Types of Badminton Shuttlecocks and their Dynamics!

Published: 18th May 2010
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Badminton shuttlecocks are lightweight and have feathers arranged in a cone shape. The best variety is derived from duck feathers. They can be made of goose feathers too and some time with nylon. Some factories store them in special storage system so that they are more durable.

Different types of badminton birdies used are:

Goose feather type
Duck feather type
Plastic type
Synthetic type

Feathers are embedded one on top of the other in a conical shape. It is shaped this way so that it achieves aerodynamic stability. The cocks fly unlike the other racquet balls. When the birdies or shuttle cock hits the badminton bat the birdie flies at ease. Earlier ones were highly brittle and would break easily of late there are synthetic cocks designed to overcome this draw back. However, the flight of the feather birdies is better as they fly faster and a player has more control over the birdie. It does not cause any shoulder impact unlike the synthetic or plastic ones which may cause injury.

In order to improve up on the quality of these sports accessory, manufacturers often collect feedback on its performance. Based on this feedback they endeavour to make it better. Duck feather type is of a good quality and offers better flight and control of the birdies. Badminton players enjoy playing with them as it moves to and fro with ease.

While feather badminton cocks need to be replaced more frequently. They are light weight and their strings loose open when played at a speed of 320km/h or more. Although plastic cocks travel slowly as they are slightly heavy they don't break that easily. They begin slowly and gather pace towards the end of their flight.

Unlike the West, the game of badminton in India may lack the glamour and glitz which is mostly seen in cricket and tennis, it is still being taken up by a healthy number of youngsters across the country. Apart from the legendary Prakash Padukone and Gopichand, Indian badminton stables have churned out quality players, such as Abhin Syam Gupta, Nikhil Kanetkar and Sachin Ratti, who have upset fancied opponents on more than one occasion.

Indian table tennis players have been struggling hard to exhibit their talent at the important international events. Lack of major success at the international stage has resulted in stagnation and the popularity of the game has dropped. There is a lot of importance given to cricket these days.

Kirthy Shetty, Platinum Author.
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