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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.