||Last Updated: Oct 16, 2013 - 11:37:53 AM
Thanks Brandon for your question, here are my thoughts.
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.
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.
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