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Carbon matrices, ionic energy chambers, carbon reflex reinforcement bars, tungsten filaments, crystalline carbon structures, woofers, and cortex joints. The evolution of the modern tennis racquet would befuddle tennis pros of even three decades past.
No one in their right mind would complain about these technological advancements and the advantages they lend to the game, but which one is right for whose game?
When the great tennis racquet scientists were sitting in their lab and changing the basic carbon structure to a deltoid carbon structure, were they thinking of an aggressive baseliner? Or was that beautiful little molecular magic for a serve-and-volley type?
Every tennis player can benefit from the vibration dampening advancements—that much is easy to surmise—whether the vibrations are absorbed by an EVA shaft in the handle, a cortex joint at the neck or a kinetically manipulative tennis racquet that prevents vibrations altogether.
Science and tennis are dancing together on the court of innovation, but like all art, where is the interpretation?
Sometimes going back to the basics is the only way to understand the big picture and here is a blog by a man who holds over 31 U.S. tennis patents and has a little something to say about the simple geometry of the tennis racquet.Did You Know? Racquet Tech Trivia from Racquet Science, by Rich Janes Photo Illustation: Eight of the allotropes (different molecular configurations) that pure carbon can take: a) Diamond b) Graphite c) Lonsdaleite d) C60 (Buckminsterfullerene) e) C540 (see Fullerene) f) C70 (see Fullerene) g) Amorphous carbon h) single-walled carbon nanotube