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The Physics of Grass, Clay and Cement

There are more than 160 different types of tennis surfaces. An investigation into how they impact play on the court. By Jonah Lehrer on The official rule book of tennis is 35 pages long. For the most part, the document is a case study in compulsive precision.

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In the sport of tennis the biomechanics of the sport can change a lot depending on the surface that is played. In “The Physics of Grass, Clay, and Cement” this concept is discussed and analyzed. With so many different surfaces that a person can... more »In the sport of tennis the biomechanics of the sport can change a lot depending on the surface that is played. In “The Physics of Grass, Clay, and Cement” this concept is discussed and analyzed. With so many different surfaces that a person can play on, the length of the stroke and the strategy of the game changes as well. The clay provides longer points and bigger strokes. This scenario is the opposite of what happens on the grass courts, which forces a shorter backswing and more slices and flatter serves. Some players with limited technique and unique playing style can suffer more than others when competing in different court surfaces. Some players are more adapted to certain surfaces because due to playing style adopted in the country. South Americans are more used to slower courts like clay while americans and some europeans countries are more geared towards faster paced game on a grass or hard courts. 09-26-2014 12:12pm

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