Improve Your Game from Home
When most people think about playing sports on synthetic turf, their minds might go to football, baseball, or soccer. Tennis usually doesn’t even make the list. However, installing a tennis court in your backyard can be a fantastic way to improve your skills, have some fun, and get more exercise. It often turns out that a homeowner discovers that their new tennis court is also a great investment, and increases their property value. A beautiful tennis court adds to the curb appeal of any home, and may very well make your neighbors jealous!
The first thing to decide on when you are planning to install a backyard tennis court is the playing surface material. People often default to a hard surface, like asphalt or concrete sealed with acrylic. While this is a popular option, it does have some drawbacks. Hard surfaces are harder on your joints, like your knees and ankles. Concrete or asphalt courts also tend to have issues with drainage and surface cracking. There is a rapidly growing trend of homeowners seeking alternative surface materials that not only hold up better, but also are more aesthetically pleasing, and blend in more with existing landscapes.
Some of the common surface alternatives include clay, natural grass, and synthetic grass.
Installing a clay court can be very expensive, and can also be very difficult to maintain properly. Most homeowners with clay tennis courts resort to hiring an experienced groundskeeper to maintain it – or the expect the court surface to not last very long. The ball bounces softer and slower on a clay court than a concrete or asphalt court. This reduction in ball speed is undesirable for many enthusiasts. The sheer volume of maintenance required for a clay court makes it impractical for most residential applications.
Natural Grass Courts
While natural grass courts provide faster ball speed and a bounce, they are incredibly difficult to maintain. At Wimbledon, many of the courts are actually “closed” for months to allow the grass to grow back in. The maintenance schedule at Wimbledon is exhaustive, and the water and labor is far more substantial than maintaining a natural grass lawn. Living in an area that is often plagued by drought, and subject to watering restrictions, a natural grass tennis court is not the best option.
Synthetic Grass Courts
This is exactly where synthetic turf comes in. Synthetic grass has a unique surface that is incredibly durable and simple to care for. It plays much like a natural grass surface, but with a lot less time and money will be spent on maintaining it.
Here are just a few of the benefits of a synthetic grass tennis court:
A More Consistent Playing Surface
Natural grass is susceptible to all types of inconsistencies, like divots, holes, or dead patches, and these can all affect gameplay. With an artificial grass tennis court, none of these issues will ever be a concern. Your synthetic grass tennis court will retain its uniform smoothness, and provide predictable, consistent ball travel across its surface. With synthetic grass, there’s no variation in thickness; the surface is even and allows for safer player movement over the court. This consistency helps prevent injuries that can be caused by uneven play surfaces.
Artificial turf allows players to reach their full potential. In addition to it even surface, synthetic grass drains far better than natural grass. You can go play on your synthetic grass tennis court as soon as the rain stops, without worry of mud or puddles, and you certainly can’t do that with a natural grass tennis court!
A synthetic turf tennis court can be customized to your ideal playing experience. If you want a surface that mimics a hard court, or one that plays more like clay, your court can be designed to suit. Homeowners will also never need to re-paint or chalk lines on their tennis court. Even with daily play, and constant sun exposure, the lines will never fade or wear out. With natural grass or clay, frequent maintenance must be performed to ensure that lines are clearly marked, since they are essential to play. The lines won’t get washed away in the rain, shift, or get muddy. Synthetic grass offers a long-term solution, that is durable, long-lasting, and doesn’t need the maintenance of the other surface materials..
Synthetic grass is far more resistant to wear than alternative surface options. Natural grass courts often must be shut down for a period of time to let worn out grass regrow. In the winter, grass can die. Synthetic grass gives you the option to play all year long on a cushioned surface. Artificial turf is also more resilient during periods of rain. Whereas grass and clay become muddy and difficult to play on – and hard courts suffer from significant puddling – synthetic grass resists water and diverts it down into the ground. The durability of synthetic grass also makes it cost effective.
Reduced the Chance of Injuries
Synthetic grass courts provide a safer playing surface than the alternatives. Clay courts can cause injuries resulting from the movement of clay material under players’ feet, while hard courts can be tough on joints. Artificial turf gives players more cushioning while they are running across the court, helping to reduce joint wear. The relative softness of the synthetic court surface also allows for more aggressive play with less risk of scrapes and other injuries.
Enhance Your Yard with this Refined Option
Since many people choose typical hard courts, building a synthetic grass court allows you to have a great athletic option that’s also distinguished by its refined nature and uniqueness. A synthetic grass court recalls the luster of Wimbledon and helps to elevate the court and the land around it. Tennis was originally played on grass, and homeowners who choose it are tapping into this storied history. This is particularly important if your backyard is pristinely landscaped.
A synthetic grass court looks less like an add-on and more like a natural extension of your existing property. For competitive players, mastering a grass court can be a way to gain the upper hand on your tennis rivals. It gives new meaning to the term home court advantage.
Booking time at the club or finding an available local court can be inconvenient, preventing you from playing and practicing as much as you’d like. Instead, bring the tennis court to your own property and make playing a game as simple as walking out in your own backyard. You can double down on your devotion to tennis while creating a luxurious and handsome amenity on your property.
Pacific Grass and Turf synthetic lawns always look bright, green and fresh-cut, even in the most extreme conditions. It’s soft, safe, comfortable, easy to maintain – and the perfect compliment to any patio or landscaping project. Keep your residence looking pristine with artificial grass landscaping from Pacific Grass & Turf, your artificial turf company in Sacramento.