We have probably heard that all sports are fun, and we shouldn't pit one against the other. So, we’ll avoid pitting badminton against tennis.
Instead, we plan to take a closer look into both games and compare the differences and the similarities. For the purposes of this article, we will first look at both games individually.
Tennis is such a popular sport. This racquet game has taken on several forms in the modern sports world.
It is played against one opponent in singles. Other times tennis players pit two teams against each other. Each team has two players of the same gender, known as doubles.
Lastly, another variation of the tennis game is called the mixed doubles. In this game, each team has a man and a woman. Although mixed doubles have been recognized at a professional level, they are rare.
The basic explanation of the tennis game is that two opposing players use racquets to hit a rubber ball.
Scoring points happens when a player hits the ball in such a technique that the other contestant fails to hit the ball back.
A tennis game is suitable for individuals across all ages and physical capabilities. Basically, anyone who can hold the racquet properly can play this game.
Tennis originated from Birmingham, England where it is known as lean tennis. There have been slight adjustments to the game since its inception.
The most significant change being the adoption of an electronic hawk-eye review technology in competitive sports.
Tennis has stayed popular over the years partly due to the simplicity of the equipment needed to get started. Beginners need to just have a racquet and a ball to begin.
A tennis racquet is a piece of simple equipment consisting of a grip, a neck, and a mount that holds a mesh of string. The mesh acts as the hitting surface.
The length of the racket is at most 29 inches long and 12.5 inches wide.
The act of hitting a tennis ball with a racket requires a bit of basic physics knowledge. In science-speak, a racket hitting the ball is a perfect example of an unbalanced force coming into contact with an object in motion.
A heavy object namely the racket is hitting a light object (i.e. the tennis ball) with the intention of sending it at full force over to your opponent’s side.
With this brief description of energy transfer, we can already deduce the fact that there are five key features of a tennis racquet.
These five features dictate how it transfers kinetic energy to the ball and how it will feel to the player. Therefore, the characteristics to look for in a racquet include the following:
This is all you need to know in order to pick the racket that matches you and your playing style.
Each tennis racquet has a unique set of characteristics. They have differing head sizes, swing weights, string patterns, stiffness rating, and overall weight.
When you merge these characteristics in different plausible ways, you will end up with tennis rackets of different categories and functions. The resulting categories include:
When tennis was first invented, players utilized strips of cloth sewn together and stuffed with feathers.
Currently, tennis balls are made of hardened rubber with a fleece coating.
Another fun fact about ancient tennis is that the ball used to be white. The color eventually changed to optic yellow so that it would be easier to see the ball.
Tennis balls are manufactured according to strict standards that enforce the required size, weight, deformation, and bounce.
Tennis is a field game that is played on a flat rectangular surface. The tennis court is 78 feet in length and 27 feet wide for the singles game.
In a double’s game, the width of the court extends to 36 feet. There is an additional space allowance for players to hit back overturn balls.
The tennis net separating the players is 1.07 m high at the sides and 0.91 m at the center. The net stretches across the width of the court to divide the pitch into two equal parts.
The game begins with the players standing on their respective sides of the net. One player will be the server.
To decide who gets to serve first is done by tossing a coin. Once that decision is made the server commences the game.
If the ball flies to the receiver successfully without touching the net or the ground, it is then considered a successful legal serve.
Badminton, like tennis, is a racket sport in which players hit a shuttlecock across a net dividing the pitch.
Players use a racquet to hit the shuttlecock that is other times referred to as a birdie.
As a casual sport, badminton is played outside in a yard or at the beach. However, a competitive sport, badminton must be played indoors owing to the lightweight nature of the feathered shuttlecock.
Badminton racquets are very lightweight. The rackets weigh only 70 grams with the maximum weight being 100 g.
The weight can be attributed to the carbon fiber construction and sometimes an aluminum metal frame.
Racquets made out of carbon fiber are ideal because the material is light yet strong. It has the right stiffness to build enough momentum that sends the shuttle flying back to your opponent.
Of course, there are plenty of other badminton racquet designs of different materials. However, there are strict shape, size, and weight limitations that they must stick to.
The badminton court is flat and rectangular. It is equally divided into two by a net.
Double game courts as expected are wider than singles game courts. However, the length remains the same.
The width of the court during a doubles game is recommended to 20 feet while the width for the singles is 17 feet.
The length of the badminton court is further recommended being 44 feet.
Line markings on the pitch are similar to the tennis court lines and serve the same purpose.
The shuttlecock is an aerodynamic projectile that is hit in a badminton game in the stead of a spherical ball.
The shuttlecock is shaped conically with a hard cork at the tip and is attached with sixteen feathers at the base.
The feathered shuttlecock is more commonly used in competitive tournaments rather than at a casual game with friends.
In order to play badminton as a pastime on the beach, a plastic birdie is usually used because it has a bit more weight.
There are a variety of differences between these two sports. This is not to imply that one sport is better than the other. In the end, it all boils down to individual preference and ability.
That said, the following are some key differences between these two sports:
In a badminton match, the games are best two out of three. Each of these games is played up to 21 points. In the event of a draw, it goes up to 30 points.
On the other hand, a tennis match's final score is the best three out of five sets.
Each set is made up of six games.
The tennis game scoring systems start at love or zero and goes up to a maximum of 40 points. From zero/love the next point is 15, next is 30, then 40, and lastly the game point after which one game ends.
In a tennis game, it is alright if the ball can bounce once before you hit. On the other hand, if the shuttlecock hits the floor your rally is terminated.
You get an extra chance to attempt a serve in tennis in case the first one is a bust. Badminton on the other hand is rather unforgiving, there is only one serving attempt allowed.
A tennis pitch is twice the size of a badminton court both in length and width.
Badminton rackets are merely ¼ of the weight of a tennis racquet.
It is obvious that the weight difference between a shuttlecock and a spherical tennis ball is glaring. The tennis ball is more than ten times the weight of a birdie.
Because of the weight of a tennis racquet, tennis players have to work out to build strength in their arms and shoulders. Strength training ensures that they have the capacity to handle the weight of the racket while still moving with agility.
In contrast, since badminton shuttlecocks weigh 11 times less than tennis balls, it doesn’t take a lot of force to hit. Therefore, badminton players do not necessarily need to build shoulder muscle strength.
Professional tennis players who play at the Wimbledon Open win around 3 million dollars along with a prestigious trophy.
In contrast, the competitive All England Badminton Open winner only rakes in at most a million dollars for the tournament. The winner takes home paltry tens of thousands of dollars compared to tennis players.
The unfairness of this disparity gets even more evident when you compare the badminton player earnings to all other professional sports athletes.
Even the world’s best badminton players cannot support themselves financially solely on their winnings. They have to supplement this with endorsements or a second career.
Tennis balls and badminton shuttlecocks need to be replaced regularly in pro sports. The balls lose pressure after sustained hits and the birdies shed their feathers.
Badminton and tennis racquets likewise must be serviced regularly so that they function at an optimum level.
As we conclude this comparison, people have often wondered which is the more arduous game between the two.
We can safely say that badminton is a faster game. It requires the player to move at more speed than tennis does.
Furthermore, the game of badminton tests your stamina in every way possible. Your reflexes and overall fitness levels will be put to the test.
Therefore, if you have the reflexes and agility of a cat, you will find badminton thoroughly entertaining. If you aren't gifted with those two qualities, you will find the game a tad challenging.
The consolation point for tennis players is that even though their sport comes second to badminton, they take home the fattest purses.