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

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ISBN-10: 0972275932

ISBN-13: 9780972275934

Edition: 2005

Authors: Crawford Lindsey, Rod Cross

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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 includes bite-sized explanations of the possible expectations of equipment choices.
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: USRSA
Publication date: 9/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Rod Cross is a retired Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Sydney, Australia, but continues research into the physics of sport, especially tennis. His paper in the American Journal of Physics on the sweetspots of a baseball bat was voted as one of the top 75 papers in physics in the USA in 1998. He has published about 30 sports physics papers in scientific journals and has written extensively for USRSA's Racquet Tech and Racquet Sports Industry on the physical properties of tennis strings and tennis racquets. He is coauthor of The Physics and Technology of Tennis. Crawford Lindsey is the editor-in-chief of Racquet Sports Industry magazine and Racquet Tech Publishing. He is…    

Choosing a Racquet-the Basics
Mistakes When Buying a Racquet
Three Types of Racquet
Racquets and Player Psychology
Racquet Features Combine with Strokes
Selecting a Racquet Is Art & Science
Care of Racquets
Racquet Properties
The Components of "Power": Exit Speed, Rebound Speed, Racquet Speed
Effect of Grip Firmness on Power
The Maximum Exit Power Point Changes with Racquet Speed
Comparing Racquet Power
Racquet Power Defined as Rebound Power
Maximum Effort Power
Rebound Power Is the Sum of All Racquet Properties
Power and Energy Loss
Maximum Theoretical Ball Speed
The Bad News: Rebound Power Values Aren't Readily Available
Rebound Control
Weight and Apparent Weight
The Six "Weights" of a Racquet
Racquet Weight
Light vs Heavy Racquets
Ideal Racquet Weight
Balance Point and Pickupweight
Hittingweight ("Effective Mass")
Stiffness (Flex)
Racquet Stiffness
Measuring Racquet Stiffness
Vibration Comparison between Racquets
Racquet Vibrations, Sweetspot, and Feel
Vibration Dampening
Shock & the Center of Percussion
The Difference between Shock and Vibration
Customizing a Racquet
Customizing Weight, Balance, & Swingweight
Further Reading
Strings and the Modern Game
Stringbed Stiffness
Static & Dynamic Stringbed Stiffness
Effect of String Material and Gauge on Stringbed Stiffness
Effect of String Tension on Stringbed Stiffness
Effect of String Pattern on Stringbed Stiffness
Effect of Headsize and Stringbed Suspension System on Stringbed Stiffness
Rise in String Tension During a Shot
Stringbed Stiffness Summary
Tension and Performance
Tension and Power
Tension Loss and Going "Dead"
Tension Loss and Feel
Tension Loss and Control
Tension Loss and Sound
Tension Loss and Prestreteching
Tension and Spin
Tension and Player Perceptiveness
Dwell Time and Performance
Dwell Time
Dwell Distance
Dwell Error
Dwell Time and Force
General Rules of Dwell Time
Further Reading
Balls & Bounce
Ball Basics
Ball History
Rules about Balls
Ball Testing to Compare New and Old Balls
Pressurized and Pressureless Balls
Ball Bounce Off the Court
Bounce Factors
Angle of Incidence
Incident Speed and Spin
Hardness of Court
Court Smoothness or Roughness
Horizontal Bounce Speed
Effects of Friction on Ball Spin
Ball Bounce Off the Strings
Angle of Impact
Tilting the Racquet Head
The Bounce Path off the Strings
Further Reading
Spin & Trajectory
Spin Basics
Generation of Spin
Influence of Incident Angle and Spin on Rebound Spin
Effects of Spin on Bounce off the Strings
Types and Uses of Spin
18 Different Ways to Hit the Ball
Spin Before and After Bounce
Effect of Grip on Spin
Can Racquets and Strings Increase Spin?
Can Players Feel Spin
Increasing Spin with Stroke Technique
Simple Topspin Experiment
Topspin and the Federer Forehand
Effect of Racquet Tilt on a Topspin Forehand
Spin and the Serve
Ball Toss
Tips on Serving
Arching the Back to Serve
Slice Serve
Serve Actions
Forearm Slows Down
The Sampras Serve
Force on Handle
Vertical Launch Angle
Hitting the Ball Deep
Further Reading