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Having played badminton at the same club for 30+ years, these Yonex shuttles are for me the only shuttlecock of choice!
Yonex is a name associated with golf, tennis and badminton, but it was with badminton that their initial founding roots lay when they were established in 1946, badminton rackets being their first product in 1957. Whereas some sports brands cover all sports, I like the fact that Yonex keeps to those three sports, meaning that their expertise is not diluted and their products and equipment for those sports are made by designers and manufacturers who are devoted to them.
Yonex feathered shuttlecocks were used at the Olympics, and according to their website, they are the 'official shuttlecock' for all leading international tournaments, which shows their regard and standing in the sport.
Feathers or not?
As a badminton club there is one primary decision to be made before all others: feather or plastic shuttlecocks? Feathers are the traditional shuttlecocks, consisting of a cork head and a 'skirt' made up of 16 goose feathers. It's these that the professionals use, and they give a different type and level of game in my experience. The purist would always play with feathers, I guess, but for the amateur club or recreational player they aren't necessarily the best option, for one main reason - cost.
Although the individual shuttlecocks can be purchased at a similar price, feathers are prone to breakage. You might get through more than two per game sometimes, and unfortunately, at lower level badminton this rate tends to be worse as you may not hit the shuttle quite as true.
Plastics on the other hand will invariably last for many, many games and these Yonex Mavis are quite robust. So on a typical night's badminton we would use one shuttle per court, and that shuttle would do 2 or maybe 3 weeks, with feathers we would be looking at getting through a tube per night. So over time, this means a considerable difference in club running costs, which can't be overlooked, especially when technology in the development of plastics has brought their feel and performance so close to their feathered counterparts.
These Yonex Mavis shuttles are actually made of nylon, with the traditional cork head. They have been designed to closely mirror the feel and behaviour of feathered shuttles, and they were the only recognised 'plastic' that we were allowed to use when we played in the local League for a few seasons.
The shuttles are light - 4g - and the cork head has a white covering designed to help grip the racket strings. The skirt consists of an open mesh appearance, with a ripple all the way around the outside and the 300 range we use are flat around the bottom. There is a 370 range, where the bottom of the skirt is slightly fluted. The skirt are also a lovely pure white, although the 300 range does offer a fluorescent yellow/green skirted alternative which I have used on a few occasions and are really good for vision against light coloured backgrounds.
All the 'Mavis' range are available in three speeds - slow, medium and fast, which you would select based on playing conditions and personal preference. For us it's the medium, which are designed for play in temperatures 12-23 degrees. I learn from the website that they achieve the speed difference by slight differences is the material of the skirt. The nylon becomes harder in colder temperatures, so they are manufactured accordingly to try to give a uniform experience across all conditions.
Other stats I have found from the Yonex website include the fact that the shuttle recovers in 0.02 seconds when smashed, which is only 0.005 seconds slower than a feathered shuttle! I don't think that our standard really requires those kind of margins to be given an awful lot of consideration, but it's good to know and reassuring about the depth and extent of science that has gone into the design and manufacture of these shuttles.
The only other plastic shuttles I have played with have been Carlton ones, and compared to my familiar Yonex ones, they always felt 'clunky' and heavier, and also were a bit more squat in their appearance. I suppose with a racket sport, once you are established with certain equipment, it will always be your preference but I honestly do believe in these shuttles and think they are the best out there for amateur play.
The perfect Plastic then?
In my opinion, yes. The uniformity of quality and manufacture we get from these shuttles is first class. After a couple of weeks' badminton the shuttles start to show signs of wear - simply by being hit and smashed they will start to get a bit of a 'wobble' as they fly through the air. If they are accidentally stood on they will squash, and also after a time some of the plastic does start to split at the finer points. So they are not indestructible but they are as near to the 'real thing' as it's possible to get with nylon shuttles.
I hope my review hasn't been too 'geeky', I have actually learnt a lot myself from checking a few things on the Yonex website - my dooyoo experience just goes from strength to strength! This was my 200th review, so thanks for indulging me! ... And if you fancy a game of badminton, look out for Mavis!
I have quite a large garden where I live and in the back is the lawn where we play the games with the grandchildren, we have lots of outdoor toys to choose from because three grandchildren and their friends that come to stay take a lot of entertaining and it's great for them to be able to play out in the garden and not on the road.
We have a garden shed with the toys in and this year as it has been so hot we put the volley ball net up, it also doubles as a badmington net when the kids come to play as they are a little too young to play volleyball as the adults sometimes get a little carried away and it can get competative.
I buy these Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks from the Sports shop in town as they are only £5 99 for a tub of 6 which is good value as they are a good quality.
The shuttlecocks I buy are white but you can get them in yellow and there are different one's to choose from as they are all different weights at the bottom for different speeds of flight.
I buy the normal one's which are pictured above as these are good for playing in warm weather.
The tub is see through and you just pull out a shuttle cock when you need one or lose one as we sometimes do over the garden fence to the next doors dog.
They are made of plastic and have a kind of frill at the top with a white base that you try and hit with your badmington bat when it's in flight.
Badmington s quite an easy game to play as you can aim the shuttle cocks in the direction you want them to go once you've got the hang of how they fly through the air, as they hit the bat they bounce back up and over the net to your partner if your lucky.
These are very sturdy and can take a bit of bashing about but once the ends rip they won't fly properly and have to be replaced, but we lose more than we damage.
I like this brand as it's a good quality and they are always in the sports shop to buy but if you can't find them you can buy them online
Although the rain has been out today i'm sure we will be using these this week when it's sunny.
recommended by me.
The shuttlecock effectively the 'object' that you hit back and forth over a net in a game of badminton with your opponent, rather like a tennis ball in a game of tennis. With our family interest in playing badminton in the garden, the cheap plastic shuttlecocks that we had originally purchased were not really going to last that long, and hence, when they started to split and fall apart, we realised that it was time to make a new purchase. This is how we came across these Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks.
Originally, I thought that a shuttlecock was just a little funnel shaped thing with a rubber weight at one end and a sort of wider plasticy feather affair at the other. You hit the rubbery bit with a racquet and it when over the net - providing you were generally aiming it in that direction. So I wasn't really too much of an expert in the designs of shuttlecocks. Hence, looking on Amazon for a new set of shuttlecocks was a real eye opener for me because I never realised their was so much that could be varied or achieved with the design.
I was drawn towards these Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks on Amazon because they seemed to be a bargain - just over £12 (delivered) for 12 shuttlecocks. They came in 2 tubes of 6, which provides an ideal storage facility for them when they are not being used. Now Yonex seem to be a fairly major manufacturer of shuttlecocks, and I quickly learnt after reading through their advertising blurb that shuttlecocks are designed to have different flight characteristics and speeds. The idea is that as it is hit, the shuttlecock should fly over the net and then suddenly drop onto your opponent's side.
The shuttlecock's themselves do seem to be quite well made. Overall, the design colour is white, although they are also available in yellow. The weighted end bit is rubber, where the funnel bit coming out from it is made from a plastic nylon. Now the best shuttlecocks are claimed to be those made from feathers, but you then have a problem with durability as the feathers split and break. Yonex used to make the feather variety and then moved into the nylon field for their manufacturing processes, and their advertising claim is that they have closely approximated their nylon shuttlecock design and performance to that of a feather shuttlecock, maintaining the performance of the feather variety, but giving the durability of the nylon variant. In fact they refer to a smash speed test of up to 300 km/h, where a nylon version demonstrates a recovery in 0.020 secs, compared to the 0.015 sec recovery demonstrated by a feather shuttlecock. To me, if a company is measuring their design performance of their product down to those sorts of time increments, then they really must have done their homework to ensure that they get things right. To most of us, those sorts of timescales are merely the blink of an eye, and hence we would probably not notice any difference. But it is comforting to know that your shuttlecock design has been taken seriously by the company.
The company have also taken the design a stage further by designing a speed rating for the shuttlecock. I have ones with a blue stripe around the base, which means a medium speed, but there is also a faster version which has a red stripe. I'm not exactly sure how one is faster than the other, but Yonex speed rate the shuttlecocks so that you can choose one appropriate to your skill level and game requirement.
In use, they work in that you can hit them and they go over the net, but what is really noticeable is the flight and how it drops. Originally we just had some cheap shuttlecocks that we knocked around, and hence, didn't really notice any problems and they just flew all over the place. With this better designed Yonex variety we found that everything seemed to be more precise and fluid. You can hit the Yonex shuttlecock and almost get consistently precise drop at the same point over the net, and the flight is straight and smooth each time. Also of note, in terms of durability, they seem to last well.
In summary, these shuttlecocks seem to prove that it is sometimes worthwhile buying some decent sports equipment to play a game, particularly if you intend playing the game on a regular basis. We didn't really appreciate how bad the cheap shuttlecocks were until we got these Yonex ones, and then the difference in performance between the 2 variants was really noticeable. Hence, a 5 star recommendation.
After buying the Pro Base badminton racket set for my son earlier this year, as he had taken an interest in the sport and had started playing at school, I realized that the two shuttlecocks that came with the set were not going to last that long, after being proved right, I promptly sought out some more better quality ones. I found this set of six Yonex Plastic Shuttlecocks for £7.99 from Sports direct.
What is a shuttlecock?
A shuttlecock is something that's used in a game of badminton, it is the thing that one person hits to the other using their badminton racket. A shuttlecock has also been known as a shuttle, bird and birdy. It is basically, a feathered item, weighted down at one end, the feathers are so the shuttlecock can fly and the weighted down end is for ease of hitting back the shuttlecock to your opponent. Being much lighter than a ball, the shuttlecock is faster as it is controlled by the wind.
Yonex Mavis 300 Shuttlecocks
YONEX draws on its long experience in feather shuttlecocks to design and manufacture nylon shuttlecocks that closely approximate feather shuttlecocks in recovery, peak and drop and flight trajectory. Mavis Nylon Shuttlecocks have a consistent peak and drop and highly accurate trajectory for full enjoyment during rallies.
About the shuttlecocks
The Yonex Mavis 300 shuttlecocks come in two different colors, white and yellow, they also come in different speeds, medium with a blue strip and fast with a red strip. You can get these shuttlecocks with a green strip also and these are the slow variety. The different colored strips don't only represent the speed but also the weather conditions, red is used for cold conditions, blue for normal conditions and green would be used for warm conditions. They usually come in tubes of 6 or 12. These shuttlecocks are made up of volant nylon skirts, either white or yellow and cork bases, colored white with the desired colored strip.These shuttlecocks can be purchased from a variety of sports shops and indeed online sports stores, you can expect to pay around £6.00 upwards for a tube of 6.
The tube of shuttlecocks I purchased are yellow, medium speed in a tube of 6. They feel heavier than the ones he got free with the badminton racket set, much better quality and I really can tell the difference, the skirt is of good quality and the base of the shuttlecock is made from solid cork, which is very sturdy, holding the skirt of the shuttlecock securely in place.
We have played badminton quite a few times with these shuttlecocks and have found them to fly a lot better than the others we were using. We can now keep a game going for a long while, without fearing the base is going to fly off any minute or thinking the skirt is going to tear, exactly the same way the others did.
Being yellow is also good, they seem to stand out no matter where they land and we haven't lost any shuttlecocks yet. If I hadn't purchased the badminton racket set with the free shuttlecocks, I would have nothing to compare the Yonex Mavis 300 shuttlecocks too, so in my opinion it's a good thing I had the others as I can honestly tell of the excellent quality of my recent purchase.
We have started playing each day, as it's Easter holidays and the weather has been glorious, our garden is more than big enough so we have spent a long time out there. This has been a big plus for both of us as it has helped my son with his practice and it has helped me get back into playing and given me some exercise at the same time. The only downfall I can see are the dead patches of grass where we have been stood and killed off the grass.
Thanks to these new shuttlecocks, well I say new but we've had them a good few weeks now and some of them don't look that new anymore but they continue to perform as we want them to, enabling us to have a decent game of badminton. I do realize it's down to the rackets as well as the shuttlecocks to enable a decent game but I highly recommend these shuttlecocks and if and when I need to replace ours, I wont hesitate to purchase the same ones again.
I'm giving these shuttlecocks 5 stars because all they have done for us, is enable us to have a decent game of badminton.
Thank you for reading my review which is also posted on Ciao
I started playing badminton about 9 years ago now and have mainly been using the Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks.
The shuttlecocks come as is standard now in three different speeds, fast (red), medium (blue) and slow (green), these are meant for different conditions so that the shuttle still travels at the same speed even in different temperatures etc but I also find that beginners will appreciate using the faster shuttlecocks as they tend to be able to hit them further than the slower ones. These shuttlecocks also tend to come in either yellow or white, I have played with both and personally find the yellow ones slightly better in more conditions than the white ones but in general there is very little to choose between them.
The shuttles have always been top notch quality when removing them from the packet I have never had a dud and all of them have flown as expected through the air, I have never done a side by side comparison but I slightly prefer these to the Carlton ones as they seem to last a little bit longer.
The shuttles are made of plastic as stated and the main advantage of these over the standard goose feather ones is longevity, the plastic ones can take a few knocks and if you are just playing for fun will easily last you a year whilst you may if you are lucky be able to get a pack of 12 feathered ones for the same price.
Feathered ones, in my opinion, do have a different trajectory to the plastic ones and I only came across them after joining a proper badminton club, they do sound better off the racquet but they also do fall apart pretty quickly so are not worth the money that in the long run they are going to cost you.
These are great plastic shuttlecocks that are essential for anybody looking to play badminton on a regular basis but not as part of a club, they last a long time and don't cost too much if you go to the right shops either online or on the high street.
I was reccomended these by a friend i play badminton with, the main problem i had was that whenever i played with the feather shuttlecocks they became broken and bent.
This meant that they would not fly correctly and were unusable.
I ended up binning them (Even thought they were more expensive) and picked up a set of these.
They fly in the same way as the feather ones but unlike the feather ones that fly fast then slow down, these stay at a constant speed more or less.
they are also very easy to see, like most white shuttle cocks.
They are very durable, i have been using these for weeks now and they have held up pretty well, none have ended up breaking or falling apart so ive got no problems there.
They are also cheaper then getting the feather ones and last a longer time so they are great value for money.
- Easy to transport
- Very good to use
- Do what you need them to do
- Get dirty easily (makes them harder to see)
- Will end up bent and unusable if not stored or put away correctly.
Having bought a Pro Baseline 2 Player Badminton Set for the kids to use during the holidays we knew that the set of two shuttlecocks that came with the set wouldn't last long.
Having been swiftly proved right when both were lost in nettles when we were out and about on a family picnic, we soon had to sort out some replacements. Thats when we spotted the Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks that we bought. They seemed a reasonable price at the time and there were enough in the pack to keep a few spares in case of future loses.
Our set of Yonex Mavis Plastic Shuttlecocks came as a set of 6 and we paid £4.99 for them, which didn't seem too bad at all. This works out at around 83p per shuttlecock. This seems a fair price for a reasonable quality product like this. We could have bought cheaper ones in Poundland but went for these as we wanted them to be long lasting.
Our set were the white medium speed set, which is what we asked Dooyoo to put up for the product suggestion, so even though it looks like these are not exactly the same, the piccy shows the same product we bought.
Our set of 6 shuttlecocks came packed in a simple and easy to use tube, we picked the white set but could have gone for a coloured set which was a bit more expensive. These seemed to be more than up to the job by the looks of them, but as they are quite light they can be blown on the wind when you play outside with these.
This has meant that as we bought them for outdoor use we have had to limit their use on windy days, as they just get blown all over the place when you try to use them. We have lost a few which have been hit over onto places we were unable to get to, but as we used these outdoors thats to be expected, as these are shuttlecocks not homing pigeons. They should be fine for indoor use anytime though.
The shuttlecocks are white tipped with rubberized ends, they have a logo running around the rubber end, but this isn't a problem for us. The rest of the shuttlecock is white with cut outs to allow for a lighter product that will go through the air more easily. When in use the white ends do get marked and don't stay as lovely and fresh as when new.
So far we haven't had any broken bits and the shuttlecocks seem to be holding up well enough. The kids have had great fun with the set of badminton racquets and these shuttlecocks and we would recommend them as a reasonably priced product to use with a badminton set. They were a bit squashed into the tube, but they are fine when they are in use.
In terms of rating the product we bought, I can say that they have done just what we wanted. They work well with the badminton set we bought. They do get blown about when used outside on breezy days but other than that they have been fine. I feel that 4 stars seems about right for these and would recommend them.