Surface Solutions in a Shocking Game
Applied technology can absorb some of tennis shock.
|Every physical aspect of this originally gentle (and genteel) lawn game has become shocking. The power in tennis has expanded. Racquet technology has advanced to the point where serves of 125 miles per hour (over 200 kph) are commonplace. Racquet manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in technology that will dampen the shock of racquet and ball contact. The tennis player is given the opportunity to reward these companies for their research when he decides what racquet to buy.
Shocks to the foot, legs and hips, that come from fast-charging moves on a non-forgiving court surface have also received considerable financial investment from the suppliers to the sport. Footwear manufacturers apply technology to dampen the body punishing vibrations of tennis in much the same way the automobile industry applied shock absorbers to the automobile. Specially engineered, fashionable and heavily promoted tennis shoes take the tennis player through a bewildering decision making process when deciding what to buy to protect his/her body from the damages of the weekly tennis match.
The manufacturers' endless efforts to provide players with equipment designed to protect the human body, improve their game and keep them in this shocking game "for a lifetime" are magnificent, well intentioned and should continue.
But what about the court?
Creating a Cushioned Surface
To compare the cost of cushioned surfaces with the price range of racquets and shoes, consider multiples. A lightly cushioned acrylic surface costs about twice the amount of a good quality color coating system, and a fully cushioned surface runs bout three times as much. There are other types of cushioned surfaces and they, like racquets and shoes, hammer the price and pump up this multiple to six times. So the low to high multiples are nearly identical to those of racquets and shoes. Fortunately, and bucking the trend of the most fashionable being the most expensive, acrylic cushioned surfaces are reasonably priced surfaces. Now, that is a shock but a pleasant one.
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