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Sports Last Updated: Oct 16, 2013 - 11:37:53 AM

Tennis Tactics - October 17, 2013
By Dewey Caulder
Oct 16, 2013 - 11:36:43 AM

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Thanks Brandon for your question, here are my thoughts.
Hard Court
Most hard courts are an asphalt composition with an acrylic coating. The lines are painted on the court. When playing on a hard court, the ball bounces more consistently and your serve can be more of a weapon.
Try these Tips:
• Play closer to the baseline allowing you to advance to the net faster  
• Keep the ball flight lower reducing the amount of spin you put on the ball
• Identify and attack weaknesses
• Shorten the point
Unfortunately, playing on a hard court is more demanding on the body, especially the back and knees.
Clay Court
Most clay courts you find in the United States are composed of green clay or Har-Tru (brand name for U.S. clay). Vinyl lines with an imprinted herringbone pattern for better traction are secured in place with aluminum nails.
When playing on a clay court, you will experience more inconsistent bounces, which can affect your timing.
Try these Tips:
• Play deeper behind the baseline
• Use various spin and angles to be very effective
• Hit behind your opponent
• Expect longer rallies, so do not get impatient
Typically, playing on a clay court is not as demanding on the body, but can be a little messy on the clothes/socks (much more on red clay).
In summary, tips can be used interchangeably on both court surfaces.  You will find “the faster, I want to play the point quicker mindset” on the hard court; whereas, “the more patient, I want to stay and hit a bunch of balls player” more comfortable on a clay court.  Enjoy your time on both courts.
Ever wonder about a situation that happened during a match and no one on the court knew the rule that applied?
Submit your inquiry to Dewey Caulder at for an answer to find out which rule fits your situation the best.

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