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History : Evolution of the Tennis Racquet
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The 1870's were dominated by wooden racquet produced by Dunlop, Slazenger, Wilson and Spalding. The racquets were generally heavy with extremely small sweet spots and were generally quite flexible. This made it a very level playing field for everyone, with the only variations possible being in the type of string and tensions. The strings were generally natural gut (expensive and not very consistent or durable), or cheap synthetic (durable but not very playable).
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The introduction of the steel racquet came in the 1960’s. The development of this new type of racquets posed a problem with stringing. Only solved until the 1953 by which the racquet strings were made to pass around metal wires looped to the frame. The result was the first commercially successful non-wood racquet and this was subsequently marketed as the Wilson T2000. The steel construction enabled consistency of playing characteristics such as flexibility, weight, area of sweet spot and vibration produced.
Graphite racquets started appearing after the revolution of the steel racquet. Graphite enabled stiffness, but the weight was still quite heavy, with not much vibration dampening. Dunlop then brought out the Dunlop 200g, which was the first of the lighter, more powerful racquets. To reduce the weight of this racquet graphite was injected with foam to make it lighter and more vibration dampening.
The shape of the tennis racquet started to alter with the introduction of light weight malleable aluminum frames. This allowed a good mixture of power and control due to the bigger head size which increased the sweet spot of the racquet. Also graphite technology improved, bigger and lighter racquets were possible using graphite.
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The introduction by Head of titanium technology through the TiS6 was a significant milestone in racquet technology in 1998. It enabled racquets to be ultra light, powerful and vibration dampening. Wilson's Hyper carbon is very similar to this as well. This evolution of racquet technology may be linked to the vast improvement in game play from the past ages. In my research this is the era of racquets I will be studying in great detail in order to find out if the perfect tennis racquat esist.