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    Question Shuttle Recommendations Please

    We're looking to choose some feather shuttles for the club to use, and would really appreciate some help.

    After a little bit of hunting, I've arrived at the following shortlist, based on price (10-13ish after bulk discount) and availability here in the UK.



    Which of these would you recommend, or say represent the best value?
    Durability is probably the main thing we're looking for, although flight quality is obviously a factor aswell.

    Do you know of any other cheap UK sellers?

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    We're looking to choose some feather shuttles for the club to use, and would really appreciate some help.

    After a little bit of hunting, I've arrived at the following shortlist, based on price (10-13ish after bulk discount) and availability here in the UK.



    Which of these would you recommend, or say represent the best value?
    Durability is probably the main thing we're looking for, although flight quality is obviously a factor aswell.

    Do you know of any other cheap UK sellers?

    Thanks in advance

    to be honest mate www.advancedrackets.com or ring ycsports they can match or beat any uk authorised yonex dealers competitors prices

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    thanks a lot for replying. I'll check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    thanks a lot for replying. I'll check them out.
    this is the number 02920237968

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    thanks ...................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    We're looking to choose some feather shuttles for the club to use, and would really appreciate some help.

    After a little bit of hunting, I've arrived at the following shortlist, based on price (10-13ish after bulk discount) and availability here in the UK.



    Which of these would you recommend, or say represent the best value?
    Durability is probably the main thing we're looking for, although flight quality is obviously a factor aswell.

    Do you know of any other cheap UK sellers?

    Thanks in advance
    How many cartons does your club use in say a period of 3 months? There are 50 tubes in each carton.

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    It doesn't yet - this will be for a new club starting in the new year. We're estimating around 20-25 members to start, and it'll be for 2-3hrs per week.

    It's been suggested to allow for about 1.5 shuttles per person per night. Obviously it depends on the shuttle etc, but how realistic does that sound?
    Taking into account this, and what we deemed an acceptable membership fee, we came out with 10-13 a dozen as a reasonable figure.

    I know cheaper shuttles get destroyed really quickly and can end up costing more in the long run, so we're really looking for the shuttles which provide the best long-term value, with decent performance (durability is the main issue though).

    As far as bulk buying goes, we're also not sure about the number we'll be able to store in suitable conditions yet.

    The other thing we're considering, is getting a few plastic shuttles as well. How does the average beginner feel about using them instead of feathers? Obviously nobody would be made to use them, but if beginners would use them voluntarily it would help with costs quite a lot - especially as they use a disproportionally large number of shuttles due to hitting the feathers not the cork. Of course, they're paying for feathers, so it's not unreasonable for them to want to play with feathers...
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    Yonex's aerosensa 10 is decent enough without breaking the bank. Durability is pretty good as typically we would use about 1 shuttle for every game if not every other game as long as we're not dealing with any "bird-killers" by which I mean people who often miss-hit shots.

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    Really? I've heard very mixed reviews - Dinkalot wasn't very complimentary about them in his shuttle review/comparison, which put me off a bit. Plus they're Yonex, which to me is actually a bit of a negative (because I'd never feel I'm getting value for money with them). Still, I'll take your suggestion into consideration, so thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    The other thing we're considering, is getting a few plastic shuttles as well. How does the average beginner feel about using them instead of feathers? Obviously nobody would be made to use them, but if beginners would use them voluntarily it would help with costs quite a lot - especially as they use a disproportionally large number of shuttles due to hitting the feathers not the cork. Of course, they're paying for feathers, so it's not unreasonable for them to want to play with feathers...
    The club I play at/for is split in to 3 sections. Advanced (people who the coaches use/are considering to use for matches), intermediate (reasonably skilled players and beginners. The beginners use plastic shuttles, whilst everyone else uses feathers. However, at alot of clubs I have played at, only plastic shuttles are used. I hate plastic shuttles, but I don't think beginners would care that much. I may be wrong, but beginners aren't usually very serious about the game.

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    Do you charge different rates for people who use feathers/plastic?
    I've heard of clubs where they do that, and it seems to me that it would be totally unmanageable, and more importantly, would create the wrong atmosphere - we're trying to avoid the kind of cliqueyness you get in a lot of clubs.

    Personally, I actually *preferred* plastics as a beginner. There is a certain kind of beginner though, who can hardly play, but still likes to show up with all the most expensive yonex gear - they're the kind of people who would object to plastic shuttles just because they've heard they're no good.

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    my opinion of all shuttlecocks i have used

    RSL
    RSL Tourney Classic
    - Maximum Durability and Flight with great accuracy, precision in speed
    - Used in many major international competitions
    - Excellent Feel
    Speed - 73-81
    RATING - price 8/10 quality 9/10

    RSL Tourney No.1
    - Great Durabilyty and Flight with good accuracy, precision in speed
    - Used in Most of the major competitions
    - Great Feel
    Speed -73-81
    Rating - Price 7/10 Quality 8.5/10

    RSL Tourney No.2~3
    - Good Durability
    - Accurate Flight, Speed
    - Used in Top Clubs, some school competitions
    - Good Feel
    Speed - 73-81
    Rating - Price 6/10 Quality 7.5/10

    RSL Tourney No.4~8
    - Economically Priced
    - Ideal for Practice and Training
    - Tourney No.8 = Suitable for Beginners
    Speed - Unrated.
    Rating - Price 4~5/10 Quality 4~6/10

    RSL Silver Feather
    - Breaks Way Too easily
    - Yet Popular, Good Looking
    - Flight with Accurate Speed
    Speed - 73-81
    Rating - Price 8/10 Quality 6/10

    RSL Official
    - Good Durabilty
    - Economically Priced
    - Accurate Speed
    - Great Choice for both competition and training
    Speed - 73-81
    Rating - Price 7/10 Quality 8.5/10

    RSL Standard
    - Durability and Accurate Speed
    - Economically Priced
    - Great Choice for Training
    Speed - 73-81
    Rating - Price 6.5/10 Quality 7.5/10

    RSL First Step
    - Good Durability
    - Not very Accurate Flight yet Ok.
    - Great Choice for Beginners Training
    Rating - Price 5/10 Quality 6/10

    Yonex
    Aero 10
    - Durability and Accurate Speed
    - Economically Priced
    - Great Choice for Training
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 6.5/10 Quality 7.5/10

    Aero 20
    - Good Durabilty
    - Affordable Price
    - Accurate Speed
    - Great Choice for hard training, school training
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 7/10 Quality 8/10

    Aero 30&40
    - Great Durabilty
    - Very Accurate Speed and Flight
    - Great choice for hard training, competitions
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 8.5/10 Quality 8.5~9/10

    Aero 50
    - Excellent Durability
    - Excellent and Perfect Flight and Speed
    - Great Choice for Competitions
    - Expensive yet perfect
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 9.8/10 Quality 9.8/10

    Mavis 370 (Nylon)
    - Perfect Durability
    - Good Flight and Speed
    - Great Choice for Outdoors Training and Hard Training
    Speed - 78~80
    Rating - Price 8/10 Quality 8.5/10

    Mavis 500 (Nylon)
    - Perfect Durability
    - Great Flight and Speed
    - Great Choice for Outdoors Training and Hard Training
    - Some used in competitions - 95% alike Feather Shuttlecocks
    Speed - 78~80
    Rating - Price 8.5/10 Quality 9/10

    Aeroplane
    Black Label
    - Excellent Durability
    - Excellent and Perfect Flight and Speed
    - Great Choice for Competitions
    - Expensive yet perfect
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 9.8/10 Quality 9.8/10

    Red Label
    - Great Durabilty
    - Very Accurate Speed and Flight
    - Great choice for hard training, competitions
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 8.5/10 Quality 8.5~9/10

    Green Label
    - Good Durabilty
    - Good Price
    - Accurate Speed
    - Great Choice for hard training, school training
    Speed - 76-79
    Rating - Price 7/10 Quality 8/10

    White Label
    - Durability and Accurate Speed
    - Affordable Price
    - Great Choice for Training
    Speed - 73-81
    Rating - Price 6.5/10 Quality 7.5/10

    Tronex
    Tronex Gold
    - Great Durability
    - Great and Great Flight and Speed
    Speed - 75-78
    Rating - Price 9/10 Quality 9/10

    Tronex Yellow
    - Good Durability
    - Great Flight, Accurate Speed
    - Used in School Competitions
    Speed - 75-78
    Rating - Price 8/10 Quality 8/5/10

    OVERALL

    SUPERIOR GRADE
    Yonex AS50
    RSL Tourney Classic
    RSL Tourney No1
    Tronex Gold
    Aeroplane Black Label

    PROFESSIONAL GRADE
    Yonex AS30
    Yonex AS40
    Yonex Mavis 500 (Nylon)
    RSL Official
    RSL Tourney No2
    RSL Silver Feather
    Aeroplane Red Label
    Tronex Yellow

    TRAINING GRADE
    Yonex AS20
    Yonex Mavis 370 (Nylon)
    RSL Standard
    RSL Tourney No3
    RSL Tourney No4
    Aeroplane Green Label

    STANDARD GRADE
    Yonex AS10
    RSL Tourney No5
    RSL Tourney No6
    Aeroplane White Label

    BEGINNER GRADE
    RSL Tourney No7
    RSL Tourney No8
    RSL First Step

    that took a long time
    but its a general overview of all the shuttlecocks i have used.

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    In my honest opinion, as someone who plays alot wilson shuttles are bad, but as10 are worse as 20 however is a good medium, as30 is a great shuttle, rsl i would stay clear. however yonex prices all went up last week

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    You have put Yehlex championship grade down on the shortlist. As far as i know imo they are brilliant shuttles. However if buying in Bulk it might be cheaper then central sports by directly ordering from the Yehlex website http://www.yehlex.co.uk/productdetai...&prodgroupid=6

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    thanks guys, especially eric - that must have taken a while.

    Swingbadabada:
    I wasn't really giving Yehlex a *lot* of consideration. I don't consider them a particularly reputable brand, and for the same sort of money we could get the GT1 / Tourney #1 (which I'd been given the impression was one of the best shuttles until limbo said otherwise). I don't know...

    Sounds like Yonex might have just priced themselves out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    thanks guys, especially eric - that must have taken a while.

    Swingbadabada:
    I wasn't really giving Yehlex a *lot* of consideration. I don't consider them a particularly reputable brand, and for the same sort of money we could get the GT1 / Tourney #1 (which I'd been given the impression was one of the best shuttles until limbo said otherwise). I don't know...

    Sounds like Yonex might have just priced themselves out too.
    IMO the quality of all yehlex products is good they also own Apacs etc so they are a good choice. An other idea would be to try say the top 3/4 on your list and decide which ones are best value for money and which ones you feel are the best then buy them in bulk.

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    re: Yehlex/APACS: Making good rackets is one thing, but it doesn't mean their shuttles are gonna be good too (doesn't mean they won't be either though).

    Quote Originally Posted by Swingbadabada View Post
    An other idea would be to try say the top 3/4 on your list and decide which ones are best value for money and which ones you feel are the best then buy them in bulk.
    That was pretty much the conclusion I came to aswell

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