Sliding on Hard Courts Article

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    Unless you're the GUMBY man, just say NO.....
    Your ankles, knees, hip, and lower back will thank your for saying ...NO...
     
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    I can do all of these except for E). I can't slide while hitting an open-stance topspin 1hbh. I need to practice some more on clay before going all-out on HC. I can do all the other ones and it is pretty awesome though!
     
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    I can stretch and get pretty good flexibility but I can't really make the squeaking noise that I hear from Djokovic when he slides on hard courts. Any tips?
     
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    Might be your shoes. I typically wear Barricades and the sliding noise is awesome! They are also very good for sliding. I can typically slide 3-4 feet on a fast HC wearing Barricades. It might also be the court. Don't try to slide on a slow, gritty hard court. It isn't as fun, it is more dangerous, you can't slide as much, and the noise isn't as cool.
     
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    You can try some more slippery shoes, like the AsicsSpeeds.
    I got a pair 2 weeks ago, and traction is not the best, but would be great for sliding on hard courts.
    Since I have little flexibility and no ankle stability, the shoes are great for me....they slide on hard stops, and slide in a controllable manner.
     
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    I slide on hard courts almost as well as joker and nadal when I decide to play serious (sliding causes me to go through a pair of shoes in 2 weeks) and I'll tell u this, that article will not help u slide. If u don't naturally slide, don't even try you will twist your ankle. The reason for this is sliding on hard court requires tremendous speed because after you sprint towards a ball, your momentum (mass x velocity) allows you to overcome the static friction barrier of your shoes and the ground. The kinetic (moving) energy you are now utilizing will then allow you to slide until you come to a stop. The static friction coefficient of a clay court is much less than a hard court which is why anyone can slide on clay.
     
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    I have Nike Court Ballistecs (Nadal's shoes).
     
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    If you must slide on a hard court and u don't know how, then During your attempt play on a dusty court with worn out tennis shoes with no traction to allow you to over come the static friction barrier. Have your friend feed you balls corner to corner and scramble with every ounce to get them. If you simply try to slide you will twist an ankle because u won't have adaquate speed
     
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    You need to lunge as hard as you can. Keep your ankle loose so that you will get a maximum bending/rolling of the ankle ligaments. That will keep the sole of the shoe flat to create the sound you want.
     
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