How to get started in badminton
1. Find a venue
Find your local venue at the Badminton England website.
2. Try a taster session
BADMINTON England’s ‘No Strings Badminton’ places you in games with people of your own standard.
3. Get the gear
A T-shirt, shorts and trainers are all you need for a social game. Invest in sports socks and comfortable badminton footwear once you get into the swing of things, but avoid black soles that could mark the court.
4. Grab a racket
With a huge range available, it’s easy to find one that suits you. You can spend under £5 or up to £200.
5. Pick up a shuttlecock
The plastic variety is best for beginners. They come in three speeds: fast, medium and slow. Try medium for starters.
Read our 10 fast facts about badminton
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