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How about "smart" graphene, with built-in computer control?- When instructed by the computer, the graphene layers can slide smoothly over each other, to mold into new shapes (like the grip of their player, or a custom head shape for the shot that the player is about to take)- When instructed by the computer, the layers lock together to form a strong and rigid shape
You might start by thinking what ideal characteristics the materials would need to have and then serch for something close. You are really looking for the mechanical properties first rather than the chemistry.As an example, you could look at the construction of compound bows used by Mongolian horse archers. They used bone for the side in compression and sinews for the side in tension, the 2 sides being bonded together. This made a powerful bow with short arms. They understood the mechanics but I doubt they understood the chemistry.