Badminton.
Badminton court.

Shuttlecocks, also called shuttles or "birdies" can be made of feathers or of synthetic materials. A feathered shuttlecock consists of a cork base with 16 feathers around it in a cone-like shape. A synthetic shuttlecock also has a cork base and a cone-like shape but instead of feathers it has a "skirt" made of plastic and nylon.

Badminton shuttlecocks.

Rackets are used to hit the shuttlecock. One holds the racket by the taped handle and hits the cork of the shuttle with the stringed head of the racket. The shaft is the thin part of the racket that runs from the handle to the head. The throat is the slightly thicker area where the shaft meets the oval-shaped head of the racket.

Rackets can be made from several materials such as aluminum, steel, carbon graphite, or any combination of the three.

Badminton net.

The net is 20 feet long and has white tape running across the top with a cord running through this tape. The cord ties to the poles to hang the net. The top of the net is 5 feet from the ground in the center of the court, and about 5.09 feet from the ground on the sides.

*Information for this page came from Badminton World Federation,