Tennis is a sport that receives a fair amount of glamour in the sports world. With its fast-paced style and use of well-known racquets such as the Head TI-S6, tennis can be a very exciting sport to watch and play. However, other racquet sports have made their mark on recreational enthusiasts as well. Badminton, racquetball, and squash are in many ways very similar to tennis, but also are very different in many ways. Let’s examine these 3 sports and learn a little more about them.
This one is my favorite racquet sport by far. It is part of the curriculum for most high school gym classes, and enjoyed by many people. First conceived as a source of entertainment for British troops stationed in Africa in the mid 1800’s, badminton quickly became extremely popular. It is a hybrid of the old English children’s game, “battledore and shuttlecock” (say that one 5 times fast) which consisted of simply trying to keep a small object made of cork up in the air by getting as many hits as possible from all the participants. Once a net was added by a few British officers, the modern version of badminton that we all know and love was brought into being. Here are some facts about the game: