We know, we know, they are the answer but not the answer to this particular question.
Now all club players will know that feathers are the best to play with, however not all clubs can afford feathers, our club on one evening of playing with feathers saw us not only go through two full tubes like a very very hot knife through butter but made the hall look like a horror scene depicting the death of an entire flock of geese!
There are a number of practicals reasons why feathers are not viable unless you are a big enough club that money isn't too much of an issue, the first is cost, the second is durability. A slight dink to a feather shuttle and the flight is quickly affected.
And so we have plastic shuttles for us lesser mortals, but this brings with it a number of issues in itself and these don't lie with the clubs but with the manufacturers. Just in Yonex's Mavis range there are four different types, these being 10's, 300's, 370's and 2000's and if we are to believe Yonex all brilliant and all exactly the same.....just read each type and see how they differentiate them at Yonex Shuttles
So how do you know which is the best and which fly closest to a feather, well you just have to go and buy each of them and have a go.....the two most popular on the club scene certainly in our league and from a few we've spoken to like our good friends at Tavyside, Aycliffe and Pittsville are the 300 and the 2000.
So which is best?
The 2000's are the clear winner, not only do they fly far more like a feather than a 300 (of which the 370 also does a better job of doing than the 300), but their durability and therefore economy is far superior. And it comes down to simple design.
We've produced this comparison picture to highlight the key areas and also added in a feather shuttle so you can see our point even more.
The first difference is in the framework, on a 300 the single thin bars highlighted in the circle on the picture on the left break very easy and as soon as they do you have a shuttle with a spin. On the 2000's you can see the design uses a much broader support and so far they haven't broke once yet on a single shuttle.
The second difference is the fringe, this is indicated by the arrows, this makes a big difference to the flight of the shuttle especially when dropping, compare the two against the feather shuttle, notice how the tops of the feather end in a distinct point as does the 2000 but NOT on the 300. We have found that as the skirt on the 300 snags and wears it catches on the ends to its left or right and again quickly affects the flight.
Now we are not saying the 2000's last forever, but they last a considerable length of time longer than a 300 and we mean considerable. Using 2000's won't mean that stepping up to shuttles is a comfortable transition but you will certainly be far more familiar with its flight trajectory than if you only played with 300's. And your club will have saved a few quid to.