For badminton players: “The centre piece of the game is no doubt a
shuttlecock which is made of either natural feathers or synthetic rubber
with an open conical shape.”
But perhaps some are left wondering which
is best from an aerodynamic point of view – a feathered ‘bird’ or a rubber one?

“Although
a series of studies on aerodynamic behaviour of spherical and
ellipsoidal balls have been reported in the open literature, scant
information is available in the public domain about the aerodynamic
behaviour of badminton shuttlecocks.”

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