Why are pro shoes so slippery???

Tennis sprew

Semi-Pro
So I’m watching some old clips and I’m watching all these players slip and slide out, like USO where Federer dropped Djokovic, but if you see the slow mo, his shoes are already buckling and slipping. Same with Monfils and a bunch of other shoes. What’s up, custom traction? Or maybe they just fill the court with dust.
 
The custom outsoles, as you mentioned play a large part. They are a lot less durable but "higher performance". Note; very few pros actually use a custom outsole. Federer and Nadal are in the minority there. Players such as Rublev, Kyrgios, Khachanov all use retail outsoles to the best of my knowledge.
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
The custom outsoles, as you mentioned play a large part. They are a lot less durable but "higher performance". Note; very few pros actually use a custom outsole. Federer and Nadal are in the minority there. Players such as Rublev, Kyrgios, Khachanov all use retail outsoles to the best of my knowledge.
The pattern of their outsoles is custom (more like an already discontinued patterns, or a mixture of discontinued patterns and new patterns). I seriously doubt that the rubber compounds are custom: that is not happening even for Federer, Nadal etc.

 

88fingers

New User
If you drive a car at 5 mph and slam the brakes you are not going to skid. Drive the same car with the same tires at 20 mph and you will skid.
Thats the difference between the pros and some of us.
 

Zoid

Professional
lol at custom 'outsoles' . Maybe fed and djok, but what's really custom is their footsped. These guys move hard and fast enough to push the grippiest new shoes to the limit. Most decent players can slide in new shoes no problem.
 

legend

New User
So I’m watching some old clips and I’m watching all these players slip and slide out, like USO where Federer dropped Djokovic, but if you see the slow mo, his shoes are already buckling and slipping. Same with Monfils and a bunch of other shoes. What’s up, custom traction? Or maybe they just fill the court with dust.
The reason pros shoes wear out so quickly is the court surface - oh and of course they move and stop a little quicker than you do!! The acrylic surfaces are re-painted prior to a tournament arriving in town - if you’ve ever played on a newly painted court - the grip is totally different - mind your Achilles!!’ All the courts at a tournament play very slightly differently depending on the paint mix (should be identical) or how much play they have had - You’ll find the non grandstand courts always play a little faster - reason? more hours have been played on them - more often allocated as practice courts!!
 
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