Badminton is a massively popular sport around the world and Jaques have been providing fantastic quality Badminton equipment for many years.
Jaques have been associated with the game of Badminton since its inception and were the first to produce a laminated Badminton racket of under 5oz; the KFD model. Garden Badminton has been an important part of Jaques, the oldest sports and games manufacturer in the world, and we take great pride in knowing the Badminton sets we offer are of the highest quality.
As well as offering complete Badminton sets, with all the equipment and accessories needed to start playing straight away, Jaques also provide Badminton rackets, nets, posts and shuttlecocks. At the top of the range, Jaques Challenge Badminton set is suitable for either 2 or 4 players and comes complete with four alloy rackets, a deluxe Badminton net and posts, and three shuttlecocks, all packaged together in an attractive wooden box. Other Badminton sets in the range include Jaques Pro Badminton set and County Badminton set both of which are packaged together in strong canvas style carry bags.
The delight of our Badminton sets is that the game that can be played can be infinitely variable in play from a smash of over 100 m.p.h. to a gentle lob to the back of the court. Popular tactics are to alternate short drop shots just over the net with high lobs which can only be reached as they fall into the back of the court. The intermediate shot, made as a drive head-high to the opponent, is also a popular standard stroke and can be very effective particularly in mixed doubles. The smash is a popular winning shot and should be struck as steeply over the net as possible. The essence of success is attack and the expert player avoids disclosing his stroke to his opponent, disguising his shot and using a last minute wrist flick.
Badminton today is a racket sport played in either singles (two opposing players) or doubles (two opposing pairs of players) that are positioned on opposite sides of a rectangular court divided in half by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their rackets so that it passes over the net and lands in their opponents' half of the court. A rally ends once the shuttlecock has struck the ground, and each side may only strike the shuttlecock once before it passes over the net. Although played as international and Olympic level sport the nature of badminton makes it ideal for recreational garden play.
Badminton originated in England, like a great majority of todays popular sports and games, from a game called Battledore and Shuttlecock in which two players hit a feathered shuttlecock back and forth with tiny rackets but it wasn't until the late 19th Century that the game's official name became. It is named after the country estate of the Duke of Beaufort and the British took the game to India where the first rules were drawn up in 1877. Since World War II, many other countries, especially the USA, Denmark and the south east Asian countries have challenged Britains early domination of the game.