• Short Summary

    Tennis racquets and golf balls are tested in Birmingham.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "The Mechanical Masters - filmed at Birmingham." (new title) "Old methods of hand-testing racquets, tennis and golf ball are today giving way to machines, diabolically accurate in their action and impressive in their power."

    Birmingham, West Midlands.

    Various shots of a machine being started up that tests tennis balls and racquets; some factory girls watch it in action.

    Intertitle reads: "The balls are travelling so fast you can only just see them flash by - (except when our slow-camera reveals the action.)".
    Various shots of the girls watching the tennis balls fly out of the machine and onto a board opposite. Then in slow-motion we see the balls flying more clearly from machine to board. A man off-camera says the machine is used as a durability test.

    Intertitle reads: "Another "Robot" tester for golf balls."
    A man introduces a golf ball testing machine; it gives an even blow to every ball. Another man is seen winding a large weight attached to the machine, then stepping on the clutch to release the weight which makes a golf club swing into action. Slow-motion shots of the machine working.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:42:00 / 01:33:47:00
    PT 039

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