# Thread: How do you pick a shuttle on the court floor?

1. My experience is (I am right-handed):

1. Use the racket to move the bird so that the cork eithers points to you or to the front (\/ or /\ ; some can do >, but I cannot; < is terrible)

2. Point the racket towards the right side of the bird. The racket face should be ' / ' in your eyes.

3. Qiuckly inset the edge of the racket into the gap between the bird and the floor.

4. IMMEDIATELY turn the racket face to ' \ '. The bird will fly towards the left after step 3, so turning the racket to ' \ ' blocks the bird from escaping, just like the bird sticks onto the racket face.

5. Bring the racket up slowly. Try to match up with the speed of the bird.

6. Do whatever you want. Flick it up to the air and catch it; control the racket to make the bird stay on the racket face; or hit the bird right away.

P.S. I know somebody who can catch the bird with the racket when the bird is still FLYING!!! To me, it's insane...

2. Originally Posted by john10235

P.S. I know somebody who can catch the bird with the racket when the bird is still FLYING!!! To me, it's insane...
You must know me then

3. What string and racket are u using? Looks attractive.

Originally Posted by Neosakai
You must know me then

4. Originally Posted by john10235
........ P.S. I know somebody who can catch the bird with the racket when the bird is still FLYING!!! To me, it's insane...
It's not really that hard . Basically , have your racket perpendicular to the floor and follow the shuttlecock going down then ( like what you do when the shuttlecock is on the floor ) you scoop it up . It makes a "j" shape sorta .

I'm trying to learn how to do it right now as well . It might be a little hard , but not impossible . Practice makes perfect

5. yeah... basically you do the J thing, but i dont really hook the end of the 'J'. as the birdie is coming down towards you (easiest direction to start learning/practicing) hold your racquet perpendicular to the ground and pointed diagonally up, as the birdie is coming down, try to synchronize your racquet coming down with the speed of the bird (also have your racquet as close to the birdie as possible) and do the J thing.

not sure if it's already said in this thread, but for those who are afraid of scratching your racquets on the ground when picking up birds, it's possible to pick it up without touching the ground (i only do this when using other people's racquets), you can either do it like how people pick up soccer balls (roll it in one direction and scoop the bird in the opposing direction) or push it lightly in one direction, and scoop it in the same direction by faster.

6. Originally Posted by Jansenkzh
What string and racket are u using? Looks attractive.
Thanks. I'm using Muscle Power 30 with BG80, here is a pic of it

http://img267.echo.cx/img267/3056/dscn01945uh.jpg

7. Thanks for the picture. Doubt I can get it in singapore now =(

Originally Posted by Neosakai
Thanks. I'm using Muscle Power 30 with BG80, here is a pic of it

http://img267.echo.cx/img267/3056/dscn01945uh.jpg

8. ## video

heres a vid

http://www.macca52.plus.com/temp/pickup.AVI

ive tried to do it slowly, the video angle isnt ideal but its the best i could manage. i find that doing it on wood is much easier that carpet but if you want to practise at home thats up to you.

9. *sorry for the double post but i cant edit it more than once*

I find it easiest if the cork is pointing towards you, i know its possible to pick it up no matter which way it is facing but i find it easier if you just tap the shuttle so it rolls round to the ideal position.

10. cheers macca... what racquet is that? and are u using a feather in that video?

11. no probs, yes it is a feather shuttle, and the racquet is a yonnex 77VF, its my spare racquet as my better one (a carlton airblade lite) is in for re-stringing at the moment.

12. great job on the video
however i notice that its slightly different from how i do it.. just slightly.. i tend to "hook" less and pull the shuttle up with the speed/angle of my racket rather than try to balance it on my racket.. i end up flicking it up to my left hand to catch

13. Yeah, scooping shuttles with racquet is a great way to exercise finger power and touch. Another good one is tossing and 'catching' the shuttle with your racquet. I recommend using only your main racquet to practice.

14. i normaly just flick it up myself, but its hard to do it slowly and on carpet

15. Originally Posted by cappy75
...Another good one is tossing and 'catching' the shuttle with your racquet...
Good way to kill some time when you're waiting for a court!

Try tossing & catching continuously for one minute, but you must toss the shuttle no more than 12inches high before you can start your catch.

Cheers!

16. Originally Posted by cappy75
Yeah, scooping shuttles with racquet is a great way to exercise finger power and touch. Another good one is tossing and 'catching' the shuttle with your racquet. I recommend using only your main racquet to practice.
How'd you do that? I find it very difficult. I usually just catch the shuttle with my hand or just bounce it on my racket. Is it harder than scooping a shuttle?

17. Originally Posted by keith_aquino
How'd you do that? I find it very difficult. I usually just catch the shuttle with my hand or just bounce it on my racket. Is it harder than scooping a shuttle?
You should use the same technique as you would catching an egg that's been thrown at you from a distance..

That's the main thing to think about when you practise..
You should, just before the shuttle touching your stringbed, move your racket in the direction the shuttle is going to..
Just slighty slower than the shuttle is moving..at the end you should be 'surprised' to see the shuttle just lying on your stringbed for the first time

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