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How to Play Singles in Badminton

Learn how to play singles from NYC Badminton's Chris Awong in this Howcast video. Thumbnail: badminton 3.1.2008 by Pazit Polak/Pazit Polak/Flickr


The next topic of discussion is, how to play singles. In badminton, you can either play singles or doubles. In singles, it's just you against another opponent. In doubles, it's two people on one side against another two people on the other side. In singles, the basic premise is to hit shuttlecock, away from your opponent, and to win the point that way. Ultimately, the first person to get 21 points, wins and the first person to win two, at least two games, out of the three games, wins the entire match.

Also in singles, in terms of strategy, basically there are four corners in the court; two in the back and two in the front, close to the net. Your opponent typically stands close to middle of the court and so you want to hit the shuttle away from him in one of those four corners. Basically, your opponent is going to be doing the same thing against you. So, you may as well try to make him run before he makes you run. And that's basically, how you play singles.

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