15 format, and has Singles, Doubles and Triples
    • Badminton uses a best of 3 to 21 format, and has Singles and Doubles
  • The court dimensions –
    • AirBadminton has no dividing centre line, and uses a dead zone, and serve markers etc.
    • Badminton has tramlines, you have to serve diagonally etc.

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Additional Information And Links

If you want to read our full review on AirBadminton, check out this blog post.

You can find the official BWF rules here.