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.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Yonex AS-50

Finally had the time to revisit a group I used to join on and off. My previous visit was over about 2years ago.

Boy did I receive a SURPRISE ... they were using genuine Yonex AS50 (Speed-2) shuttles and charge only $6 per player!!!

Hats off to the organiser*for pulling off this feat!

The Yonex AS50 is what you would expect from a top notch quality shuttle aka defacto standard for other shuttles to aspire to.

My only comment is that Speed-2 AS50 was a bit faster on the clears (aka flat flight paths). Otherwise everything is as one would expect from the defacto standard.


*Reason I say so is because many groups in MEETUP.COM charge $6-16 per player for a 2hr session and provide mediocre shuttles or very small number of new shuttles only. Hence if he can provide real Yonex AS50 and charge $6 per player, these other organisers are really raking it in. Sure MEETUP charge for using their facility but it's a puny USD$2.99 for 6-months if you try registering a dummy group to find out the cost ... whats the next excuse for raking it in?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Revisit - Li-Ning A300

Joined a friend's friend group and they were using Li-Ning A300 shuttles.

From memory, the tube colour scheme looks unchange. However, the shuttle feels much lighter than before. When I first used the A300 around 2007/8, it had good weight and hence provided very nice feedback upon contact with the racquet. This A300 felt nothing like the original eg as if Gozilla was transformed into Pee-Wee Herman!!!

Honestly if it was a blind test, I would feedback it was a budget shuttle. 

Flight wise, performance was acceptable until a few hard smashes later. The shuttle would sudden slow down in mid-air ... time for replacement! Even so, the shuttle speed consistency is much preferable when compared to the Efeel and/or Sintec - atleast the speed consistency remains acceptable till it gives.

Durability, is acceptable for non-power smashing games. The shuttle rib-cage structure gives way more often than any feather breaking. However these feathers do ruffle easily and need to be coerce back into place after every point.

Cost, is always an issue with Li-Ning products as they are priced above the norm.


In summary, if cost is not an issue then go for it. Otherwise best look for alternatives.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

RCL Platinum Gold

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

Has a 3-layer cork structure

Friday, July 1, 2016

Efeel shuttlecocks

Join a friend for a game and he bought a tube of EFeel shuttles to try out. He informs EFeel is a Malaysian brand of shuttles and cost about SGD$28 (around RM81-83) a tube in Malaysia ... hence not cheap as well.

Tube of Efeel shuttles

Apologies as no shot the birdie itself - build quality and flight characteristics was acceptable. Weight was average. The shuttle was just a tad slower than other Speed 77. Very evident when we mixed with the group on the next court and they were using my group's previous defacto standard.

Durability wise, the feathers does not break easy but has the tendency to slow down quite a bit after the 1st few hits. The speed remains consistent for a quite number of shots before it has to be replaced.

Performance wise, I personally think the eFeel is better than the Sintec ST 818 as it does not keep growing air-brakes shot after shot.

Downside is the pricing. Personally I find the EFeel shuttlecock to be a bit costly. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jinque AAA

Found the following sample in the hall. Not used before.