Interested in getting Babolat tennis shoes for your tennis season? It’s important you get the right type of shoes for the circumstances surrounding your game. In general, you are going to want to heavily base your choice on the kind of surface you play on. Each type of court poses different types of challenges for shoes, so consider the kind of surface you most often tend to play on, as well as your style of play.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when purchasing Babolat tennis shoes:
- Play style: Are you more of a baseline player, or more of a serve-and-volley player? A baseline player will tend to stay along the back line of the court, and use much more lateral motion. This puts more pressure on the outsoles of your shoe, which means you’ll benefit from more durability. Serve-and-volley players, however, tend to play all over the court and are more likely to charge the net, which means you will need more durability in the toes of the shoes. Shoes with reinforced toecaps are often an excellent choice.
- Grip: Grass and clay courts each require a strong grip. Grass is often slippery, especially after morning dew or rains, while clay is often dusty, which can put friction at a premium. On either type of court, you are going to want to have shoes that give you a strong grip to the playing surface.
- Insole cushion: Grass and clay have a little more give than harder types of courts, which can make the game much less taxing on your joints, legs and feet. However, harder courts will likely require you to have some extra cushioning in your insoles to make up for the lack of natural give found in grass and clay courts.
- Outsole style: The outsole is always in contact with the court. On clay surfaces, the outsole needs to be able to release the clay from its grooves to avoid making marks. Grass can be quite tricky, as you want to have some grip, but also do not want to ruin the grass during game play. You’ll often see Wimbledon players wearing completely flat shoes, which is done mostly to maintain the condition of the court. On hard courts, on the other hand, you must have strong outsoles that will hold up to the punishment they take all throughout the game.
- Side and lateral support: Clay courts tend to encourage players to move laterally more often, which means you must have support on the sides so you can avoid turning your ankles and getting hurt. This is not as important for grass and hard courts, because play is faster on those types of surfaces, meaning there is less lateral movement and therefore less need for lateral support in the shoes.
- Upper strength: A stronger upper is beneficial for play on hard courts, as it can help you remain steady while running around the surface. This is also true for clay courts, even though there is a slower surface, but you will be moving around a lot more. Grass requires more flexibility, so you do not want as much rigidity in your uppers
Contact us today at Lawler Sports for more information about choosing a pair of Babolat tennis shoes.