Soles specifically designed for Astroturf / synthetic grass?

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  1. sjoerdklarenbeek

    sjoerdklarenbeek Rookie

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    In The Netherlands, most people play either on clay court or one of the increasingly popular variations on clay (which can stay open year round), or on synthetic grass, which has a lot of loose sand. It doesn't have a lot of grip.

    Although The Netherlands is a relatively small country (17M people), tennis is a BIG sport here, and a LOT of people play on artificial grass.

    While it's easy to buy clay court soles or "omni"/"all court" soles, I cannot find any tennis shoes with soles specifically designed for synthetic grass. As a result, most of the tennis shoes that I buy lack grip.

    Should I buy tennis shoes with soles for grass (the real stuff, as in Wimbledon)? Did any of you find shoes with soles designed for synthetic grass? Do they exist?
     
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  2. wiibssz

    wiibssz Rookie

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    He, I don't know if I can answer in our native language by the rules, so I say it in English.

    I too play on synthetic grass. I don't really mind it being slippery or something. Fits my game. The closest you can get to 'grasscourt shoes' is by buing K-swiss. Those shoes have a common pattern. You have also the adidas omni court, wich has also good grip.

    But, as I said. I have had nog problems with other patterns. Currently playing with the Nike Zoom Air Vapor 9 and I have nothing to complain about. Great grip, despite the slippery synthetic grass.

    You can create your own Vapor Nike, with grass pattern. But beware of the fact that the durability of the grass pattern will be bad when playing on synthetic grass.
     
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  3. imajica77

    imajica77 Semi-Pro

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    Omni court shoes are specifically designed for synthetic grass courts. The Babolat omni shoes have holes in the soles to help with traction.
     
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  4. ricki

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    I say no to all-court shoes as these are mainly for hard courts. Buy some clay courts shoes with deep "zigzag" pattern such as some wilsons have:

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  5. sjoerdklarenbeek

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    Thanks guys! My current new shoes are Adidas Feather III (zig zag sole pattern) but they're not as grippy as I'd like. Otherwise very nice shoes.

    So yesterday I ordered a pair of Adidas Barricade Team 3 OC from TWE:

    http://www.tenniswarehouse-europe.com/descpageMSADIHFR-AMBTOC.html

    as a second pair. It was lucky to find a pair in the same size as the Feathers, it was the last one in my size. I just hope they fit. Not a lot of omni soles out there.
     
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  6. MattCrosby

    MattCrosby Semi-Pro

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    I also play on Astro turf 100% of the time and I usually wear my Barricade 8's, I have actually worn the CB 4.3's a few seasons ago and they wore out pretty quick considering, B8's are holding up very well but I have also tried Grass Court shoes but there is no point wearing them out.
     
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