So the court is almost completely renovated now. Apparently, the settlement warranted so much money that they can hire landscapers to ‘beautify’ the court. So Out with the disposal company and in with the landscaping company. This week we were greeted by the sight of “Green Thumb Landscaping.” Even though they’re from Wisconsin, apparently the park owner ‘got a good deal.’
So it got me thinking since it’s been highly requested. “What is the best court to play on?!” Short answer: clay.
Okay, so every court has their pro’s and con’s, this is nothing new. But we will explore them and then I will explain to you why Clay is clearly the best.
Grass: Grass courts are the most popular in Great Britain, which is where Wimbledon is played. Grass courts are considered to be the fastest courts, they are hard-packed and can create very healthy bounces if the grass is well grown. But that’s the problem; the grass is difficult to recreate more than once, which means there’re variety and variety is terrible for determining a victor.
Hardcourt: Hard courts are a uniform material. These are usually the indoor courts and are covered in an acrylic layer. This is a close second regarding mine being the favorite. However, there are problems with buffing it. Sometimes a buffed floor can change things. We want to remove as many variables as possible from the equation to create the most stable arena for the players to meet.
Concrete: The most unforgiving kind of court. I prefer this the least. While concrete is uniformly equal, it’s too much so. It is rigid; it doesn’t contour to feet well, and it causes the most problems for people who play for very long periods of time. From studies that I’ve read, it reduces bounce, which can be good because we don’t want sloppy athletes, it’s bad in the long run because it promotes the wrong playing which is playing to a detriment of the athlete.
Clay: The top dog. This has the best features of everything. It’s softer than concrete which means its faster than hardcourt and concrete. It’s much easier to replicate, which makes it better tournament material than grass. And it can never be buffed or too changed the way hardcourt does. Regarding a texture being both optimal for tennis and easily replicated, clay is the best place to play on for all tennis goers.
While I much prefer clay to any other surface, it is also extremely hard to find. I play on a concrete-hybrid court when I play outside and hardwood when I play indoors. I have to go out of my way to play on clay. However, when I’m visiting friends in different places, I want to play them at their best and with the best so I will usually insist on playing with clay. There’re my very well-funded two cents. If you have any other crazy questions for yours truly, you know how to drop me a line.