You can slide on hard courts?

pfchang

Professional
I find that the Nike Vapor outsoles are pretty conducive to sliding, almost right out the box too.

It almost seems like the outsole tread pattern minimizes the amount of surface area in contact with the ground.
 

crash

Rookie
I slide on hard courts in pretty much any shoe I've tried (Court FF, Barricade, Yonex Eclipsion, Gel Res). I feel it has a lot to do with how you move, not just how much traction the sole has. Granted it's easier to slide with worn out soles.
 

Crimsonchen

New User
I use the gel resolution 8 and Nike cage 3s and they both slide great. I mean, for me to slide I really have to push my momentum to do it, otherwise I'll end up breaking my ankle. I feel like I struggled with sliding when wearing the older barricades 6,7, and 8
 

lim

Semi-Pro
You can do it in any shoe I’ve done it. The main thing is you have to be at peak speed right before you stop so that you have enough momentum to carry you through the slide. Most people have a mental block so they will take like 3 steps to deccel afterwards instead of sliding. That being said gel res 8s are very easy to slide in
 

Matthew Lee

Professional
Agreed with above statement. If you can slide in one shoe, you should be able to do it with most any tennis shoes.
From my experience, however, Asics shoes help best with sliding (for some reason).
 

InSydeOut

New User
To those who slide: do you guys make sure the courts are of a certain quality before trying to slide?
Im asking because the outdoor ones by my house have almost sandpaper like quality about them. But indoor courts are usually smoother.
 

Matthew Lee

Professional
Not really? I just check out the court once I get on them and feel if they're new or old. Newer courts are sticky and more difficult to slide on, but not impossible. Older courts are smoother and easier to slide on, but it does increase the chances of over-sliding and slipping imo.
 

socallefty

Legend
Did you guys learn to slide on clay and then do it on hard courts also or did you learn to slide playing only on hard courts? Apart from ATP pros, I haven’t seen anyone else slide here on hard courts in Southern California where everyone grows up exclusively on hard courts.
 

Matthew Lee

Professional
I don't speak for everyone here but I picked up sliding a year into playing tennis seriously, and I did it at my high school's hard courts. Haven't had the pleasure of playing on clay courts here in the states, only experienced it in visits to Korea.

From what I've felt, sliding on hard and sliding on clay are two different fields. It doesn't feel the same, for the most part.
 

lim

Semi-Pro
Ironically I don’t see more people sliding when I play on clay. They just take more steps and try as hard as they can to play like it’s a HC lol

I grew up on HC so learned on hard first. Clay is different but in a good way- easier to hit a variety of shots.

I’ve seen middle schoolers all the way up to guys in their late 30s sliding. After you do it once it’s easy to do over and over again
 
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