Monday, December 1, 2014

RCL T-1000

One of the groups I frequent bought a few tubes of the RCL T-1000 after being told these were the Black Silver in new packaging (by unscrupulous shop in Malaysia) !????!

Pix from the RCL website

After using the T-1000 for a couple of sets, I traded notes with the other players from the game. The feedback were pretty similar.

The T-1000 is lighter than the Black Gold/Silver and closer to Black No1. It does require more energy when hitting low powered shots eg drops, tap(s) around the net area, etc. The T-1000 seem to perform as expected during clear(s) and smashes(s).

Durability wise was much better than Super Top and Gold No1. The T-1000 durability is about that of  RCL Black No1. Hence you would require atleast 2 shuttles for a smashing game.

Flight characteristics wise, the T-1000 is not as accomplish as Black No1.

Overall it is a good shuttle for amateurs players.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fake "Yonex" shuttlecocks

Was a visitor to a newly formed group in the East the other night. They advertised using Yonex shuttlecocks in Badmintoncentral. The organiser is active in MEETUP when I did a search on the net referencing the contact number.

Had a shock of my life once they passed a new shuttlecock for a game - you know it's a fake as the tube and the logo colour(s) are "off-tone", the shuttles are light with a flimsy rib-cage structure.

The fake AS-40 deforms after any 2nd or 3rd clears - not even smashes ...

Did not get a sample. Hence I found the following pix from a Chinese website. Atleast the selling website was honest and stated these are more suitable for cost-effective training.

Sample from the net

Quality of the shuttlecock is similar to the Prince Red in one of my previous post(s). Shuttlecocks in the above pix looks okay but trust me ... these must be the better condition ones from the tubes.

 Definitely will not be visiting this particular group again!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Badminton Coaching videos from Victor

Came across the above while checking the Victor website.

Link to coaching videos

Although the videos are in mandarin, there are subtitles in English.


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shuttlecock durability spray????

Has anyone tried any of these products?

Am wondering if these are the equivalent of  snake oil  for the badminton world?

Found the following examples on the net.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Li-Ning shuttlecock with replaceable feathers

Found the following sample in one of the halls I frequent.

Here are close-up(s) of the shuttle.
Li-Ning shuttle with replacable feather rib-cage

2 replacable feathers removed from the shuttle
The tip of each of the feathers has been made into a uniform "shape" eg alike a chisel.

Close-up of the rib-cage structure

Another view of the rib-cage structure

I called the local Li-Ning agent to enquire of the cost for replacement feathers.

Surprise surprise ...

Replacement feathers are not available separately. Only a few replacement feathers will be provided in every tube sold.

This is like discovering the wheel but then deciding to lock it away!!!

Guess the only thing which matters nowadays is the bottom line ...

Monday, September 1, 2014

Prince Red

Have not played with this model of shuttlecock before.

Found the sample at one of the halls I frequent.

Initial impressions are flimsy rib structure. Quality seem more alike the budget shuttlecocks.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Xzile RF-X2 and X3

Have not use the following before and including for documentation purposes.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014