Gaming 64

Published on November 16th, 2005 | by Greg


More Speed, Less Bad-minton

You love racquet sports, but don’t have much space/time/money. Ping pong requires a nice, flat table (which isn’t cheap). Tennis is worse: you need a fairly large amount of space to even hit the ball around, if you can find a nearby free court. Handball and racquetball are out, of course. Which leaves badminton- long less popular in America than it deserves to be. Badminton, though, is terrible on windy days and tends to be more than a little slow and difficult to pick up.

Which is why Pro Performance Sports should have a successful product on their hands with Speedminton. “Combining the best of tennis, badminton, and racquetball” they say, and in fact it is faster and easier to pick up than other racquet sports. It has some of the strategy of tennis and takes up just enough space to work well in a driveway.

You use specially designed racquets and birdies (they call them “speeders”) to play, and the game works pretty well even in fairly windy weather- a small rubber ring is included in the set to make the birdies weather-resistant enough to play on an aircraft carrier. Best of all, the birdies/speeders are bright neon colors, and the set includes a few glow in the dark attachments for after hours play!

For $60, you get two racquets, several speeders, a few glow in the dark “speedlights”, a decent carrying case, and a few cones so you can easily setup a court. Everything is fairly durable, and our testers found the game easy to pickup, and fairly relaxing. Speedminton probably won’t make it into the Olympic games anytime soon, but there aren’t many better ways to spend an afternoon with racquets.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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