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  • A shuttlecock (often abbreviated to shuttle and also commonly known as a bird) is a high-drag projectile, with an open conical shape: the cone is formed from sixteen overlapping feathers embedded into a rounded cork base. Synthetic shuttles are often used by recreational players to reduce their costs as feathered shuttles break easily.
  • These nylon shuttles may be constructed with either natural cork or synthetic foam base, and a plastic skirt. Additionally, nylon shuttlecocks come in three varieties, each variety for a different range of temperatures. These three varieties are known as green (slow speed which will give you an extra 40% hang time/shot length), blue (middle speed), and red (fast speed).
  • The colours, and therefore speeds, are indicated by coloured strips fastened around the cork. In colder temperatures, a faster shuttle is used, and in hotter climates, a slower one is chosen. Feathered shuttlecocks are the choice of all professional level badminton players. These are made up of 16 feathers (normally goose or duck) attached to a 'semi-ellipse' shaped cork. Feather shuttlecocks tend to be quicker than the plastic alternative, and have a much more consistent flight.
  • Plastic shuttlecocks are the typical choice of recreational players and schools, and are far more forgiving for inexperienced badminton players. If treated well, a plastic shuttle could last for 100's of games, and so they are a lot more cost effective than the feathered alternative. Most players will begin by playing with plastic shuttles, and progress to feathers once their level advances.
  • Typically made of nylon, these synthetics are durable and inexpensive; the U.S. national badminton program recommends them as "ideal" for beginners and cost-conscious players.
  • A "slow" shuttlecock weighs 4.8 grams, and it travels about 120 cm less than a "fast" one, at 5.2 grams. Speed refers to the distance travelled by a shuttlecock under the force of an average blow; the overall speed and trajectory, of course, relies a great deal on the skill of the players.
  • The feathers on the shuttle should be consistent. Stem of the feather should not be fragile. It should be covered by glue. When you clear shot or deep high serve, the shuttle should flight and drop smooth without wagging. Never place shuttlecock near heat source eg. fireplace, heater, car dashboard or car boot. The heat will evaporate moisture and decrease the durability.
  • A machine stamps 16 holes and the special sorted feathers are inserted. During the next step the inserted feathers are being adjusted, so that the skirt gets its round shape, and everything is glued together. The thread is applied with a kind of crochet hook at an amazing speed. After that a machine glues the skirt, which gives durability. After drying, the speeds are tested. Every single shuttle is tested with a machine and manually by hand in a badminton hall.
  • Currently the VICTOR factory in Nanjing produces 2,7 million feather shuttlecocks per month!

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