Badminton is a very exciting racket sport. (Other popular racket sports include tennis, squash, and table tennis, etc.)
To play badminton, you will need at least two players. In this case, the two players will play against each other. We call that “singles”.
The maximum number of players you can have in a badminton game is four. The four players will be divided into two teams. Each of the two teams will have two players. The two teams will play against each other. It will be a 2-on-2 game. We call that “doubles”.
A badminton game is played on a badminton court (a rectangular court with lines drawn on the ground).
Whether you are playing a singles match or a doubles match, the two teams play against each other across a net that is located at the midway point between the two sides of the badminton court. The net is held up and supported by two posts. These two posts are located at the side lines for doubles.
The two posts that support the badminton net are called the badminton net posts.
It is hard to imagine that when the game of badminton was first played back in the days, it was played without the badminton net and the badminton net posts. It is believed that the first version of badminton was invented in ancient Greece roughly 2000 years ago. This first version of badminton is usually referred to as battledore and shuttlecock.
From Greece, the game of badminton spreads to other parts of the world such as China and India.
Many years later, in the 1860s, the badminton net and the badminton net posts were finally introduced. Here’s the details of the story:
In the 1860s, the game battledore and shuttlecock (the first version of badminton) was very popular among the officers of the British Army that worked and lived in India. In order to make the game more exciting, they added the badminton net and the badminton net posts to the game.
The first known appearance of the badminton net and the badminton net posts happened in the city of Pune in India.
When the officers of the British Army first created the badminton net and the badminton net posts. The height of the net is 1.55m on the left end and the right end. In the middle, the net is 1.524m in height. (That means the net sags just a little bit in the middle.) The net posts, as a result, have to be 1.55m in height in order for the net to be 1.55m in height at both ends.
For people who are not familiar with badminton or tennis may think that the badminton court is strange. They think that it is weird that the badminton court has all the lines for doubles and singles drawn on the ground even when the match is a singles match. For people that grow up watching badminton, they may like the consistency.
In order to keep the badminton court, the badminton net, and the badminton net posts the same for both the singles and doubles, the badminton net posts have to be placed over the doubles side lines, whether it is a singles match or a doubles match.
If you are trying to buy badminton net posts and a badminton net, you may have already noticed that they are usually sold as a package. Indoor sets and outdoor sets are quite different. The biggest difference can usually be found at the base of the net posts.
Generally speaking, badminton net posts of high quality are made of heavy gauge steel and are engineered to be rust proof. The goal is to make them stable and be able to withstand moisture.
Indoor badminton net posts can be categorized into two types:
For badminton net posts with wheels, they are usually T-shaped at the base. The net posts are designed in a way that the part of the base that is further away from the court is heavier. That allows the badminton net posts to have good weight balance so that they are very stable with or without the net.
For badminton net posts without wheels, they are designed to be plugged into the holes which can be found on some indoor badminton courts.
The above is detailed information about the badminton net posts. It is great for badminton lovers to appreciate every piece of equipment related to the beautiful game of badminton.