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Proper equipment for playing badminton

Like any sport when you come to a badminton game you want to make sure that you have the proper equipment.

The main piece of equipment that you are going to need is a Badminton racket, unlike a tennis racket badminton rackets are smaller and lighter, weighing between 70 and 90 grams. They are generally made with steel or aluminum. There is debate about if the strings should be tight or loose. Tighter strings are said to improves your control while lower tension makes the string bed more bouncy which helps to increase the power of the swing. Some find the high tension to not help them shoot accurately, the best way to figure out the proper tension for you is to try out different tension until you find the one you like.

Shuttlecock also known as a birdie is the "ball" that is used to play. It is made of sixteen overlapping feathers embedded in a rounded cork base that is covered by a layer of either leather or synthetic material. Because the feather birdies tend to break easily players lean towards synthetic ones made out of plastic and synthetic foam.

While you can wear your regular running shoes to play badminton running shoes have too much built-up lateral support which will not protect your foot from injury. The lack of support in badminton shoes allow for free movement in your feet and the thin soles lower your center of gravity leading to less injury. Learning proper footing will also help to keep you from getting injured while playing badminton.

Finally you are going to need a badminton net. The top of the net should be 5 feet from the ground at the center, it should be 2 feet and 6 inches in depth and reach the whole width of the court. There is no regulation as to the height of the ceiling or amount of space over the top of the net, but it makes sense to not have a fair amount of space over the net. The colors of the net are generally dark colors like black or navy with a white stripe across the top

Now that you have the proper equipment, go grab a friend and start playing!

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