Left-handed people have a slight advantage in badminton



The shape of a badminton shuttlecock and the way it spins may give left-handed people an advantage for some shots

By Chen Ly

Lin Dan is considered by many to be the greatest badminton player of all time – he also happens to be left-handed


Left-handed badminton players could have a slight advantage thanks to the shape of the shuttlecock, a physicist has discovered, although as there seems to be no significant difference in their overall chance of winning, they may have disadvantages elsewhere.

Professional badminton players use feather shuttlecocks, which are usually made from about 16 overlapping goose or duck feathers inserted into a cork base. This overlapping introduces an asymmetry that means a …

View introductory offers

No commitment, cancel anytime*

Offer ends 28th October 2023.

*Cancel anytime within 14 days of payment to receive a refund on unserved issues.

Inclusive of applicable taxes (VAT)


Existing subscribers

Sign in to your account

More from New Scientist

Explore the latest news, articles and features


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:




More like this

Don’t Allow Yourself To Be Used

  Nigerian man, Darosha Losobeh, who is the cousin and...

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ quiz! How well do you know this iconic film?

Watching cherished holiday movies is one of the best...

‘Saved by the Bell’ star Tiffani Thiessen ‘fell in love’ with ice plunging as she nears 50

Tiffani Thiessen is welcoming change. The actress will celebrate...