BWF experiments with ‘synthetic alternative’ for traditional shuttles!

first_img Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore BWF experiments with ‘synthetic alternative’ for traditional shuttles! Cricket Facebook Twitter Can traditional shuttlecock give way to a new prototype synthetic product. Yes! If the Badminton World Federation finds a merit in tis experiments.The BWF research and development unit is reportedly experimenting with the prototype synthetic shuttlecocks to replace the conventional goose feather shuttles. 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OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! OnlinePhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickThe new product, if survived the test and scrutiny, will make the sport more cost effective with more uniformity in shuttlecocks.Malaysian publication The Star has talked to several players and officials who have been part of the BWF experiments with the new shuttles, being considered to replace the traditional feather “bird”.However, the final outcome of the experiment will decide the future of the conventional feather shuttlecocks in elite international competitions. The new shuttle lasts longer than the feather one and thus will be more cost effective.It all depends on the experiments currently being carried out by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) research and development unit. The final decision will be subject to the top players feedback. For now, the goose feather shuttlecock’s are the choice of the players as they have been used to it ever since their formative years and secondly the proposed “synthetic bird” still lacks consistency.Also Read: BWF-GoDaddy extend global sponsorships deal for 3 yearsPBL: Badminton’s biggest showbiz and ultimate security for global starsPBL has contributed to entire ecosystem of badminton globally: GopichandMalaysian 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.Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann said he would support the new revolution if the synthetic shuttlecock worked. “It’ll be great if it works. None of our players at the ABM (Academy Badminton Malaysia) have tested the new synthetic shuttlecock and it’ll be good to try it out in training or tournaments soon,” said Choong Hann.Badminton Asia chief operating officer Kenny Goh applauded BWF’s pro-active initiative to improve the game. “The Asian countries are aware with the experiments done by the world body over the last few years. The world body received positive feedback as some feel like it’s close to the one we are using now,” said Kenny.“With the innovation, we don’t have to put thousands of geese in agony anymore. Currently, the main manufacturers for the shuttlecocks are from China. The change will happen if the synthetic shuttlecocks are similar to the traditional ones. It’ll be acceptable. It’s a good move – as long as the players are acceptable to it and it does not change the dynamic of the game drastically.”If succeeded, the new experiment will also end the agony of the geese as the feather is collected from live birds.Also Read: BWF World Tour Finals: Sameer stays afloat with easy win RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket SportBadmintonLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNews WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs By Kunal Dhyani – February 11, 2019 Cricket BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Cricket Football Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Previous articleBWF-GoDaddy extend global sponsorships deal for 3 yearsNext articleIndia-Australia Series Live updates: Broadcast, schedule and squad details Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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