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Rapid sensory profiling of tennis rackets

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posted on 12.03.2020 by Max Bauer, Sean Mitchell, Nathan Elliott, Jonathan Roberts
Tennis racket manufacturers rely on subjective assessments from testers during the development process. However, these assessments often lack validity and include multiple sources of inconsistency in the way testers make subjective ratings. The purpose of this research was, to investigate the suitability of the free-choice profiling (FCP) method in combination with Principle Component Analysis and Multiple Factor Analysis to determine the sensory profile of tennis rackets. FCP was found to be a suitable technique to quickly evaluate the sensory profile of rackets, however, consumer testers tended to use ill-defined, industry-generated terms, which negatively impacted discrimination and inter-rater agreement. Discrimination and inter-rater agreement improved for attributes referring to measurable parameters of the rackets, such as vibration. This study furthers understanding about tennis racket feel and supports racket engineers in designing new subjective testing methods, which provide more meaningful data regarding racket feel.

Funding

HEAD Sport GmbH

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Proceedings 2020

Volume

49

Issue

1

Source

13th conference of the International Sports Engineering Association

Publisher

MDPI

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Acceptance date

02/03/2020

Publication date

2020-06-15

Copyright date

2020

Notes

The 13th conference on the Engineering of Sport on behalf of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) took place online due to COVID-19.

eISSN

2504-3900

Language

en

Location

Tokyo, Japan [Online]

Event dates

22nd June 2020 - 26th June 2020

Depositor

Mr Max Bauer. Deposit date: 11 March 2020

Article number

123

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