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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 2006, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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What type of court is your tennis best suited to?

I'm playing my first grass court match in a few days and it got me wondering what will my game be better on.

I've only ever played on hard courts, the ones at uni are quite slow, while as the ones at home are faster.

Also how different is synthetic Grass to real grass?
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I'm playing my first grass court match in a few days and it got me wondering what will my game be better on.

I've only ever played on hard courts, the ones at uni are quite slow, while as the ones at home are faster.

Also how different is synthetic Grass to real grass?
I've been very lucky to have been able to play on grass at least once a year (sometimes a couple of times) for the past 8 years running. I voted grass in your poll, because I still love to volley, but have to admit that the body doesn't recover as easily as it used to, and one thing you'll have to get used to is crouching down on just about everything- much lower on return of serve. The general idea is to not let the ball bounce at all, but take it out of the air. It's faster and lower bouncing than even the fastest hardcourts, and you'll see- you're going to get some awful bounces- right under your racquet, and sometimes the ball doesn't bounce at all. Be careful with your footwork, because many people who play on grass for the first time fall right on their cans- grass is slippery.

The synthetic grass I've played on is not at all like the real thing. It's basically plastic turf, and doesn't have the natural feel of grass. I don't like it at all. Good luck! Where are you playing on grass if you don't mind me asking?

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Well mine is clay (as there are only clay courts in Germany)
I prefer playing outdoors to indoors so I choose clay over carpet.
I played very few times on hardcourts in the holidays so I can't really tell. Grass is a dream Enjoy yourself The_Pov!
Is grass the most common surface in the U.K.?

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I play hardcourt more, so I chose hard court, tried a couple games on clay and grass, but found clay feels too sticky, and grass is too slippery. Haven't tried carpet yet...

BTW, the most common court in the UK is hardware.
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definitely hard courts. never played on clay, however...

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I've never played on grass, but it seems that it would suit my game the best. Then, clay.

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Well, I am not that good player, I think I have a good first serve, a strong forehand but sometimes erratic and a consistent backhand. I don´t get many winners from my backhand but it is a strong weapon in my defense because I can play it really deep and with a lot of bounce, which makes it difficult to attack. My forehand used to be a great weapon, not a really good technical one but I started working on it and now I am thinking more while doing it and sometimes that is just awful.
I already played in grass, clay and hardcourt. I am more used to hardcourt, I think it is the one I am more confortable. Grass is really difficult, the ball doesnt bounce, the slice is a really good weapon there and I am terrible at playing against a player with a good slice. But in other way, i prefer to play more flat so it is a good court for my game but it obviously take more time to get used to.
I remember the first time that I played on clay and I hated it, I made a lot of unforced errors because the points are bigger but in the end I got used to and was playing my normal and enjoying it.
But I would say harcourt.
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We play on clay nearly the entire summer season, but my game is better suited for hardcourt of carpet. But since we nearly always play on clay I had to adapt my game

Never played on grass before, but I would probably suck on it

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I've just played on clay and carpet before. I hate slow surfaces such as clay. I prefer fast surfaces and it suits my game better. I really wanna see how it's like to play on grass. But I only get those stupid clay courts in Vienna!

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Hard court. I have never played on grass or on clay
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I like hard but ive won both of my USTA matches on clay.

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I played 3 times in my life, and only on clay. I will play more on holidays and once again on clay. The answer is obvious
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