Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Work around for brittle/slower shuttlecocks

I repeat the following procedure every few months after purchasing a new batch of shuttlecocks.

Hope the following tips are useful.

Please note there is no 100% cure but I find the following steps does help.


1. Try out the new batch for 2 sessions
2. Review the used shuttles and ask the regulars for feedback
3. Determine remedial action required
    A. Brittle shuttles
         - need to humidify shuttles
         - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
         - for my current batch of shuttles, I empty the tube and leave the shuttles at normal room 
           temperature for 30-40min (80% humidity in the country)
    B. Softer shuttles
        - need to dry shuttles
        - leave in air condition or room with heater 
        - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
        - previously empty the tube and left the shuttles in the air condition room overnight
    C. Slow shuttles
        - need to dry the shuttles
        - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
       - previously empty the tube and left the shuttles in the air condition room for say 2-3hrs
    D. Fast shuttles
         - need to humidify the shuttles
         - have to experiment exposure time to determine what works for you
         - remove the tube covers and left the tube in the fridge for 3-4hrs
    E. Do nothing
         - this scenario does not occur often

Monday, June 1, 2015

Revisit - Protech Masterpiece

One organiser recently updated - prices for the Protech Masterpiece in Malaysia are now insane and he will no longer buy it.

This is because of the ever increasing prices and degrading product quality. For instance. In Nov/Dec2014, the total cost of ownership+ for a tube was RM57. After Chinese New Year 2015, it was RM61 per tube. About a month ago it was RM71 per tube??? Reasons cited were depreciating MYR and introduction of GST in Malaysia from 1Apr2015.

Total cost of ownership (TCO) includes transportation to and from Malaysia to ferry 25-30 tubes as well as GST at the Woodlands checkpoint

His group previously preferred the Protech Masterpiece as they have been using it for many years. They previously remained loyal to the brand (and model) eventhough the quality drop year-on-year, with, some price increases throughout the years.

Someone I know who joins his group on-off informs the Protech Masterpiece nowadays is a light shuttle with feathers breaking easily. Hence atleast 2-3 shuttles would be required for a good involving game.

We stop using the Protech Masterpiece from late 2009 due to quality degradation (to be fair to Protech they did not increase the price often before 2009).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Revisit - Victor No1 (white & green colours)

Joined a group using the shuttlecock earlier in the week.

Basically a decent budget shuttle at a decent price - as long as your players are not the happy smasher type. Unfortunately quality is still very dependent on the QA for the batch concern.

Overall good value for money if the group comprise of recreational players.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Xu Yiong GC4

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



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Revisit - RSL Supreme

Joined a friend's group last night and they were using RSL Supreme shuttlecocks.

He advised the RSL Supreme is not as good as before and RSL has raised the price (again!) in-preparation for the introduction of GST in Malaysia on 1April2015. The previous price increase earlier this year was due to the MYR depreciation against the USD.

Sure enough the RSL Supreme shuttles were not as lasting as before - quite a few were tumbling a bit straight out from the tube(?), some had single broken feather after a few hits, and,  some deformed after several average hits.

The previous RSL Supreme I know would slow down after a few hard hits and it was extremely rare for any broken feathers or deform ribcage - till the life expectancy of the shuttle was truly up. My previous post

Hence another one bites the dust ... price increases but quality not maintained.

Looks like another manufacturer is making a bee line for profits only

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sintec 818 (revisit)

Recently joined another group using the Sintec 818.

Pix from internet


Feedback after a few games are that the shuttle tend to slow down after a few hits. The slowdown seem to be on the later part of the flight. And a number of the shuttles from the same tube tend to be have inconsistent flight speed, Shuttle speed quality is thus quite batch dependant.

As before, feather does not break easily but tend to be ruffled easily. Would require atleast 2 shuttles if anyone does above average smashes during a set.

For SGD$28 a tube, I reckon there are better buys out there.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Toalson Green

Not used before.

The cork structure speaks for itself and is common for the price range.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

RCL Black Silver

The Black Silver is one of the better shuttlecock(s) we have tested from RCL (so far).



The shuttle is of reasonable weight, rib cage build quality is not the best but is above average quality. And the internal label has a tendency to came off after a few hits.


Flight characteristics is similar to RSL Tourney No1 but with much better durability. Initially a bit fast until after scoring a few points. There after it has been broken in. The Black Silver is then playable for quite a while.

Like all shuttles utilised, it is a balance between cost, durability and performance. For instance, the flight characteristics of the Black No1 is better than the Black Silver. However the Black Silver is much more durable than the Black No1. The Black Gold is even more durable but we find it has a tendency to slow down quite a bit after a few hard smashes - much alike RSL Supreme.