With this fine, warm weather now upon us, spring training is in full effect! To get the most out of our workouts, we’ve gone on the hunt for the latest and coolest in tennis tech to help improve our game. From fibre sensors to analytical apps, we can’t get enough of all of the new innovative tools on the market.
Ready to have your tennis mind blown by the digital age? Here’s a peek at our tech-friendly wish-list:
Measuring from 25 mph to 130 mph, the Pocket Radar Ball Coach has become the easiest and most accurate way to measure the speed of a ball in flight. Featuring automatic triggering (read: no button required) to capture your serve in motion, you’ll always know where your shot speed stands against the pros with this fancy accessory!
Without a tennis partner or coach? No problem! Serving up the latest in ball machine innovation, Lobster Sports’ recently released the Phenom 2. Featuring next level digital tech, this fully-programmable robot allows you to customize your own court drills to include 18 shot locations as well as customize shot elements such as spin, speed, and feed rate. Tennis practice just got a little more intense!
Track the most important parts of your swing and then analyze it using crazy-cool 3D video tech with this motion sensor from Zepp. By simply attaching the sensor to your racquet and connecting to your smartphone via bluetooth, you can gather instant feedback on your game in a matter of seconds!
Wondering what your shot looks like next to Roger Federer’s? Similar to the data collected from the new racquet sensors, the Hudl Technique: Slow Motion Video Analysis, breaks down your shots captured by the camera on your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone in slow motion to provide instant feedback during a practice or game. It also allows you to compare two videos side by side as well as synchronize comparison videos. How cool is that?
Ready for a little friendly competition? Meet the Tennis Score Tracker TM. Designed to keep score point by point and compile statistics to monitor players and their improvements over time, this tracker is the perfect way to share your match stats with friends. And while that sounds fascinating enough, this app also allows you to broadcast your tennis match live for viewing! Get ready for the limelight, you’ll be a local tennis star in no time!
Back in 2014, Montreal-based tech company OmSignal teamed up with Ralph Lauren and, for the first time in tennis history, the ball staff at the US Open hit the courts sporting wearable technology. With silver fibres woven directly into the fabric, the first wave of PoloTech shirts delighted the industry with their abilities to read heart rate, breathing depth and balance, as well as other key metrics streamed to your smartphone device. This year, Ralph Lauren has released a new line of PoloTech shirts and OmSignal will be debuting their first sports bra that boasts their innovative, wearable tech.
A Tennis Canada partnership is bringing Playsight to more courts across the country. PlaySight turns any tennis court into a smart court, with line calling, livestreaming, instant multi-angle video replays and detailed statistics about every shot played. You can find Playsight courts all over the world here.
Alex Dolgopolov experienced the game from the ball’s perspective with this cool VR activation. We are dizzy just thinking about it!