Speculation on the k-factor

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  1. tennis_vet

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  2. Tennis Man

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    It's a nice article, thank you but what does it have to do with the K-factor?
     
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    Just take these few lines/words from the link:

    "New Material is Super Springy and Strong" -- Headline

    "Films of carbon nanotubes were made to act like a layer of mattress springs, flexing and rebounding in response to a force, the research showed."

    " ..... buckling and folding themselves like springs .... "

    And, BTW, K is spring-measurement unit.

    So I'm guessing at something Wilson's coming up with.
     
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  4. Rafa's best friend

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    I am yet to find a racket that truly provide the so called more power and more control both, it seems like always, if racket becomes more powerful then it sacrifice some control . so ????????
     
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  5. BreakPoint

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    That's excellent, anirut!! I think you've found what the "K" in "K-factor" really stands for! :D

    I no longer think "K" stands for potassium. I also think it most likely stands for "spring rate"! :D
     
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  6. The Dampener

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    "K" also stands for "Strikeout." Wait, that's baseball. Nevermind.
     
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  7. psamp14

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    so then does it mean that this k factor racquet will actually be new technology? the ball springing off the strings?

    after reading anirut's and breakpoint's posts...i'm feeling the hype of this racquet! i hope to be able to demo it as soon as its out!
     
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  8. sureshs

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    Spring constant as in F = -k*x is a good guess, but the article had nothing to do with Wilson.

    The more k the stiffer the spring (takes more force F to compress it by a given distance x) and minus sign because F acts opposite to distance measured outwards from anchor point of spring.
     
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  9. nadalito92

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    k is the first letter of KILL!!!!!! hehehe
     
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    The "spring rate" find is quite a good find, but when the crops are dry will the spring pump water? :)

    In other words, SO WHAT, Wilson? How is this going to translate into better tennis?

    -Robert
     
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    It does not translate into better tennis, new racquet technologies cannot give a player what they do not already have. What new technology can give is better stability, and the like.
     
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    Amen to that.

    -Robert
     
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  13. BreakPoint

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    Well, like that article said, it provides resiliency over a longer period of time, so I guess the racquet can take more impacts and keep flexing for a longer period of time without losing its resiliency and feeling "dead".

    "Films of carbon nanotubes were made to act like a layer of mattress springs, flexing and rebounding in response to a force, the research showed. But unlike a mattress, which can sag and lose its springiness, these nanotube foams maintain their resilience even after thousands of compression cycles."

    The nanotubes making the "springs" could also mean more "spring action" (e.g., spring back at a faster rate after flexing or deformation) which results in more power? Just a guess.
     
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  14. Rafa's best friend

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    Does this come in Extra-length racket like 27.5 inches long and very stiff frame???
     
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