View Full Version : what type of tennis court do you prefer? and why? (hard, carpet, grass or clay)

the rebel
11-01-2011, 05:24 AM
i like all of them but when i start playing on clay i found it to be my favorite court so smooth for the legs and can create BIG spin. i just played 4 hours at all but very addictive to me and my style of game! and you?:shock:

11-01-2011, 05:45 AM
What Indoors? what Grass?

11-01-2011, 05:53 AM
For years I played the HC only. I hated the Har Tru "clay" in the USA. Here in EU, I mainly play the red clay and getting used to it, however, I still prefer the HC, slower one, like Australian.

1) HC (slower)
2) HC (any)
3) Soft rubber
4) indoor Carpet
5) Red Clay
6) Har tru
7) Grass (only played a few times on it)

11-01-2011, 05:56 AM
Grass is something wonderful and a real challenge to mind and reflexes - knees too-

Hard is honest and clean; clay is great for stamina and thinking, and increases the effect of drop shots, slices and so on.

Carpet is great for coordination and timing, but not friendly for the back, just as some hard courts

11-01-2011, 06:06 AM
Love the clay.

11-01-2011, 06:10 AM
Clay Clay and more Clay. Red clay not the American HarTru stuff.

11-01-2011, 06:11 AM
I always played my best tennis on hard courts or indoor carpet because I loved the fast pace and consistent bounce. I hated clay at first, but now that I'm older I primarily play on clay because it's easier on the knees.

For all you young guys out there, my advice is learn to love clay. You'll eventually end up there!

11-01-2011, 07:10 AM
I didn't think I would like HarTru before playing on it. I ended up enjoying it as a deviation from the repetition of hard court after hard court. I really liked that after playing on it for several hours, I felt fresh and pain free.

Then, the HarTru courts I would play on were replaced with Claytech courts. These courts became my favorite, by far. Almost the same comfort and playing characteristics as HarTru, but far more consistent. A little faster than straight HarTru, but noticeably slower than even high grit hard courts.

New, high grit hard courts are very nice, too. Probably my second favorite surface.

11-01-2011, 08:42 AM
I play on clay everyday at night, so I would say Clay is my preferred surface. But once in a while my wife and I go to a club to play on Hard Court and I really enjoy it (IMO, not for everyday).

11-01-2011, 08:47 AM
I don't think "indoors" was one of the choices.

11-01-2011, 09:23 AM
I don't think "indoors" was one of the choices.

I meant carpet, which was the indoors surface ( other than wood, which nobody plays at currently):-?

11-01-2011, 09:47 AM
Har Tru Clay (Green Clay Courts)

where I learned how to play tennis.

Now I play on hard courts. Clay takes away big serves, and makes the game more about movement and thinking.

the way tennis should be played.

11-01-2011, 09:58 AM
carpet.or indoor woodcourt. nothing is better than hitting a huge serve and coming in to kock the volley away then hit another volley for the winner. points over in less than 5 strikes of the ball, the way tennis should be played

11-01-2011, 10:21 AM
when I first started playing tennis, it was on clay, I was not big enough to hit through some of the guys. Clay made me develop the drop shot. Today it is one of my best shots. I like the long points on clay.


11-01-2011, 10:22 AM
there is nothing better than. uhm, the echo the ball makes on indoor hard :twisted:

max pl
11-01-2011, 10:28 AM
I wish I could play on grass or clay but sadly most of the courts here are hardcourts so that's all I'm able to play on.

The one invite only club thats close by does have some very nice red clay courts, but again, its invite only and mostly used by the wealthier old people there.

11-01-2011, 10:30 AM
yeah, I will give you that. The sound the ball makes in indoor hc is nice. I play at a big 10's indoor courts, and the sound is awesome.

11-01-2011, 10:37 AM
nice. which schoo if i may ask? the only big ten court ive been to is illinois'

11-01-2011, 10:39 AM

boiler up

11-01-2011, 10:43 AM
they only have hard courts. I only get to play on clay a little during the summer now sometimes, but Purdue has some very nice courts.

11-01-2011, 11:20 AM
ice...and Bed, which is the best surface for sliding forwards and backwards

11-01-2011, 04:34 PM
I like the kind of red clay they have in Europe a lot. Its real soft on the body and joints and you get to reverse defense into offense .

11-02-2011, 10:06 AM
Definitely hard courts. Fast pace, consistent bounces. Penalizes the out-of-shape who could otherwise get to balls on clay that would easily be winners on hard court. I've only played on grass once but loved it because I S&V. The ball stays so low and skids that it was really great for coming to the net and not so good for opponents who want to have long baseline bashes (which is not my cup of tea).

11-02-2011, 10:16 AM
Never got to play on clay in the UK, I'd love to though!

11-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Grass, hard court, har tru. That's all I've played on, in my order of preference. I hate high bouncing balls, and with grass my game is much, much more effective. On hard court I just have to be more active with my footwork to deal with that, but I tend to get lazy sometimes. Har tru is nice sometimes since rallies are so long, but eventually it gets annoying, and I hate the bad bounces.

11-02-2011, 02:37 PM
Clay for me...easier on my old bones!

11-02-2011, 02:48 PM
Har-Tru. Which is crap, IMO. In the summers it's pretty much all I'll ever play on save for a hard court outing or two. But I still hate it.

Timbo's hopeless slice
11-02-2011, 08:26 PM
I play almost exclusively on Plexicushion, the AO surface.

I grew up on actual real live grass, though, and that would always be my favourite...

11-03-2011, 01:13 AM
Grass and carpet.

Love the low bounce .. wonder if that means there is something wrong with my technique or just that I am quite short.

Also love that it rewards you for being aggressive and going for the winner more.

On some hard courts though you can really train your self to take the ball early at least for me as they can at times bounce almost over my head. (im 5" 5)

11-03-2011, 01:14 AM
Dam cant edit.. I meant five foot five, Im not only five inches tall.

11-03-2011, 01:20 AM
HC. I hate the red clay, but have to play on it, we do not have an alternative here in Germany.
Each year when the winter comes, I love playing indoors on faster surface.

11-03-2011, 04:41 AM
when I first started playing tennis, it was on clay, I was not big enough to hit through some of the guys. Clay made me develop the drop shot. Today it is one of my best shots. I like the long points on clay.


There is nothing better than taking a huge slide while hitting a winner. ;)