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What is the Official Badminton Net Height?

The proper badminton net height may not be important when you are playing the game for entertainment. But for serious badminton, if the height of the net is set high, your good smashes, drop shots may be dashed against the net, and for low net height, shots become so easy to play that makes it difficult to distinguish between a good and a bad player.

What are the Rules for Badminton Court Net Height?

badminton court with net system

A badminton net is a central divider of a court, fixed with posts placed on sidelines. It acts as a barrier between the two players and to continue a rally, a shuttlecock must pass over the net.

The purpose to maintain a proper net height is to make the game more interesting and challenging. There are certain official rules governed by BWF (Badminton World Federation) to maintain the height of a net.

  • A net is made of a fine cord with a mesh of 15 – 20 mm. A cable or cord is attached at the top of the cord mesh for the purpose of tensioning the net. This cable or cord is covered with 75 mm white tape.
  • The color of the cord should be dark to increase the visibility of the top white tape.
  • In both singles and doubles, the badminton net is attached with posts, placed on the doubles sideline.
  • The net, fixed with the top of posts, should be stretched enough to maintain the proper height.
  • There should be no gap between posts and the end of the net.

What is the Badminton Net Height From Ground in Feet, Inches, and Meters?

badminton net height measurements

The below chart depicts the measurements of a standard badminton court net height from the ground.

MeasurementFeetInchesMeters
Badminton Net Height at Each Side5.09611.55
Badminton Net Height at Center5601.524
Badminton Net Depth2.4929.90.76

What are the Materials Used?

In general, nylon is the most common material used for the cord mesh of a badminton net. Materials like polyester and vinyl are also used but these materials are not as durable as nylon. Outdoor badminton nets are made of nylon which is weather-resistant, sturdy, and durable.

For tensioning cable, materials like nylon, polyester, and steel are most common. Nylon and polyester cables are easier to handle than steel cables but in terms of precision and durability, steel is best among the three materials.

What are the Types of Badminton Nets?

In general, there are three types of badminton nets according to the playing conditions.

  1. Indoor
  2. Outdoor
  3. Portable

As the name suggests, indoor nets are for indoor courts where there is less effect of wind. The posts used for indoor nets are not planted into the ground, rather a weighted T-bar mechanism is used for the stability of indoor nets and adjustments depending on the level of surface. Also, the use of GI wire and other accessories which are essential for fixing the outdoor nets, are not needed for indoor nets.

The outdoor nets have to survive against the weather. For this, the material used for this type of net should be weather-resistant and sturdy. The outdoor nets are fixed against stakes which are inserted into the ground vertically. 

Portable nets are used for recreational activities. They are inexpensive and portable enough to be carried anywhere. These nets include two posts that can be easily uprooted from the ground. To keep the net in proper tension, weights or anchors are included with this type of net.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of a badminton court?

The size of a badminton court is for singles is 44’ x 17′, and for doubles, it is 44’ x 20’.

How wide is a badminton net?

A net must be at least 6.1 meters (20 feet) wide.

What is the badminton net height in feet?

The height of the badminton net in feet is 5 at the center and 5.09 at each side.

Are badminton and volleyball nets the same height?

No, the height of the net is different for these sports. For badminton, the height of a net is 1.55 meters (5.1’) whereas volleyball nets are 1.15 meters (3.8’) high for men, and for women, the height is 1.05 meters (3.4’).

Can we use a badminton net for volleyball?

The simple answer is ‘no’. The volleyball nets are longer than badminton nets due to the bigger court size for volleyball. Also, volleyball nets are tightened at the top and bottom position, whereas badminton nets have a tightening arrangement only at the top.

Do badminton nets cost more?

No, badminton nets are not expensive. They are available at a very reasonable price in the market.

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