Sunday, May 1, 2016

Victor Gold

Joined a friend's group for a game and they were using Victor Gold shuttles.

Just above average build quality with acceptable durability. Speed consistency was acceptable as well. Will require atleast 2 for a smashing game though. 


Friday, April 1, 2016

Revist - Sintec ST 818

Initially had difficulty locating the pix of the product on the net as I could not even find a pix of the ST 818 on the brand owner's site???

However they are promoting their competitors products - see the screen capture below. Are they then ashame of their own products?


Pix from internet

Sintec website promoting all other brands of shuttles but their own???

Not sure what's going on at the Sintec website since the ST 818 is not a new product. You can search on the net as well as my blog to see the review more than 2 years ago.

Anyway ... I have tried both the ST 818 models in Speed 76 and Speed 77 on&off during the past few years when playing with different groups in Singapore.

Both the Sintec ST 818 speed 76 & 77 have the same annoying characteristic- the ST 818 tends to slow down tremendously at the final stages of it's flight?


Durability wise, Speed 77 is terrible during smashing games whilst Speed 76 fares better. On one occassion, some younger ex-Secondary School players were playing 2 sets of 21-points using Speed 77 - they decided to take the whole tube with them, after going to where the organiser kept the shuttles atleast 3x during the game!

Performance wise, both versions of the ST 818 also slows down atleast a notch or two after a few hard smashes! You then have to keep adjust your strength since the shuttles kept "adding more and even more air brakes" as time went by. Thus the players have to hit the shuttle harder and higher to compensate for the induced drag!!! If you are playing against above average players, you are then limited to certain shots only ... it's a real enjoyment factor killer!

Price wise, the ST-818 normally sells for about $29 per tube; approximately SGD$26 per tube if you buy 5 or more at a go. Hence these are not exactly cheap shuttles either.


Since the ST 818 keep induces drag upon usage vs proper tournament quality shuttles, you really need to remind yourself how this shuttle behaves as the game progresses. 


Don't only take my word for it - you should try it atleast once and came to your own conclusion about the ST 818.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ashaway Silver

Was playing with a group which recently bought couple of tubes of Ashaway Silver (#7 in pix below) to replace their previous defacto standard.

Pix from 3rd party seller on internet
According to the internet advert, Ashaway Silver is made using duck feathers and priced at $20 per tube. Has the Ashaway logo in white against a light grey (?) background at the rear of the cork of the shuttle.

Initial impressions are good weight and solid feel. Good speed and flight characteristics ... till the 1st few hard hits. The shuttle then tends to slow down quite a bit. Good news is that it stays at that slower speed consistently for quite a while. Bad news is that it is not durable once the smashing begins. Another con is the feathers are easily ruffle. You will know when to replace the shuttle as the speed drops quite a bit later. I verified my observations with another of the players in that game and he agrees with my observations.

Overall a better than average value for money product, at an average price.

If only Ashaway could fix the slowdown issue ...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Revisit - Protech Masterpiece

Found sample in hall of the Masterpiece with new logo. We stop using it quite a number of years ago.

One of my regular's playing with a group using the Masterpiece tells me they typically use 3 shuttles for a moderate game eg 30-40% of the shots were smashes

Friday, January 8, 2016

Apacs AF 700

Adding the APACS Aero-Flight 700 to the library for future review.

Found following sample in hall. Never use before but has budget cork structure.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Revisit - Xzile RF-X3

For the past few months, I have been joining a weekend group using the Xzile Razor Flight X3 aka RF-X3.

Tube colours for the RF-X3

The good news is that the shuttle has good flight characteristics and the shuttlecock is of average weight.

Archive pix of the shuttle

The bad news is it is not suitable for any smashing game. We tried playing a more intense game using the RF-X3. By 9-points, we had to change 3 shuttles - averaging 3-points per shuttle??? And the game was just getting warm up - we were not smashing that hard yet! We had to tone down the pace of the game (... [spoiling the enjoyment] ... bummer) as the organiser would scream murder!!!

Hence the shuttle is NOT suitable for intense games.

Do shop around as prices can vary between $20-$25 a tube. My personal opinion is that there are much MUCH better products for that price range.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Recent spate of shuttlecock price increases in Malaysia

I visited a sports shop I previously frequent in Johor (aka JB) during the June school holidays and must admit I am glad I no longer provide them any business. 

I was truly flabbergasted by the prices for shuttlecocks in that shop.

My original reason for discontinuing the business relationship was because they refuse to provide any discounts, even with my ever increasing purchases and patronage over the years eg from 5 tube per visit to then, 25 tubes per visit. My recent purchases are even more than the past.

For example. I used to buy a certain brand and model of shuttlecock from this particular shop eg brand&model-A. Pricing details as per below.

Brand&Model-A   MYR (aka Malaysian Ringgit)
Early 2014               57
After CNY               59
EOY 2014               61
After CNY               64
Before Jun2015      67
Jun2015                  71     (after introduction of GST)


Reasonable you say?

I would have agreed until  I saw brand&model-B of shuttlecocks for about RM60 in that JB shop. Reason is because I had recently purchased brand&model-B from a different shop for RM60 and brand&model-A for RM68 (AFTER GST implemented). A friend in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur (aka KL) reported the same brand&model-A for RM69 per tube AFTER GST has been implemented. Guess brand&model-A was popular and they decided to be greedy


Needless to day, we should reduce our purchases from such shops. If we do not, they will became bolder and bolder. We, the consumers then bleed

Note - Understand there has been another round of overall price increases after July2015 at all shops. Main reason quoted was the loss of value by the Malaysian Ringgit (again). Can shuttlecock price changes be then use as a rough inflation gauge of the Malaysian economy? 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What does the BWF logo on a tube of shuttlecock mean?

The full PDF of requirements can be viewed at PDF from BWF site

In short, the BWF stamp on a tube of shuttlecocks stand for the below. The manufacturer has to remove the logo if it can no longer meet the requirements.

Part1 of table of requirements from BWF PDF

Part2 of requirements from BWF PDF