January 10, 2008

Wilson Badminton Enters 2008 with new [K]Factor Racquets

Wilson has applied its [K]Factor technology to its new 2008 badminton racquets. There are 5 such racquets that were just launched in Sweden: [K]Lite, [K]Blade, [K]Power, [K]Tour and [K]Pro.

But what's a good racquet without a good shuttlecock? Wilson's been working on shuttlecock technology for awhile now, and feel they've finally found the line they're happy to produce. Its called the Top Line series and it has everything for the players looking for perfection as well as the player that expects great quality at a fair price. Top Line shuttlecocks aren't yet available, but will be soon, so we'll be watching and will post when we see them.

Learn more about [K]Factor here.

Wilson [K]Factor Badminton Racquets:
Wilson '08 (K) Blaze Badminton Racquet
For the advanced player - it provides power, speed and control. Flex is Medium Stiff, weighs 82-86gm, and has Center Balance.

Wilson '08 (K) Tour Badminton Racquet
This is meant for the advanced, aggressive players, providing great feel and control. Stiff on the flexibility scale, weighs 85-89gm, and it slightly head heavy.

Wilson Shuttlecocks:
Wilson Classic Badminton Shuttlecock
Medium grade goose feathers, 12 shuttlecocks, the smart tube lid controls humidity inside the tube.

Wilson Matchpoint Shuttlecocks
Made from nylon, these shuttlecocks are durable and lightweight and come in a 6-pack container.

Wilson Tournament Gold Goose Feather Shuttlecock
12-pack of top grade goose feather shuttlecocks. The smart tube lid controls humidity inside the tube.

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December 18, 2007

Badassminton Wall Graphic

A wheat-paste graphic of a badminton shuttlecock in downtown NYC, somewhere on a wall amid the luxury lofts and apartments of Nolita and Soho. The graphic is a poster for the "Badassminton" event in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Photo courtesy: Ivan Corsa Photo
From Global Graphica

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November 28, 2007

Amazing Soviet Improvised Badminton Shuttlecock

This is one item in a collection of Soviet improvised items. They were by a young Russian, Vladimir Archipov. These items were made in the last twenty years and were made in Russia at a time when manufactured items were very hard to get, yet the aspirations for them were growing. One's desire for many household items, not to mention a sport you love, can overcome just about any difficulty if you want it bad enough.

This was made from Plastic bottle, cloth, elastic band. Its from the Gennadii Konychev, Ryazan region circa 2000. The creator took a plastic bottle and cut out something looking more or less like a shuttlecock. The stabilizers are supposed to be the feathers. And to soften the impact he covered the end with soft pieces of material and an rubber band.

This was found on, Street Use

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November 21, 2007

Shuttlecock 101 - Part 2 - Feathered vs. Synthetic

Today, class, we talk about an important nuance of the shuttlecock. A much debated subject. A topic that has caused more than one barroom brawl. The issue, my friends, is feathered vs. synthetic shuttlecocks

Here's the deal with real feathers. They are brittle; and they can break easily and often need to be replaced several times during a game. So synthetic shuttlecocks have been developed that replace the feathers with a plastic skirt. This is likely what you're used to playing with at the neighborhood backyard BBQ.

Seasoned badminton players often refer to synthetic shuttlecocks as "plastics" and feathered shuttlecocks as "feathers." Clever...

Costs are similar for good quality shuttlecocks, but the plastics last much longer, they can often last several matches without having their flight screwed up.

From an actual playing standpoint, they are much different. "Plastics fly more slowly on initial impact, but slow down less towards the end of their flight. Feather shuttles may come off the strings at speeds in excess of 320 km/h (200 mph) but slow down faster as they drop. For this reason, feather shuttle make the game seem faster but also allow more time to play strokes."

Most experienced and skilful players greatly prefer feathers, and serious tournaments or leagues are almost always played using feather shuttlecocks. Experienced players generally prefer the "feel" of feathered shuttlecocks (don't we all), and assert that they are better able to control the flight of feathers than of plastics.

Nylon Shuttlecocks

Feather Shuttlecocks

(info from wikipedia)

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November 14, 2007

Shuttlecock 101 - Part 1

Let us learn about the Shuttlecock (a word I like saying nearly as much as "butt cap"). We Americans also call them "birdies." They may look funny...they may look like somebody tried to jam a bird into a ping pong ball...but they are one of the keys to the game of badminton.

A shuttlecock is a high-drag projectile used in the sport of badminton. It has an open conical shape: the cone is formed from sixteen overlapping goose feathers embedded into a rounded cork base. The cork is covered with thin leather. The shuttlecock's shape makes it extremely aerodynamically stable. Regardless of initial orientation, it will turn to fly cork first, and remain in the cork-first orientation. The name shuttlecock is frequently shortened to shuttle. The abbreviation cock is rarely used except in a jocular sense, due to its vulgar connotations. The "shuttle" part of the name was probably derived from its back-and-forth motion during the game, resembling the shuttle of a loom; the "cock" part of the name was probably derived from the resemblance of the feathers to a bird's cock.

Shuttlecock at wikipedia

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