Switching surfaces often

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  1. PittsburghDad

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    My kid is starting to be consistent enough that it really shows when we switch surfaces. Takes 30-60 minutes to really get a groove going and adjust the timing if its the first practice going from hard court back to the softer, slower indoor. We are also lucky enough to have free red clay courts at our disposal.
    From a development point of view, do you think its better to focus for long stretches on one type of surface, or over time will it be better to be going back and forth on almost a daily basis. Thanks!
     
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  2. TeamOB

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    During the winter I play only indoors (on hard court). But during the summer I typically go from hard to clay every day. Sometimes I even hit on hard during the morning and clay in the afternoon. I feel that it definitely doesn't hurt in any way. If anything, it develops variety. BTW these red clay courts you mention, are they the ones at Frick Park? How do you like them? I hit there a couple of years ago and found them extremely uneven and bumpy. Have they improved their maintenance since then?
     
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  3. PittsburghDad

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    They are Frick. I personally think they are nice and great fun to play. They are also the only red clay I've ever been on. So I really have no idea. :)
     
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  4. Ash_Smith

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    Variability principal for long term skill acquisition says changing surfaces is a good idea, probably not daily though!
     
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