How to do court testing during lockdown?
When the taltented team at Spark PI delivered our Alpha 2 prototype to Stingray Global HQ in May we were able to test the basic functions, but getting on court to do some real user testing was impossible due to the (first) Covid-19 lockdown. It was driving us nuts.
Then we noticed Will Salter posting about his homemade 3/4 court (@willsaltersquash on Instagram) and reached out to ask if he would help.
Multiple court sessions later, we'd like to give Will a massive shout-out as the man who helped us stay sane over lockdown. He did an incredible job. The videos below give a small taste of the testing and drills Will did.
Volley drop drills
In the drill below Will warms up with some low intensity forehand volley drops.
Will is static on the T and the Alpha 2 ball machine is simulating a weak backhand cross court from behind the service line.
In the drill below, Will demonstrates his No Court, No Problem spirit.
In addition to the entirely alien environment, he's also added movement and obstacles. He's ghosting front and back and triggering Alpha 2 with the remote he's holding in his left hand.
A backhand ghosting drill. The launcher is set high to shorten the ball's travel time and Will is triggering the ball's release with the remote in his left hand.