Why Is This So Bad?
To play with shuttles that fall outside of legal limits for badminton shuttlecock speeds, allows players to de-skill the game.
If it’s difficult to lift the shuttle out from the forecourt or any area on court, we are reducing the feel and control required at the highest level. Whilst you may argue that you have no intention of playing at this level, my point is that you are kidding yourself.
A slower shuttle is hard to smash to the floor. Doesn’t this make your defence appear stronger, when in fact you have reduced the power from your opponent. Why do this? Why not face the challenge of your opponent being able to hit with power and you learn to retrieve this big smashes? Isn’t that what the game is about, again learning to control the shuttle?
With so much information available to players and officials, I see no reason why clubs and players cannot become more educated and enjoy this game so much more. There can be huge savings to be made by selecting the correct shuttles for your venue. Remember, test and do not be swayed by cost per tube pricing. Look at value for money instead and you may find considerable savings can be made on your highest overhead in a club, shuttle purchase.
I challenge all players and clubs to become more selective in the shuttles they buy.
Test every shuttle in a batch to see the variation in flight and speeds, and start demanding more from your shuttles. Don’t be fooled by ludicrous offers because they are usually too good to be true and result in poor shuttles which you burn through in little time.
Become a savvy buyer and tester and hopefully you can enjoy cheaper and better badminton.