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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fast Courts vs Slow Courts

Coach... I can't tell if it's fast or slow...

Um... first, just look at the court? Is it grainy? Does it look rough or is it smooth? When the ball lands, does it grab? I've played on courts so slow, when the ball lands, it actually pauses then comes up, and I've played on courts so fast, that it accelerates after impact. The worst court I ever saw was a checkerboard grid of small square tiles--when the ball hit the small 2 cm gap between the tiles, it would skip/slide. Fastest court I have ever played on--BUT I have never played on carpet. Next fastest is the popular rubberized surface that you see in colleges--it's a multi-platform sport surface used for volleyball, basketball, and tennis. It's like a gym floor made out of rubber--the ball slides on impact due to the slick surface--Creighton University, University of Washington had this. Awesome stuff. Wellesley had something that was a composite like the tiles and this. Almost impossible to just rally. The next set of fast courts would be the indoor court that is just an old outdoor court. The cost of re-doing it would be very high so the surface just starts to wear down and gets very slick. The funniest courts are ones where they redo the surface, but it's PAINTED... One of our city courts had this done, it was like putting oil on the surface--the ball just slipped everywhere, but your feet were fine.

Overall, guidelines: appearance, then watch the ball as it lands. If it looks like glass, plays like glass, it's glass. AHAHAH

In Bangkok: the fast courts:

Santisiluk Court soi 36 Sukhumvit, BB Tennis off of Rama 3, Trinity Sports Complex Soi 5 Silom, Primary Section Assumption Soi 11 St. Louis Silom.

Medium Courts:
Bangkok Patana School, Piyarom Club soi 100, Soi 102 Club, James Cuesta Tennis Academy Soi 50 Sukhumvit, British Club Soi 18 Silom, Tennis Academy of Asia at Muang Thani

Slow Courts:

Ptt Tennis courts soi 50 (must have an employee to play there)

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