If you are considering Wilson tennis shoes, you will base your choice on the type of surface you play on. Each court surface offers different challenges for shoes, and you are best off choosing the type of shoe optimal for the surface you play most of the time. In addition, your style of play will also determine the best shoe for your game. Here are the key factors to consider while purchasing shoes:
- Grip: Grass and clay courts require the strongest grip. Grass can be slippery because of dampness or spots where the grass is worn. Clay is frequently dusty, which also offers little in the way of traction. You will often have to match the grip strength with the requirements of the outsole, because on some surfaces, you require grip but a defined
tread is not recommended.
- Outsole style: The outsole is in contact with the court. When you are playing on clay, the outsole needs to release the clay from its grooves and avoid making marks. Grass is tricky for the same reason; you want grip, but you do not want to ruin the grass. That is why Wimbledon players always wear flat shoes—to maintain the condition of those heralded courts. However, if you play on a hard court, you need strong outsoles to take the demands of that surface.
- Upper strength: The upper determines stability. Stronger uppers for hard courts hold you steady while you move over the fast surface. The same is true for clay courts, since the surface is slower than a hard surface, but you require the stability since there is more time to move and set than with other courts. Grass is a natural surface that requires flexibility, so your uppers for a grass court will be softer.
- Side and lateral support: Clay courts encourage more side-to-side movement, so your shoes need strong sides and good support so you are less likely to roll an ankle during play. This consideration is not essential with grass and hard courts because players usually do not have time to set their feet before play. That often results in less side movement and less need for support in that direction.
- Insole cushioning: The give offered by grass and clay makes the game less taxing for joints, feet and legs. This is not true for hard courts. Shoes made for this play environment offer cushioning and bounce-back to make up for unforgiving surfaces.
- Play style: Most players are either baseline or serve-and-volley types. The baseline player stays along the back line of the court. Since there is often more lateral motion, they tend to go through shoes quicker by wearing out outsoles. So, even if you primarily play on grass or clay, you may require more durability if you are a baseline player. Serve-and-volley players, meanwhile, charge the net more frequently, and the action often wears out the toes of shoes more quickly. If this is your tendency, shoes with reinforced toecaps and a medial inside the arc are essential.
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