• Shuttlecocks used for badminton are not like other projectiles found in sports. When you hit a tennis ball or a cricket ball with a racquet or bat it goes further the harder you hit it. But no matter how hard you hit the shuttlecock it won’t go much further than about 6 or 7 metres. John Barrow takes a quick look at the reason why in this very short article aimed at older students and general readers.

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