Hi, I wanted to know what people feel is the difference between the average and plastic birds. Is a good plastic THAT much different than a decent feather? I live where a continuous supply of good feather birds is too expensive as I am still in university. I personally think that feathers give slightly more control and they tend to fly farther when clearing but are slower during smashing. I also wanted to know the wear and tear effects of the 2 types of shuttlecocks on different strings ie: 65/68Ti/70pro/80/85 etc... Do plastics wear strings out faster or something and that is why 70 pro is a string more suited for plastic use? thanks. I am currently using a Ti-10 (will switch to a LF-Ti500 soon!!! ) w/ 70pro strings. I find the pro to not be a very lively string and am considering switching to an 80 string but I am not sure if the plastics will eat it up in 2 hours or something like that.