3 Reasons Clay Tennis Courts Are the Best Option for Beginners

26 October 2018
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Some tennis courts will be built for expert play, but those are relatively rare. Most of the time, you'll want to keep the needs of beginners in mind.

Could be you're having a tennis court built for a school, where most students are never going to get much higher than beginner level, or you could be building for a leisure complex, which needs to cater both to experienced players and those who are holding a racket for the first time. Even if you're a keen amateur building a tennis court in your own garden, you'll want visiting friends and family to be able to play a few rounds without getting frustrated.

With that in mind, consider these three reasons why clay courts are often best for beginners.

1. Slows Down Play

Slower play might not sound great at first, but it's really useful for players without much experience. Clay courts have quite a lot of give, so they take some speed off the ball every time the surface is struck. Clay also helps reduce the skid of a ball on the court's surface. Since the ball will be moving slower, beginners have more time to think about what type of shot they want to take. In most cases, it's thinking time rather than physical ability that gets in the way of amateur players.

2. Provides Higher Bounces

There's another reason why clay courts slow down play; they tend to make tennis balls bounce much higher than other surfaces. Just drop a tennis ball on a grass court and you'll see the difference. Providing a higher bounce does more than just slow down the game. It also means players will be better able to perfect a wider range of shots. For example, you'll easily get the height you need when trying to work on higher shots.

3. Prevents Exhaustion and Discomfort

Some beginners can be just as fit and healthy as experts, but you're also going to meet a fair few who aren't used to the exercise involved in tennis matches. Slow play also helps here since players don't need to move as fast, but that's only one physical advantage. Clay courts are also very good at absorbing pressure. They provide a little give when you jump and run. This helps prevent any discomfort in the joints among people unused to exercise, and people generally stay fresher longer on slightly padded surfaces.

For more information, get in touch with local tennis court builders.