Since its official inception in 1874, the tennis racket has always had a straight grip with a circular or oval head attached atop. After 140 years we thought it was about time the tennis racket got a makeover.
Using the introduction of Parabolic Ski as an analogy as well as looking at other ergonomic shapes from chairs, keyboards etc. we adjusted the straight grip of the racket, made it curved, and offset the racket head accordingly. This innovation came from not only years of experience as a competitive tennis player, but after years of research and collaboration with engineers and health professionals.
As the image above shows, a traditional tennis racket causes the wrist to bend in an unnatural and uncomfortable position. This type of strain on the wrist and elbow can cause injury, and we knew there had to be a solution to this. From this notion, we developed a racket and grip that better aligns with the natural shape of your hand.
The offset racket head and curved grip resulted in an evolution in racket design. Awarded with a certified design patent and approved for league play, we believe this new curved shape will become an industry standard. In addition to providing better wrist and elbow alignment, the offset racket head provides game advantages, including: creation of more spin and slice, easier volleys, faster serves and better control on lower shots.
1. At the start of this journey, we worked with engineers and sports medicine professionals to study the body and how it moved with a tennis racket. We specifically focused on the movement of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. Creating drawings and renderings, we were able to understand the body mechanics and formulate early ideas of what the racket should look like. Here are some of our preliminary drawings:
2. From here we were able to create initial sketches and designs of the racket. Working off several variations we were able to get a clear enough picture to start creating 3D models.
3. Working within modeling programs we played with dozens of variations and design combinations. Some of the designs that didn’t make the cut included warped frames, triangular heads, and longer handles.
4. After years of research, designing, modeling, and testing we finally landed on a design. We created a racket that was mathematically meant to fit the curvature of a person’s palm. With our final design in hand, we produced a very limited number of prototypes and tested the heck out of it. From the racket’s innovative design, all the way down to the bright and vibrant neon colors, we are so excited to finally bring our racket to the masses!