By Juliya Tatyana. Tennis. Published at Monday, April 09th, 2018 - 06:44:54 AM.
“Countervail can help a player maximize every single swing in a way not possible before” said Hans-Martin Reh General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “This technology coupled with our new sleek racket design elements creates a power-forward racket for a player like Kei – one who excels at playing from the baseline.”
Once I got to the courts 4S was about what I expected from a geometric poly—spin potential was above average and feel was solid though not as crisp as I typically like. The flipside is that 4S felt very soft and was one of the most comfortable polys I've used in quite a while. Fortunately the soft feel didn't come at the expense of durability. I played past the 12-hour mark with my set and didn't break it though they definitely felt a little dead towards the end. As I've noted in the past I find that most polyester strings go dead and lose tension well before they snap though I'd expect that heavy string breakers may break Black Code 4S before it goes dead or gets mushy.
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.
“When I play-tested my new Burn racket with Countervail I could feel that my arm reacted better to it” said Kei Nishikori. “I feel I recover faster after practice and my arm and shoulder don't feel as tired while I am training. Best of all it didn't change the feel of racket which is really important to me. I am excited to use it on tour.”
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