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Thread: how To increase shuttle life??
02-25-2005, 05:24 AM #18
02-25-2005, 02:42 PM #19Originally Posted by esiong
02-25-2005, 03:16 PM #20Originally Posted by manduki
As far as I know, there isn't really any maintenance procedure for nylons, beyond the care that you'd attribute for the corks.
02-28-2005, 10:25 AM #21Originally Posted by Jinryu
02-28-2005, 11:28 AM #22Originally Posted by speedy
02-28-2005, 01:47 PM #23
I've tried dipping water once, and mould grew on the shuttles. It smelled really bad..
03-01-2005, 01:24 AM #24
it also depends on the season.supposing it's summer and really really hot the shuttle tends to become brittle,then steaming it should definitely help.
03-03-2005, 04:06 AM #25
Originally quoted by Yogi :
"I am sorry about the fridge. When i mean keep them in the fridge, i actually meant not store them but just keep them about 1/2an hour to1 hour before game time. NEver store the birds in the fridge."
Thanks for this info. I knew that suggestions coming from you would be a sound one. This really works.
Last edited by speedy; 03-03-2005 at 04:10 AM.
03-04-2005, 02:10 AM #26
Tagsports Website on Storing Feather Shuttles
You can find some useful info from Tagsports website: www.tagsports.co.uk on "Storing Feather Shuttles.
Just to summarize and reproduce some of the salient points for convenience:
1. The best shuttlecock feathers being goose feathers, contain moisture and natural oil which keeps them strong and supple to withstand 'blows' from rackets.
2. Exposure to heat or low humidity will quickly reduce the moisture and natural oil content in the feathers, making them dry and brittle with a shorter playing life.
3. Shuttles should be kept in a slightly damp atmosphere and in a temperature not exceeding 55 degrees F. They shoud NEVER be stored in a dry cupboard or in any location which is centrally heated.
4. They should NEVER be stored in a refrigerator nor warmed in front of a fire. Exposure to heat will not only dry the feathers out but will also dry out the cork base. If this happens the base may well go out of shape which distorts the ring of feathers and trouble with true flight follows.
5. The length of flight of a shuttlecock is affected by changes of temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure. A shuttercock will fly further in a hot court than in a cold court and it will also fly much further at a height 5,000 feet than it will at sea level. It is necessary, therefore, to provide a wide choice of shuttlecocks of different lengths of flight so that shuttlecocks of the correct speed, as laid down in the Laws of Badminton, can be made available whatever the playing conditions may be.
So advocates of the refrigerator treatment, etc, please take careful note of the above facts so that you will not damage your feather shuttles unnecessarily!
03-04-2005, 08:06 AM #27Originally Posted by Loh
55 deg F (=12 deg C) is pretty cold. I think the article meant 55 deg C.
03-04-2005, 09:07 AM #28Originally Posted by Jinryu
03-05-2005, 09:34 AM #29Originally Posted by Loh
03-05-2005, 11:50 AM #30Originally Posted by cheongsa
I think they meant not to keep the shuttle in too cold a temperture as in a fridge. 12 deg C therefore may seem to be too cold. Anyway I'll check the article again for any typo error.
03-05-2005, 11:55 AM #31Originally Posted by speedy
03-06-2005, 03:30 AM #32
I am bound to answer because i was one of the people who advocated keeping the birds in the fridge. I came back and corrected saying that it was NEVER meant to be STORED but just kept there 30mins to an hour before to ensure the bird is ok for games.This worked for me (when i was in Madras) a place like singapore (Hot and Humid). I think Speedy would second me on that. I think the article is generally guide and more directed towards places that are NOT as Humid as ours.
I presently live in Melbourne and probably i would steam the birds if i was to play here. But i still stand by the idea of sticking the bird into the fridge for 30mins or so before you play the game (for very humid countries). As you said, the cork plays a very important part and depending on the brand of the shuttles you need to arrive at a optimum time for refridgeration.
03-06-2005, 04:28 AM #33Originally Posted by DaN_fAn
because you are warming up with a new shuttle you may be paying more attention to hitting properly.
So when you start the game you are actually playing better, rather than the shuttle
<just a theory>
03-06-2005, 08:01 PM #34Originally Posted by Loh
So it seems that one should store the shuttles in a not too hot or too cold place in order to retain the mositure and natural oil in the goose feathers and keep them from becoming dry and brittle resulting in a shorter playing life!
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