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What a Racket!!

A new tennis racquet has been designed that will allow  players' shots to be analysed by a computer built into the frame and handle.
Rafael Nadal will be the first player to use the new technology and it may be available at the French Open and Wimbledon this year.
Is this an improvement too far Undecided
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Just wondering how they can add the sensors and other equipment inside without altering the weight distribution, etc so affecting the players use  of the racquet ?
Maybe there is too much tech (and money) in sport these days Undecided

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I wonder if the makers could produce something that would make my bowls go where I want them Smiley
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Just wondering how they can add the sensors and other equipment inside without altering the weight distribution, etc so affecting the players use  of the racquet ?

I assume the sensors will be extremely light.  Many years ago some manufacturers tried a similar but less sophisticated idea but it didn't take off.
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Wonder if the same technology is available for my table tennis bat.....given my standard, probably not worth it  Undecided
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I would have thought there's a far greater public demand for lightweight effective gags.
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Wonder if the same technology is available for my table tennis bat.....given my standard, probably not worth it  Undecided

To be serious, I can't see why it can't be adapted for other racquet sports.
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These have been around for sometime but could not be used in slams because it could be classed as coaching.
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I think this is something different that Babolat have come out with. It has been approved for all play including the Slams AFAIK.
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These have been around for sometime but could not be used in slams because it could be classed as coaching.

I don't see an issue, as long as the data is only recorded and not used during play to alert the players game. This is effectively no different to video recording play then analysing afterwards. 
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Good point DB. As I understand it the info is for use in ongoing training sessions.
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The sensors are very light, but the battery pack weighs 50 Kg.
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50kg?... That would give them something to REALLY  grunt about! Grin
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It will be interesting to see if this technology does any good for the players. Babolat only have 2 top ranked players in their camp so it could be a while before results are seen.
It certainly didn't help Nadal today in the final of the Italian Open in Rome . He was beaten by Djokovic 4-6 6-3 6-3. I'm pleased for Djokovic, my favourite player on the mens' circuit.
It's now on to Paris for the French Open. Much as I support Jjokovic I think he's going to have his work cut out to beat Nadal who has made Roland Garros his own over the years.