Power and control are essential to ambitious tennis players. New technologies for tennis rackets help to implement both on almost every court.
Tennis players are obsessed with their equipment. Finding the best racket personally can be a lifelong task. The racket is the player's extended arm on the court. With the perfect shot, players and rackets merge into one - a feeling of happiness that all tennis players dream of. Therefore, it is no surprise that the search for the perfect tennis racket is as old as the sport itself.
The Origin of Tennis Rackets
Tennis has a rich history, the origins of which date back to the 12th century. However, the first tennis racket was not made until 1874. It was made entirely of wood so that John McEnroe could have done severe damage at the time.
Until 1968, the first steel racket hit the market and became a legend when superstar Jimmy Connors played with him. The next revolution came a decade later with the introduction of the aluminium racket. The use of graphite in the 80s made the rackets lighter, and the tennis racket evolution continued.
These innovations have been driven by the need for better control and the desire for more power.
THE HOLY GRAIL OF POWER AND CONTROL
Tennis players demand power and control - two concepts previously considered incompatible in the tennis industry.
In most cases, clubs that offer much power have a more massive head, which increases the trampoline effect. Also, these rackets are lighter, longer, and more rigid, which makes the ball bounce faster and at a higher speed. Last but not least, they are top-heavy balanced to keep enough weight in the impact zone.
The rackets designed for control, on the other hand, are usually heavier and have a smaller head that is less deformed. Thinner and more flexible frames let the ball sit on the racket a little longer and give the player more control.
Also, control-oriented rackets are usually finger-heavy for more mobility. These racquets are designed for players who want to use their strength and, above all, expect more control from the racket.
Modern Technology Used In Tennis Racket
To find the holy grail and combine both skills, HEAD drew inspiration from various industries, including the automotive and photography worlds. It connected them with its already advanced tennis racket manufacturing technology.
The result is a multi-material concept that combines two materials with complementary advantages. Injection-moulded magnesium, as can be found in car bodies, is the perfect addition to the Graphene Touch rackets from HEAD.
The multi-material concept creates a seamless unit from the lightweight, stable, high-precision processing of the magnesium and the shock absorption and shock absorption qualities of the Graphene Touch. With MxG - Magnesium and Graphene - HEAD delivers the best of both worlds.
The heart of HEAD's new racket lies in the design and construction of the unique magnesium bridge. Their design gives the racket additional power and control beyond the advantages of the materials themselves.
Tennis professionals have already taken notice of the new development.
Strings of Tennis Racket
On a technical level, the vertical strings are passed through the bridge, while in conventional rackets, the tennis strings only touch the bridge in the upper part. This lengthens the freely moving main strings, increasing the trampoline effect and the sweet spot. Also, the magnesium bridge has a larger contact area with the frame than a conventional racket - for more stability and ultimately more control.
The construction is not only technically revolutionary but also aesthetically impressive. Or, as the twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic says: "r looks impressive ... like a sword."
Indeed, this will not be the last innovation in searching for the perfect tennis racket. However, the ratings by players like Djokovic and Fritz could be seen as an indication that MxG technology will irreversibly change the sport by finally combining power and control in one racket.