QLIPP Trials with TennisHub

With the official release happening in mid June and to keep the hype going, QLIPP™ has invited various tennis enthusiasts for a couple of trial sessions to try out the sports sensor.

Stuart Daw, a tennis coach from ProDoozy felt that the weight and the size of the QLIPP™ sensor was perfect and commented that “the stroke by stroke real time capability allows me to drill down to every single stroke.”

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A couple of novice tennis players were among the participants who took part in the trial sessions and after trying out the sensor for a few sessions, they feedbacked, “I never knew how I was playing. Now I can go back home after the game and slowly analyze and find out how my game was. I can even take this data to a coach and have him tell me what I should be doing to improve it.”

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Another beginner player also remarked that QLIPPhad helped her realise her shortcomings after the sensor had analysed her strokes after a session. “I found out that most of my ground strokes are very flat. In fact when I asked the coach she told me that I should try to incorporate some topspins into my game, so that I can hit hard and keep the ball in the court.”

#UpYourGame with Qlipp – The Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor. Find out more here: https://www.qlipp.com/

5 Pro Baseball Players Who Play Other Sports

Have you always wondered which sport would fit you the best? Perhaps you’ve had a handful in mind but have never been able to decide on which to pursue. But who says that you have to stick to just one? There have been a number of athletes out there who have dabbled in multiple types of sports, and have gone on to be just as successful. Read on to learn about 5 athletes who have gone professional in baseball, but have also earned titles in other sports.

1. Dave Winfield (1973 – 1995)

First up, we have Dave Winfield. He was a former American Major League Baseball right fielder, currently the special assistant to the executive director of the MLB Players’ Association. He held a baseball career for 22 years, going through 6 teams, namely: the San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees, the California Angels, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Minnesota Twins, and the Cleveland Indians. But before all of this, he was drafted in baseball, basketball, and American football – a feat accomplished by only 2 other athletes. His athletic prowess was recognized all throughout his career and in 2004, he was named the third-best all-around athlete of all time. A list of athletes who “were simply built for any sport”, and “could have succeeded in just about any sport they chose.”

2. Rick Rhoden (1974 – 1989)

Next, there’s Rick Rhoden who enjoyed a baseball career for 16 years, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Houston Astros, and the New York Yankees. He made his way through baseball, gaining the reputation of being an outstanding hitting pitcher. After retiring from the sport of baseball, Rhoden went on to try golf. He became a professional golfer and has landed among the top 10 multiple times, with earnings from the Champions tour exceeding $250,000.

3. Brian Jordan (1992 – 2006)

Brian Jordan is a former MLB outfielder, and played as a safety in the National Football League. In baseball, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Texas Rangers, while for the NFL, he played for the Atlanta Falcons. He excelled in both sports, leading the Atlanta Falcons in tackles, and at one point was even up for being an alternate to the National Football Conference Pro Bowl team. However, the Cardinals wanted him so much that they offered him a contract to join their team for a hefty sum, thus keeping him away from football indefinitely.

4. Jeff Samardzija (2008 – Present)

Currently the baseball pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the MLB, Jeff Samardzija was also an avid basketball and football player. He was a letterman of all three sports back when he was in high school, and was named their Most Valuable Player twice, in football. He went on to attend the University of Notre Dame and accepted an athletic scholarship to play for both the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, where he was recognized as an All-American wide receiver, as well as the Fighting Irish baseball team. Former Notre Dame coach Rob Ianello said that Jeff  “had the speed, he was deceptively fast, and he had length to him. He had terrific hands and body control and he always excelled at it. He would have been a front-line receiver in the National Football League.” Samardzija has also played for the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics.

5. Russell Wilson (2012 – Present)

Lastly, there’s Russell Wilson, currently the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. Wilson has been described by ESPN as the, “dynamic, young quarterback… all too aware of how demanding, draining, and painful the sport can be.” Before entering the NFL, Wilson played baseball for North Carolina State University and went on to do two summers in the minor leagues. He said that he’s always loved baseball and that playing baseball is what helped him in football, with “the idea of staying focused on one pitch at a time, one play at a time. You have to forget about the pitch before, the inning before your last at-bat.” It was a mentally grinding sport that enabled him to push himself and further his sports career.

Are you fast enough for Qlipp? Find out more about Qlipp, the ultimate tennis performance sensor here.

 

References:

Caple, J. (2013) From the diamond to the gridiron. Retrieved from http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9563548/nfl-players-played-baseball-professionally

10 Tips To Run Better & Enjoy It

Here’s what we’ve curated from around the Internet to help both competitive and leisure runners alike improve their running and have fun while they’re at it.

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  1. Clear Your Mind

Too much brain activity makes you less efficient, which means your mind should be as clear as possible when you run. Studies have shown that constantly being consciously aware of how you run can make you less efficient. Also, the most skilled athletes across sports all have the least brain activity when performing sport-specific movements.

Train your mind and body when you run so that staying on form becomes autopilot. When you clear and relax your mind, running becomes much easier.

  1.  Pump Up The Music

Researchers have proven that listening to music does help to motivate during exercise and reduces perceived exertion. It also distracts your mind so you’re not focused on running, which can slow you down and make you feel sluggish.

Listen to songs with high BPM (beats per minute) that matches your running pace so you can run in time to the music and keep the pace for longer.

  1. Take Deep Breaths

Breathing fast doesn’t take in more oxygen, it actually takes in less oxygen because you’re not expelling all the carbon dioxide in your lungs.

Force yourself to slow down your breathing and take deeper breaths, holding your breath as long as you can before exhaling. This will help your body relax and loosen your muscles, and will ensure your body is getting enough oxygen so running will feel a lot easier.

  1. Hold Tissue Paper

Holding tension in your upper body can make running feel a lot harder and can unconsciously slow you down.

Pretend you’re holding a sheet of tissue paper between your fingers and that you cannot let the tissue paper tear. This forces your hands to loosen up and reduces tension in your shoulders, ensuring you’re not wasting energy by tensing up your muscles.

  1. Swing Your Arms

What contributes to your stride is your upper body movement. When you swing your arms, your hips automatically turn as well, which then causes your legs to move in accordance. This means that swinging your arms can actually help move your legs.

So train your upper body for strength to build a faster running pace.

  1. Lean Forward

Leaning forward while you run will instantly propel you forward since you’re allowing gravity to pull you forwards. But make sure your posture is straight and don’t bend at the waist.

This is an easy trick to conserve energy and run faster, especially when you’re sprinting at the end of your run.

  1. Don’t Leave Out Strength-Training & Cross-Training

Just sticking to the same running routine over and over will cause your supporting muscles to weaken from non-use, thus increasing the risk of injury. Remember to include strength-training and cross-training sessions once or twice a week in your exercise routine to prevent injury.

Strength-training exercises can include weighted squats and lunges, while cross-training exercises can include biking, or even running backwards and sideways.

  1. Plyometric Workouts

To improve muscle elasticity, try doing plyometric workouts which involves fast, explosive exercises like jumping.

This will help your muscles contract faster which will enable you to run faster and your body to better cope with bigger workloads.

  1. HIIT It

Both competitive runners and runners who run to burn calories can benefit greatly from HIIT (high intensity interval training). Researchers have found that the low volume and high intensity training can boost your speed and fitness. It also helps you burn a ton of calories.

HIIT improves elasticity and coordination between your nervous system and muscles, helping you increase efficiency in your stride at all paces.

  1. Get Off Your Ass

Sitting too much may increase the risk of injury. When you sit, your hip flexors and hamstrings tighten, especially if your posture is slumped. Studies have shown that six to seven hours of sitting time daily is almost as bad for your fitness as an hour of running is good.

Walk around in the office as much as possible and make it a habit of not sitting down for too long.

 

Are you fast enough for QLIPP™? Find out more about QLIPP™, the ultimate tennis performance sensor here: https://www.qlipp.com/

References:

Kuzma C. (2013) Run Faster with High Intensity Interval Training. Retrieved from http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/run-faster-with-high-intensity-interval-training 

Smith J. (2013) The Best Running Tips of All Time. Retrieved from http://www.shape.com/fitness/training-plans/best-running-tips-all-time

Lobby M. (2011) Mental Energy. Retrieved from http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/mental-energy?page=single

Dewitt A. 11 Greatest Running Tips And Tricks. Retrieved from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-greatest-running-tips-and-tricks.html

N.D. 5 surprising tricks to help you run faster. Retrieved from http://www.realbuzz.com/articles/5-surprising-tricks-to-help-you-run-faster/

Kuzma C. (2014) 12 Habits of Highly Motivated Runners. Retrieved from http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/12-habits-of-highly-motivated-runners

 

The future of Tennis

Tennis has been around since centuries ago and since then , there have been numerous changes to this sport. For one, tennis is progressively shedding its elitist image and increasing its penetration to the masses.

Just two years ago, Forbes published an article that painted a seemingly gloomy outlook for this sport.Titled American Tennis Isn’t Dying But It Does Need Help“, it raised several alarming concerns including the startling fact that for the first time in 101 years, no tennis players from the States had progressed to the third round at Wimbledon.

To summarize this extensive read, here are the factors deemed to have contributed to the near extinction of those glory days for American tennis players in 2013:

1) Failure of the  United States Tennis Association ‘s player development programme

2) Tennis, among other sports, has one of the steepest learning curve that can be unforgiving especially for beginner players

3) Low penetration rate of tennis to children not well acquainted with the sport

Reviving American tennis would then, require the cooperation of “… all of them, from the USTA to private academies and independent coaches, are sorely needed for the country to succeed in the sport.” However, with the addition of rule #31 by the ITF in 2014, we believe that this tremendous burden on those tennis powers can be lightened.

Essentially with this new rule, it means that the ITF has given its consensus to the use of technological tennis equipment during competitions, reflecting the rising popularity and increasing usage of such smart devices by professional players. While most of you might already be aware of this, what is actually more exciting is that such tennis technology could be the solution needed to get more into this sport and could even be providing us with a thrilling preview of the future of tennis.

With accurate statistical feedback provided in real time that analyze each stroke and ball that you hit, it is now easier than ever for new players. These smart devices including sensors would also allow tennis coaches to provide data in order to enhance their students’ learning experience. While it might be too ambitious for us to say now that these devices are able to groom you to a season pro playing on the Wimbledon courts, we believe that with them, the future of tennis is in fact, quite exhilarating.

At this point, before we sound a little too optimistic about the future of sports technology, Tech crunch’s recently published article, Investors Swing For The Fences with $1B In Sports Tech Dealsshould have you thinking otherwise.

So, perhaps now should be the right time for your to invest in your own smart device and start materializing your passion for tennis (or any other sport actually) because as cliché as it might sound, practice can indeed, make one perfect.

 

Tennis Secrets To Improve Your Game

Smash your opponents with these 5 tips to up your game and make you a better player.tennisplayer

#1 Choose a target and aim for it

Keep the ball in play longer than your opponent can by practicing your strokes. The better your strokes, the better the control over where you want your ball to go.

To improve on your strokes, choose a target each time you hit, but don’t aim just to get your ball over the net. Choose targets that are challenging and specific. As your aim improves, gradually make those targets smaller so as to train your aim accuracy. Your ability to get the ball where you intend it to go will greatly improve your game and yourself as a player.

#2 Reduce unforced errors

An “unforced error” is when you miss a shot that you should have been able to return successfully, given the situation and your ability. Giving away points to your opponents through unforced errors makes it harder for you to win, and thus it is important to ensure that you minimise the number of unforced errors made.

In a game play situation, selecting and changing your stroke technique and aim can help minimise the risk of making unforced errors. Whether it is a fancy, hard-hitting stroke or a soft, defensive one, knowing the appropriate time to execute them can help improve your game tremendously.

#3 Be consistent

Ensuring consistency in your shots will help you avoid losing control and points. Make sure to keep your shots consistent before increasing the intensity of your swing. Once you are confident enough and can control your strokes consistently without missing, you can then increase your firepower and hit with more strength to beat your opponents.

#4 Make the best of your warm up

A good and fruitful warm up will ensure that both your mind and body are ready and prepped to begin the game the moment it starts. Keeping in mind the following objectives when warming up will help you make the most out of your warm up time.

Firstly, get your muscles warmed up to prevent injury. The best way to warm your muscles up is to have long rallies with your groundstrokes and try to keep the ball in play.

Secondly, practice all your different stroke techniques so you’ll feel confident in hitting your targets. Use short strokes, overheads and serves with a specific target each time to find your accuracy and consistency.

Thirdly, observe your opponent’s weaknesses. Hit the ball consistently right to your opponent and observe his level of consistency and accuracy. Notice your opponent’s choice between forehand and backhand to know which side of his is stronger.

Keeping all these in mind, you would have successfully intimidated your opponent with your consistency and accuracy as well as learn his or her weaknesses.

#5 Keep your footwork fancy

Besides training your technique, your agility and speed are also key to being a better player. Train your body to be prepared for quick and sudden movements, and to change direction and increase speed in a split second.

Practice sprinting short distances in varied directions to stimulate your movements on court. Sprint for 10-15 seconds, then rest for 10-15 seconds and repeat.

Increase agility by incorporating jumps and hops in your sprints so your body is able to increase sudden speed whenever you need to.

 

Are you fast enough for QLIPP™? Find out more about QLIPP™, the Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor here: https://www.qlipp.com/

 

References:
Tourdo, S. (2013). Free Tennis Tips. Retrieved from: http://www.unlimitedtennis.com/free_tennis_tips.html
N.D. Tennis tips and tricks to improve your tennis game. Retrieved from: http://www.optimumtennis.net/tennis-tips-and-tricks.htm

What is QLIPP™ & Why You Need It

Find out how you can up your game with the Ultimate tennis performance sensor

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Ready to take your training up a notch?  Meet QLIPP™, a powerful award-winning technology that records and analyzes your every move with effortless precision. Push past your plateaus and smash goals that you didn’t even know were possible.

QLIPP™ , the Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor allows you to record video playback and track your stats with its 3D motion analytics so you can analyse your every stroke and immediately improve on it.

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It reports ball speed, sweet spot accuracy, and backhand, slice and overhand efforts so you can analyse every aspect of your game. You can even set it to call out stats while playing, or take slow-motion video playback of every single serve and stroke so you can launch yourself from routine practice to peak performance.

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Weighing only 8g, it is the lightest tennis performance sensor so you will barely feel it on your racket, and is the only kind of performance sensor that attaches easily to any tennis racket with just a twist and lock, minimising the hassle and saving you loads of time to focus on your game. It also acts as a dampener, which all tennis players know is important in reducing the vibration of the strings when the ball is struck as well as altering the annoying ‘ping’ sound.

Still wondering how exactly it works? Watch the teaser video here:

This June, QLIPP™ is going into crowdfunding and we’ll need your support: Click here to pre-order QLIPP™ at a discounted early-bird rate and to sign up for our mailing list to get exclusive QLIPP™ updates first-hand!

Are you fast enough for QLIPP™? Find out more about QLIPP™, the Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor here.

QLIPP nominated for German Design Award 2016!

QLIPP is proud to announce that we have been nominated for the German Design Award 2016! Following our successful debut in Germany at ISPO Munich 2015, our QLIPP Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor has once again received attention for its unique design and potential.

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The German Design Award presented by the German Design Council is widely known for the prestige and recognition conferred to its invited participants, stemming from its rigorous selection process. This highly esteemed international competition identifies and honors designs that display exceptional quality, and significantly raises the visibility of these outstanding designs from their respective fields.

Due to the stringent judging standards and processes imposed, this annual competition has two distinguished titles that are widely recognized internationally, namely the Excellent Communications Design and Excellent Product Design. We are delighted to be one of the nominees of the Excellent Communications Design award 2016.

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With a panel of judges comprising of design experts from Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Hong Kong and many more, it is definitely an honor to be able to showcase our product on such an elevated stage.

Since the launch of our QLIPP Ultimate Tennis sensor, we have received the following awards:

  • SiTF Emerging Technology 2012
  • Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors Award 2013
  • ISPO Brandnew Finalist 2015

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to everyone for supporting us thus far.

Also, to be a step closer to owning your very own QLIPP sensor, be sure to sign up and be a part of our priority list today!

QLIPP AT TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT NEW YORK 2015

After months of preparation, QLIPP was finally at Startup Alley for Disrupt New York 2015 organized by TechCrunch! Held at Manhattan Centre from 4 to 6 May, this event featured hundreds of entrepreneurs from all over the world. We are honored to be a part of Disrupt New York 2015, which is said to have one of the best lineups yet.

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Since 2012, TechCrunch Disrupt has been one of the most successful platform for creating exposure and propelling the growth of numerous startups and is also one of the most anticipated tech conferences globally. TechCrunch Disrupt has been rapidly gaining attention from the media, investors and renowned industry figures due to the substantial amount of potential displayed by the startups each year.

After an exciting first day at the event, we were able to set up our booth and demonstrate the use of our QLIPP Ultimate Tennis Performance Sensor to the media and esteemed industry experts on the second day. The attendees of the event were able to experience firsthand how QLIPP works, through an interactive hands-on session right there at Startup Alley. By simulating the actual experience of playing tennis, we were able to demonstrate how the sensor is able to accurately provide real time feedback on the player’s performance.

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The accuracy of our sensor in measuring data such as the types of stroke, swing speed and sweet spot accuracy was well received by the attendees of the event. Many were impressed by the ease of use of the sensor with its unique ‘twist and lock’ design as well the speed in which feedback could be obtained.

Through Disrupt NY 2015, we were able to receive valuable coverage from the media figures present and it is our privilege to also be recognized as one of the Top 11 Startups of Day 2 at Disrupt NY 2015 by Upstarted.

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