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Badminton – the fastest racquet stroke in the world!

October 15, 2008

Did you know that Badminton is the fastest racquet stroke in the world? According to some stats which you can find in Wikipedia, Men’s doubles player Fu Haifeng of China set the official world smash record of 332 km/h (206 mph) on June 3, 2005 in the Sudirman Cup. The fastest smash recorded in the singles competition is 305 km/h (189 mph) by Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia. The fastest recorded tennis stroke is Andy Roddick’s 153 mph (246 km/h) serve; the fastest recorded badminton stroke is Fu Haifeng’s 206 mph (332 km/h) smash.

Do note that how they measure the speed is at the point of contact of the smash. Since the shuttle is lighter than a tennis ball, the speed of the shuttle will decelerate much faster than a tennis ball or a squash ball. I’ve tried playing tennis and it was so easy to serve a hard and power serve compared to badminton as the racquets are also heavier. It does take much more strength for a player to produce a hard and fast smash compared to other sports hence why I feel badminton is one of the most challenging games in the world.

Taufik’s record of the fastest smash in a singles game:

Fu Haifeng’s world record smash:

Have you tried capturing the speed of your smash? Well I plan to do so someday soon just for fun! If you have tested the speed of your smash, would be great if you would let me know your speed.

Ciao da mao

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2008 4:29 pm

    Any idea in which match Fu Haifeng recorded that smash? The video is a bit too blurry, I can’t see the smash in all its glory 🙂

  2. November 2, 2008 11:56 am

    Hey SBC,

    Fu Haifeng of China set the official world smash record of 332 km/h (206 mph) on June 3, 2005 in the Sudirman Cup.

  3. May 21, 2010 1:26 am

    A faster smash has been recorded now – 421km/h by Tan Boon Heong – but it was recorded in a Yonex racket trial to promote the ArcSaber Z-Slash, not in a match. All the same, it is being included in the Guiness Book of Records.

    Find out more in my badminton smash record article.

  4. May 25, 2010 6:55 am

    Current record made by Tan Boon Heong is not the best a badminton player ever made because the record was set up. In other words, Fu Haifeng is the fastest smasher in the world!!

  5. May 25, 2010 6:56 am

    To Mr/Ms SBC: Fu Haifeng made the record in Sudirman Cup 2005.

  6. May 25, 2010 7:34 pm

    “Current record made by Tan Boon Heong is not the best a badminton player ever made because the record was set up.”

    That’s a bold statement! There’s no reason to doubt that he really hit the shuttlecock that fast – but obviously it’s easier to smash fast in a racket test than in a match. Shame Yonex and Li Ning can’t organise a smash off between their sponsored players 🙂

  7. June 4, 2010 3:10 pm

    Michael, thats a brilliant idea! Not too sure how if we can kick off an All star badminton game.. Similar to the All Stars Basketball.. we can have a smashing competition (fastest smasher), best defence, best net play, best trickshot 🙂

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