Singapore – Thermoplastic polyurethane in a new tennis racquet from Dunlop is helping tennis players avoid injuries in today's high-pressure game.
BASF jumps into a new racquet with Infinergy TPU
Dunlop is using Infinergy, TPU from BASF in the Sonic Core of CX series tennis racquets for the 2019 season.
Modern tennis often involves hitting the ball hard with a lot of spin. With this style of play it is usual for the ball to leave the racquet towards the top rather than the centre of the racquet. Traditionally, the sweet spot of the racquet, which delivers the most power and control to the ball, is located towards the middle of the racquet. Hitting the ball outside this area puts extra load on the player's arm and injuries can result.
BASF said that compared with earlier versions the new models generate a 46% increase in rebound height. In addition, the ball comes off the racquet 2% faster than original designs, Furthermore, the core helps reduce vibrations by 37% compared with carbon-fibre models.
Dunlop's range of paddle bats also feature the material.
Jens Peter Dierssen is head of global business management Infinergy at BASF. He said 'our goal was to maximise durability, cushioning and speed with an advancement in performance'. BASF recently announced it was increasing capacity for the material at its site in Taiwan.