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Science and tennis: the perfect marriage of the two greatest things in the world.
Researching Head tennis racquets lead to the discovery of some highly impressive, atomically advanced materials with super valuable qualities for the game of tennis.
No one needs to be told that metal tennis racquets have come a long way since the first Lacoste frame in 1953. The combination of carbon composite fibers overcame the frame warp inherent in those first metal sticks. Titanium’s introduction into the fiber weave further stiffened the frame, allowing for faster, harder shots, with the added benefit of a lighter tennis racquet.
Could it get any better?
Head tennis racquets have such a wide array of atomically advanced materials, choosing one is near impossible.
Head titanium tennis racquets are a long time favorite and continue to stay on the best seller lists. But Liquidmetal, Metallix and MicroGel are all just as equally impressive when you look into the atomic qualities of each material.
Head Liquidmetal tennis racquets promise 29 percent more power than standard tennis racquets, with a liquid atomic structure that is 2.5 times stronger than titanium, and because of the liquid behavior of the atomic structure, the racquet does not suffer from deformation upon impact.
Head Metallix tennis racquets utilize a crystalline metal alloy that when weaved into the carbon matrix, create a tennis racquet that is more powerful and lighter weight than titanium frames. Following the scientific Hall-Petch (or grain-boundary strengthening) theory, Head has shrunk the size of the atomic matrix, creating a tighter atomic weave, which in turn creates more atomic bonds, which in turn, translates into a stronger material. Combine this with the lightweight characteristic of crystalline materials and you get a tennis racquet that has more power and responds faster.
Head MicroGel tennis racquets boast the lowest density of any racquet on the market due to a silicon-based material that weighs only 3 milligrams per cubic centimeter, but can withstand impact forces up to 4,000 times its weight. The impressive quality of the MicroGel material is how it responds on impact. Gaining stiffness from the blended carbon fibers, the silicon MicroGel compresses and deforms on ball impact, but because of the responsive quality of silicon causes it to quickly regain its original molecular shape. The result is a racquet that evenly distributes impact load throughout the entire frame and still provides a rock-solid feel through the return.
The new generation of Head YouTek tennis racquets feature a super combination of “smart materials.” The graphite-carbon composite blended with melt spun, ultra light Innegra fibers in the racquet frame combined with super absorbent d3o material in the layup and shaft combine to offer an unparalleled amount of situation responsive behaviors within the atomic structure of the racquet.
Not enough information has been released on the Head YouTek technology, as it is still in the hands of the world’s top player and highly patent protected. But I’m sure Head tennis racquet scientists are already hard at work on the next best thing.
I, for one, am eagerly awaiting its release.Related links