How To Choose The Right Shuttlecock

Do you know the difference between a natural shuttlecock and plastic shuttlecock? More importantly, do you know which one is more suitable for your play and skill level? Check out which birdie is best for you

How To Choose The Right Shuttlecock
Skill level

The skill level is the main reference for selecting shuttlecock. Different skill levels should choose shuttlecock in different materials.

High intensity

After mastering all kinds of skills and technique, you can choose shuttlecock with better control and feel.

Shuttlecock with natural goose feather & 100% cork would be the best choice for you


Regular intensity

The more you practice the better sense of the game you get, thus you need better feel shuttlecock on top of durability to enhance your experience.

Natural goose feather with mixed cork shuttle cork would be best for you.

Occasional use

If you are a new badminton player, you need durable shuttlecock to withstand repeated practice.


Want to play badminton outdoors with family and friends on weekends? Then choose the cheap yet durable plastic shuttlecock.

Shuttlecock speed

You might often notice numbers on top of the tube: 76, 77, 78, 79 or 1, 2, 3, 4. What do these labels mean? The smaller the label value (lighter weight), the slower the speed, and the larger the label value (heavier weight), the faster the speed.

Secondly, the temperature, and the altitude of the court also have a great impact on its weight.

In general, we should play with light weight shuttlecock in high temperature, high humidity, or high altitude in summer.
In contrast, heavier shuttlecock will be a better choice when the temperature is low, the climate is dry, the humidity is small, or the low altitude in winter.

Badminton classification and flight path

The difference between natural and plastic shuttlecock, apart from the material and appearance, the flight paths are not the same; you can refer to the following figure for the difference between the two shuttlecock flight paths.
The first picture represents the flight path of natural shuttlecock; the second picture represents the flight path of plastic shuttlecock.


Did you know?

- The best natural shuttlecock feathers are taken from the left wing of the goose

- Badminton is the fastest sport in the world

- The fastest badminton smash record in history is 273mph

- In an international tournament, it is possible to use up to 50 shuttlecocks in one game.


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