How has badminton equipment changed through the years

To examine the equipment one might feel that the game is a passive one, that the equipment is too frail to allow for real competition. A glance at the costumes and surroundings of badminton as played many years ago might also make one feel that it is not a strenuous game. A few years ago the New York Badminton Club put on a badminton demonstration, having one team dressed as of yore with choker collars, Prince Albert coats, and high hats; while the other team was clothed in the scanty gym suits of today. An additional side-line activity at this demonstration was the traditional pouring and sipping of tea.

While the fundamentals of the game are practically the same, the modern equipment has made badminton a game that demands finesse, endurance, speed, timing, and accuracy. A f ew trial swings, a few lobs, followed by some smashes, soon convinces one that the game is a decep- tive one and, if properly played, demands every effort of a trained athlete. With the enthusiasm shown by the thousands of badminton club members in the various countries and the very noticeable increase in in- terest in states bordering Canada, it is saf e to predict that with provi- sion for courts in our athletic plants, this thoroughly athletic game will soon attain, in the United States, the popularity it now enjoys in Canada and the British Isles.