Has anyone played on a canvas-covered "Premier Court"?

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by blargg, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. blargg

    blargg New User

    Apr 21, 2010
    My university's hometown has a "Premier Court" surface. It is basically asphalt with a thick canvas layed over the top and painted. The surface deadens the ball and is awful to play on.
    Cracks develop in the asphalt underneath the canvas, so although the canvas hides the cracks, there are long strips of 'dead areas' or 'valleys' that we have to avoid.
    One day, they decided to do some maintenance on it. We thought the cracks were going to be fixed, but all they did was fix some paint that was peeling up...

    Anyone else had experience with this type of surface?
  2. tutennis

    tutennis New User

    Aug 13, 2008
    I've played on it and it is quite soft and the ball really jumps up high. In theory it is nice, think of it as a soft membrane that is applied on top of a hard court. However, if the ground underneath it shifts you get dead spots and weird bounces. Also, as the sun hits it over extended periods of time it get's harder and that changes how it plays.

    The only way to fix it is to redo it, but when the ground shifts you have to do it again. It's supposed to last a long time like 7-8 year warranty, but no way.

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