By Iris Theresa. Tennis. Published at Thursday, March 15th, 2018 - 02:53:16 AM.
Two models in the 2017 Ultra line feature Countervail (CV) technology (the Ultra 100 CV and Ultra 105S CV), which is exclusive to Wilson performance rackets. CV is an integrated frame technology that minimizes vibration without sacrificing performance and feel. According to a University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology study**, tennis players using a racket with CV experienced up to 30 percent less vibrational energy from the racket and, as a result of less fatigue, 40 percent more control over their shots. In addition to maximizing player energy, CV shortens recovery time after matches.
Power Rib is an enhanced racket throat geometry at a crucial bending and twisting area of the frame. This provides greater stability and stiffness that result in more power and increased directional accuracy.
Arguably the biggest and most exciting change to the sport will not actually take place for another season but it will likely be well worth the wait. The majors have been seeding thirty-two players since 2001, but they will be reverting back to seeding just sixteen come 2019. One of the biggest complaints about the slams is that in most cases the top players predominantly waltz through the opening rounds. Often it feels like the majors do not really get going until the middle weekend as that is when the better matches start to take shape. While seeding only sixteen means that the seeds will collide even later, it also increases the odds of more intriguing matches and upsets occurring throughout the whole event rather than primarily the back half of it. Often, the proverbial cream will still rise to the top, but it should be more entertaining watching it all unfold.
Extra string: It happens. Strings break, sometimes quicker than you might think. It's always good to keep an extra set or two (or maybe even a reel) of your favorite string that you can take to a local stringer to get your racquet re-strung when you're in a pinch.
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