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Thread: Slowing down new shuttles
09-01-2010, 05:49 AM #1
Slowing down new shuttles
Say I am a club player trying out a new tube of shuttles and everyone agrees that they are too fast.
How can we slow the shuttles down to make it playable?
1) Internationals will tip maybe 4 feathers at their ends.Shuttle is not damaged.
2) Oldies will insert the handle into the rim and twist the handle so as to widen the diameter of the
3) Some will just fluff up the feathers with a swipe of the racquet.
4) Now I heard that it is possible to hold each shuttle thumb out and 3 fingers inside the shuttle and twist the junction of the feathers and the stem with those 4 fingers.
Does method 4 work and is the shuttle playable after that?
Do pros know sth we don't know and are able to perform 4) undetected?
Just your experience will be much appreciated.
09-01-2010, 08:14 AM #2
09-01-2010, 08:19 AM #3
I only use the first one
09-01-2010, 09:53 AM #4
use your thumb and press the stem from the outside where the first thread nearest to the cork
if have time press twice, the opposite side
serve low or set up a good netting so your opponent will lift
and you will have the advantage of a 300kph smash!
that applies to fast and faster shuttle.
for slow shuttle using the dirty tactic
you should press the stem out from inside
press 2 or 3 also 2 side
flick serve or use everything you got to send the shuttle to the back court
sneak to the mid court i am sure the return will be somewhere there!
09-01-2010, 10:24 AM #5
4th is ok if one has really dexterous fingers otherwise I'd have to agree w/ pBmMalaysia's thumb press technique due to its efficiency but the execution has to beat the clock to conceal the sleight of hand action.
09-01-2010, 10:31 AM #6
09-01-2010, 11:25 AM #7
When one plays with a bad shuttle and continues it for a little while just to grasp its intricacies, ultimately our knowledge of handling a tipsy shuttle matures to a whole new level that when we switch back to good ol' regular shuttles, it just feels so sweet. Just like we do after so much time with a 160g+ training racket.
09-01-2010, 04:59 PM #8
Will it work with a hard brand new shuttle especially one as stiff as a Yonex?
i'm just asking to save myself Rm5, I've already tried it on used RSLs and it behaves as described.
09-01-2010, 07:20 PM #9
09-01-2010, 07:45 PM #10
09-01-2010, 07:46 PM #11
09-01-2010, 09:01 PM #12
09-01-2010, 09:26 PM #13
I may add though, we do it in the spirit of fun. It's like: ''see how I'll alter this and how you'll alter that'' and still be able to discover new ways of intercepting an unpredictable bird.
09-01-2010, 09:55 PM #14
10-10-2010, 04:27 PM #15
I only use the first one.
10-10-2010, 06:30 PM #16
Tipping the feathers inwards at their ends
Tipping the feathers inwards at their ends
Yes; firstly, tip every 4th feather at their ends inwards to check/test the speed.
If speed is still not correct, then tip 8 feathers at their ends (alternate feathers).
If speed is still not correct, then tip all feathers at their ends.
Last edited by chris-ccc; 10-10-2010 at 06:33 PM.
10-16-2010, 05:41 AM #17
First thing you should do is actually test the shuttle to make sure it is fast. Here in Taiwan and when I played in Vancouver I was always amazed at how slow the shuttles were. I remember on a few occassions someone would insist on playing with proper speed shuttles and nobody could cope with the fact that you actually had to use some control to keep from blasting the shuttles past the back line during play at the net. In fact they would complain bitterly about the speed of the shuttles. Not surprising I guess, it would kind of be like learning to play soccer with a beach ball in some remote country and then moving to Europe and finding out you don't know how to play.
pBm Malaysia, sorry if I've misattributed this to you but it's not a mind game.... It's cheating. Now if you're doing it in the spirit of fun or just goofing around then that's fine but then you're not really playing badminton are you?
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