Technical Tennis: Racquets, Strings, Balls, Courts, Spin, and Bounce
By Rod Cross and Crawford Lindsey
About the Authors
Rod Cross is Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Sydney, Australia. Up until 1995 Rod's main research interest was the physics of Alfven waves in plasmas at temperatures above one million degrees. He switched to the physics of sport in 1996 when government research funding became scarce. His paper in the American Journal of Physics on the sweetspots of a baseball bat was voted as one of the top 75 papers in physics in the USA in 1998. Rods's main research interest now is the physics of tennis, which he has played competitively since 1950. He has published about 30 papers on this subject in physics and engineering journals and has written extensively for USRSA's Racquet Tech and Racquet Sports Industry magazines on the physical properties of tennis strings and tennis racquets. He is also co-author of The Physics and Technology of Tennis
Crawford Lindsey was editor-in-chief of Racquet Tech Publishing and Racquet Sports Industry magazine. He was also the web developer/master of racquettech.com, for which he has developed extensive software programs dedicated to racquet selection, customization, optimization, and stringing. His bachelor's degree is from Princeton University. He was a product manager for squash and racquetball racquets at Head Sports. He has written extensively on the science and technology of tennis in Racquet Tech and Racquet Sports Industry magazines. He is also co-author of The Physics and Technology of Tennis and author of The Book of Squash, published in 1987.
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