…….. of brandless shuttles and short line nets ….


The last time I held a badminton racket was almost 25 years ago ….  

Well, I picked it up again last Sunday evening …. That was when I managed to drag a reluctant Fat Dragon out of the house for a game of badminton….  The night was cool after the rain. The playground, which housed the badminton court 500 meters away from our house, was deserted …. Perfect. Nobody to witness our badminton bloopers. No one to laugh at our attempts to coax unused muscles to perform moves  dug out from the deep recesses of our memory vault…….. Hope it will not be a case of the mind being willing, but the body, not.

Well, the work out lasted 2 hours. Not bad for a pair of Roaring Fortiers. Fat Dragon’s T-shirt looked as if it came out of a washing machine minus the spin dry function. I looked equally wet and dishevelled …. But heck, it was FUN! We executed fine smashes, we played a volley of cross court shots & drop shots, we aced some serves, FUYOH – just like the pros (OK – perhaps I’m exaggerating)……… BUT you know why we managed all these fancy moves? It was all made possible thanks to the absence of a net, the use of some brandless, slow-in-flight, Made in China shuttle cocks & minus the rules, of course …. ahahahahaha ….

Well, there’s a story behind the absentee net & El Cheapo shuttle cocks. We bought all this badminton gear recently for our trip to Cameron Highlands earlier this month. So I thought, hey, how often do we play badminton right? OK, let’s not waste money of professional quality stuff. So I got a badminton net for RM12 and a dozen brandless shuttles for RM8.90. Cheap and good.

Well, we sure paid a heavy price for being cheap. The net came with a string that was hardly long enough to stretch across the court, hence it could not be tied to the poles. The shuttles were equally unimpressive – the feathers looked like they were plucked from malnourished poultry animals. Not that we were complaining, the speed was handicapped – no wonder we were able to receive each other’s smashing shots so easily! Hey, it sure fueled the EGO …… Beware of aching limbs though! If you use such shuttle cocks, you have to hit them harder to compensate for the lack of flight……. (To prove this theory, I have a body that is still aching in totality two days later as a result of this exertion)….

There is a brand new tube of Wilson coaching quality shuttle cocks lying in wait currently. There is also a net strung with a new long line.  No doubt we’ve came out of last Sunday’s stint with aching limbs and stretched muscles but the pain is making me feel ALIVE and raring to go. Can’t wait for the next invasion of the resident badminton court …. ???? I wonder how we will fare the next time we hit the court – the game will be faster, no doubt with the Wilson shuttle cocks …. Oooh, lets hope we don’t end up picking shuttles that get caught in the NET all night long  …….

Hmmm …. perhaps I shouldn’t throw away the slow-in-flight malnutritioned feather shuttle cocks so soon after all … just in case we need an ego boost …..



3 responses to “…….. of brandless shuttles and short line nets ….

  1. Actually, it took a lot strength to hit those slowing moving shuttles especially against the wind. So it was a good workout for the arms. But I was surprised that we managed to last two hours.

  2. Last time, when we were younger, we didn’t use feather at all as it won’t last our over energised smashes. So, we stick to plastics – more expensive but last longer.

  3. But the good feather shuttlecocks were great to hit…we would use one until botak before starting on a precious new one.

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