Do you adapt your game to cold weather? How?

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  1. Attila_the_gorilla

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    A balmy 10 degrees centigrade and humid. Middle of winter here, round 1 of the Spring season today.

    Wonder if there is a way to play to these conditions. As far as I can tell, everything slows down in the cold. Does this mean it should be easier to come in to the net and volley? Should I go for the slice serve out wide? Hit flatter groundstrokes? Or go for shorter angles?

    How do you adapt your game to the cold weather?
     
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  2. Lukhas

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    I drop a few lbs in tension in winter to compensate. Trying to avoid stiff strings, so likely no co-poly either.
     
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    So with that adjustment in your equipment, you don't feel the need to change your gamestyle at all?
     
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  4. Lukhas

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    Well, my strengths and weaknesses are about the same whatever I do, so I'm not going to change my playstyle just for a weather issue. I also use warmer clothes if needed. Theoretically, balls comes slower with lower temperatures. I string a bit lower, big deal.
     
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  5. fuzz nation

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    I play an all-court game with syn. gut in my racquets. When it's colder, I also drop tension - in the case of syn. guts, I drop 4-5 lbs. for cold weather comfort.
     
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  6. GBplayer

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    Lower tension in strings. Merino wool ski under garments legs and tops, so that you are not bulky, plus good shoes that grip well, Yonex or Babolat seem to be the best shoes when it is frosty. Cannot wear gloves or hat as they are annoying. Then keep moving.
     
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    I wear compression long sleeves and maybe some tights under my shirt and shorts.
     
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    I move my game indoors. Also stop wearing sunscreen.
     
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    lol... and no need for the sunglasses either??

    I think the biggest thing is to drop the string tension and hybrid a poly if you use full poly in warm weather... but keep in mind that the balls will not be as lively either.

    If you are getting a good run in, adding a stocking cap to your normal outfit can be enough... if it is colder still, sweat pants and a sweat shirt should be enough. If it is colder still, and your hands are freezing, get a pair of golf gloves (you'll have to buy one glove for each hand, as golf gloves do not sell in pairs... just individual glove for either the right or left). They are thin, and have a slight tack to them... and you can get tacky spray and use that lightly too.

    Colder than that... pony up the cost of playing indoors!
     
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    GBplayer = Green Bay player?
     
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  11. GBplayer

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    Great Britain.
     
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  12. GBplayer

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    Funnily enough, even more reason to wear sunglasses in the winter as the sun is low on the horizon instead of overhead.
     
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  13. Attila_the_gorilla

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    I'm not that concerned about my body coping with the cold, actually enjoy the fresh cold air.
    More interested in how the game changes in cold weather, as the ball slows down. Are there certain shots that are more suited to the slower conditions?
    I know that Rafa hates to play in cooler weather cos it hinders his top spin.
     
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  14. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    Hello mate.

    What surface? Here in Tas, the HC aren't really much different, harder to serve an ace, maybe, but otherwise much the same.

    However, the artificial grass becomes a bit of a nightmare. Balls tend to get wet, turning into softball sized soggy hamsters. Shots stay down and skid strangely, it's also really, really hard to hit clean winners.

    Try and keep it deep and get to the net if you can, but be ready for an extra volley or two as they come back when you don't think they will.
     
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  15. LeeD

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    Can't say that I play in cold moist air, but I played mostly in SanFrancisco's fog belt, usually 55 degrees, foggy and wet.
    I play my normal S/V game in those conditions.
    What I can't play in is 75+ degrees, and dry. Since I don't bring h2o, usually overdress with warmups and longsleeves, I die in 70 degree weather.
    When it's 45 degrees, I play my best, and actually play almost like I did when I was a young gun....40 years ago.
    However, when it's 70+, I just die out there.
     
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  16. Attila_the_gorilla

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    Hey Timbo's, it's mostly en-tout-cas or synthetic polyclay here, these surfaces don't get too affected by the humidity/dew. But I've played on some synthetic grass courts in freezing conditions and the ball was skidding crazy, it was great for slices and general defensive play.

    Yeah LeeD, I'm not good with the heat either. I'd rather play in the cold than in beach weather.
     
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  17. Timbo's hopeless slice

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    that sounds like the suburban Melbourne I remember, I used to train at North Kew when I was a kid, my aunt lived a few doors away..

    I'm actually playing on poly clay tonight, first time since the summer, will be interesting to see how the ball behaves.
     
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  18. Jay_The_Nomad

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    Slice more much more.
     
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  19. TennisCJC

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    I play in anything above freezing in the winter - frequently 35-45 degrees F - about 2-5 celsius. As others have said, drop tension about 4 lbs on your strings - maybe more.

    I don't really change tactics or strokes. Maybe attack the net a little more as approach shots and volleys stay low, but not much different.
     
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