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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dunlop MF08

Found the sample in one of the halls I frequent. Have not used this shuttlecock before and adding to the library.

Cock structure is as per budget shuttlecocks.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Unknown brand#1

Adding to the library for future assessment.

Has flimsy ribcage structure and cork layer alike other previously budget shuttlecocks reviewed .

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Work around for fast/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