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    How To Find Your Shoe Size & Width

    This guide will help you find your shoe size as well as determining if you have wide feet.  Buying shoes can be hard especially if you are buying them online since different shoe brands may be sized differently.  We will teach you how to measure your foot length and width so that the next time you buy shoes, you will find the right size for your feet. 

    Many shoe stores carry a Brannock Device which is used to measure feet length and width.  This is the most common method as it is easily adjustable and quite portable as well. 

    Since most people won't have this available at home, they will either have to go to a shoe store or find some other way to measure their feet.  The method we will be using is very simple and can be done anywhere.

     

    What you will need to measure your feet:
    -paper
    -pen or pencil
    -ruler or tape measure

     

    To begin, make sure you put on socks that you normally wear shoes with.  Put your foot on a piece of blank paper and trace the outline, making sure the pen is pointing straight up.  Once you have drawn both feet, you can start measuring.

     

    To measure the length, draw a straight line from the tip of the big toe to the heel.  Subtract the measurement by 5mm (0.5CM) to get your true size.  Take the bigger measurement between your left and right foot as your length.

     

    To measure the width, draw a straight line across the widest part of your foot.  Subtract the measurement by 5mm (0.5CM) to get your true size.  Take the bigger measurement between your left and right foot as your width.

     

    Tips to help you:
    -your feet are at their largest at the end of the day so do the measurement then
    -measure your feet when you are standing for the most accurate measurement (have a friend outline your feet for you)

     

    Once you have the measurements for your feet, you can take a look at this chart to see what shoe size you should wear.  It also tells you if you have narrow, medium, or wide feet.

     

    How to use this chart:

    To use this chart, first find out what your shoe size is in US sizing.  Next, determine if you have narrow, medium, or wide feet by comparing your feet width to the chart. 

    Eg.  If you are size US 8, then you would look at the US8 row and compare with 3.5", 3.8", and 3.9".

    Notice that the width of your feet may fall in between categories.  This is because the chart is just a rough estimate and most shoes are only made in these measurements which fit most people.

     

     

    This guide should be used only as a reference only. Shoes may fit differently depending on the design of the shoe as well as the shape of your feet, so it is best to try them on in store to ensure the best fit. Yumo Pro Shop is not responsible for any incorrect measurements or ordering of the wrong size.

     

     

     

     

     

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    How to Steam/Humidify Shuttlecocks

    How to Steam/Humidify Shuttlecocks

    For those of you who play with feather shuttles, you will know how easily they can break due to a miss-hit or just from normal play.  Once the feather of a shuttle wears out and breaks, it will affect the flight of the shuttle and will need to be changed.  To improve the shuttles durability, many players will steam their shuttles.  This is done to introduce moisture into feathers so that they are softer and not as brittle, reducing the chance of breakage when hit.  This effect is quite noticeable for those who are living in dry places as well as during the winter time.  There are specialized shuttlecock steamers on the market but you can do this with any apparatus that produces steam.  Some examples would be rice cookers, a pot of boiling water, a kettle, etc.. 

     

    To steam your shuttlecocks, first remove both end caps of the tube.  Identify the entry and exit ends of the tube.  Make sure the tube has an aluminum foil lining.

     

     

    Place the shuttles that you want to use for next days play into the tube.  (It is best to steam it a day before use so that there is time for the shuttles to retain the moisture) 

    Once you have your shuttles in the tube you are ready to start steaming.  With both ends of the tube open, place the entry-end over your steaming apparatus.

    As soon as you see steam coming out of the top end of the tube, take it off the steamer and put the end caps back on quickly to prevent the steam from escaping.  (The steaming process should take around 30 seconds to a maximum of 1 minute) Place the tube exit-end facing up (cork up) and let it sit for 12 hours.

     

    Important Points:

    1) Use the steamed shuttlecocks as quickly as you can, ie. only steam the amount you intend to use the next day

    2) Make sure not to over steam the shuttles as it can damage the cork as well as slow down the shuttles flight

     

    Take a look at our selection of shuttles!  (Feather | Plastic)

     

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    Essential Items to Keep in Your Badminton Bag

    Essential Items to Keep in Your Badminton Bag

    Just starting out in badminton and not sure what you need to bring to the court?  Don't worry cause we have you covered!  Having the right items can prepare you to deal with any situation that arises and thus maximizing your playing experience.  Although people might have their own set of items that they bring with them, we have created a list of key items that we feel is essential to most players.

    Our List of Essential Badminton Items:

     

    1) Badminton Racket

    If you are playing badminton, then of course you will need a badminton racket!  Badminton rackets come in many different types.  Read our How to Choose a Badminton Racket guide if you are unsure where to start.  Many players carry 2-3 rackets with them so that they have a back-up racket in case the strings break. 

     

    2) Badminton Shoes

    Many people play badminton in running shoes or even just casual shoes that they wear everyday.  We cannot stress how important it is to get a pair of badminton shoes because they are made specifically for badminton!  Wearing runners is a bad idea because they generally have a lot of cushion but no lateral support, making it very easy to injure your ankle.  Badminton shoes have both adequate cushion and lateral support, keeping you safe while allowing you to move freely around the court.  Check out our collection of badminton shoes.

     

    3) Shuttlecock

    The type of shuttlecock you should get depends on your level of play.  If you don't know the difference between the two types of shuttlecocks, I'd suggest you check out our post on Badminton Shuttles: Feather vs. Nylon.  You should always carry a tube of shuttlecocks because not everyone brings one when they play.  And besides, wouldn't it be silly if you meet up with your friends to play some badminton and nobody brought shuttles?

     

    4) Badminton Bag

     If you play badminton frequently, you should consider investing in a badminton bag because you can use it to carry all of your other essential items.  Badminton bags come in 3 sizes (3, 6, or 9 pieces) with the most common size being a 6 piece bag as you can fit everything you need.  Check out our collection of badminton bags.

     

    5) Clothing

    Light-weight clothing is the way to go when playing badminton.  Dri-Fit T-shirts are recommended as they are both light-weight and moisture-wicking.  Cotton is also another option, but will be heavier if you sweat a lot.  You may have noticed that badminton shorts are a bit on the shorter side, sitting at around the mid thigh area.  This allows you to move freely on the court especially since there is a lot of lunging done in badminton.  It is also important that you wear appropriate socks.  Thicker socks are preferred over thin ones because they provide more cushioning for your feet and reduces the change of blisters.  Extra clothing is also a good idea for those who sweat heavily.  Check out our clothing collection.

     

    6) Water and Snacks

    Water is important for hydration as it replaces fluid loss from sweating.  An alternative would be sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade.  Snacks such as nuts, granola bars, and bananas are great for replacing electrolytes and providing energy to keep you going.

     

    7) Towel

    A towel to wipe away sweat is a good idea as you don't want the whole badminton court covered in your sweat when you play.  Water on the courts can be a hazard to you yourself and other players as they can slip and injure themselves.  View our collection of Towels.

     

    8) Extra Grip

    Who can deny the comfort of a freshly wrapped grip?  It is a good idea to keep extra grip with you so that you can change it when it wears out.  A fresh grip will provide you with better control of the racket and prevent it from slipping out of your hands. View our collection of grips.

     

    9) Scissors

    Should you break your strings in the middle of a match, you can use scissors to relieve the uneven stress placed on the frame of the racket.  This is crucial as it can cause your frame to deform or worse, it may develop a crack and shorten the lifespan of you racket.  It is also useful for when you need to replace your badminton grip.

     

     

     

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    Badminton Shuttles: Feather vs. Nylon

    In this blog post, we will be discussing the differences between nylon shuttles and feather shuttles along with their pros and cons.  We will also show how to differentiate the different grades of feather shuttles in regards to their speed, composition, and quality.

    NYLON VS. FEATHER SHUTTLES


    NYLON SHUTTLES

    Nylon shuttles are made of a synthetic material (nylon)  and are frequently seen being used by recreational players and people who are just starting the game.  They are cheaper compared to feather shuttles and are a lot more durable, making them great for practicing skills and casual play.

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    FEATHER SHUTTLES

    Feather shuttles are made of natural duck or goose feathers. Goose feathers have thicker bristles than duck feathers and will have better flight quality and durability.  Feather shuttles are often used by players who play competitively due to the more natural flight characteristics of a feather shuttle compared to a nylon shuttle.  However, many people choose to play with nylon shuttles due to the high cost of feather shuttles and their low durability. 

     

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    DIFFERENCES IN FLIGHT

    The structure of feather shuttles are more rigid compared to the soft skirt of the nylon shuttles.  Due to this difference in rigidity, nylon shuttles will deform more compared to a feather shuttle when hit.  As a result, feather shuttles will have a higher initial speed coming off the racket bed compared to a nylon shuttle.  Aside from greater initial shuttle speed, the feather shuttle will also decelerate faster due to the higher drag it experiences during its flight and therefore will travel less distance and fall at a steeper angle.

     

     

     

    CHARACTERISTICS OF NATURAL FEATHERS

    You can distinguish between duck and goose feathers by looking at the feather itself.

    In goose feathers, you will be able to see an arrangement of lines clearly on the bone of the feather.  On the contrary, duck feathers will have less pronounced/nonexistent lines on the bone of the feather.

     

    Goose feathers will have a channel/groove in the bone of the feather.  Duck feathers will have a shallower groove or none at all.

     

    SHUTTLE SPEED

    The shuttle speed is not how fast the shuttle will fly, but how far it will travel in the same amount of time when hit with the same amount of power.

    Eg.  A speed 78 shuttle and a speed 79 shuttle will travel different distances when hit with the same stroke.

     

     What Affects Shuttle speed?

    The weight of the shuttle, feather type, balance point,  and weight distribution all affect the speed of a shuttle.  But the most important factor are the type of feathers used in a shuttle.

    Feather types differ depending on the region of the wing it was taken from.

     You will see that the all-round feathers will be used in most top grade feather shuttles as they are superior in flight quality.  Whereas the ones to the right will be used as more of a recreational type shuttle as well as training shuttles since they are quite durable although the flight quality may be lacking.

     
    Speed of a Shuttle

    You can tell the speed of a shuttle by looking at the tube itself as there is often a number labelled on it. (77, 78, 79, etc..)  This system is used by most brands of shuttles except for Yonex which has its own unique numbering system. ( 3, 4, 5, etc... which is equivalent to 77, 78, 79 respectively)

    1 48 75 slow, for use in highland
    2 49 76 slow, medium slow, for use in hotter area
    3 50 77 slow, medium, most sea level area
    4 51 78 slow, medium fast, cold area
    5 52 79 slow, fast, cold area, below sea level

    The reason different shuttle speeds exist is because a change in the temperature of the environment will affect the distance traveled by the shuttle.  As the temperature decreases, the air will become more dense meaning you will require a faster shuttle.

    Many brands of shuttles will have a speed/temperature chart on the tube showing you which speed of shuttle to use for different temperatures.

    But wait a minute.... doesn't this mean that you will require different speeds of shuttles when playing in the winter versus the summer?  Yes that is correct, but most people just stick with buying the same speed as most stores only stock a certain speed that is suitable for that location.

    To solve this problem, you can first test the shuttle by standing at the baseline of the court and hitting it towards the other side.  Depending on where the shuttle lands, you can make adjustments to the shuttle to change it's speed. This method is known to most as "tipping the shuttle". 

    Check out this YumoTube video to see how you would test and tip the shuttle!

     

     

     

    Even Balanced Badminton Rackets

    Even Balanced Badminton Rackets

    Even balanced rackets have a balance point that is more or less near the middle of the racket making it all-rounded and well suited for most players.

    The advantage of an even balanced racket is that it is suited for a wide range of shots and play-style. 

    The disadvantage is that while it is all-rounded, it does not excel in any particular aspect.

     

    Popular Even Balanced Rackets:

    Arcsaber 11
    Arcsaber FD
    Arcsaber FB (Green, Red)
    Arcsaber 6FL
    Nanoray 800 (slight head light)
    Nanoray Z Speed
    Duora 10 (slight head heavy)
    Bravesword 12
    Bravesword 9N
    Jetspeed 10 (slight head light)
    Hypernano X 800
    Hypernano X 800 Control
    Meteor X 90


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