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New Technology in Tennis

Boot Camp feature for Friday, August 29, 2003

New technology in tennis. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Watch the U.S. Open... or visit your local tennis court... and it's not likely there will be a wooden tennis racquet in site. Racquet technology has been evolving using a variety of stronger and lighter materials for years. Now... Head is pushing racquets using what is called Liquidmetal. VP Kevin Kempin...

"Liquidmetal material is really seen as the next evolution in material sciences. And what I mean by that is we've really gone from the industrial age of steels and metals ... we shifted then into plastics as far as moulds and materials and really people see this Liquidmetal material as really the next step in materials way beyond sporting goods."

It was developed by the California Institute of Technology... .and Head claims the allow provides 29 percent more power than titanium. It's called Liquidmetal because it holds its form instead of deforming on impact...

"So for us with a tennis racquet or there's a company, Rawlings, coming out with a high end baseball bat. This ability not to deform on contact or impact is great for a racquet or bat because you don't lose energy. And in not losing energy you maximize the power or all the energy you put into your swing..comes out on the other end."

How much of a difference you'll notice depends upon your level of play. The racquets aren't cheap... starting at about 180 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.