It is the first ‘badminton shot’ to start a rally.
We start a game with a serve ensure a fair game between the server and the receiver.
Why are there strict serving rules in badminton?
It’s to prevent people from starting a rally by smashing right at the start of the game. Unlike tennis serve, if a player starts a rally by tossing the shuttle up and smashing it, there is no way the opponent can defend it.
If the badminton serve is not governed by rules, it will not be fair for the receiver.
If there are no rules, a server can:
Move to the front of the court
Toss the shuttlecock high up (like a tennis serve)
Perform a powerful smash downwards
There will be no way to defend it!
The purpose of the serving rules
Basically we perform the badminton serve because the badminton rules say so. There are also specific rules in performing the serve.