Thursday, July 08, 2004

Anyone for Speedminton?


Apparently this is going to be the next big thing to hit the racketsports arena. I love playing badminton and this caught my eye after reading about Maria Sharapova winning Wimbledon this year. Apprently she plays it too.

What is Speedminton?
Speedminton is a high-energy racquet sport combining the best dimensions of tennis, badminton and racquetball.

Speedminton can be played indoors, outdoors, even at night. It can be played following competitive rules, or simply as a volley game, both providing an excellent aerobic workout. The Speedminton racquet is generously oversized with string tension set to maximize the acceleration of the speeder off of the racquet face. The patented "speeders", much like a badminton shuttlecock, are where the magic of the game lies. Material innovations and the advanced aerodynamic shape create the rhythm and flow of the exchange. Volleys between players are low and fast. In Competitive Play, opponents position themselves in "speedcourts", boxes that are eighteen feet square and positioned forty-two feet apart. A tennis court can also be easily modified for competitive play. Players must demonstrate a consistency of skill and effort to maintain the pace of volleys.

Easy play can take place on the beach, in a park and event at night. A casual volley is easy to learn and not as difficult to master as the more competitive play, which is ultimately what makes the sport addictive. The learning curve is tight, so players see immediate results from their practice and quickly move from recreational players to extreme Speedminton enthusiasts.

Night play is the element that takes this activity into a whole new realm. There are three different speeder models available for the different methods of play; Fun Speeder, Match Speeder and Night Speeder. The Night Speeder comes with a glow stick that can be inserted into the Speeder cap. Nighttime play differentiates Speedminton from other racquet sports as well as almost all other sports and activities.

So it's a combination of all the best bits of Badminton, Tennis, Squash and Racquetball. I fancy having a go but can't find any one in the UK who stocks the sets. The cheapest place I've found is here but that's still quite steep.

Looks like a lot of fun. Read a bit more about it here and here.

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