10-17-2012, 11:55 AM #18
As for my comment about 'recreational and league standard players' I meant that if the players are playing in a sanctioned match / league / competition which follows the BWF rules then the shuttle speed needs to be tested using this rule. If the players are experienced enough and can reasonably hit the shuttle then they will be able to judge whether a shuttle is fast or not. It really isn't that much of an exact science and the shuttle should fly an approximate distance. Recreational players can play with a squash ball if they want as it is between themselves however their ability will not improve as it should if the correct speed of shuttle is not used.
Your idea would work if all players on the court were the same ability. I remember going to a club for the first time and using the shuttles that were provided by the club. I had to get used to them, adjust my technique and improve to match other players at the club. Imagine if I came along and said the shuttles were too slow because I couldn't clear to the back and all the other players could?
Once you get to an average / intermediate standard then performing this test isn't that hard.
May I add if you are going to start a debate then try not to be so sensitive with other peoples terminology etc. There is a wide range of users from all over the world with varying standards of English and ideas can get misunderstood.