Thanks for visiting us!

Badminton Central is a free community for fans of badminton! If you find anything useful here please consider registering to see more content and get involved with our great community users, it takes less than 15 seconds! Everybody is welcome here.

Click here for a FREE account!

Altering shuttlecock speed.

Discussion in 'Shuttlecock' started by CantSmashThis, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. CantSmashThis

    CantSmashThis Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    PanAm Umpire
    Location:
    California, United States
    I know this is illegal for tournaments. But outside of tournaments does anyone know how to alter the speed of feather shuttlecocks to make them fly slower? I know you bend some feathers or something, but can anyone explain what you do? The step-by-step process on how to do it. Pictures or a vid would be really helpful too. Thanks!
     
  2. Winex West Can

    Winex West Can Regular Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Messages:
    2,396
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Hi Tech
    Location:
    Vancouver, Canada
    In tournaments, usually they would have tested and selected the proper speed shuttles for the matches for that day.

    Normally, you would either bend the tip of the feathers inward (faster) or outward (slower) and you would start with doing one every four feathers and if need be, one very two and then every feather.

    Test the speed of the shuttle by hitting a full underhand stroke while standing over the back boundary line. Properly hit, the shuttle should land at the back of the opposition court between the two marker lines.
     
  3. Danstevens

    Danstevens Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Nottingham, UK
    May I ask why you would want to alter the speed of a shuttle? Surely it's best to play with shuttles as close to tournament speed as possible.
     
  4. noppy

    noppy Regular Member

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2008
    Messages:
    442
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    student
    Location:
    Bangor,Gloucestershire, Scotla
    they didnt say slow them from proper(correct) speed, one of the clubs i train at use AS-40's and pretty much every shuttle is too fast the under arm test from the back boundary line, would end outside of the court the other end so its tipped at either 1 in 8, 1 in 4 and occasionally 1 in 2 and some they dont bother even using if there way to fast.
     
    #4 noppy, Nov 2, 2008
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2008
  5. Danstevens

    Danstevens Regular Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,603
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Nottingham, UK
    OK fair, enough.

    Bending the feathers outwards slightly will increase drag and slow the shuttle down. Bending them inwards will give the opposite result and speed the bird up.
     
  6. CantSmashThis

    CantSmashThis Regular Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,013
    Likes Received:
    0
    Occupation:
    PanAm Umpire
    Location:
    California, United States
    This was the answer I was looking for. Thanks for the help you guys!
     

Share This Page