You know that tennis and badminton are two different games. In tennis, the game is played with the help of a tennis ball, whereas badminton is played with the help of a shuttlecock. The badminton is also known as a shuttle; hence, the name shuttlecock comes from it. If you are new to the game, then you would be confused between badminton and tennis for sure. The shuttlecocks that are used in badminton play a major role in making the difference. The shuttlecocks literally change the entire game. It is a very important accessory to play badminton and without it, one cannot play the game at all. Hitting this accessory will score the points whereas missing it will lead to the loss of points.
The shape of this shuttlecock is a lot different than the normal balls that are used in racquet games. It is in a cone shape and is very lightweight. The shuttlecock is capable of getting blown even with a small wind. These shuttlecocks are the game changers of badminton and so they are very important.
As earlier said the shuttlecock design is quite different from what you see usually in the racquet games. It isn’t in circular shape. It is a cone-shaped accessory which is of very lightweight. The shuttlecock for badminton is either made by plastic or feathers. One player should hit it very hard that it reaches the opposite player and if the opponent isn’t able to hit back the shuttlecock, then the first player will get a point. The entire game and rules are dependent on shuttlecocks used in the game.
The base of the shuttlecock is made of rubber and the players hit this rubber part only while playing the game. The shuttlecocks for badminton are of less weight and hence they do not cause any damage to the racquets. Even the racquets used in the badminton game are very sensitive. The shuttlecocks are made up of plastic or feathers and it depends upon the player to select any one out of them. Most people don’t know about these plastic shuttlecocks. The plastic ones are more durable when compared to the feather ones and are highly durable too. No matter how hard the player hits the shuttlecock, it doesn’t get damaged. It is made of foam. These plastic shuttlecocks are used for games that are played at homes whereas the shuttlecocks that are made of feathers are used officially. The average drop speed and precision of feather shuttlecocks are on point and hence they are mostly used in the competitive games. They are a little bit sensitive when compared to the plastic ones. Both plastic and feather shuttlecocks are sold in sets as they are sensitive. They are affordable too.