Nike on Monday presented a football with many and deep grooves, which will provide a more predictable ball court. The ball is to be used in the Premier League.
The design of the new Premier League ball, Nike Flight, is more like a golf ball. It has more and deeper grooves than most other balls, and is supposed to Nike make sure there are fewer free kicks and long shots where the ball flares unpredictably in the air.
It will provide better working conditions for both keepers and shooters, the company believes.
According to Nike, the new ball has a ball range “30 percent more true” than Nike’s own predecessor.
The company has worked with it for eight years and tested out 68 different versions. More than 800 professional practitioners have participated in the testing.
– Everything we do has roots in science. Here we can measure small differences that may not be noticeable to most athletes, but when the small differences improve 68 times, the result is a remarkable leap in the way the ball behaves, says Kieran Ronan, Nike Director of Global Equipment.
International media, like Daily Mail , highlights the deranged – and by some beloved – Jabulani ball from the Soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Where the Jabulani ball was smooth and easily taken off the air, resulting in a wild ball court, the new Flight -the ball of the opposite.