Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 08:59:38 AM. Tennis. By Juliya Tatyana.
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.
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.
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