Pickleball Magazine 3-1 - Page 23

GET A GRIP How to optimize grip safety and performance through innovative engineering. A s the founder of a well- established engineering firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, Robin Peng and his design team have developed custom solutions for the U.S. Army and designed prosthetic limbs and medical devices. After more than two decades, they have a reputation of pushing the boundaries of design in the projects they’ve tackled. So when Peng turned his eye to pickleball, he saw an opportunity to solve a real problem. This time the focus was on ergonomics—or lack thereof—in the racket handle. “There were a lot of companies making paddles, but none really addressed ergonomics in the handle design,” he says. “In human-centric design, sound ergonomic principles are applied in everything from surgical scalpels to power hand tools. Pickleball racquets are no different, where issues of precision and pressure are crucial in maintaining control and preventing injuries.” Peng recalls, “When I took up pickleball a few years ago, I developed lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) because of improper swing and poor stroke mechanics. At the time, I had limited knowledge of a proper swing. When you hit the ball with the paddle, the force transfer in slicing, punching, slapping and swiping are quite different as it relates to your body mechanics.” “Your grip is the key connecting point linking the paddle to your body. When you subject your joints, tendons and connective tissues to repetitive and abnormal stress, it will tear and break down over time. Tackling this problem is the reason IQGrip was invented.” According to Peng, “your grip is the key connecting point linking the paddle to your body. When you subject your joints, tendons and connective tissues to repetitive [XܛX[\][X\[XZۂݙ\[YKX[\؛[H\HX\ۈTQܚ\\[[Y \\H\KY]YܝX܂[\[ ]\HۙK\^KY]B[][ۋYH^Y\Z\YHZHHX]Y][[N\\HH[\ۙ[Hܚ\ TQܚ\\™\YۙYHۙY\Xx%][Hݙ\\Y[][ۙYۈBYHܚ\H^H[\Hق[\[HY\\و[Hܚ\[\YK'BTQܚ\\\YۙYYXH[\ܚ\\\H[[\ݙHܚ\ ]B[H[YۛY[ YH[\Y\\B[\YYY \X[\H\[BYܙ\]H[[\]]]B[[]H] HTQܚ\ [\H]Y[\YH[KYX\[ܚ\\\H[\H[[ۈ[\وH]\\˜[[ۜ[[\ܙX\KHX\XYHHHXX[\و\[\X[\Y\ JK][[Z[H]\[\X]Y] ][H[\Y[\HܚY[[XܞHܚ\܈XYۈ[B\Yݙ\][ݙ\Yܚ\ X]\HقHX]\X[\][ۋTQܚ\\[›ZXܛؙ\]۸&]Y[܈[ݙ\[YHX]\HوX]H[\˂\[KTQܚ\\H[[Bو^Y\\[]][۝YK[œ^\]8&\H[][^Y\\B][\ܛX[H[ݘ][ۋ] \]X[H[\ܝ[ TQܚ\ݚY\˜YY\ܝ[Yܝ܂XܙX][ۘ[^Y\][܈[\Y\˂[[H[H[^HTQܚ\\XHHH\[x&\X]x%[ۈۈ[X^۸%[\˜\[Hܚ[] ]Y\YBX[YX\\[\X]H\œX][۝YHYܙHH NT[܈[ܙH[ܛX][ۈۈTQܚ\ \Yܚ\ KSPTKёPPTH NPQVSB