Do you want to know which badminton shuttlecocks most major BWF tournaments use? As you probably may have guessed from the title, all of your favorite professional players are playing each other with the Yonex Aerosensa 50 badminton feather shuttles. And as you read this review, you’ll learn if you should buy the Yonex Aerosensa (AS) 50s badminton shuttles or not.
Let’s get into the review!
Price: ~$45 USD
Quantity: 1 Dozen (12 Shuttles)
Overall Rating: 8/10
Considering that the Yonex Aerosensa 50 badminton shuttles are the most used in competitive play, it’s a no brainer that these badminton shuttles have top-notch speed and feel. In fact, these are the best shuttles I have ever played with.
If the shuttles are humidified correctly and depending on the amount of moisture in your area of playing, these shuttles often need no tipping at all. If you do need to tip the shuttle, you can be rest assured that they won’t remain super fast even after tipping.
If you’re someone that has only played with nylon shuttles, when switching to the Yonex AS 50s or any other feather shuttlecock, you may notice that the speed is a lot slower than the plastic shuttles. The most noticeably slower shots will probably be smashes and drives.
At the beginning of playing with feather shuttles, you’ll also notice that it takes almost double the power to perform a lift that has the same quality as a lift that you play with the nylon shuttles. But fret not, it gets better.
Clears, drop shots, and smashes are the most satisfying shots to play with the Yonex Aerosensa 50s. Believe it or not, it does not take that much power to play any of these shots at a high-quality simply because of how the flight of shuttles plays out. A result of the goose feathers used in creating these shuttles, these fly through the air and dive really well just like a bird; hence the alternate name for shuttles and shuttlecocks, birdies.
I found that my badminton shots were significantly more accurate playing with the Yonex Aerosensa 50s.
The extra sound that you get from playing with these shuttles is also an added bonus. If you manage to hit the shuttle at the sweet spot of the racket with enough power, everyone around is going to hear a thundering shock knowing that you hit the shuttle correctly.
The added weight combined with the sound also allows you to know that you actually hit the shuttle. Having poor touch and feel is something I complained about in my review of the Yonex Mavis 300 nylon shuttles. The Yonex Aerosensa 50 feather shuttles are the complete opposite providing the best speed and feel I have tried on a shuttle.
I gave the Yonex Aerosensa 50’s speed and feel a rating of 10/10, the max rating any shuttle can have. Something must come down for that quality of playing.
What gets sacrificed is the durability (and price which I will talk about later on).
Just on the day of writing this post, I actually went through six shuttles in a 4-hour playing session. And that’s conserving the shuttles until about 3 feathers break off. Unlike the Yonex Mavis 350s which one shuttle lasted me the whole 4-hour playing session and longer, feather shuttles are prone to break and the Yonex Aerosensa 50s are not feather shuttles that are stronger than the rest.
In professional play, players often go through tubes of shuttles in only two sets. Sometimes, when the rally is extremely intense, the shuttle would break in that rally and would have to be switched out.
Even if the feathers are not breaking off the shuttle, I noticed some severe deterioration issues with these shuttles. Often after three to four rallies or a rally of heavy smashing, I would see that the shuttle is becoming quicker even if the feathers have not fallen off yet.
Speed isn’t the only issue when it comes to weak durability. There’s a reason why professional players will switch the shuttle out as soon as one feather breaks off. It’s because one or more feathers breaking off will mess with the shuttles flight direction changing the top-notch rating of accuracy I gave to a horrible score. The shuttle will often shift to certain sides when the feather breaks off, and it can be a severe nuisance or even game altering factor.
It doesn’t get better with the price. The Yonex Aerosensa 50s are one of the, if not the most, expensive shuttles you can get on the market. At around $45 USD for a dozen shuttles, these shuttles are significantly more costly than other feather and nylon shuttles alike.
You’re going to need some deep pockets if you play badminton all the time and are going to use the Yonex Aerosensa 50s.
But the quality does justify the price. It’s why professionals use it. The shuttle just performs so well that even at the high price range that’s given, people will still buy it.
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Make it a special occasion shuttle that you get. The durability along with the price makes it one of the worst economical shuttles you can get, but the quality is just too good not at least to try out.
If you absolutely detest playing with feather shuttles (which some people do), I definitely recommend you go check out my review of the Yonex Mavis 350 nylon shuttles. They may be the best nylon shuttles you can get on the market.
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