What surface do you prefer?

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  1. BERDI4

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    What surface do you prefer playing? (Sorry I didn't know where to put this thread. So I put it in the racquets section).
     
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  2. BERDI4

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    In my case I prefer soft surfaces, grass and clay
     
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  3. joe sch

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    This could have been an interesting poll. Here in S.Cal we pretty much have the choice of hardcourts, some faster or slower depending upon the sand mix. Sure wish the playing public had some clay or grass to enjoy but thats mostly in a couple exclusive clubs or personal estates.
     
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  4. fantom

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    I enjoy playing on clay courts, but I'm more effective on hard courts.
     
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  5. aj_m2009

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    I guess hard courts since that is all I have played on.
     
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  6. TommyGun

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    Is there any surface other then grass?
     
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  7. BERDI4

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    I don't know how to make polls but, if you know, go ahead.
     
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  8. aj_m2009

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    When you are first creating a thread there at the bottom of the screen there will be something asking you if you want to make a poll with it. And sorry but you can't make a poll anymore. Like I said, only when you first create the thread.
     
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  9. james_R

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    Anything reasonably fast. I think i'd love grass but have never had the chance to play on it :-(
     
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  10. MusterFan

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    Clay is the way. No question about it. Slows down the ball. Presents a nice high bounce. And, most importantly, protects 45-year-old knees (like those on MusterFan). Clay "civilizes" tennis by making the game easier and safer. The majority of my own play, though, takes place on municipal hardcourts. No choice in the matter. The very few clay facilities around here are reserved for private club members, and I ain't one of 'em. However, at least once a month, I'll travel 75 miles north to Dothan Alabama and spend a couple of hours on the public clay courts at the Westgate Tennis Center. I wouldn't drive that far to date Faith Hill, but for some dirt under my sneakers? Gladly.

    Never tried grass. I can't volley worth a darn, so I'm sure I'd struggle. But, I'll still take it over anything that's painted.
     
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  11. Hewitt rulez

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    Hard courts with strong bounce and the faster the better. Would like to play on grass but there arn't any around where I live.
     
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    Over here in Australia, it seems that most of the courts are artificial grass (like astroturf) with sand distributed evenly over the surface to enable sliding etc.

    I like playing on this surface but, then again, it's what I grew up on so it's comfortable. A lot of people are saying that maybe the dearth of Australian junior talent coming through is partly due to playing too much on these courts. At least a couple of former players have advocated building clay courts and having juniors developing their games on those, the suggestion being that the Spanish and South American players have been especially successful because they play on nothing else as juniors and it's a demanding surface that really forces you to improve your game.

    I've played on a couple of clay courts over here but the quality of the courts wasn't great and I dare say they played nothing like a "professional" clay court would. The same goes for grass - it's tough over here to find a really good quality grass court that you can play consistently good tennis on with confidence.....that's just my experience.
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    Har-tru, does a body good. For $90/month from May-Sept, can play nearly everyday if my elbow allows it.
     
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    At my local club we have this ultra fast rubberized surface and it playes very similar to grass. It's awamzing on your body good.
     
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    My favourite surface is whatever I'm playing on today
     
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  16. SC in MA

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    I used to prefer hardcourts over clay. I now prefer clay, though uneven clay courts are really awful. Next choice would be slow hardcourts.

    Played a couple of times on uneven grass, where sometimes the ball didn't bounce at all and other times it would bounce or skid unpredictably. Serve and volley was the only way to play on those courts. I didn't enjoy it all that much.
     
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  17. ffrpg

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    My favorite would have to be hard courts.
     
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  18. OldSchooLTennis

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    I saw tarmac tennis courts before. It was bad.
     
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  19. Shaolin

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    Clay courts if playing just for fun.

    Probably indoor or another fast surface (carpet or grass) for tournaments.

    Really anything other than outdoor medium paced hardcourt would be fine. So bored of hardcourts.
     
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    I prefer slow hardcourts or clay.
     
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    This sounds remarkably like the price structure at the Har-tru public courts I'll be playing here in the Chicago area in a couple months...
     
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    Which reminds me, I need to update my user profile.
     
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  23. I've only played on slow hard courts with cracker-like surfaces, faster hard courts, and various clay courts, but I'm sure that my favorite would be grass and indoor, though I still don't mind clay courts at all.
     
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  24. MegacedU

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    Har-tru which is what I play on during my nice humid not nearly long enough northeastern summers. Ahhhh.
     
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  25. Ronaldo

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    Anyone use the public Har-tru in Louisville, Ky? How much is a membership or is it pay as you play on a daily basis?
     
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  26. Kirko

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    learned on clay {har-tru] , but prefer hardcourt {cement}.
     
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  27. PrinceO3UserInOz

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    I love to play in Synthetic grass. Have played on hard-courts, clay, and Synthetic grass.
     
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  28. dennis1188

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    I agree w/ the above the sand/turf surface, if well maintained, as at the private facilities is excellent. Not too slow, comfortable on legs/feet, enables sliding. Dries, quickly in the rainy season. Hardcourts, of course hv the best/accurate bounce, but hard on the legs, esp.if u play 4-6 times weekly.
     
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  29. danniflava

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    In my case, this is definitely true. The club I play at 80% of the time is a medium-paced hardcourt, but I love playing on clay, because I can focus on so many other things.
     
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    Do you play in Central Park? I played on the Har-Tru courts there at the end of a day once, and the surface was pretty scuffed and annoying to play on. Same with the Har-Tru courts in Prospect Park -- unpredictable bounces that can drive you nuts. I've never played on the public red clay courts they have in Riverside Park, but looking forward to trying them out when the weather gets nice.

    When it comes to tennis courts, I am spoiled. For the last ten years, I have lived in a co-op outside New York City that has use of a fancy Country Club's courts because they are on land owned by the co-op. So just outside my door lie 9 immaculately groomed and sparsely used Har-Tru courts with towels and water jugs, etc. Free of charge. Play anytime, as long as you want...

    The tragedy of this little tidbit? I have lived here for ten years, and only started playing tennis again late last summer and realized how much I loved it. So all those years and all those beautiful and empty free courts staring me in the face and me never setting foot on them. What a waste...
     
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  31. legolas

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    30% hard court
    30% grass
    40% clay, it gives me more time with the ball
     
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  32. MegacedU

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    I don't play in Central because there's usually a wait. And I'm not one to do so. When I'm in the city, it's usually my non-tennis days, when I go to shop, or see a show, or go out with my friends there. I don't know if I've ever played on Har-tru courts in the city. I've played a couple of times at Eastside Tennis Club - but not recently. I've been pretty loyal to my club here I guess.
     
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    I often prefer playing on red clay & har-tru (@ clubs in my area, no public courts) b/c they provide more of a challenge for me against most of my opponents. I'm more willing to play a weaker opponent on that stuff in singles or doubles b/c its 2 surfaces I'm not as strong on, b/c I don't play enough on them. I know I'm still going to beat them, but it makes it a little more competitive. I haven't played on synthetic grass since HS, & they were probably the worst syn grass courts the world has ever seen.
     
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  34. ace of spades

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    i play on hardcourts almost all of the time but once in a while i play clay in the summer.
    I thought all hardcourts wer fast. What makes them slower? and why do certain hard courts bounce more than others? (my club has nice high bounces and my school has medium-low bounces, it is also significantly slower)
     
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    And perhaps the people you play on hard court are better on clay, but are willing to play on hard court just to give you a chance to be competitive with them so they won't beat you as badly as they would have on clay?;)
     
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    can someone explain different types of hard court ? i know one, that's rebounce ace ... but i've no clue what it means... can anyone help?
     
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    And perhaps the people you play on hard court are better on clay, but are willing to play on hard court just to give you a chance to be competitive with them so they won't beat you as badly as they would have on clay?;)I'll play that off as being true lol, except most of the people I play w/ play on clay even less then I do.

    I guess the morale of the story is; Too often I play w/people who aren't as strong as I am.
     
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    I prefer slow hard courts. Green clay is nice but not that many places have it around here except private clubs.
     
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    I mostly just play on clay, i play alot better on it. I also enjoy playing on hard.
     
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  40. North

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    Definitely hard courts, preferably indoor medium-to-fast. Much better for S&V, the ball moves quickly, bounces are not so high, and out of shape opponents can't just chase everything down. It all makes the points much more exciting and interesting.
     
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    I prefer hard courts, but my club has match play almost exclusively on clay.

    I've had a heck of a time making the transistion, primarily because of some quirks in my footwork that never hurt me on a hard court but get me passed more than I care to admit on clay.

    Also not a big fan of what it slowing down my first serve, which is my primary weapon.

    Looking towards the future though, I'm glad I'm playing on clay at 27. Means less wear and tear to deal with as I get older.
     
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    I like horsing around on clay because I'm a dropshot master from both wings, but for match play, I like hard courts because I like the net and volleying on clay is difficult because the balls are so retrievable. I make sure I volley well away from my opponent when I'm on clay, otherwise, I'll be getting passed left and right. Back to clay; the ball dies so nicely when you hit a short slice. Clay dropshots seem to die much quicker than on hard courts. I can't say whether I'd like grass or not because I've never played on it, but being a c&c/s&v player, I think I'd like grass.
     
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    The funny thing is that clay courts don't give a higher bounce than hard courts, but the bounce is more vertical than horizontal which makes the balls much easier to retrieve. On hard courts while the bounce is about as high as clay, the balls go longer after the bounce than on clay. That's why clay gives a feeling of "slow"; the balls bounce almost straight up and not long, so the returner can chase down many balls that would be winners or forced errors on other surfaces.
     
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    Yeah, you're right - that's really more what it's like. The clay also seems to exacerbate the weird backspins/underspins of pusher-type players. I mainly don't like clay because it's harder to S&V and because it does not give me as big an advantage with my speed around the court, which on hard courts is almost always a major advantage for me over my opponent.
     
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  45. Andres

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    Clay, but it doesn't fit my style.
    Is it sooo niiice to my knees! :D
     
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  46. Andres

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    Kickserves on clay are extremely effective for S&V.
    Try the nastiest kick out of your serve, and you'll have a great service to try your S&V on clay.
     
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  47. North

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    LOL - I do have a good kick serve and that's probably the only thing OK about clay is how high the kick serves jump! If I have to play on clay I often (depending on the opponent) will use the kick for first serves, just moving the serve around even more than I usually do. Have never played on grass - I think I would love it.
     
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    I have never played on hardcourt since we don't have it much in Holland, Europe.
    But I believe hardcourt is the court that would fit me the best.
     
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    The Hard Is The Best
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  50. oscar_2424

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    HArd couts usually, i dont mind playing on clay, and i have never played on grass
     
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