16 feathers. Players score points by hitting the shuttlecock with the racket so that it passes over the net and lands on the opponents’ half of the court. Additionally, using the appropriate footwear is also vital in playing badminton to support the player’s fast changing of movements. There are five skills in badminton: grip (forehand or backhand), serve or the shot that starts the game, net shot, smash or the “killing stroke”, and clear or the “defensive stroke”. The court is rectangular and is divided into halves by a 1.55 meters net. The badminton court varies in width depending on the number of players (singles or doubles), measuring 13.4 meters in length and 5.18 meters in width if they are singular, and 6.10 meters if in doubles. Playing badminton has not only physical benefits but also mental and social benefits. Aside from keeping you fit and helping reduce the risk of diseases, this sport also helps to develop your reflex action and physical agility since it requires fast movement of the player. Building social ties and gaining new friends while having fun is also an advantage of playing this sport. In addition, badminton could also help fight stress and reduce the chances of depression.
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