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A Simulation of the Effects of Badminton Serve Release Height

by 1,*,† and 2,†
1
Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg Øst, Denmark
2
Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, 9220 Aalborg Øst, Denmark
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Arkady Voloshin and Mark King
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(7), 2903; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072903
Received: 5 February 2021 / Revised: 10 March 2021 / Accepted: 23 March 2021 / Published: 24 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computer Simulation Modelling in Sport)
In this work, we develop and calibrate a model to represent the trajectory of a badminton shuttlecock and use it to investigate the influence of serve height in view of a new serve rule instated by the Badminton World Federation. The new rule means that all players must launch the shuttlecock below a height of 1.15 m, as opposed to the old rule whereby the required launch height was under the rib cage of the server. The model is based on a forward dynamics model of ballistic trajectory with drag, and it is calibrated with experimental data. The experiments also served to determine the actual influence of the new rule on the shuttlecock launch position. The model is used in a Monte Carlo simulation to determine the statistical influence of the new serve rules on the player’s ability to perform good serves; i.e., serves with little opportunity for the receiver to attack. We conclude that, for the female player in question, serving below a height of 1.15 m makes it marginally more difficult to perform excellent serves. We also conclude that there might be alternative launch positions that would be less likely to produce the best serves but could be exploited as a tactical option. View Full-Text
Keywords: Monte Carlo simulation; shuttlecock; aerodynamics; trajectory Monte Carlo simulation; shuttlecock; aerodynamics; trajectory
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Rasmussen, J.; de Zee, M. A Simulation of the Effects of Badminton Serve Release Height. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 2903. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072903

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Rasmussen, John, and Mark de Zee. 2021. "A Simulation of the Effects of Badminton Serve Release Height" Applied Sciences 11, no. 7: 2903. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11072903

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