Effect of string tension on the impact between a tennis ball and racket

GOODWILL, S. R. and HAAKE, Steve (2004). Effect of string tension on the impact between a tennis ball and racket. In: HUBBARD, M., MEHTA, R. D. and PALLIS, J. M., (eds.) The engineering of sport 5. International sports engineering assocation, 3-9.

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The aim of this work was to further the understanding of the relationship between string tension and player's perception of 'control'. In this study tennis balls were projected obliquely at a freely supported racket to replicate a top spin stroke. Two difference string tensions (40 and 70lbs) were tested. It was found that the rebound velocity and spin were not dependent on string tension, for a given shot. However, it was found that the distance travelled by the ball, during impact, was 30% smaller on the racket strung at 70lbs. It has been illustrated that this increases the ability of the player to apply spin to the ball.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The 5th international conference on the engineering of sport
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 3-9
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2010 15:36
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:01
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2235

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