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Shuttletalks – RCL Shuttlecocks Review

November 8, 2008

RCL Professional, Titanium & No. 1

RCL Professional, Titanium & No. 1

I was very excited when I was asked to review RCL’s shuttlecocks as this would be my first review on a badminton product on Shuttletalks. Before I start talking about my experience using RCL’s shuttles, let me just talk about shuttlecocks in general.

Firstly there at 16 feathers in the shuttlecock with each feather 70mm in length. Why is it not 18, 20 or 24 but 16? Honestly I dont have an answer but I think the size, weight of the shuttle and the racquet head size was taken into consideration when they developed a shuttle. A badminton shuttlecock weighs around 4.75 – 5.50 grams. The diameter of the cork is 25-28mm and the diameter of the circle that the feathers make is around 54mm.

The feathers from the shuttles come from Geese as their feathers are strong and are suited for durability. The top grade shuttles have their feathers selected from the right wing on the goose and I was told that only a few feathers from the wings have the natural shape to make top grade shuttles.

Ok now for the real stuff… I was given 3 types of shuttles from RCL which are RCL’s Professional, Titanium and No.1. Professional being their second grade shuttles with the flight speed of 77, while Titanium was their first grade – 76 speed and No.1 being their top grade with the flight speed of 77. To me what is important is the flight of the shuttle, how the flight is maintained throughout and of course the durability of the shuttles.
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With the 3 criteria’s as above, I went to the courts on Sunday to try the shuttles out with my buddies who normally use RSL shuttles ( I don’t think they are brothers or family). We normally play doubles and what better way to put these shuttles to the test. We started off playing with the Professional grade – At the start of the game, the shuttle had a very nice flight speed. Since it was doubles, there were a lot of smashing and attacking plays. One thing I notice when I was playing was that after a while, the shuttle starts losing its rounded shape at the diameter which is quite common among mid range shuttles. With that the speed of the shuttle was faster which was still alright to play with. After close to 10 points in the doubles game, we had to change the shuttle as the flight of the shuttle was just getting way faster. We used the same shuttle again during the game to give it another shot, this time around, the shuttle kept its shape during the game and we played till it wore out in slightly more than 10 points. A change of shuttle was needed in this set. As you can see below, the shuttle still had its shape but I think the shuttle’s durability is something I would consider to enhance.

RCL Professional

RCL Professional

We decided to give the Titanium a chance this time. The shuttle was slower that the professional in general but one thing we noticed was that the Titanium was slightly more durable than the Professional in general. I didn’t like the speed as I prefer the 77 speed compared to 76. With the Titanium, the shuttle speed maintained well during the game. The feathers were durable too which is related to the speed. The shuttle lasted longer compared to the Professional however our arms got tired of the speed of the shuttle and decided to give another titanium a go. The second shuttle maintained a consistent result with the first which was good. If you look closely, you would notice that the feathers were still looks in shape and strong.

RCL Titanium

RCL Titanium

A couple of matches later I decided to give the No. 1 a shot. Before even hitting the shuttle, you could feel the difference by just holding the shuttle. The feathers were well shaped and it felts stronger than the rest but then again this is top grade right. Putting the top grade shuttle to the test, we continued playing some heavy doubles. The speed of the shuttle was lovely to play with and on top of that, we were smashing extra hard to test the shuttle durability. One thing which I liked was that the shuttle could last us quite a long while with the heavy hitting, the shuttle speed was still close to what it was when we started. We played again using another shuttle just to check its consistency and to me it lived up to it being a top grade shuttle.

RCL No. 1 - Before the game

RCL No. 1 - Before the game

RCL No1 After the game

RCL No1 After the game

Overall I would say that I would go and buy myself the RCL No.1 compared to the rest as I think it is durable and I like the flight of the shuttle. The cost for the Professional is RM 40 while the Titanium is around RM50 and the No. 1 is RM60. I think I would save money using the No.1 compared to buying the Professional simply because with the professional, it wears out very fast and I think I’ll end up buying 2 tubes of the Professional compared to spending a little more for the No.1.

My buddies have mentioned that the price of shuttles in Malaysia is going to go up by RM3-5 per tube.. I think that the hike is crazy as badminton is becoming a more and more expensive game to play due to the cost of shuttles. I really hope that manufacturers would make badminton a less expensive sport so that more and more children can have the opportunity to enjoy with wonderful sport.

Ciao da maoz

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22 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2009 1:45 am

    Great review! Now I know what grade shuttle to get if I buy RCL brand. We usually use Yonex but in Fiji, even the lower grade shuttles are expensive.

  2. ng chin hin permalink
    May 29, 2009 6:02 pm

    would like to ask, how much per dozen for RCL titanium gold (red)?

  3. June 7, 2009 7:40 pm

    Very interesting article about RCL Shuttles. I’ve not heard of the brand before.

    The difficulty here is that shuttle prices are increasing and overall the quality is inferior to those made years ago. Even RSL do not play as well as they did when made in England 20+ years ago.

    For consisitency I still find Yonex Aerosensa 30 or 40 the best to play with. Their new duck (not goose) feather Aeroclub 07 is worth a try as they’re cheaper. They don’t have the same durability as the Aerosensa 30 or 40 but are very consistent in flight.

    Many of the new brands are poor. They use part cork and part composite material for the base. This provides a different “feel” off the racquet. Yes, they are cheaper but as we are all learning, there is always a trade off between price and overall quality and consistency of the shuttle.

  4. June 20, 2009 9:07 am

    hi paul and chin hin,

    thanks for your comments. rcl are pretty good shuttles (the higher grades), i hope they increase distribution and try to keep their cost down so that more players can use the shuttles.

    i think yonex is just over priced and im glad to see china and korea with their own brands.

  5. June 20, 2009 9:43 am

    Hi, Mark,

    You are right, currently we do not have a big distribution network, mainly only available in Malaysia. Even so, you don’t see a lot of places selling RCL shuttlecocks in Klang Valley but we are slowly increasing our distribution network.

    The prices of higher end RCL shuttlecocks have increased by about RM 4.00 to RM5.00 since end of 2008 due to the weak RM vs USD exchange rate. There are many different models of RCL shuttlecocks in the market, but no matter what the models are, they are mainly categorised into 3 grades: top grade, 1st grade and 2nd grade. No.1 falls into top grade, Titanium 1st grade and Professional 2nd grade.

    We don’t fix the price for RCL shuttlecocks, so the prices might be different from places to places. In the Malaysia market, top grade is around RM65++, 1st grade around RM55++, 2nd grade around RM45++.

  6. June 20, 2009 10:10 am

    hi there..

    if we get 10people say each 2 dozens who want to buy from this site, how could i assist them in getting hold of the shuttles?

  7. June 20, 2009 10:23 am

    Hi, Mark,

    Since we only do wholesales, what I can do is to guide them to the nearest shops/halls in their locations where they can get RCL shuttlecocks.

    Or you yourself can become a dealer too if you have the time.:)

  8. June 22, 2009 11:41 pm

    Hi Kheng Soon,

    Well it depends on how much time required 🙂 dont mind helping everyone on good shuttles

  9. June 23, 2009 9:58 am

    Well, if you are doing delivery by post, then you have to do the packing and go to post office. And of course, things like banking transactions, communications – i.e. normal business activities. So if you are very busy with your current job, you may not like it.

    If you are selling to friends, of course it will be much easier, just pass to them.

    By the way, if you are interested, can you e-mail me your handphone number?

  10. gaijin permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:36 am

    hi mark d.lee,

    i hav read this topic… very good 4 me as an amatuer …

    RCL is quite rare 4 me compare to RSL brand…

    at Sabah, Tawau so hard to find that brand…

  11. March 2, 2010 9:48 am

    Currently you can find RCL shuttle in Alee Sports. We are in the process of talking to William Sports, maybe you can find in William Sports later.

    Alee Sports Trading
    Address:
    BA, Blok D,
    Jln Sabindo 1,
    91000 Tawau,
    Sabah Contact No: 089-76 43430

  12. Ros Izzat permalink
    March 31, 2010 1:02 am

    Dear Kheng Soon,
    Where i can find RCL shuttles in KL area?? Gombak?? Can u list down the dealer information.. Thanks!!

  13. Ros Izzat permalink
    March 31, 2010 1:05 am

    Sorry, i forgot to ask.. Since in this blog doesn’t have review about RCL Perfect, may i know the difference between RCL Perfect and RCL Titanium? The price?

  14. May 10, 2010 6:08 pm

    Hi, RosIzzat,

    Sorry for this late late reply. In Gombak, you can look for Sukan Gombak at

    No.32, Jalan Jernai 2,
    Medan Idaman, Batu 5,
    Gombak 53100.

    There is no much difference in between RCL Perfect and RCL Titanium since they are of the same grade.

  15. May 10, 2010 10:26 pm

    maybe if Kheng Soon would be kind enough for me to review that shuttle or any of their new shuttles 🙂

  16. May 11, 2010 11:44 am

    Hi, Mark,

    Sure, I can send you the new RCL Gold No.1 for review, it is same grade as RSL Tourney NO.1. You e-mail your address and contact to ksang@rcl.com.my so that I can send the shuttle to you.

    Thanks.

  17. adammm permalink
    May 27, 2010 6:33 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Were any geese harmed in the making of that shuttlecock?

  18. June 4, 2010 3:02 pm

    Hi Adam… The geese are all well taken care of with Love..

  19. nik yusoff permalink
    July 21, 2010 2:54 pm

    Of course when we talk about the budget for badminton is the most expensive sport. After trying a lot of shuttle, including expensive such as rcl no 1 and rsl tourney no 1, i found that not worth in term of durability and cost. Lastly, a few month back i trying oem shuttle cost me for RM40-00 but in term of durability and cost very effective. Call me for futher info- 013-9406963

  20. Meng Chong permalink
    July 25, 2010 8:46 pm

    Hi, may I know where I can get rcl in klang? klang valley is it?

    And is there any distributor in Spore?

  21. August 23, 2010 12:58 pm

    In Klang, there are quite a number of badminton shops selling RCL shuttlecocks.

    Top Point, Dewan Badminton Ko, STC Badminton Centre. If you need the details, you can drop a message at

    http://www.facebook.com/rclfansclub

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