New IBTA prototype ball trial

New IBTA prototype ball trial image

New Ball Trial

New IBTA prototype ball trial image

One of the challenges we are facing in blind and low vision tennis is to find a ball that meets the changing needs of all our players.

New IBTA prototype ball trial image

One of the challenges we are facing in blind and low vision tennis is to find a ball that meets the changing needs of all our players. The ball we have at present was the result of over 20 years of work. It has stood the test of time for the past 10 years. However, now we need to take stock and consider alternatives. Whatever is designed will need to strike the right balance on sound, speed, bounce, durability and cost. We are involving and collaborating with players and coaches to help with the product design of the new balls.
 
These prototype balls are the same size as the current Shoei ball and their weight is around 8-10% heavier. They come in 2 colours, fluorescent orange and yellow. Shoei have said the new balls have a higher bounce, faster speed and their durability has been improved. The IBTA Technical Committee is not considering these trials in isolation. There are a number of different balls being used across the world by B1-B4s. Early signs are that there is plenty of engagement on this so please keep all the comments coming in.
 
If you are a player or coach that has been testing new balls, feel free to reach out to technical@internationalblindtennis.org

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