The Benefits of Playing on Clay

To succeed in tennis, players must be able to create and adapt, to attack and defend, to lose an agonizingly long point and still be ready for the next one. These attributes are best learned on clay.

A game for your body and soul

Playing on clay leaves players more physically and emotionally satisfied than other surfaces.

The physical satisfaction comes from playing long points and long matches without over-stressing the knees, back, and lower extremities.

The emotional satisfaction comes from the thinking, creating, and tactical responding that goes into each point and each match.

Better for your health. Better for your game.

Har-Tru courts reduce the risk of injury.

Most amateur tennis players play for life — from the time they're young until their retirement years. Half of all tennis players are likely to suffer an injury during a typical season of play. The primary reason: the court surface and the shoe. But clay surfaces allow sliding, which results in seven times fewer injuries than surfaces which do not. Har-Tru surfaces allow players to slide and recover under control, instead of slamming down onto the court, absorbing the shock in every joint in the body.

Clay is cooler. Literally.

Other dark-colored surfaces absorb and retain the sun's heat. Har-Tru surfaces retain their moisture and breathe, keeping the surface an average of 20% cooler than hard courts, even during the hottest days of summer.

Slower ball speed means a more enjoyable game.

The ball bounce on a clay court is slower than other surfaces. This means more time to get to shots resulting in longer rallies that are less strenuous on the body.

Players develop a better, more well-rounded game.

An analysis of the world's top tennis players shows that most had extensive clay court training in their formative years. Clay court play develops toughness, stamina, patience and strategy that hard court play does not.

Clay dries quickly and is environmentally safe.

Unlike hard court surfaces, players can be on a clay court in a matter of minutes after a rain shower. Har-Tru is made up of natural, crushed, green stone, leaving no chemicals or toxic waste. Har-Tru absorbs water quickly, solves run-off control issues, and gets players back on the court for an exciting match.

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Clay Court Training

Tips to Release Your Inner Champion


50%
Allow at least 50% of your tennis training to occur on clay.

For serious players, it’s essential to practice and play at least half of your matches on clay. It’s easier to go from clay courts to hard courts than the other way around — and practicing on clay will help you substantially improve your hard court game.


Doubles
Use clay-court practice to refine your strokes and augment your game. Focus on topspin, accuracy, and consistency.

If you’re a doubles player, clay-courts will teach you to be ready for everything to come back, challenge you to volley with greater precision, and make you more aware of the best shot locations to keep your team in control of the point.


The Long Game
Improve your patience and persistence as you learn to handle adversity

More shots come back on clay and players learn to be patient. Long points mean more decisions must be made per point, resulting in improved decision making. Long points require more mental endurance, resulting in greater mental toughness. Long points teach you how to construct a point and beat higher-ranked players.