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By Brianna Wray
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Badminton: an ideal sport for non-athletes


Brianna Wray

Two racket variation badminton keeps players on their toes. Left: Matt "Honeybee" Wray loses a point to wife and Williams sister impersonator, Brianna Wray. "My point!"

OUTSIDE-It's a tale as old as time: a spherical projectile thrust over a net and into the opposition's path is met and volleyed off at an angle. It's ping pong on a table, it's tennis (or pickleball, I guess) on a court, it's volleyball in the sand, it's Pong on a video game, but it is arguably best as badminton.

Badminton takes a familiar concept and changes the pace of play with suspended animation achievable thanks to the aerodynamic quality of its shuttlecock, or birdie. Gameplay can be tailored to many fitness levels by adjusting the force applied to each swat.

Follow-through on a swi...

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