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Question Whats it REALLY like to play ona clay court?

I am part of a grass court tennis club so normally play there but I have also played on hard and indoors but NEVER clay. I was wondering if anybody could describe the differences to these surfaces.
I know the obvious things like its slower and the grip on your shoes when you run is different so you can slide but do you change a part of your game when you play on it like lenght of strokes? Also any details about it would be interesting as I may get the opportunity to play on clay this summer.
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Since Clay is slower, you have to be more patient at the baseline and wait for the right time to go for your shots. Also, the ball needs to stay deeper or else
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If your not patient, you will overhit the ball a lot. Timing is very important here, not too quick not too slow

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How high does the ball bounce on clay or is it very different for each court? I was wondering if a good slice backhand would stay as low as on grass.

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If the courts are in good condition your slice will bounce a little higher, but not much. If the courts are bad your slice will either bounce high or will not bounce at all and drop dead (like on court in my club )

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I found that all of my shots were a bit better on clay. You have more time to position yourself correctly when hitting the ball. You have to try it sometimes.
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I was going to ask how evenly flat they are but I suppose this again depends on the quality of court. On our grass courts they are very uneven so if you keep hitting the same spot the ball will drop dead each time. Very useful!! Also (sorry to be so annoying) how lose is the clay on top? I mean does it move if its dusty or kind of gather up in to small piles. I think this because when players slide you see the clay move and leave marks. I must sound very stupid but I've never even seen one before except on television.

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I still hit the ball hard on clay. I just add more spin to both my fore hand and backhand. Because of the weight of my shots, it leads me to the net a lot. I can't go to the net on clay a lot but i still try to serve-volley at times. I still win, but not as easily as I do on hard courts.I guess that's the challange. To not change your game too much on the different surfaces.
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I played twice on the red clay, and I had a lot of trouble, cause the ball bounces quit high, so I was always in trouble positioning myself. However moving on the clay was a great feeling!
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I would love to play on a clay court, we have gravel courts near by and I love sliding around on them!!! I bet clay is even better.

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I have played on green clay before and outside the fact I had problems sliding, I always thought it was similar to a hard court in terms of how the ball bounces.

Now I live in California so perhaps the lack of moisture used to contribute to why I never thought it was any different than a hard court.
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Plus if it hits the line, watch out! That ball is gonna bounce wacky because the lines is much more harder than it is on a hard court.

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I lived in California all my life and always wondered what clay and grass would be like to play on. I have now lived in South Florida for 15 months and play on clay exclusively.

Guess what?...except for my body feeling better after a match, there is very little difference between green clay and hardcourts. Very little. But thats just me, I guess.

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I played twice on the red clay, and I had a lot of trouble, cause the ball bounces quite high, so I was always in trouble positioning myself. However moving on the clay was a great feeling!

I agree with you too...i played on clay only a few times thinking it would suit me more as i am a bit slower than most of those i play against and felt like it would give me more time but damn those balls bounced so high i was hitting shots at shoulder level...but if i tried to take it early i over hit and it went long and if i moved inside the baseline, i over hit, if i moved back further, my opponets hit it short and i was too far back to do anything...it was a disaster all around...the only time i lost 60 60 was on clay!

i wanted to agree with Mark (cause i secretly love him) but i think theres a world of difference from hard to green clay...at least for me there is.
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There's only one thing you MUST have in you are going to play on a clay court: patience. You have to be willing to just put the ball inside and wait for the other to make a mistake.
I've always played on clay courts, but i really have a lack of patience, I only want to hit winners .
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