From Plastic to Feather, Li-Ning Makes Badminton Birdies for you to Enjoy!
The short lifespan of badminton birdies means shuttlecocks are one of the most popular repeat purchases for badminton players. Li-Ning understands this and has become well-known and respected for its selection of badminton birdies – from synthetic to authentic feathers. Not every badminton birdie is manufactured with the same materials, nor do they perform exactly the same or last as long.
Whether you are serious about the type of shuttlecock you use in regulation, international competitions or you need a birdie for your barbecue, beach or backyard badminton games, the Li-Ning badminton superstore can guide you toward the correct purchase.
We understand that you want a bird that is very stable and aerodynamic. Li-Ning uses real scientific data in its manufacturing processes to create its equipment and apparel, but remember one of the most important decisions about what badminton birdie to purchase has little to do with us and everything to do with you. Where you play badminton directly affects what kind of birdie you should use as far as the weight and speed are concerned.
Speeds of badminton birdies are categorized between 75-79 and they revolve around the climate where you intend to play. Hot countries high above sea level need to use a “slower” 75 speed bird, while the opposite is true for cold countries below sea level where they need a “faster” badminton birdie rated as a 79. Most of the inventory of shuttlecocks found in the Li-Ning Badminton Superstore will be rated a 77 because most of you will be playing in North America, close to sea level in climates that do not tend to spike too high or too low.
The Differences Between Nylon Badminton Birdies and Goose Feathers Shuttlecocks
Badminton has come a long way dating back to its Victorian roots. It is now the fastest racket sport with speeds of birdies and shuttles approaching 200 miles per hour. That’s a pretty fast flight path no matter what your bird is made of. So before you go smashing, clearing, dragging or dropping shots, know what you can expect performance-wise out of your badminton birdie.
Plastic, also called synthetic or nylon, is a popular choice for the budget conscious recreational player who wants the shuttle to last multiple matches. But because badminton birdies made from synthetic materials tend to drop more diagonally, they are not used in national or international top-level competitions.
High end badminton shuttlecocks are usually made from goose feathers – 16 to be exact – and all from the same wing so they face the same direction. While feather birdies may tend to break more often or need to be replaced within the same match, feather shuttlecocks provide the best anti-wobbling trajectories because of their natural counterclockwise spin. This expert control is occasionally seen when a professional badminton player hits a hairpin tumble shot off the natural cork base and floats the shuttlecock over the top of the net and into an abrupt U-turn downward.
Feather badminton birdies need to be humidified before play. Try our Humidome humidifier that attaches to the end of a tube to maximizes the durability of your feather birds by significantly increasing the humidity inside the shuttlecock tube.
Looking for a good mid-grade option for your badminton birdie needs? Our club tournament level birdies contain duck feathers, while others are made using a synthetic cork or granulated cork base instead of natural cork. Li-Ning badminton birdies are available in single tubes, bundles or boxes ranging from 6 birds in a tube to 50 in a box. Try them. Smash them. Review them and enjoy them.