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    Default AS-50

    I've tried this shuttle a few times,

    On the evening that i tried this shuttle for the first time, i first played some
    sets (single) with another shuttle, NBB tournament (i like this one,
    err it's from the Dutch badminton federation)
    Then we switched to AS-50.

    First i have to mention that the shuttle's look is very nice. All feathers
    are exactly the same size, nicely binded in the cork. Feels very solid.
    Do not steam this shuttle or anything like that, because you will ruin
    this nice shuttle. The shuttle is already coated with some kind of oil,
    so no preparation is needed.

    The first thing i noticed during play was, like Kwun said, that its
    heavier then other shuttles. It kinda makes a pop-sound when launched
    of your racket.
    I needed a set or two to get used to it a bit, after switching from the NBB.
    But then, the feeling with shots was excellent.
    The durability disappointed me a bit, as the shuttle looks so solid and does
    hold longer then most cheaper shuttles, but not as long as i expected.

    Originally posted by Kwun:
    AS-50 has been the official tournament shuttle for many international tournaments (at least the one officially sponsored by Yonex)
    Kwun, the surdiman cup, also sonsored by Yonex, is played with Yonex Tournament.
    This shuttle is not for sale (or should not be for as I know) and would even
    be better than AS-50.
    Well, as the surdiman cup will be played in Holland next year, i will try to get
    a tube of those feathers

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    Default Re: AS-50

    Originally posted by Yong



    Kwun, the surdiman cup, also sonsored by Yonex, is played with Yonex Tournament.
    This shuttle is not for sale (or should not be for as I know) and would even
    be better than AS-50.
    Well, as the surdiman cup will be played in Holland next year, i will try to get
    a tube of those feathers
    This shuttle is for sale in Japan if I'm not wrong. I've the Japan Catalogue and it is called F-90 aka Yonex Tournament shuttle. It costs 4,200 Yen!

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    wow .. yonex tournament for 4200 yen, that's about 30 USD !
    I wonder since when they are listed in the Japanese yonex catalogue.
    I was told that they produce this shuttle only for the very most prestigious
    tournaments.

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    f-90 (Tournament) on yonex's website:
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    yes, those high end shuttles look and feel like a piece of art. Too bad we end up beating them up

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    Originally posted by cooler
    yes, those high end shuttles look and feel like a piece of art. Too bad we end up beating them up
    piece of art, yes indeed.

    who else has a shuttlecock on display in their living room shelves?

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    Originally posted by kwun


    piece of art, yes indeed.

    who else has a shuttlecock on display in their living room shelves?
    I've got a 20 year old hand made indian feather shuttle but I'm not sure whether to use it or put it on display!

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    Hi all,

    For shuttles, i love playing with the Ashaway Red Tournament feathers. They are a good, well made shuttle and a cheap price too at 8 per tube. A quality shuttle with a great flight...
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    BUT.....

    The best shuttle i have EVER played with are the RSL No 1 tournament shuttle. They don't come cheap at 13 per tube, but the flight and feel of them is AMAZING. They are a quailty feather and they are nothing like i have ever played with. They are surprisingly durable too, lasting during extra long and powerful rallies. So the best shuttle i have ever played with are these, and if i haven't ever played with these, i suggest you a buy a tube and give them a try. They are amazing...

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    Default The RSL Shuttle

    Here is what they look like...

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    Default Shuttles

    Here is the list of feathered shuttles i've used:

    Tronex
    Yonex AS 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50
    Carlton AG Pro 10, 10 and Hi Vis
    Sea Lion (the IBF approved ones)
    Ashaway (the Blue tube and Black Tube)
    RSL Tourney 1 and Silver Feather

    Hey these are just a number that i remembered playing with, the RSL Tourney 1 i had was weired because the glue even covered the Feathered Tips so i gave up buying them as they affected the flight of the shuttle (shuttle fails to arc in a nice manner). My friend funnily enough brought a half tube of Silver feathered RSL ones (from HK) and i was impressed as the flight was good and they are also durable. AG Pro 10 are good but are not as durable as the Yonex 40's and 50's. Sea Lion wasn't actually bad i tried those out and they actually last pretty long, funnily enough when the shuttle has been wasted, it dosen't fly all wonky in the air but the flight of the shuttle just goes all slow. I tried the Tronex was they are good but need to be replaced alot. Thats the same with the Ashaway ones too. In terms of a look of shuttle i think Carlton made a brave step bringing out the HI-Vis ones but i doubt everyone will accept it. Generally i buy Yonex AS 40's as they are good quality and they don't break the bank as much as AS 50's, i practice with the AS 20's. Oh and Plastics i use either Carlton 800 or Yonex 370 (the closest you could get to a feel of a feathered shuttle)

    The difference between the AS 50's is the way that its made and the flight, i found that the glue that is applied is very fine on the AS 50's rather than the AS-10's (glue is lumpy and just slapped on)

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    The RSL tourney 1 tube is one of my favourites too. I got some of those
    half tubes. Lasts very long, plays nice.

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    Originally posted by Yong
    wow .. yonex tournament for 4200 yen, that's about 30 USD !
    I wonder since when they are listed in the Japanese yonex catalogue.
    I was told that they produce this shuttle only for the very most prestigious
    tournaments.
    for US$30/tube. no one can afford to buy them, so they are effectively so.

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    Originally posted by modious
    Yonex AS-40, Carlton AG10, Victor Champion, Yang Yang Tactic 300B, ProTech Tournament Grade, RSL Tourney Classic.
    i just started using YangYang 300B, bought a whole box (25 tubes) the other day. feels quite snappy and solid, though not as solid as the AS-50, but at least it is towards the right direction, and longevity is ok too.

    i was using HiQua Blue previously, and after using the AS-50, i noticed that the Blue is too mushy.

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    kwun Mate,

    How long would ur 25 boxes last? When i used to train real hard.. i.e Wanting to try to become a Pro kind of thing i used to use 3 yonex shuttles Per session. It depends on whom u play with(better or worse). Abt 2 shuttles will be used for training and one for games in a 3 Hr morning session. so I will blow up a Box in abt 2.5 days or 3 if i am very conservative.

    So 25 boxes will last me something like 2 Months Max. I have found out that Shoes and Shuttles are The Biggest Cost to the game! Rackets u can manage with 3 for a whole yr uless U beat them up badly or string it high tensions or the stringer breaks it.

    Shoes have to be changed every 3 months and Insoles every 30 days!

    So if u can keep a tab of how u blew ur 25 boxes then it will be Gr8 help to me! Thanks mate

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    it really depends. we reuse old birdies for training. and when we play games, everyone pitches in so i only spend around 1-2 match. i only play 3 times a week, one day training. my gf and i share them and she kill birdie much slower than i do. so i'd say around 1-2 tubes/week. not too much. 25 tubes will last around 3-4 months for the two of us...

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    Originally posted by kwun


    i just started using YangYang 300B, bought a whole box (25 tubes) the other day. feels quite snappy and solid, though not as solid as the AS-50, but at least it is towards the right direction, and longevity is ok too.

    i was using HiQua Blue previously, and after using the AS-50, i noticed that the Blue is too mushy.
    I've not tried HiQua before, but the Yang Yang Tatic 300B are pretty good shuttles. I can get them for S$19 and can save about S$3-5 (rather than buying AS-50).

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