Smart Dampener by Courtmatics Out Soon
Over a year ago GT wrote about Smart Dampener by Courtmatics. The Smart Dampener was due for release late last year but the trail went cold. It’s taken a while (over a year in fact) but the Smart Dampener is about to become a reality. Pre-sale of the product is now scheduled for late November and shipping of the first batch in February, 2018.
We should stress at the outset, we haven’t tested the Smart Dampener. We’ll be endeavouring to do so in the future.
What is Smart Dampener?
Smart Dampener is the second sensor of its type. Instead of sitting on (or in) the handle of the racket, it sits in the string bed a la Qlipp. It weighs in at a nifty 0.21oz (6 and a bit grams). That’s a couple of grams less than Qlipp although still double the weight of your average dampener.
The Smart Dampener looks to have a far easier attachment system compared to Qlipp. It fits the racket much like a traditional dampener rather than having the bulk of the device protruding from one side of the string bed.
Smart Dampener Analytics
While not completely clear, it seems the device will measure the usual suite of statistics: stroke identification, ball speed, heat map etc.
Where it gets interesting is that it will, according to its founders, display other metrics: serve wrist snap, racket preparation and even percentage of time split stepping and other footwork metrics. It’s exciting although we’re puzzled on the footwork elements coming from a string bed sensor.
It also claims to measure the tension of your strings and advise when they need to be cut and replaced.
The dearth of available information and images suggests that the app will show averages rather than shot-by-shot analysis. There’s also no mention of video recording features.
We’re keeping an open mind.
Courtmatics suggests the battery will last up to 5 hours. The device appears to have internal memory. Unlike Qlipp, it will, therefore, record a hit session or match and upload to the app later, negating the need to have a phone or tablet nearby.
We’ve seen no evidence that Smart Dampener has been approved by the ITF for matchplay.
Smart Dampener is available for pre-sale on a first come, first served basis from 29th November. The first delivery of the product will be in February, 2018.
Smart Dampener will retail for $99USD, matching the price of the new Zepp 2 Tennis Sensor. From everything we’re hearing, however, it’s going to be targeted at player improvement rather than just player sharing.