How to Choose the Best Badminton Shuttlecocks?

I already mentioned that I play badminton sporadically. What always impresses me that even as an amateur I have to make a lot of choices regarding the gear. I already wrote how I choose the badminton racket, but still, one important decision lies ahead. What kind of shuttlecock should I use? Here is a smart and short guide how I choose the best badminton shuttlecocks for me.

Feather or Nylon badminton shuttlecocks

Firstly, you have to know if you want to play with a feather or with nylon shuttlecocks. Both have some advantages and some disadvantages.

Feather Badminton Shuttlecocks

Feather shuttlecocks are made from feathers, surprisingly :). Feathers are out of duck or goose. They are 62 to 70 mm long. The weight of feather shuttlecock should be from 4.74 to 5.50 grams. Professional matches are played just with feather shuttlecocks. So if you want to play like a pro, use them. But be prepared for their lower durability. Basically, you will need more than one to play even one game.

You can choose the feather badminton shuttlecocks according to their speed. Be aware, that usually, the warmer conditions make shuttlecocks fly faster. The same can be applied to high altitude conditions. Use table below for choosing the right feather badminton shuttlecocks.

International Speed Metric

1/75 Slow Use in highland
2/76 Medium Slow Use in hotter area
3/77 Medium Sea level area
4/78 Medium Fast Cold area
5/79 Fast Below sea level

Kevenz Goose Feather Badminton Shuttlecocks

Lhedon Badminton Shuttlecocks

Kevenz Goose Feather Badminton Shuttlecocks

12 pack
White

12 pack
White

12 pack
Black

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Nylon Badminton Shuttlecocks

Nylon badminton shuttlecocks are made from Nylon. They are more durable than feather ones, but they are slower. They are used mainly by amateur and recreational players due to their durability. Usually, they are white or yellow.

Speed Metrics for Nylon Badminton Shuttlecocks

Green Slow 22° – 33° C
Blue Medium 12° – 23° C
Red Fast – 13° C

Head Badminton Air Performance 300 Shuttlecocks

Yonex Mavis 350

Kevenz Advanced Nylon Feather Shuttlecock

6 pack
White

6 pack
Yellow
Medium

12 pack
Yellow
Speed 77

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Summary – The best badminton shuttlecock is

I am amateur badminton player and I do not need to have the newest and expensive gear to enjoy badminton. When choosing the badminton shuttlecocks I prefer nylon. They last more, they are cheaper and they are absolutely o.k. with my badminton level. I play with Blue nylon badminton shuttlecocks, but it really depends on the temperature you live and play in.

Yonex Mavis Medium

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