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Which Shuttlecock is Better- Feather or Plastic?

Author: Sam Hood
by Sam Hood
Posted: Oct 01, 2021

After choosing the perfect badminton racquet, we all know that we need to move ahead to get a good badminton shuttlecock. This is the most vital factor in badminton play, without it, the game won’t be interesting. Moreover, you won’t be able to perform well on the court if you don’t possess a perfect badminton shuttlecock. So, we can say choosing the best badminton shuttlecock is as important as finding the right badminton racquet.

If you have an interest in badminton or play it whether professionally or casually, you must have heard that there are plastic shuttlecock and feather shuttlecocks.

Everybody asked that apart from material what exactly is the difference between them as per the level of play? Which one is better amongst them? Which one is suitable according to your game? Which one will fit my game?

The quick answer to the above questions is, experienced or professional level players use feather shuttlecocks, which are made from goose or duck feathers to give maximum trajectory once played on the court. Whereas, on the other hand, beginners or people who play for maintaining health prefer plastic or nylon shuttlecock because of durability.

In the coming context, we have tried to answer commonly raised questions in the mind of every badminton player irrespective of play level. So, let’s sort out the most common question.

1. Why doesn’t everyone go for a feather shuttlecock?

Generally, professional-level players use feather shuttlecock to get maximum benefit (trajectory) on the court whereas casual players play with plastic or nylon shuttlecock, this is because nylon is more durable and is always within budget.

2. Will a feather shuttlecock go better than a nylon or plastic shuttlecock?

It’s difficult to tell which shuttlecock is better as it depends upon personal preference and goes with playing level.

For example, professional-level players use a feather shuttlecock as it gives tremendous speed (initial) to the players and helps in dominating the court. Moreover, it’s easy to hit as the bird shuttlecock doesn’t de-formed. Hence, it’s the best choice for the experienced level player who looks for providing accuracy on every shot.

Nylon or plastic shuttlecocks are mainly used by beginners or who play for fun, providing them durability with better easy pricing.

3. What types of shuttlecocks get used in the Olympics?

Generally, Yonex Shuttlecocks are used in major international tournaments that include the Olympics too. Yonex shuttlecocks are lightweight shuttlecocks made from goose feathers. Moreover, these birds are developed with more precisely engineered technology that is best in providing consistent performance.

4. Do ratings of shuttlecock affect performance?

Yes, it does. If you are using the shuttlecock rating mentioned below, you will get better performance and durability of the shuttlecock.

Suitable for

  1. 75- Slow- Suitable for high altitude(mountains)
  2. 76- Slow- Goes well in warmer regions
  3. 77- Medium- Made for coastal areas
  4. 78- Medium-Fast- Used in a cool area
  5. 79- Fast- Goes perfect below sea level

Which Nylon Shuttlecock is Better - Yellow or White?

You must have seen nylon shuttlecock comes in two colors - white and yellow. Though there is no difference between these two colors yellow is more visible as compared to white when it comes to contracting background colors.

Wrap Up,

Hope you liked the article. If you thinking to put more questions in my content that are commonly asked and will aware people more, just drop a line in the comment section.

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Fan of Roger Federer! Passionate about sports. Always looking to have opportunity to get chance to write on sports and latest technologies.

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