How do you tip?
Well, tip outwards to slow down the speed. Tip inwards to increase
What exactly do you mean by tip?
Bend the tip of the feathers either inwards or outwards.
What's the procedure?
There is no standard procedure but trial and error obver the years
ppoint to the following. If the shuttles are found to be too fast,
then begin by tipping only one in four feathers (i.e., four in
every 16 feathers) should be tipped outwards in an attempt to
slow the shuttle down to an acceptable speed. If that is still
to fast then one in every two feathers should be tipped if necessary.
Please note that the game is for the players and therefore every
effort under the circumstances must be made to modify the shuttles
to meet their specifications and for the matches to be conducted.
What is the tipping method if the shuttles were
found to be too slow?
How can a shuttle be speeded up?
If tipping outwards slows down the shuttles, then the reverse,
tipping inwards will speed up the shuttles.
Is there any method to ensure consistency in feather tipping?
You need to ensure the tipping is consistent in terms of
Length of the feather to be tipped ?
To what degree (angle) inwards or outwards to tip ?
How many feathers to tip ?
In the absence of specific IBF instructions, all the above is
a matter of trial-and-error. However, there are certain procedures
that can significantly reduce variations.
The length of the feather tip to be bent could be specified --
5.0 mm from the tip is suggested. To ensure absolute consistency,
a commercially available broad tweezer with a pincer grip should
be used or the IBF can actually have a standard tweezer for every
tournament Umpire to be used in case of an emergency. Please note
that the present practice of using the fingers and thumbs can
be a rather painful experience at the end of a long day.
It is virtually impossible to ensure that the angles of the bents
are similar in each feather. However, a good rule of thumb is
to bend the feather till the shaft snaps but not till it is broken.
The feather so tipped will not return to its former untipped
position. There is a discernible crack that can be
felt. Experience shows that this method produces the most consistent
angles, whether inwards or outwards.
It is suggested that initially one (1) in four (4) feathers should
be tipped. If these do not produce the desired results, then one
(1) in two (2) feathers should be tipped.
The bottom line is, always ensure you get the right shuttle
speed for your local conditions so as to avoid these problem.