Sport surfaces have a wide range of materials used, each type engineered for a specific play and performance purpose. For example, natural grass is the best surface for playing soccer. Many residential or school soccer fields go with artificial turf when wanting to build a soccer field because of how easy it is to maintain, and the cost-efficiency of the maintenance. However, for the best playing soccer playing experience, a natural grass surface outperforms artificial turf. Natural grass allows for a controlled movement of the soccer ball, which is one of the main goals (no pun intended) in soccer. Artificial turf is very slippery, and the ball is basically uncontrollable and unpredictable when moving on it. Just like soccer, sports like Tennis and Pickleball require a specific type of surface for a safer, more competitive playing experience.
Tennis and Pickleball are sports that require a particular type of playing surface. The surface is similar to the surface of a skateboard. It is a sandy, grip-equipped surface. For Tennis, the grip of the playing surface is stronger than the paying surface of a Pickleball court. The sandy, grip-like surface of a Tennis court is engineered in such a way so that it allows the players to jump side-to-side and back-and-forth when moving around the court quicks and continuously and avoid slipping. The bounce of the ball against the court surface is also affected by the type of court surface. On a traditional hardcourt Tennis court, the top-spin is stronger than on a natural grass Tennis court.
Furthermore, the amount of “grip” a court has can be customized at the time of resurfacing. We as athletic court surfacing professionals are often requested specific types of Tennis court surface “speeds” by Tennis facilities and professional Tennis court players. The “grip” of the court determines the “speed” of the court. For Tennis beginners, a slow court is the best option to learn how to play. This is because a slow court allows for a slower bounce of the ball, and the stronger grip of the surface also encourages the players to move slower within the court. A fast court on the other hand lets the ball bounce off faster from the ground since there is less friction between the surface and the ball, and the player can almost “slide” from every direction in the court when moving.
The surface of an athletic court determines the safety, playability, and overall playing experience of a game. We at Precision Courts Construction always make sure every single court is built based on the latest athletic court construction industry standards and construction code. Whether the courts we are building are for the casual player or professional athlete, rest assured your court is built to a professional-tier athletic court standards.