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    Post BWF Approved Shuttles

    Since many members are asking about tournament-grade shuttles, here's some detailed information

    The BWF (Badminton World Federation) maintains an official list of BWF Approved Equipment.
    This list has four equipment categories - Shuttlecocks, Flooring, Nets, Net Posts.

    In the case of shuttles, the manufacturers apply for approval which is granted (or not granted) after a series of tests.
    These tests cover trajectory, flight deviation, tumbling stability, hooking capability and base surface roughness.
    The intention, says the BWF, is to "maintain a satisfactory standard for feather shuttles used in international badminton events".
    The shuttles are also tested by international players.

    If a manufacturer's shuttles meet the BWF's standards, the Approval Period runs for two years (from either January 1 or July 1).
    The manufacturer may include the wording 'Approved by the BWF for International Play' and may also use the BWF logo in its packaging and advertising (but only for those grades that have been approved).

    This is the current list of approved grades:

    MMOA Super Select MS-950
    Manufacturer: Ai Sheng, Taiwan
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Aero-flight 700
    Manufacturer: APACS Sport, Malaysia
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Snowpeak Superior C1101
    Manufacturer: China ShaoXing Snow Peak Group, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    DHS 101
    Manufacturer: Shanghai Double Happiness Co, China
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2010

    Carlton GT1
    Manufacturer: Dunlop Slazenger, UK
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2010

    Victor Champion
    Manufacturer: Far East Victor Sports, Malaysia
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Gosen GFIO, Gold
    Manufacturer: Gosen, Japan
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2010

    Jinque AAA
    Manufacturer: Guangzhou Double Fish Sports Goods Group, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2010

    Air Power 70 AA
    Manufacturer: Head Sport, Austria
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Xumax X1
    Manufacturer: Koha Products, New Zealand
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Kason KS99 TSF Glory
    Manufacturer: Kason Sports International, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2010

    Youhe S100
    Manufacturer: Ningbo Youhe, China
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2009

    Ashaway Intl Grade Super A
    Manufacturer: Pacific Sports, Singapore
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    Indo-cock Green
    Manufacturer: PT Indocock, Indonesia
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    Yang Yang Tactic 300B
    Manufacturer: Ruby Glamour, Malaysia
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    RSL Tourney 1
    Manufacturer: DH Shuttlecocks, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    Aeroplane G1130
    Manufacturer: Shanghai Badminton Factory, China
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2010

    S Arrow No. 1
    Manufacturer: Shantou Hongsheng Sports Goods, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2010

    Tronex Green
    Manufacturer: Tronex Sporting Goods, China
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    Trump T101
    Manufacturer: Trump Sports, Taiwan
    Approved Until: 30 Jun 2010

    Wilson Top Line 100
    Wilson Top Line 90
    Manufacturer:
    Wilson Sporting Goods, USA
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2009

    Aerosensa 40 AS-40
    Aerosensa 50 AS-50
    Tournament F-90
    Manufacturer: Yonex, Japan
    Approved Until: 31 Dec 2010

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    Thanks for that, Oldhand. Perhaps this should be stickied and updated when necessary as this information is going to be really useful to a lot of people.

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    what happen to those proved shuttles after their expired approved dates, would they turn into pumpkins?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    what happen to those proved shuttles after their expired approved dates, would they turn into pumpkins?
    Pay fee, apply again, approve again, new expiry date

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Pay fee, apply again, approve again, new expiry date
    Ahhhhhhhhhhh protection monies (ie. extortion) lol

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    so Aeroplane Black is not approved? but i heard that black is better than green?

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    thanks for that useful information

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    now, if someone would be kind enough to post pictures of the tubes of these shuttles, that would be grand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler View Post
    Ahhhhhhhhhhh protection monies (ie. extortion) lol
    "protection monies" - i like this, and very true too!!

    there are plenty of brands that produce shuttles of better quality than those on the list... then again, judgment on shuttle quality is subjective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw1668 View Post
    so Aeroplane Black is not approved? but i heard that black is better than green?

    I believe it is refering to the series. its the G1130 EG1130.

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    So Yonex shuttles (not even one) is not on the approved list? Maybe Yonex refused to pay application fee .

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2NDround View Post
    So Yonex shuttles (not even one) is not on the approved list? Maybe Yonex refused to pay application fee .
    Obviously, you didn't go through the list
    Yonex is the king of the approved list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Obviously, you didn't go through the list
    Yonex is the king of the approved list.
    Yeap, go through the list again and saw it right at the bottom. Pity, otherwise we will have a great time figuring out why they are not there .

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    hi,"oldhand", what you said is true in a sense also.
    i am in badminton business and production and have some comments on these so called "BWF" certified shuttles.

    what i observed that RSL Tourney no.1 is made of grade A or B chiguya(ya means duck in mandarin) with taiwanese 14mm fiber. Normally 3 to 4 pcs for a set 21point double by professional players. I have seen 2 state players (malaysia) used one whole tube for a 21pt hard single games.

    conclusion: shuttles is good but is not good enough for international games

    And the apacs flight 700, initially it was good when launched in march 2008 which used the top grade goose feathers to show it was value for money to attract more customers,but now feb 2009, what i found is that all are grade B or C goose feather and mix with grade B chiguya duck feathers shuttles and the speed of flight is not consistent with the range from 76 to 81 which have bad QC on the shuttles. some are fast and some are damn slow.

    With a pc of top grade goose feather shuttle sure you can finish 1 hard double 21pt game (without chopping on feathers seriously).
    But the apacs-flight700's grade has been downgraded to Grade C , 2 to 3 pcs are needed but with mixing of duck feather shuttles 3 to 5 pcs are needed for sure.

    Then please tell me, are these branded shuttles good?
    The samples they sent to BWF associations for observation sure are those best grade shuttles and what end users buy's is totally different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuttles'OEM View Post
    hi,"oldhand", what you said is true in a sense also.
    i am in badminton business and production and have some comments on these so called "BWF" certified shuttles.

    what i observed that RSL Tourney no.1 is made of grade A or B chiguya(ya means duck in mandarin) with taiwanese 14mm fiber. Normally 3 to 4 pcs for a set 21point double by professional players. I have seen 2 state players (malaysia) used one whole tube for a 21pt hard single games.

    conclusion: shuttles is good but is not good enough for international games

    And the apacs flight 700, initially it was good when launched in march 2008 which used the top grade goose feathers to show it was value for money to attract more customers,but now feb 2009, what i found is that all are grade B or C goose feather and mix with grade B chiguya duck feathers shuttles and the speed of flight is not consistent with the range from 76 to 81 which have bad QC on the shuttles. some are fast and some are damn slow.

    With a pc of top grade goose feather shuttle sure you can finish 1 hard double 21pt game (without chopping on feathers seriously).
    But the apacs-flight700's grade has been downgraded to Grade C , 2 to 3 pcs are needed but with mixing of duck feather shuttles 3 to 5 pcs are needed for sure.

    Then please tell me, are these branded shuttles good?
    The samples they sent to BWF associations for observation sure are those best grade shuttles and what end users buy's is totally different.
    I have tested the Apacs -flight 700 lately and i felt it is lousy
    bro,any good recommandation of good shuttlecock available in Msia?thks!

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    Hi Shuttleoem,

    Your insight is a total proof of the difficult time we are in regarding use of feather shuttles. Either you pay more for better quality shuttles (Yonex, Aeroplane, MMOA and Victor is questionable now) or cheaper brand (some time not cheaper in total cost) and kill more shuttles. I feel the shuttle manufacture should specify what kind of feather on the tube so user can make a better selection base on their budget and level.

    Everyone has their accaptable standard of price vs performance ratio. I have to say, in your example, Apac shuttles are not good shuttle IMHO.

    Thank you.

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    These stories also vindicated me on the many debates i had regarding nylon versus feather shuttles. I always had said that nylon shuttle is more consistent in (speed, flight and durability quality) than feathers.

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