Nylon shuttles don't feel like feathers mainly due to weight and flight differences. WHY can't they make one that flies like a feather? I'd like to know what is stopping them. Goose feathers are light and ridgid, where as plastics tend to be flexible/soft and heavy. Stiff plastic can shatter, which is a safety hazard. That's the only two material differences I can think of. Someone on playbadminton mentioned that carlton made nylon shuttles with a baloon inside, behind the cork base. This sounds like an ingenious idea. Use minimal soft nylon skirt to wrap around a tiny inflated baloon, so the nylon skirt is reinforced enough to act as though it was stiff without the safety hazard. The baloon size can be changed to alter the flight path. So what's the problem now then? how come the baloon-nylon shuttle didn't become more popular? North Americans deserve to play with feathers too!!!