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Tennis Glove Increases Racquet Head Speed, Reduces Hand Fatigue

June 2, 2009 04:52 PM

Dr. Jim Kleinert, the creator of Bionic Glove, is a nationally renowned orthopedic surgeon, who graduated from the University of Louisville and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He has performed more than 10,000 operations on the human hand during his orthopedic career, and trained nearly 300 other hand surgeons. Below Kleinert discusses the Bionic Tennis glove and the design that makes it unique.

Q: Can you tell us about your background as a surgeon and how it helped you come up with the bionic glove?

A: Well I’m an orthopedic surgeon; I was a hand surgeon for almost 13 years. Then I started doing glove design work about 9 years ago. In the process of being an orthopedist and being a hand specialist the knowledge base I’ve gathered of hand anatomy and hand function has been part of the basis for improving glove design. I’m not interested in being interviewed has a hand surgeon, but more as a glove guy.

Q: What are some of the qualities of the bionic glove that make it unique?

A: The glove has a number of anatomical features that really mirror your hand. Your hand is three dimensional in shape, in other words there are peaks and valleys. The peaks are located where your joints are, and the valleys where you have the interface with objects. What we do with our gloves is have a pad system in the valleys with cushions to allow comfort when gripping objects, and in the peaks are flexion zones to make the gloves more flexible. We’re trying to enhance the contact points, but at the same time make the gloves more flexible where the joints are.

Q: So why a tennis glove when they are not usually worn, what are some benefits?

A: Along with increasing grip and moisture control, the primary benefit is to help performance and the comfort of the hand. When wearing the glove you are mirror imaging the peaks and valleys of the hand. Tennis players have overall more surface contact with their racquet that should also promote more grip leading to more racquet head control. The inside of the glove is terry cloth material so it’s like having miniature towels there to help with moisture control. We also have flexion zones on the palm side, in the fingers, and on the backside of the glove that allow for airflow and breath-ability.

Q: So the glove won’t get too hot?

A: The back of the glove is a moisture wicking material and with Lycra in the joints and fingers it is very breathable. I can’t disagree that if you wear something extra you could potentially be warmer but the breath-ability of the glove coupled with the moisture management control should be quite helpful.

Q: Who should wear these gloves, are they designed for everybody?

A: We make gloves for both men and women in all different sizes. They’re being worn by tennis players younger than 20 through to those older than 80, at all different levels. If I said they were designed for everyone that would be a typical sales marketing pitch, but they’re designed to fit as many hands as we possibly can.

Q: How is this glove different from say golf, or gardening gloves?

A: Two top differences would be the leather and flexion points. In the gardening world you need thicker leather for protection and do not need the flexion zones. The tennis gloves have thinner leather for a better racquet feel and to be cooler. When you’re holding the racquet the flexion let you close the fingers and get a grip on the racquet for more control. The tennis gloves have flexion zones where all the joints are.

Q: How will wearing the gloves affect players with arthritis?

A: Historically, gloves are entirely a single layer because a double layer glove can be quite restrictive for gripping. The Bionic Glove is made as a single layer for enhanced flexibility around your joints with combination layers elsewhere in the glove to form to valleys in your hand. The combination layers make your grip of the racquet more comfortable as opposed to just a single layer. They also have an off-loading effect on the joints that aid in relieving pressure. The Arthritis Foundation tested and approved the gloves. They found that tennis players who had hand arthritis felt their hands were more comfortable wearing the glove, while a majority of them also felt to have more control of the racquet.

TOP 10 REASONS TENNIS PLAYERS SHOULD WEAR BIONIC TENNIS GLOVES

1. Increased racquet head speed as a result of a secure grip.

2. Better grip on the racquet due to increased head surface.

3. Superior grip on the racquet in hot and cold weather.

4. A lighter grip on the racquet which avoids muscling the ball and makes for easier grip changes.

5. Reduces calluses and blisters.

6. Reduces hand fatigue.

7. Do not have to spend money on new grips or overwraps.

8. Sun protection on the most exposed part of your body (provides SPF 50, protects 95%)

9. Form-fitting wrist closure supports the wrist to give added stability without sacrificing flexibility and motion.

10. Takes very little time to get accustomed to and once you use it you will never play tennis again without the Bionic tennis glove.

For more information, go to the Bionic Glove web site.

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