I played on clay (hard tru green) for the first time and here are my observations. The surface can get worn down from others using it and cause for bad bounces. Slices can stay low and short and were trickier to deal with than high topspin balls that you have more time to adjust for the bounce. Dropshots were king. I was like 20/25 on dropshots and didn't hit many of them all winter on a fast surface but used to be a dropshot dragon in my younger years, and found they worked well on clay since you have alot of time to setup for them and clay makes it hard for your opponent to change directions so if you can get them moving the wrong way, it's an easy shot. The speed of clay is slow, maybe slightly slower than gritty hard courts, and my serving was affected but also the wind was affected placement and consistency of my serve. Plus I didn't feel like I could push off the clay as well as on hard court with my legs to hit with as much power as I normally do. I wasn't sliding that much but my legs would tense up as I slid a few inches so it was a great workout for the legs and easy on the body as hitting hard is not usually rewarded. I was at Sea Pines at Hilton Head and ended up playing a 4.5 rated lefty who lives an hour away from my home in Iowa. He beat me 6-4, 6-3. I preferred hitting to his topspin forehand and staying away from his slice backhand. On hard court where the bounces are true I would have done the opposite since he had a pretty big forehand, but I hated those low short slices on clay. I liked clay and my dropshots were a highlight but the rest of my game suffered a little bit and it felt more like a pusher's game than one where you can hit many winners. Going to net was hard too since you opponent had lots of time to pass and footwork can be slippery when going to net. It was a fun experience though and maybe with a better unused court the bounces would have been truer.