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Nylon Vs. Feather: Which Shuttlecock Is Best?



Typically shuttlecocks are made of two materials: Feather (obtained naturally from ducks or geese) and synthetic (artificially made plastic or nylon). In this article we will bring forth the benefits and disadvantages of each type, its characteristics and features.

And feel free to jump to the conclusion if you don’t want to be bored with the details. We summed it up in the ‘conclusion’ to make it more convenient for you.

Feather Shuttlecock
Feather-made shuttles aren’t durable. Even a single feather lost will affect the projectile of the shuttle and thus disturbs the game.

Feather ones are mostly used in matches. They are difficult to manufacture compared to plastic ones as the feathers have to be collected from ducks and birds. Hence they are costlier than plastic ones.

Depending on the manufacturer there will usually be 16 or so feathers in one shuttle.
Pros
Shuttle can be placed with accuracy and precision
Less power is required to hit
Easier to control
Used by professionals
It’s design makes for a great in-flight stability.
Cons
Difficult to manufacture
Expensive comparatively
Nylon
Nylon shuttles are best suited for beginners as these are durable and a lot more cheaper than feather ones. They can be bought in bulk and hence the main use is for practise, used in clubs and coaching centres. It has bad in-flight stability.

Pros
Very durable
Economical option over feather birdies
Good for day to day practices
Cons
Bad in-flight stability
More power required to hit
Conclusion
Nylon shuttles are cheaper in price and last really long. They aren’t affected by the weather or any other factors, and hence are widely used by novice and intermediate players; majorly for practise or recreational matches.

Feather-made ones are less durable but have a great in-flight stability that makes it a choice of the pros. Majorly used in official matches and tournaments.

We surely cannot decide for you, what would suit your needs best. You can be a judge of that. After reading the points made above, we hope you will be able to make the right choice. Weigh out the pros and cons, know what your needs are, what you can afford, and depending on that make a decision as to which shuttle is the best.Good luck!

Here are a few shuttlecocks, both plastic and feather-made, that we think you might like.

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