Ashaway Bird 3 Hybrid Nylon Shuttles / Shuttlecocks - Set of 6

Ashaway Bird 3 Hybrid Nylon Shuttles / Shuttlecocks - Set of 6

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Ashaway Bird 3 Hybrid Nylon Shuttles / Shuttlecocks - Set of 6

Ashaway Bird 3 Hybrid Nylon Shuttles / Shuttlecocks - Set of 6

Regular price £11.95
Regular price £14.95 Sale price £11.95
(Save 20%)
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Shuttle Type


Model Series

Bird 3

  • Shuttle Flight Path Quality How Close to the Shuttle is to the ideal shuttle flight path.



  • SHUTTLE CONSISTENCY How consistently accurate does the shuttle land in the same spot when hit the same way.



  • Durablity How long this item lasts before it needs to be changed



  • Product description

Product description

  • The Ultimate Feather Substitute
  • Improved Feather-Like Performance
  • Improved Vortex Design
  • Now in line with feather shuttlecock weights
  • Highly Durable
  • Made in the UK

The new Bird 3 is the latest innovation, developed from the Bird 2. Changes have been made on the improvement of both flight and feel of the shuttle. Never before has a nylon felt and flown so much like a feather shuttlecock.

Although the Bird3 is actually lighter than Bird2, it feels heavier when hit (more like a feather) due to the increased air resistance. The medium speed (77 gram) is 5.0 grams, whereas standard nylon shuttles are heavier, ranging from 5.2 to 5.5 grams.

Bird3 is very different from standard one-piece nylon shuttlecocks. The design of the cage (the dark part) at the bottom has been improved to alter the vortex speed within the shuttle as the shuttle moves through the air. This increases baffle and gives the feeling of real weight.

The weight changes and increased air resistance means the shuttle performs noticeably better than Bird 2,One of the big differences in the development of Bird3 is the performance on net shots. This is noticeably better than Bird 2 on net play.

Brand Ashaway
Model series Bird 3


So you want to make the most out of playing badminton but there's a ton of badminton shuttles / shuttlecocks out there to choose from, all made from different materials and grades. So how do you decide? Don't panic, here at Badminton HQ, we've outlined everything you need to know in order make the correct choice.

There are 3 main factors when deciding what badminton shuttlecocks to buy:

  1. Type of shuttlecock you want
  2. The speed of badminton shuttlecock – based upon the conditions where they'll be played in
  3. Standard and level of badminton play they're intended for
  4. Price and durability - leading to overall value for money
Example Badminton Feather Shuttlecocks

When looking on our product pages, for Badminton Shuttlecocks look for the 4 key areas we list:

  1. Shuttle Flight Path Quality – How close to the ideal shuttle flight path it flies.
  2. Shuttle Consistency – How accurately the shuttle lands in the same spot when hit in the same way.
  3. Shuttlecock Durability – How long it lasts before it needs to be replaced.
  4. Playing Level: Recreational, Training, Club, Match, Tournament or Senior Tournament.


Types of Shuttlecocks:

There are 3 types of Badminton Shuttlecocks:

  1. Feather Shuttlecocks
  2. Plastic/Synthetic Shuttlecocks
  3. Hybrid Shuttlecocks

Feather Shuttlecocks - key considerations:

  • Generally used by intermediate to professional level players.
  • Easier to control than nylon shuttles - net spin and slice can also be achieved
  • Made from duck or goose feathers, with goose favoured by elite players.
  • Good to excellent shuttle flight.
  • Not recommended for beginners as poor technique and timing can break the feathers quickly.
  • Low durability in comparison to nylon shuttles
  • In order to help durability it's recommended they're stored in a generally humid environment, so that the feather don't get brittle and dry, leading to quicker breakage 

Plastic Shuttlecocks:

  • Used mainly by beginner, recreational and lower-level club players.
  • Plastic shuttlecocks are made from nylon material
  • Fast flight - plastic shuttles generally decelerate slower than feathers, usually resulting in a faster paced game with less control or touch play.
  • Fantastic durability. Plastic shuttles last for a long time, sometimes up to 100 games before wearing out 

Hybrid Shuttlecocks:

  • A combination of plastic and feather.
  • As a more recent development there very few currently available in the UK. The most established hybrid is the Kawasaki King Kong 500 Hybrid
  • The end feathers are duck/goose feathers, whilst the frame of the shuttle is synthetic.
  • Longer durability than conventional feathers.
  • Cheaper than most full feather shuttlecocks due to lower manufacturing costs.
  • Inferior flight path and control when compared to a high grade full-feather shuttlecock



Badminton Shuttle Flight

Badminton Shuttlecock Speeds:

If you're based in the UK, it's likely that speed 78 (Yonex speed 3) will be the best choice for you. Speed 78 is by far the most popular shuttlecock speed in this region; however, if you're unsure, read on and we'll explain shuttle speeds in more detail.

Choosing the correct speed of shuttle is crucial so that the shuttlecock flies the appropriate length of the court from a standard degree of force.

In regular conditions a slow shuttle speed will mean the shuttle will fall short of a standard length and decelerate more quickly. As you may expect, a fast shuttle speed will travel further and at a faster speed.

Badminton shuttlecocks are classified into speed categories of 75-79. The smaller the number, the slower the shuttlecock flies. Speeds 75 are 76 are less common, especially in the UK and the rest of Europe.

The speed of a badminton shuttlecock is affected by 3 factors:

  1. Temperature
  2. Altitude
  3. Humidity of the Environment 

The result of this means that depending upon where you are in the world, the speed of the shuttle is significantly affected.

So how can I choose?

well for a basic guide see the below table:

Shuttle Speed



Popularity for UK & Europe

75 – Slow

Above Sea Level

Very Hot (30+ Degrees)

Never Used

76 – Quite Slow

Sea Level

Hot (25-30 Degrees)

Used Rarely

77 - Average Speed

Sea Level

Average Temp (15-25 Degrees)

Used Sometimes

78 – Quite Fast

Below Sea Level

Cold (0 – 15 Degrees)

By Far the Most Popular

79 - Fast

Below Sea Level

Very Cold (Below Freezing)

Used Rarely


Standard and Level of Badminton Play:

As a general rule there's considered to be 6 levels of badminton play:

  1. Recreational
  2. Training
  3. Club
  4. Match
  5. Tournament
  6. Professional Senior Tournament

We've listed each badminton shuttle on our site to state what preferred level of play the shuttle is designed for.

The most popular badminton shuttlecock in the UK is the Yonex Aerosena AS30 Speed 78. These are used by higher level clubs, in tournaments and for matches, due to it's well known quality. Another very popular shuttle is the Victor Gold Champion, which is similar to the Yonex AS30 or AS40 in terms of consistency and durability.

Here's some of our Badminton HQ recommendations based upon your playing level:

Price and Durability, leading to overall value for money:
This is the final and often most important deciding factor, particularly if you're a club or a coach, using high quantities of feather shuttles. 

Our advice is to take a look at the key graph features we show on the individual product pages, and in particular - Shuttlecock Durability.

Other Tips to help the shuttle last longer:

  • Purchase a Humidome. This fits at the end of a shuttle tub and humidifies the shuttles
  • Store the shuttles within a humid environment, above a water tray
  • If the above isn't possible, make sure you seal the shuttle tubes immediately after use, and store in an environment where the temperature is kept relatively low, so as to avoid moisture leaving the shuttles due to higher temperatures

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UK Mainland Delivery

FREE if over £75 or £4.95

Standard 2-4 days delivery.

Express (Mon-Fri) 1-2 working days £5.95

Order by 1PM Monday-Friday for Next Working Day UK delivery.

Full Badminton Delivery Buying Guide

 International Delivery

Unfortunately, due to Brexit, we will no longer be shipping outside of UK Mainland.


Easy Returns

UK Customers

We have a simple 30 days (can be extended) upon receiving the order policy, but we will be flexible and extend this if it's a gift for a specific event, such a a birthday, this can be done by simply ticking the the gift option when purchasing.

We provide a part filled returns form for all UK orders, simply follow the process below:

To find your local collect plus shop:

See here for our full returns details & information.


Our UK Address for returns is:

Badminton HQ
Unit 1, Greabridge Business Park
Budds Lane,
SO51 0HA

Warranty Policy - Our Risk Free Support

Within 30 Days of receipt of the items?

Simple 30 days retailer warranty on all orders with genuine manufacturer defects.

More than 30 Days?

We work with the brands/suppliers to see if it can be covered under warranty for you (usually it is, but depends on the way the damage has occurred).

Still not covered but within 6 months of purchase?

We offer a crash replacement policy, where we offer a goodwill policy of 20% discount off your next order with us for the same/alternative replacement item, not including postage costs.


Price Match Promise

It's this simple - Find it cheaper anywhere else in the UK & we'll match it! Subject to conditions (see below).

So how does it work?

  1. Fill in the form on the right with all the relevant details requested. Alternatively you can call our team on 02380 002388.
  2. We'll email you or call you after we review the price match request.

* By requesting the price request you have checked it meets the requirements below

The boring conditions bit:

  1. Make sure the item being sold elsewhere is new and include a direct link to it.
  2. We can only price match other UK retailers. International retailers can not be price matched.
  3. The item must be in stock and actively being sold.
  4. At our own discretion we can refuse to offer the price match. Where this is the case we will offer you a full refund, this is rare, but there are exceptions. We will offer to refund the order in full if this happens.
  5. The product is identical to ours in brand, colour, size and model number.
  6. We cannot provide retrospective price matching after you have already purchased from us in the past, as we cannot verify if on the date of original purchase the price of the alternative retailer you may ask us to price match with.
  7. Strings and Shuttlecocks excluded.
  8. Yonex products are excluded from this offer.





Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
A grower!

Initially, felt the flight was slow and put the tube away in the cupboard. Have gone back to these after some improvement in our playing ability, and now most impressed with performance and durability. Will buy again, and nice to see they are made in the UK. Find the contrast of the blue and white gives them good visibility. Like the feeling of weight in the bird.

Great alternative to feathers

I understand feathers are plucked from live Geese which is pretty cruel. So, for this reason, I now avoid feather shuttles. I really prefer these over nylon shuttles, love the heavier feel in the smash and net play is excellent - I am just an amateur but having played with feathered shuttles they do feel the same. Perhaps not quite as durable as nylon shuttles but far more durable versus feathers that's for sure. Keep up the good work. As another reviewer commented, some in our club prefer neon green colour to improve visibility (actually I find these Bird 3) more visible than white nylons due to the dark blue section. But a neon green version would be welcome to please players who struggle to see white shuttles.

Travellers Sports Club Nottingham
Shuttles are Good but durability is questionable

Shuttles are good and they do travel like feather shuttles. The only problem is durability. We have managed to break one with in 10 minutes of use. I think its still require some improvement . in overall its good to use

Mark Palmos
fly beautifully, not yellow, break easiliy

Two sets is all it took for the cork to come flying off this shuttlecock. Sadly not as visible as the yellow Yonex the older players prefer, so despite flying beautifully, it's been given thumbs down by the club, not strong enough, not visible enough.

brian jackson
Great Intermediate Shuttle Cocks

We play in a Seniors ( over 65s) class twice a week and we are of mixed abilities.
The Ashaway Bird 3 gives us the nearest comparison to feathers but has a far longer life.