"badminton shuttlecocks from the toyshop"

Badminton is a sport similar to tennis, in that it is played with a racquet and involves hitting a projectile over a net and between two halves of a rectangle. However, it is played indoors, and there is no ball: a “shuttlecock” (pictured) is used instead, which is a kind of light ball that is circled with feathers or some such replacement.