How about replacing an age-old goose bird’s feather designed shuttle cock for the game of badminton with a more durable and cost-effective synthetic shuttlecock option saving these poor birds.
In order to bring a major change in the way of conducting international badminton championship, the Badminton World Federation is undertaking a series of experiments in order to devise something more durable and cost effective option in matters of Badminton shuttles. They are undertaking experiments with the prototype synthetic shuttlecock in a bid to replace the conventional goose feather shuttles.
The new proposed shuttle if get passed the tests and scrutiny, will make the sport of shutters way far cost effective featuring more uniformity in the shuttle cocks. However, there is still time when the final outcome will decide the future of conventional feather shuttlecocks in the international level badminton matches.
As of now, the BWF is testing the prototype synthetic shuttlecock in lower-ranked tournaments like the international series. Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei has mixed response for the new products after having been part of the trial process for the synthetic shuttles.
“A few of the top players have tested this synthetic shuttlecock and I was one of them. I tested it out in Dubai two years ago (prior to the World Tour Finals),” the three-time Olympic silver medallist has told The Star.
“It was not consistent then. Sometimes, it felt like the traditional shuttle but at times, it was not. I wasn’t comfortable. But I’m open to the idea of using the synthetic ones if it’s constantly experimented and tested thoroughly. The players should not feel the difference that much.”
The BWF has reportedly been testing the prototype synthetic shuttlecock in lower-ranked tournaments like the International Series.
With the success of the experiment, it will also put an end to the agony of these innocent geese as the feather is collected from live birds.