Badminton

Badminton

Lars Paaske, center, and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark battle Jaejin Lee and Jiman Hwang of Korea in the bronze medal badminton match on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in the Games of the the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing, China. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

December 13, 2011

Richard Nguyen

Badminton has become a huge part of my life in just the past couple of years. The feeling of hitting the birdie at the optimum position of the racket is one of the best feelings, the momentum flowing through out my whole body up until the moment of impact. Just like in basketball, badminton players can juke the opponents out with deception in consideration of the racket as well as using the body. Badminton is the one of the if not the fastest sports in the world with the birdie flying up to 280 km/h meaning reactions are needed just to keep up with the opponent. Having the ability to outplay the opponent because of speed and strength feels great as you make them look like fools diving all over the place to return the shots. Badminton though takes a lot of time and practice to master as the handling of the racket is intricate and needs a lot of muscle memory to perfect shots. This year I am hoping to do well during the season and hopefully make it to NCS but the competition is stiff in California with many badminton academies training players at the age of 6 or less, and having Olympic caliber players. Badminton is a fun sport that everyone should try out in their life and hopefully they fall in love with it like I have.