Technical Tennis: Racquets, Strings, Balls, Courts, Spin, and Bounce

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What are the single most important variables in racquet performance? What racquet and string features combine to provide the most control, comfort, and feel? How can a player create maximum spin? This informative primer answers these and other elusive equipment and performance-related questions that perennially plague hackers and experts alike. A simplified, layperson's companion to the authors' previous work, The Physics and Technology of Tennis, this conveniently sized guide to selecting racquets and strings ...

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Overview

What are the single most important variables in racquet performance? What racquet and string features combine to provide the most control, comfort, and feel? How can a player create maximum spin? This informative primer answers these and other elusive equipment and performance-related questions that perennially plague hackers and experts alike. A simplified, layperson's companion to the authors' previous work, The Physics and Technology of Tennis, this conveniently sized guide to selecting racquets and strings includes bite-sized explanations of the possible expectations of equipment choices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972275934
  • Publisher: Usrsa
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 788,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Cross is the coauthor of The Physics and Technology of Tennis and has written extensively for the United States Racquet Stringers Association's (USRSA) Racquet Sports Industry and Racquet Tech magazines. He is a former associate professor in physics at the University of Sydney–Australia. Crawford Lindsey is the coauthor of The Physics and Technology of Tennis and the author of The Book of Squash. He is the editor in chief of Racquet Sports Industry magazine and at Racquet Tech Publishing. He lives in San Diego, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
1 Racquets
Introduction 1
Choosing a Racquet-the Basics 1
Mistakes When Buying a Racquet 3
Three Types of Racquet 3
Racquets and Player Psychology 5
Racquet Features Combine with Strokes 7
Selecting a Racquet Is Art & Science 9
Care of Racquets 9
Racquet Properties 10
Power 11
The Components of "Power": Exit Speed, Rebound Speed, Racquet Speed 13
Match Point Box 1.1 Effect of Grip Firmness on Power 15
The Maximum Exit Power Point Changes with Racquet Speed 17
Comparing Racquet Power 19
Racquet Power Defined as Rebound Power 21
Match Point Box 1.2 Maximum Effort Power 22
Rebound Power Is the Sum of All Racquet Properties 24
Power and Energy Loss 25
Match Point Box 1.3 Maximum Theoretical Ball Speed 25
The Bad News: Rebound Power Values Aren't Readily Available 26
Control 27
Rebound Control 27
Weight 28
Weight and Apparent Weight 28
The Six "Weights" of a Racquet 28
Racquet Weight 30
Light vs Heavy Racquets 33
Ideal Racquet Weight 34
Balance Point and Pickupweight 36
Swingweight 38
Twistweight 41
Spinweight 42
Hittingweight ("Effective Mass") 43
Stiffness (Flex) 44
Racquet Stiffness 44
Measuring Racquet Stiffness 45
Match Point Box 1.4 Vibration Comparison between Racquets 46
Racquet Vibrations, Sweetspot, and Feel 48
Vibration Dampening 50
Shock & the Center of Percussion 51
Match Point Box 1.5 The Difference between Shock and Vibration 55
Customizing A Racquet 56
Match Point Box 1.6 Customizing Weight, Balance, & Swingweight 57
Further Reading 58
2 Strings
Strings and the Modern Game 59
Stringbed Stiffness 61
Static & Dynamic Stringbed Stiffness 62
Effect of String Material and Gauge on Stringbed Stiffness 66
Effect of String Tension on Stringbed Stiffness 68
Effect of String Pattern on Stringbed Stiffness 71
Effect of Headsize and Stringbed Suspension System on Stringbed Stiffness 71
Match Point Box 2.1 Rise in String Tension During a Shot 72
Stringbed Stiffness Summary 73
Tension and Performance 74
Tension and Power 75
Tension Loss and Going "Dead" 77
Tension Loss and Feel 78
Tension Loss and Control 79
Tension Loss and Sound 79
Tension Loss and Prestreteching 79
Tension and Spin 80
Tension and Player Perceptiveness 80
Dwell Time and Performance 82
Dwell Time 82
Dwell Distance 84
Dwell Error 85
Dwell Time and Force 85
Dwell Rules of Dwell Time 86
Further Reading 86
3 Balls & Bounce
Ball Basics 87
Ball History 87
Rules about Balls 87
Match Point Box 3.1 Ball Testing to Compare New and Old Balls 89
Pressurized and Pressureless Balls 90
Ball Bounce Off the Court 90
Friction 91
Bounce Factors 93
Bounce Factor #1 Angle of Incidence 94
Bounce Factor #2 Incident Speed and Spin 95
Bounce Factor #3 Hardness of Court 96
Bounce Factor #4 Court Smoothness or Roughness 98
Horizontal Bounce Speed 99
Effects of Friction on Ball Spin 102
Ball Bounce Off the Strings 108
Angle of Impact 109
Tilting the Racquet Head 113
The Bounce Path off the Strings 113
Further Reading 117
4 Spin & Trajectory
Spin Basics 119
Generation of Spin 120
Influence of Incident Angle and Spin on Rebound Spin 121
Match Point Box 4.1 Effects of Spin on Bounce off the Strings 121
Types and Uses of Spin 123
18 Different Ways to Hit the Ball 126
Spin Before and After Bounce 127
Effect of Grip on Spin 128
Can Racquets and Strings Increase Spin? 130
Match Point Box 4.2 Can Players Feel Spin 131
Increasing Spin with Stroke Technique 132
Simple Topspin Experiment 133
Match Point Box 4.3 Topspin and the Federer Forehand 134
Effect of Racquet Tilt on a Topspin Forehand 137
Spin and the Serve 139
Ball Toss 139
Tips on Serving 140
Arching the Back to Serve 142
Slice Serve 144
Serve Actions 144
Forearm Slows Down 145
Match Point Box 4.4 The Sampras Serve 146
Force on Handle 147
Trajectory 148
Vertical Launch Angle 148
Hitting the Ball Deep 150
Further Reading 152
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