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Recommendations for Measuring Tennis Racket Parameters

Sports Engineering Research TEAM, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
Conservation, Evolution and Behaviour Research Group, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
Centre for Sports Engineering Research, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S10 2LW, UK
International Tennis Federation, London SW15 5XZ, UK
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 263;
Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of ISEA 2018)
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Tennis rackets have advanced significantly since the invention of the game in 1874, including innovations in both shape and materials. Advances in these design parameters have implications for racket performance, especially swing speed. This study tested one hundred rackets, spanning brands and eras, using simple, portable instruments in order to pilot protocols and make recommendations for streamlining testing procedures for tennis rackets. A wide range of properties were measured and documented for each racket. We suggest that since Transverse and Lateral Moment of Inertia are well correlated, measuring both is not necessary when processing a large number of rackets. In addition, it is also possible to predict the Transverse Moment of Inertia well from models that use simple dimension and mass measurements, which may be preferable in larger studies. Exploring the use of more complex modelling will allow us to better understand the impact of tennis racket design on performance in the future.
Keywords: sports equipment testing; modelling; moment of inertia; equipment performance; racket design sports equipment testing; modelling; moment of inertia; equipment performance; racket design
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Allen, T.; Grant, R.; Sullivan, M.; Taraborrelli, L.; Choppin, S.; Spurr, J.; Haake, S. Recommendations for Measuring Tennis Racket Parameters. Proceedings 2018, 2, 263.

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