The Top 9 Best Badminton Shuttlecocks of 2021

by | Nov 28, 2020 | Shuttlecock Guides | 0 comments

The quality of a shuttlecock (sometimes called a birdie) varies from brand to brand. It is important that you use the correct shuttlecock when you play, as this can affect your shot placement, enjoyment and overall game.

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If you are unsure of what a shuttlecock is and the differences between a plastic and feather shuttlecock, then read my ‘Feather Shuttlecock vs Plastic Shuttlecock’ article.

This article will assist any badminton clubs, leagues, people who want to play in the park or serious players to decide which is the best shuttlecock for them. You can look at the control, the flight and the durability to help you to decide.

I will be rating each shuttlecock from 1-10, with 1 being extremely poor and 10 being absolutely outstanding.

What I did

I bought 9 tubes of shuttlecocks varying in price, popularity and after testing, quality. They were an assortment of feather and plastic shuttlecock brands.

Here were my final results with the shuttlecocks overall rating out of 10:

1. Yonex Aerosensa 50 (Feather): 9.1

2. Ashaway International 500 (Feather): 8.8

3. Victor Gold Champion (Feather): 8.6

4. Li Ning A Plus 300 (Feather): 7.4

5. Yonex Aerosensa 10 (Feather): 7.2

6. Philonext (Shenjie) 01 (Feather): 6.0

7. Yonex Mavis 2000 (Plastic): 6.0

8. FLY Flyon 650 (Plastic): 5.9

9. Wilson Championship (Plastic): 5.5

With each tube of shuttles, I played 3 games of singles to 21 points with my friend. I would look at the flight, control and durability. I would take photos of the feather shuttlecocks before and after each game to show you how they did.

I did not bother to review the durability of the plastic shuttlecocks and therefore have to give each brand a high rating, as we already know that plastic shuttlecocks are known to last a long time.

Price Categories

Here are the price categories for each tube of shuttlecock I bought:

£- Under £13 ($17.15)

££- £14 ($18.47) to £23 ($30.15)

£££- £24 ($31.67) +

9. Wilson Championship- 5.5/10

Overall Rating: 5.5

Type: Plastic

Price: £ (Low)

Flight: 3.8

The flight of this shuttle was the slowest of the plastic shuttlecocks. I did a test where I hit the plastic shuttlecock brands from one end of the court to the other. I noticed the Wilson Championship shuttles fell consistently shorter than the others.

Control: 3.9

It was difficult to judge the angle and level of power you needed to produce to play a good shot with this shuttle. On some occasions you would play some decent shots with it but a lot of the time it was hard going.

Durability: 9.0

8. FLY Flyon 650- 5.9/10

Overall Rating: 5.9

Type: Plastic

Price: £ (Low)

Flight: 4.2

If you tried to generate any height in your lifts or clears with this shuttle it would fall shorter than expected. It was not as fast as the Yonex Mavis 2000.

Control: 4.6

Control was not great with this shuttlecock but control proved to be one of its better features. I found it easier to play angled shots with this shuttle than with the other plastic shuttles. The FLY shuttlecock would bounce off the strings more on net shots than the Yonex Mavis 2000.

Durability: 9.0

7. Yonex Mavis 2000- 6/10

Overall Rating: 6

Type: Plastic

Price: £ (Low)

Flight: 4.8

The flight of this shuttlecock was quite unpredictable. Sometimes clears and lifts you thought you hit well would fall short of the back tramlines and then other times they would fly well clear of the back line. However, when smashing it was fairly easy to generate power.

Control: 4.2

When playing net shots, it felt like you had to force the shuttlecock over the net rather than just allow it to bounce delicately off the strings.

Durability: 9.0

6. Philonext (Shengjie) 01 6/10

Overall Rating: 6

Type: Feather

Price: £ (Low)

Flight- 5.5

The flight of this shuttlecock was acceptable. You could play a reasonable game but I noticed the feathers in the shuttle were not as dense as the others. I imagine this affected the flight as it was sometimes unpredictable. Clears and lifts would fall shorter than you expected.

Control- 5.1

There was little crisp feel when hitting this shuttle. It felt sluggish and you felt as though you had to exert more force to generate any power. When playing net shots it felt as though you had to force the shuttlecock over the net rather than just allow it to bounce delicately off the strings.

Durability: 7.3

The durability was a strange one with this brand. One of the shuttles had been really damaged. Another one could have been used again and the final one was just about still playable.

5. Yonex Aerosensa 10- 7.2/10

Overall Rating: 7.2

Type: Feather

Price: ££ (Mid range)

Flight: 6.5

The flight of the Yonex Aerosensa 10 was reasonable. I noticed that you had to put more effort into hitting lifts and clears right to the back of the court.

I felt that the shuttlecock would land a little shorter at the back of the court compared to the Victor Gold Champion, the Aerosensa 50, the Ashaway International 500 and the Li Ning A Plus 300.  

Control: 7.3

This was a decent feature of the Aerosensa 10. Despite its relatively average flight you felt fairly in control of the shuttle and shots would be quite accurate. A drawback to it was that if you did not hit the shuttle on the sweet spot of the rackets strings it could go anywhere.  

Durability: 7.8

After each game most of the time the shuttlecocks looked a bit frayed but were still in a reasonable condition.

4. Li Ning A Plus 300- 7.4/10

Overall Rating: 7.4

Type: Feather

Price: £££ (High)

Flight: 7.1

Although not as strong as some of the others, the flight of this shuttlecock was good. The shuttle felt a little slower than the Aerosensa 50, Ashaway International 500 and Victor Gold Champion.  

Control: 7.5

Similarly to the flight, this shuttlecock had reasonable control. I noticed that it was more difficult to play tight net shots and flat lifts, in comparison to the Ashaway, Aerosensa 50 and Victor Gold shuttles.

Durability: 7.6

I was fairly happy with the durability of this make. The shuttlecocks did not look particularly damaged in the photos after the games I played, but they were not flying as well as the Victor or Ashaway shuttles after the same amount of use.

3. Victor Gold Champion- 8.6/10

Overall Rating: 8.6

Type: Feather

Price: £££ (High)

Flight- 8.8

I was very impressed by the flight of this brand of shuttlecock. Net shots, lifts and clears felt easy to do.

This was the fastest of all the birdies, which meant that sometimes clears and lifts would be hit long of the back line – this was its one small weakness. However, the advantage was that shots would appear to be more powerful.  

Control- 8.5

When striking the shuttlecock, it felt crisp and clean. My only slight criticism is that this brand felt a little less forgiving if you mishit it in comparison with the Yonex Aerosensa 50 and Ashaway International 500. 

Durability- 8.5

This shuttlecock was the most durable of all the feather shuttlecocks used. After the first game most were still flying well and consistently.

2. Ashaway International 500- 8.8/10

Overall: 8.8

Type: Feather

Price: £££

Flight: 9.4

The flight of this shuttlecock was excellent. The shuttle was quick but not too fast – like the Victor Gold Champion – and you felt confident in hitting your clears and lifts right to the back of the court.

Control: 9.2

The control of this shuttle was near perfect. The only weakness was that I felt a little less confident in playing ‘soft’ shots like drop shots, in contrast to the Yonex Aerosensa 50.

Durability: 7.8

Similar to the Yonex AS10, the Ashaway shuttlecocks were quite hard wearing, with only one of the shuttles tested suffering in the games. The others were barely damaged and I would have happily continued playing with them.

  1. Yonex Aerosensa 50- 9.1/10

Overall Rating: 9.1

Type: Feather  

Price: £££ (High)

Flight: 9.4

I was amazed by the flight of shuttlecock. It was very consistent and lifts to the back of the court felt effortless. Also, unlike the Victor Gold Champion, the shuttle was not too quick.

Control: 9.6  

There was superb all-round control when hitting the birdie. Hitting shots felt crisp and comfortable and playing delicate shots felt easy. You felt confident in your shot accuracy.

Durability: 8.3 

The durability of these shuttles was impressive. Only one of the shuttles used was a bit broken, whilst the others would have been good to go for another game.

Summary

  • Most durable feather shuttlecock: Victor Gold Champion.
  • Fastest shuttlecock: Victor Gold Champion.
  • Best flight: Ashaway International and Yonex AS50.
  • Best control: Yonex AS50.

Cheapest and Most Expensive Shuttlecocks

Most Expensive

  1. Yonex Aersosensa 50
  2. Victor Gold Champion
  3. Li Ning A Plus 300

Cheapest

  1. FLY Flyon 650
  2. Philonext (Shenjie)
  3. Wilson Championship Shuttlecocks

It appears that deciding which shuttlecock is best for you depends on personal preference. If you are looking to save money then the cheaper range of shuttles   might be the most suitable for you.

Alternatively, if you are looking to have the best games then the Yonex AS50 might be the right shuttlecock for you.

To summarise, when you are looking to buy some shuttles, have a look at my ratings and match them to your personal preferences – you should not go far wrong!

Good luck and leave a comment or give me a message if you have any questions. Thanks for reading.

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