clay court strategy

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  1. santolg321

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    need some advice/tips on clay court strategy.

    thanks 4 ur help.
     
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  2. Micky

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    Learn to slide.
     
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  3. dave333

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    I suck with clay so I don't know. I beat a guy from a club that only had clay courts on a hard court 6-4, but lost to him 6-2 on clay. But anyway, he was great at sliding into shots, hitting heavy topspin.

    Also, beware of the ball going faster when it hits the line (the lines are nailed to the court). I lost a couple key points on serves that hit the line.
     
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  4. Rickson

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    Sliding is overrated and is not practical on many American clay courts which have little to no slideability. Look at Agassi, a non slider, who won the French!
     
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  5. LuckyR

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    Are you a baseliner?
     
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  6. santolg321

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    im a consistent baseliner but only on clay courts
     
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  7. Micky

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    That was just my suggestion. What is yours? Where I play if you don't slide you are dead. Unless you are very slow with your feet...then...again...you loose.
     
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  8. Rickson

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    Then you're very lucky because where I play, the slide factor is non existent due to cheap clay mixed in with gravel. I'd suggest learning how to grind it out from the baseline as the clay court I play on has all the slowness of clay without the fun slides.
     
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  9. EricW

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    Sliding is extremely effective/helpful if you're playing on a well kept clay court..
     
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  10. Bagumbawalla

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    The basic strategy is the same for hard courts and clay courts-- keep the ball in play, move your opponent around, play percentage tennis, try to create openings-- pull the opponent wide or out of position and then go for a strong placement for a winner.

    As mentioned, above, consistancy and defensive play is a key factor on slow courts.

    As with hard courts, is helps to be an all-round player with no glaring weakness.

    Because it is harder to hit outright winners on a slower clay surface, it helps to have powerful topspin to create angles, forcing the opponent to cover more ground and open uo the court. Of course, conditioning is really important, as well.

    Change of pace is also important, but possibly more so on clay. If you have complete control of the spin and speed of the ball, you will be a good clay court player- not just agressive topspin, but also low, paceless balls, slice, dropshots, and the occasional "flat" drive.

    If you can, take advantage of the texture of the surface to spin serves in that kick high and veer away from, or into, the body of the receiver.

    As with faster courts, if you get short or weak balls, aim them for placements or outright winners and follow them to the net.

    Because of the defensive nature of clay court play (running down every ball), you will, possibly get more lobs thrown at (over) you than on a faster court and you need to have a good, reliable overhead.

    Just a few thoughts- I'm sure there is lots, I have left out.
     
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  11. santolg321

    santolg321 Rookie

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    you´re absolutely right
     
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  12. r2473

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    The USPTA site has a DVD titled "Mastering the Dirt - Playing on Clay".

    Type in USPTA shop into google.

    >>>DVD library >>>>On-court with the USPTA.
     
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  13. LuckyR

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    Assuming that you don't usually play on clay, hence the thread, what is your regular style?

    Of course, if you can pull off the consistant baseliner strategy on clay ie against clay court specialists, then to my view you are pretty much set: do that.
     
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  14. soggyramen

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    learn to slide and time your hits accordingly and i've always liked to serve and volley more on clay...i love the clay
     
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  15. MoonVolleyer

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    I play on clay like 95% of the time and trust me sliding is not needed i never slide and i get to balls better and faster then my friend who would slide like 3 feet to get to a ball where with the hit he has no power and pops it up
     
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  16. lakis92

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    You'd better play some matches on Astroturf. It's kinda faster and start getting used to clay. If you are not already. Then you'll learn how to slide easier.
     
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  17. burosky

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    Perhaps you can coach the U.S. Davis Cup team the next time they play on dirt. ;)
     
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  18. tzinc

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    If you can slide on clay does it mean it's more slippery a surface. Do you need special clay shoes so you don't wind up slipping on it when you don't mean to?
     
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