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jman
02-03-2008, 05:12 PM
Been watching the Super Bowl, and just wondering what Astro Turf is? It looks like synthetic grass on the T.V. What is it made of? And what would you think of it as a tennis court surface?

tbini87
02-03-2008, 07:00 PM
where are you from? just curious, not to come off as rude. astro turf is a synthetic grass. it used to be pretty hard (right over concrete) and beat up the body pretty badly, but it has come a long way over the years. now there is plenty of runner padding below it, and they used ground up rubber in it (at least on football fields) to give extra cushion and ability for the cleats to dig in. never played tennis on it, but have seen it done.

jman
02-03-2008, 07:27 PM
I'm from Australia. Thanks for the explanation, I thought it was synthetic, but at a closer look, kinda look like real grass. We actually have synthetic grass courts here in Australia, don't know if it's anything like AstroTurf, but falling on it would be painful.

mhstennis100
02-03-2008, 08:02 PM
I've played tennis on Astroturf. It was on top of concrete. It was a bit softer on the feet, but there wasn't a very noticable difference between playing on it and regular hardcourt.

Leelord337
02-03-2008, 10:15 PM
^^^i'm a houstonian too, where did you play on astroturf?

btw i've played at the met. its really a cool place. not too many courts though. All indoor hardcourts.

Last time i was there there was a college tournament being held there. btw, i love the little pro shop there. The met is close to my house and I'm glad they have a tennis place so close to me. :)

StealthGnome
02-03-2008, 10:49 PM
Sound like a fancy name for the moon.

Deuce
02-04-2008, 08:38 PM
where are you from? just curious, not to come off as rude. astro turf is a synthetic grass. it used to be pretty hard (right over concrete) and beat up the body pretty badly, but it has come a long way over the years. now there is plenty of runner padding below it, and they used ground up rubber in it (at least on football fields) to give extra cushion and ability for the cleats to dig in. never played tennis on it, but have seen it done.
No... the stuff with the ground up rubber tires commonly goes by the name Field Turf. It's relatively new. It is more forgiving than AstroTurf, and is replacing AstroTurf on a professional and amateur sports scale alike. It's not really conducive to tennis, though.
http://www.fieldturf.com/product/overview.cfm (http://www.fieldturf.com/product/overview.cfm)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FieldTurf (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FieldTurf)

AstroTurf is the original synthetic grass surface. I believe the Houston AstoDome was the first place to use it, thus the name AstoTurf.