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A Simple Way to Make Your Shuttlecocks Last Longer

Posted on the Internet are various ways to make feather shuttlecocks last longer. Essentially, increased mosture tend to increase their durability. Here's an effective and simple way.

  1. Open both ends of the tube and push all the shuttles out.
  2. Cover one end of the tube and pour about 1/4 of a cup of water into it.
  3. Close both ends and give the tube a good shake.
  4. Pour the water out, push all the shuttles back in and close both ends.

There are a number of things to remember:

What Is The Correct Shuttle Speed?

The number on the shuttle tubes tells you the weight of the shuttle and therefore the speed. The higher the number, the faster the shuttle flies. The correct speed is defined on Section 3 "Testing A Shuttle For Speed" in the Laws Of Badminton which is available on the IBF Website. Here's an extract.

3.1 To test a shuttle, a player shall use a full underhand stroke which makes contact with the shuttle over the back boundary line. The shuttle shall be hit at an upward angle and in a direction parallel to the side lines.

3.2 A shuttle of correct speed will land not less than 530 mm and nor more than 990 mm short of the other back boundary line.

While the Laws of Badminton does not allow tinkering of the shuttle, one can actually change the speed of the by bending the tip of the feathers. An inward bend will increase the speed and an outward bend will slow it down.


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Last modified: 7th November, 2009