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  • Plastic

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    in my view, it is plastic for training and feather for games, because for the drills, you want a tough shuttle for repetetive hitting w/o getting destroyed

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    my opinion is dont even use the plastics at all.i mean like someone else said earlier.there os definetely a real difference when u hit the plastic shuttle.there isnt any feeling.if you use the plastic for drills and the feel is different when you play a match using feather the amount of force you have to use will be greatly different and you feel very fustrated and will make many unforced errrors.trust me ive tried it before.anyway my friend also keeps hitting the tip of the shuttle so that it splits into 2.so who say the shuttle will last longer than faeather shuttles.thats even worst because when is comes out once it will becomse loosen and the tip will keep coming off.

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    I prefer plastic.


    What shuttlecock do they use for high school tournaments?

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    feather forever!!!
    btw...gotta ask, do you actually bring an electric/gas/charcoal(lol) steamer to the court to steam your shuttles or just bring a hot water flask?

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    Steaming shuttles needs to be done well before they are used. You want them to be quite dry by the time they are used, not dripping or damp.

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    just had a few games with my friend from beijing here in malaysia, he said that feather shuttles still fly the best in malaysia lol
    he says it still isn't anywhere near the same even after steaming in beijing.

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    feather's for sure.... as I was taking some lessons during the past summer, the coach there used worn out feathers.... the feel is great.... and I don't have to worry about busting up some nice new feathers....

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    maybe this is because I'm only a beginner, but i find that feather and platic is around the same other than a very slight difference in feel when contact is made. I must admit the feather feels nicer . However, I dont think that small difference in feel accounts for its price .

    Maybe when i become better, I'll learn to appreciate the feather birds more

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    usually, i play with plastic purely because they're cheaper and last way longer.
    the only problem to this is that i love using feathers. the fly well and make a beautiful sound when u hit . i'm just...not a rich enough person to be buying feathers to play with all the time.

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    I use both feather and plastic, the feathers offers better feel. When cost is concern, i'll use some high grade plastic birds, mavis 350 and above, the durability makes up for the differences in feel. The difference in feeling between plastics and feathers is still there, but not as much compared to lower grade plastics.

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    I use feathers when I practice adnd when I play at my club, the reason is plastics are just not the same. I feel I would not enjoy my games as much and as I can get hold of 12 feathers for about £4.

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    i like to train with feather or really slow synthetic birds. In an actually game i feel that i can smash faster, backhand clear with ease. and drive with alot more power. (we use fast or medium-slow birds in games and tourneys) I just like to curl the synthetic nylon skirt more outwards for extra slowness. Slow shuttles sound better too... Fast shuttles for training defense / reflexes. Squeeze the skirt tighter together so its more aerodynamic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __Lam
    i like to train with feather or really slow synthetic birds. In an actually game i feel that i can smash faster, backhand clear with ease. and drive with alot more power. (we use fast or medium-slow birds in games and tourneys) I just like to curl the synthetic nylon skirt more outwards for extra slowness. Slow shuttles sound better too... Fast shuttles for training defense / reflexes. Squeeze the skirt tighter together so its more aerodynamic.
    Advantage Nylon shuttles

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    Nylon shuttles -Should be banned.
    I don't recommend it for any (level) players, it fly lot faster, it's just feel wierd.

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    I practice exclusively with feather. The only time I use plastic (on occasion) is the practice of returning smashes.

    As for feature practice shuttles I use:

    DHS 302 (use this the most cause they are good Bang-for-the-buck)
    MMOA Super Select 950
    Hi Qua Purple or Blue
    Victor Gold (when I can't find the others)
    Victor Green Champions
    Trump Reds (love the shuttle but hard to find)

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    i only have AS50 s and they are far too expensive to snap in a practice, so plastic mav 350s work for me

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    Update:

    The recent batch of DHS 302s, Hi-Qua Purple and Blues and Victor Golds have not been holding up. I don't know why but a reliable source said it may have to do with the Asian Bird Flu aka Avian Flu.

    I've been using the Bad R Us Professional at $14/tube and they are excellent for the money, on par with the Trump Reds. I got them from Andy Tran aka Monkey from SGVBC. If you go there, you can pick them up for $14/tube. If online it's $17/tube:

    http://www.badrus.com/flashless/shut...acturer=BADRUS

    Even the BadRUs Club Shuttle is good at $13/tube.



    Quote Originally Posted by S4MadMan
    I practice exclusively with feather. The only time I use plastic (on occasion) is the practice of returning smashes.

    As for feature practice shuttles I use:

    DHS 302 (use this the most cause they are good Bang-for-the-buck)
    MMOA Super Select 950
    Hi Qua Purple or Blue
    Victor Gold (when I can't find the others)
    Victor Green Champions
    Trump Reds (love the shuttle but hard to find)

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