New tennis racket prototype has potential to truly improve your game (by @ashmo6)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years, you know that technology is taking over almost every aspect of life. From social and professional to educational and entertainment related. But, what about the sports world?

Sure we’ve seen the watches that track everything from heart rate to calories burned during your morning run. And we have all watched social media rules and regulations pop up and evolve for athletes while on the bench.

But what else has happened lately with sports and technology? Typically aside from the occasional fabric or shoe innovation, little changes when it comes to sports. After all, most of the games we enjoy watching and participating in have been the way that they are for a long time and aren’t really prone to constant change.

Tennis equipment company Babolat is looking to attempt to amp up tech in the sports scene by announcing a very special tennis racket prototype. Play & Connect, the racket that Babolat introduced recently at a conference in Paris, boasts a traditional look but with one big technological difference – a computer chip in the racket’s handle.

How’s that for technology? In a report from the Wall Street Journal, author and tennis enthusiast Tom Perrotta said, “At the moment, the racket’s technology can identify the type of shot a player hits (forehand, backhand, serve), the kind of spin a player imparts on the ball and the power of a swing. It also can record the point where ball meets racket, rate your consistency and measure intensity (shots per minute and amount of actual playing time, rather than time on court). Players can then compare the data to those of peers, or even pros, if those players eventually make their profiles available.”

Sounds pretty cool, right? Babolat CEO Eric Babolat is truly looking to make something that will change and improve the game of tennis and the tennis player, not just a gadget.

“In five, 10, 20 years, tennis without data will not be possible,” Mr. Babolat said. “That’s how convinced we are of players’ interest in something more than the score.”

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