Indoors or outdoors?

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  1. kelkat

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    In which environment do you play better? We have a 32 week indoor league here. And every spring I go outside and play throughout the summer. Then fall comes and I cant wait to go back inside. Outdoors, sometimes I seem to have trouble "feeling" my balance... like I am slightly unsteady. My serve isn't nearly as effective, and I feel like I just can't wail on the ball like I can indoors. I have a lot of topspin but I can control it better indoors (probably because I feel better balanced) But I love the fresh air (no wind, haha) and the sun (as long as I am not serving in it) I am sure I am not alone. I would imagine most people's game is better/more consistent indoors. But I could be wrong....
     
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  2. Rusty669

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    My game is definately more consistent indoors!why?Because here we play on clay outdoors and there are a lot of bad bounces due to the courts being slightly uneven and the lines being made of plastic or whatever, and when the ball bounces on the lines it either skids off fast or jumps up like on a heavy kick serve.
    Indoors we play on carpet with little,tiny rubber balls on it, and the surface is so much more even and smooth.
    I love playing on both, but nothing beats a nice summer's evening playing outdoors in the sunshine while all you hear is the racket hitting the ball!:)
     
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  3. kelkat

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    Yup, playing in the evening is much better.
     
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  4. tennis tom

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    That's a no-brainer, conditions wise, indoors, there's no sun or wind to contend with, maybe low ceilings taking away the defensive lob. How you feel emotionally about the two is a conditioned response.
     
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  5. esgee48

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    Outdoors because I can't get a bead on the ball in low indoor ambient lighting. Sunshine and contrast let me track the ball.
     
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  6. Devilito

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    if indoor tennis was free and plentiful and all the tournaments were indoor i'd never step foot on an outdoor court ever again :p
     
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  7. Ramon

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    I could always play better indoors, but that didn't matter because my opponent would also play better. The conditions are more consistent and the bounce is more true, so your timing is better. It ends up being a faster game for most people.
     
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  8. volleygirl

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    Tennis is like football, its meant to be played outdoors and not under a roof.
     
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  9. Caesar

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    Proper tennis is played outside, during the day, on grass courts.
     
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  10. dizzlmcwizzl

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    Both have their place

    I love the indoors for the consistency I can develop in my strokes. no wind, no sun ... awesome.

    But nothing beats the atmosphere of playing outside, nearing dark when it is just a little cool. Especially if you play where you can can have a beer and wind down while watching the joggers run by. All while trying and convince your friends how good you used to (or could) be.
     
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  11. Caesar

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    I grew up on fast outdoor carpet courts in Australia. The first time I ever played indoors was when I went to the US. It was like a dream - the speed of the courts were like back home, but the bounce and the conditions were just so consistent, pleasant and predictable that my game went up to another level. I was beating players that I really had no right to, simply because I was used to much tougher conditions.

    Despite that, it doesn't feel like real tennis indoors. If I wanted to be cooped up in a loud dome with squeaky floors I would have played basketball.
     
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  12. maggmaster

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    I belong to an indoor club and I love indoor tennis. But I grew up playing outdoors and love that too. I definitely play better tennis indoors.
     
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  13. ian2

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    Here at altitude, in Denver, there is another aspect to indoor play: the air pressure in the bubbles makes it more similar to playing at low altitude/sea level.

    Taylor Dent played in Colorado State Open last week (he lost in the semis to the eventual champion Brian Battistone, who beat Jan-Michael Gambill in the final). Dent commented that to get the ball deep in the court he had to make an adjustment to aim at the service line... according to him, the ball would travel 8-12 feet further here than it would at sea level.
     
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  14. Caesar

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    Your indoor courts are pressurised???
     
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  15. Andreas1965

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    Indoor tennis suits my game way better than playing on these f-ing claycourts we have in Germany.
    Indoors I'm less distracted by sun, wind, uneven surface. And it sounds better.
    Main reason: faster courts.


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  16. corbind

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    Overall, I definitely prefer to play indoors because:

    • Conditions are constant (wind, light, noise, lack of court debris)
    • the backdrops behind the courts are dark-colored which makes seeing the ball significantly much easier
    • It seems the balls play faster
    • It feels to me I play better
    • It's less painful on the body (knees, ankles, feet) compared to outdoor hard courts

    The only negatives that can detract from this is:
    • It costs a lot of money
    • You have to play at a certain time when scheduled
     
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  17. Caesar

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    Everyone plays better indoors. It's easier.
     
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  18. mmk

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    Any bubble is pressurized, or it collapses.
     
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  19. Caesar

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    So it's literally a bubble? Not a rigid structure?
     
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  20. NoQuarter

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    Serve better indoors, always....also prefer indoors if the temperature is going to be below 70 degrees (21 celcius) or if it is windy.
     
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  21. mmk

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    The one at my club is, with a motor running at all times to keep it inflated. It only goes up in the fall, and comes back down in the late spring.
     
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    Make the racket more head light during outdoor play

    I find that during Outdoor play, it is much better if you use little more head light balanced racket. It is little more difficult to time the ball outdoors due to wind and other elements. If you have more head light racket, you can make the adjustments much quicker.
    I recommend you Take off the Head guard during outdoor season to make the racket more head light. Or ,,, punch some Holes in the head guard to make it more light.
     
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  23. dcdoorknob

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    What are these indoor courts people speak of? I've heard rumors but have hardly ever actually seen one in Mississippi.
     
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    Wonder how many "proper" tennis players we have out there? I would love to play on a grass court. Anyone know of grass courts in NC?
     
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  25. bloodonthetracks

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    same for me.
     
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  26. PrinceMoron

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    Differences?
    Takes a while to get used to the ball toss outside, with no roof to contextualize where the ball is.

    I like playing indoors as it pimps up the opponents game and makes it more enjoyable, the kind of players who would just be a joke outside. They find it easier, so there is more pace, better length so it feels like you are playind someone half decent.

    Most indoor lighting is poor. I watched Soderling play in a $200000 event where the lux was 180, well I saw Soderling but no one saw the ball. The tournament was never held there again.

    Too hot in the summer indoors.

    Pressurised bubbles are fun - expletives echo round the whole facility.
     
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  27. tennisplayer1993

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    Haha, exactly. If I do play on outdoor courts, I tend to play at night around 9 PM. I prefer indoor courts though, I feel the weather even in the summer can be windy and mess up my serve. I tend to play a lot better indoors too and at least where I play indoors, the courts are significantly faster than most outdoor courts I go to.
     
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  28. jrv

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    2nd an 3rd this. Sun drives me NUTS ( I know, deal with it blah blah..) and the wind is bad more often than not here on the east coast of Canada :/

    jrv...
     
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  29. dcdoorknob

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    I play better outdoors, because if I'm playing indoors there's a good chance I'm jet lagged or something, as there are no indoor courts anywhere close by. :D

    EDIT: oh hey I already answered this thread like 3 years ago.
     
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  30. ASH1485

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    outdoors in a warm weather and no wind.
     
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  31. North

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    Absolutely. I love playing indoors. (As long as it's hard courts; indoor clay is as bad as outdoor clay.) I can totally focus on the tennis and am much more relaxed. It all adds up to my playing better and enjoying the game more indoors.
     
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  32. MethodTennis

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    outdoors on clay but after that im better indoors. I imagine id be better on indoor clay than outdoor though but its not really an option anywhere i compete or train
     
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  33. comeback

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    For me outdoors is heaven:
    shirtless
    love heat
    can see better
    FREE
    more players available
    i wear sunglasses to get advantage in the sun

    indoors is ok but:
    i have difficulty seeing, ball seems on top of me
    kid's lessons are loud and distracting
    you have to pay, then pay again for extra time if you don't get kicked off in the middle of a set
     
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  34. HRB

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    Game is of course better indoors..perfect conditions, but I hate playing indoors...I love the added challenge of the elements..much more satisfying to win grueling match in 90 degree breezy humidity than air conditioned luxury for me!
     
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  35. stapletonj

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    "Takes a while to get used to the ball toss outside, with no roof to contextualize where the ball is."

    also overheads and even high volleys.

    Love outside, but have to admit, I play better inside.
     
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  36. IA-SteveB

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    I like outdoors better but it can be a little hard picking up the ball on serves at certain times of the day at our club. The backdrop on both ends of the courts are 20' high shrubbery and the ball can get a little lost in that with the sky/sun showing through. My game is more consistent indoors for obvious reasons but I much prefer outside. Everyone has to contend with the same environmental issues so it isn't a big deal. I hate it when we play indoors in the summer because of rain because the courts are not air conditioned and there is no air movement at all. It is like playing in a sauna.
     
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  37. goran_ace

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    Ideal conditions outdoors > good conditions outdoors > indoors > bad conditions outdoors
     
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  38. kanulondon

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    Good Post. I posted something similar. I love playing outdoors in ideal conditions. But realistically that doesn't happen much in my windy city. So I'd have to say indoors...
     
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