By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Saturday, February 24th, 2018 - 02:47:08 AM.
LOCK BOOSTER SYSTEM: Crush the ball. An enhanced grommet design that promotes string contact for efficient energy transfer and ball crushing power. Three ribs inserted in-between the grommet decrease string slippage and reduce energy loss when crushing the ball.
This playfully competitive angle is the second big trend that Babolat taps into. The app accompanying the POP has a social tie-in that allows users to post their scores and see how friends are doing. Speed of serves the length of rallies and the topspin on a forehand all become a part of the PIQ scores users and networks compete for. Normed across sports a tennis player will one day be able to challenge a golfer across the integrated platform. Supercomputers put together data from millions of strokes recorded over the course of two years to create the measures and calibrate the sensors that can now be used by pros and novices alike with any tennis racquet.
This new innovation created in collaboration with French tech outfit PIQ which is also working on bringing more sensor based analytics to other sports like golf and skiing is part of two big trends. The obvious trend is the data driven way to understand your game. As Genie Bouchard said at Friday’s product launch at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club “people can tell you when you’re hitting the ball but there’s nothing more accurate than technology.” The metrics she is most interested in are where in her stroke she typically makes contact with the ball and the speed of her arm on groundstrokes.
To better understand how CV technology could aid performance tennis players Wilson collaborated with the University of Minnesota's School of Kinesiology. The School conducted a study with competitive collegiate players men and women to determine if playing with a Wilson racket with CV delivered meaningful benefits. Study results showed that athletes playing with a Wilson tennis racket with CV experienced less muscle fatigue and more energy particularly in late sets or long training sessions and as a result showed improved control over their shots and quicker recovery after training and matches.
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