Badminton Shuttlecock are the important part of Badminton game and accuracy , performance of a player is depends on how a shuttlecock behaves in game.
Typically two types of shuttlecock are common in badminton game :
A feather shuttle is made of natural duck feather (Left Wing Only) with solid cock base. Shape of shuttlecock is designed in such way so that its give high aerodynamic effect during its flight. Feather Shuttlecock is treated as best for professional badminton games.
Nylon shuttlecock are made of synthetic material (Nylon) and give durable performance. For day to day practise nylon shuttle are the best as it ill give you an economical option over feather shuttles.
While we select the shuttlecocks for game its important to understand the difference between nylon and feather shuttlecock.
Following are the key difference between Nylon and Feather Badminton Shuttlecock ( Nylon Vs Feather Shuttlecock):
(1)Feather Shuttlecock take high initial speed as compare to Nylon shuttle and observed more drag force due to its rigid shape. Due to more drag force on feather shuttle ,it’s undergo higher deceleration .
(2)During the close net clear shots , feather shuttles rise up in the air and fall straight to ground while on other hand , nylon shuttle travels at more flatter angle.
(3)To get the lift with nylon shuttle always required more power , in fact its difficult to get the high lift with nylon shuttle and thus it gives flatter shuttle trajectory.
(4)As nylon shuttle travels on flatter trajectories so its difficult to hit the jump smash with Nylon shuttle.
(5)Nylon shuttle require more power to hit the shuttle as compare to feather. With feather shuttles , player can accurately place and control the shots while with Nylon shuttle ,controlling the shuttle is difficult due different drag forces.
(6)When Nylon Shuttle hits on the racket string bed then shuttle skirt shape changes drastically and after bounce back from string bed its take original shape while feather shuttle due to its rigid shape dose not deform and quickly bounce back from string bed and gets fast initial speed.
(7)Playing with feather shuttlecocks are always a costly option as its break quite often. Playing with nylon shuttle in practise game or training session can save lots of money but when you go tournaments then you have learn how to adjust the speed and travel trajectories of nylon to feather shuttle as most of the tournament use the feather shuttle only.