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07-09-2013, 06:16 PM #35
I would love to try them too!
07-10-2013, 01:15 AM #36
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07-10-2013, 02:13 AM #37
gordon, will this be available in singapore any time? looks good.
07-10-2013, 02:51 AM #38
07-12-2013, 04:15 PM #39
Just introduced these at my badminton club. We normally use mavis 2000.
The heavy hitters like the feel. Some of the net players commented that it dies quicker, so they needed to push more at the net, so much closer to the feel of feathers.
Each court had a shuttle each for 2 hours, minor tear at the skirt, however the cork is feeling loose. This can been seen on both shuttles. So durability wise, it looks like the corks going to come loose before the skirt becomes too ripped. Durability and cost wise is probably worse than mavis 2000, but still more economical than feathers.
All in all, very positive. The only downside is that it does feel heavier and the club can't even think about switching until we worked our way through our current batch of shuttles. :-(
Last edited by Rimano; 07-12-2013 at 04:26 PM.
07-14-2013, 03:05 PM #40
07-14-2013, 05:34 PM #41
I would suggest this is possibly due to rigid (black) skirt of shuttle. On feathers the skirt is very close to the edge of the cork, while on the plastics there is an approx 4mm gap from where the skirt goes into the cork and the distance to the edge of the cork.
Because the skirt does not collapse like normal plastics, striking the shuttle causes some force/leverage on the rigid skirt vs the base of the cork. Over time I think hard strikes of the shuttle are causing the skirt to loosen from the cork.
08-01-2013, 03:57 AM #42
For those in North America best to contact Alan at black knight Canada.
08-12-2013, 07:02 PM #43
One of the club members brought it to the session and handed them out to each court for a test run.
Everyone agreed that the shuttle felt very nice on hit, very similar sound and feel to a feather. But one thing we noticed is the shuttle carried speed very well, almost too well, where most feathers die out in speed in a flat smash (not a steep one) the bird2 carries on for at least 1 meter more before slowing down. I think thats due to the shuttle possibly having more weight on it than conventional plastics/feathers, which is understandable. I do agree about the cork becoming loose, after about 20 minutes play the cork base started wobbling, glueing it to the skirt would solve the problem I imagine.
08-31-2013, 02:41 PM #44
09-06-2013, 05:13 PM #45
I tried these for the first time today, played a solid hour, and no cork issues. The club I used to play at goes through loads of boxes of feathers per season, and for me I actually enjoyed playing with this shuttle a lot better than feathers and any other synthetic shuttle that I have tried. Don't get me wrong though, I love playing with feathers, but really cannot stand playing on with a few rallies after the feather should be replaced, feathers becomes quite inconsistent to play with very fast. The Bird 2 was a joy to play with, and I will probably never buy another type of synthetic again, unless of course a better product comes out. All 4 players today that I played with were impressed by the feel and control. Well done Cheers Mark
09-08-2013, 05:57 PM #46
09-09-2013, 12:17 PM #47
09-11-2013, 08:54 AM #48
any advice on how to get the Bird2 in Frankfurt, Germany? I'm very curious to try this shuttle out.
I tried contacting Central Sports for an international shipment three times now and did not receive any answer at all - very disappointing.
In parallel to this post I'll try contacting the goode-sports address you suggested few posts earlier, although I assume that you only sell via your retailers, don't you?
Cheers and many thanks
09-12-2013, 07:32 AM #49
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09-12-2013, 09:37 AM #50
Thanks! Is there any plans to change the Black base of the skirting and change it into white?
09-22-2013, 01:11 AM #51