Monday, May 1, 2017

Ling-Mei Dimgray

Received couple of samples for testing. The Dimgray is one of their better products.

The Dimgray has a nice solid feel when held. Ribcage structure feels solid. Each shuttle was only good for a game with heavy smashing. Feedback received from the players indicate the shuttles had a nice feel to them.

These are the pix from the rear after usage. Although the pix does not show it so well, both samples are deformed.

Condition of both Dimgray after the game

Here's an interesting "feature" for one of the shuttles tested. Please note the uneven cut of one of the cork layers - it's actually slanted at an angle on one of the samples.
Uneven cut of the layered head

Uneven cut of the cork layers on one shuttle vs the other Dimgray

Prices on the internet for the Dimgray are not cheap. One of my regulars from Malaysia inform that another Ling-Mei model had better durability.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Babolat shuttlecocks found in the hall

Found these Babolat shuttlecocks in a hall.

Will be requesting for samples in the near future.

Judging from the cork structure, model#2 has 3-layers and should be a better grade than model#5.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FYI - Where to obtain list of BWF approved shuttlecocks

The following is the link to the BWF webpage which lists BWF approved of shuttlecocks.

Please note there is an expiry date for every approval.

There are some products which claim to be BWF approved and show a certificate on their blog or website ... hey I can photoshop too!!

Please do note the BWF approval is for a specified batch number for a specific brand and model of shuttlecocks, not a model of shuttles with BWF in the name.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Different shuttlecock feathers

Shuttlecocks are manufactured using two type of feathers, duck and goose. 

You often hear of the many complicated descriptions on how to differentiate between the type of feathers used on a shuttlecock.

Worry no more - the following picture is worth a thousand words!


For the newbies:-

Duck feathers are used for lower quality shuttlecocks eg training, etc. 
Basically thicker stem with shorter, wider and thicker "featherspan" (alike term wingspan)

Goose feather shuttlecocks are used to manufacture the tournament grade shuttlecocks.
Longer and thinner stem with narrower, longer and finer "featherspan".

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The best and worst shuttlecocks I have tried (so far)

The following is my personal take on the shuttlecocks I have used in the past few years.

In summary, there is no cheaper product which is durable and has best performance aka you get what you paid for. It's like wanting to own a BMW or Mercedes. You would not buy a Proton or Cherry and expect it to be the equivalent of a quality German automobile!

Alike buying a car, it is a compromise - Durability, Cost and Performance.

Please feel free to feedback via the comments.


BEST Overall Flight Characteristics
1. Yonex AS30/40/50
2. Aeroplane EG1101
2. Protech Platinum
3. RSL Tourney Classic
3. Xped RF-X3
4. RCL Black No1
4. RSL Tourney No1
5. Protech WorldClass


WORST Overall Flight Characteristics
1. Sintec*
2. Flymax
2. APAC*
3. Ashaway*
4. Efeel*


Best Durability (Least feather breaking or speed degradation)
1. Protech SG PT-10
2. Yonex AS30/40/50
3. RCL Black Gold
4. RSL Supreme (previously now Ultimate)
5. Sintec ST-818 Speed76


Worst Durability (due to feather breaking or speed degradation)
1. RCL Gold
2. Protech Masterpiece
2. Sintec ST-818 Speed77
3. Xped RF-X3
4. RSL Tourney Classic/Tourney No1
4. Aeroplane EG1101
4. RCL Black No1
5. Li-Ning*
5. Ashaway*
5. Victor Gold*
5. Efeel*


Worst Quality Control (aka batch inconsistency)
1. Victor Champion*
2. Fleet*


Pricing (Most expensive - from visiting shops)
1. Yonex AS30/40/50
2. RSL Ultimax (never tried yet)
2. Protech Platinum
3. Sintec ST818
4. Li-Ning A300
5. RCL Black Gold


Most Popular (various groupes or advertised usage at BadmintonCentral)
1. RSL Supreme/Ultimax
2. Yonex*
3. Li-Ning*



KEY:-
*The brand/series of shuttlecocks in-general

Thursday, December 1, 2016

More details of the shuttlecock assembly process

Here's a video with more details than the mere glimpses from the RSL equivalent



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Li-Ning SG-Gold

Not used before. Found in one of the halls I frequent.

Shuttle was practically new but had 3 consecutive broken feathers on one side of the shuttlecock.

Li-Ning logo on shuttle
Cork structure of the Li-Ning

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Revisit - Protech WorldClass

Been playing with a different group on Saturdays and they were using the Protech WorldClass.

The tube looks pretty much as before, only the colour scheme of the sticker inside the shuttlecock has been aligned to the new design.

Shuttle feels is a little lighter than before. Performance is still acceptable.

Unfortunately durability is still an issue once the smashing starts - the rib-cage structure seem to soften after a few hard smashes.

No other feedback.