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Recommendations for Measuring Tennis Racket Parameters

Allen, TB and Grant, R and Sullivan, M and Taraborrelli, L and Choppin, S and Spurr, J and Haake, S (2018) Recommendations for Measuring Tennis Racket Parameters. In: The 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, 26 March 2018 - 29 March 2018, Queensland, Australia.

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Abstract

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.

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