From pencils to tennis: the graphite revolution
One of the first to leave carpentry was René Lacoste, a great French tennis player and founder of the fashion brand inspired by this sport. The crocodile, as the teammates called it with unconscious foresight, in 1965 realised an aluminium frame which was light and with a good capacity of distribution of the masses. But the real stroke of genius came a decade later thanks to Howard Head, who was already innovating skiing with his Head Ski Company. The entrepreneur began to build racquets with layers of synthetic resins and in 1979 he acquired the patent of Black Ace, the first racket with one hundred percent graphite, launched by Taiwanese Kunnan Lo. A revolution for lightness, precision, versatility, which allowed you to hit a ball at 150 mph.
From that moment on real departments of research and development were born, they began to experiment with various materials such as fiberglass, astroceramics, Kevlar, carbon, boron, aramid. Up to the latest generation such as noryl, vectran, quartzel, dyneema etc. While experience in other industries has helped over time to innovate tennis, as happens for example with the Pro Kennex and the collaboration with the aerospace engineer Howard Sommer: the insertion on the frame of capsules with microspheres that are loaded with kinetic energy allow you to eliminate vibrations in the handle. Technology that not only provides greater performance but also greater playing comfort, less arm fatigue and reduced risk of injury.