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Before I had my two kids, I was used to working out at the gym, playing badminton and going for a run whenever I wanted. With a toddler and baby, I found it was much more difficult to find the time to exercise and invest in my own health and well-being in the way I was used to. However, I was determined to eke out some time in my day for myself and found that if you’re willing to be flexible and take a creative approach to the way you exercise, you can stay in shape. I started this blog to share my tips with other mums and help readers create their own fitness routines that allow them to continue taking part in the sporting activities they enjoy in a way that fits in with their responsibilities as parents.

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Tips On Choosing The Right Shoes For Synthetic Grass Tennis Courts

by Tommy Gordon

Whether you're an amateur or a pro, your tennis playing style will alter in accordance with the court surface that you are playing on.  In order to make your technique as effective as possible, it's very important that you select the right footwear for each different court surface.  In fact, the wrong choice of shoe can mean the difference between winning and losing matches and could also leave you more at risk of picking up injuries.

Synthetic grass tennis courts are becoming increasingly popular for both private homes and public clubs, and the right kind of tennis shoes are essential if you're to perform well on this surface.  Here are some tips on how to make the right choice.

Synthetic grass court tennis shoes

Good playing technique on synthetic grass courts includes plenty of serving and volleying, drop shots, and net action, rather than the prolonged baseline rallies that are often seen on hard and clay courts. 

Synthetic grass tennis courts tend to play quite fast with a low, flat ball bounce.  However, like clay, the surface can be slippery, especially if there is a generous surface topping of sand on the court or if there has been recent rain.  For these reasons, you'll need tennis shoes that offer you good grip so that you can stop and change direction quickly, without losing your footing. 

Synthetic grass tennis courts are pretty durable, but they can sustain damage from scuffing over time, especially if the courts are heavily used.  If you choose a tennis shoe with a flat outsole, you are less likely to inflict damage on the court surface. 

As synthetic grass makes for quite a soft tennis court surface, you won't need to wear very robust, durable outsoles, as your shoes won't wear out as quickly as they would if you were playing frequently on clay or a hard court.  A shoe with a flexible upper part is a good choice too, as this will allow your feet more freedom to move as you run and reduce the risk of pinching or stubbing injuries to your toes when you stop and change direction rapidly.  Herringbone soles tend to be too slippery so it is best to go for a shoe that has a pimpled sole for extra grip.

In conclusion

When it comes to choosing the right tennis shoes for use on synthetic grass tennis courts, it really is a case of using what works best for you.  Use the tips given above to help you choose the right shoes for your own style of play and the unique characteristics of synthetic grass tennis courts.

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