Those of you who have been down to the club nights over the past 2 weeks, will have had a chance to play with a new nylon shuttlecock - the MAVIS 600. This shuttlecock manufactured by Yonex is the latest edition to their nylon shuttlecock range.
For a number of years Shiregreen Sports Badminton Club (SSBC) has favoured the Yonex MAVIS 300 shuttlecock, which has always come out on top versus other competition. At each of our clubs AGM's we have asked if members are happy with the shuttlecocks and the decision has always - more or less - been unanimous.
Today sees the club making a tough and conscious decision in our choice of nylon shuttlecock.
Why is our club a nylon/plastic badminton club?
The main reason is the cost implications. Nylon shuttles are more durable and cost less compared to their feather counterparts. Our club has always offered badminton sessions at a low/affordable price and that is partly due to the club using nylon shuttlecocks.
What's wrong with the current MAVIS 300 shuttles?
MAVIS 300 shuttles are still enjoyable to play with at our club - I'm sure members will agree. Everyone gets along with them and is used to how they feel/ play. However the durability of the shuttles has definitely deteriorated since the release of the new MAVIS 600 shuttle range. Club members will have noticed a shorter lifespan of the shuttles, with some shuttlecocks lasting 1-3 games; which is often unheard of from nylon shuttlecocks. The "feathers" of the shuttle seem to snap in numerous places and more frequently which in turn causes the shuttle to spin. The rubber/cork of the shuttle often detatches itself from the feathers, which means the cork has just completely crumbled inside the rubber. The shuttles just feel poorly made and as though less material has been used - making them increasingly light, but in turn making them more succeptable to hits from the racquets. The light feeling of the shuttle does reward members who enjoy a big smash - which is fun and great - but when the cork is exploding this is something we felt we needed to address.
What are the reasons for choosing the MAVIS 600 shuttle?
We've had some good feedback from members regarding this shuttle. It definitely feels different to it's predecessor - the rubber has a more harder feeling and you feel more repsonse when it hits the racquet. The shuttle feels naturally heavier so net shots require a bit more power and smashes don't come off as well as the 300. The shuttle's flight pattern seems to imitate that of a feather shuttlecock - which is good! This has been catching some members off guard though, sometimes leaving a shot that would have originally sailed out the back of the court only for it to land in. I'm sure many members would agree that the shuttle needs some getting used to.
The goal for nylon shuttles has always been to imitate feather shuttles as best as possible, and we felt that by moving forwards with the MAVIS 600 it is a step in the right direction for our club.
A little note about league badminton:
Sheffield Badminton were on the fence about using 300/600 shuttles for the year 17/18, they ultimately decided on using MAVIS 300 for their plastic leagues. We would anticipate that the approaching league season (18/19) will see them make the switch to the MAVIS 600 shuttles. This may be interesting for members wishing to play league badminton next season.
We hope that members appreciate the thought and testing that has gone into this decision at our club. We hope that you enjoy playing with the new shuttlecocks and find success in your games.
Many thanks and keep playing badminton!