Tennis Shoes - the Importance of Choosing a Good Pair

By: Greg Howard

As the game of tennis grows more popular with each passing year, an increasing number of people all over the world take up the sport and indulge many hours each day pursuing the game and improving their own level of play on different types of tennis courts. While these tennis fans and players learn to love the sport in its various styles, they also subject their bodies to long hours of stress through the workouts they have training with a coach or playing games against friends.

What many of these tennis fans fail to recognize is this stress that they subject their bodies through each time they step out on a tennis court. With the game moving towards a more power-based focus due to the influence from the professional tennis players’ circuit, players now use more strength and power in their game compared to those who played it in the past. As a result, the momentum and force that is concentrated on their bodies grow as they improve in the sport.

What this translates to is a lot of stress that is placed on a tennis player’s feet, as they serve out each game and also when they move around the tennis court. In many sports, the foundation of a person’s stability and strength comes from how well grounded their lower body is. And to support that, a person’s lower body strength is an important factor in providing the force and power his or her upper body needs in carrying out an action. And with that comes an equal and opposite reaction on the feet. The stronger and more powerful a tennis player becomes, the heavier is the stress his feet is subjected to.

Therefore, in order to protect one’s feet in tennis, a good and stable pair of tennis shoes is of utmost importance in achieving that. The shoes must have cushioned soles that can not only absorb the impact of running around the court on different types of surfaces, but they must be able to shield the player’s feet from the stress that is placed on them when carrying out serves or returning shots from opposing players. A good pair of tennis shoes will also provide advanced sole technology that can give a player an advantage when exchanging forehands and backhands through the course of a game.

While providing a player’s feet with comfort is critical, one should also ensure that the tennis shoes are durable. If they can be used for a prolonged period of time and yet have an optimum level of performance throughout, the tennis player would have chosen well. With the sometimes smooth surfaces that a tennis grass court might have, tennis shoes for such a playing surface should also provide sufficient grip to prevent unwanted slips during a game. No one would want to experience a fall which can lead to unnecessary injuries that might even be career threatening. Good tennis shoes should provide these qualities that not only enhance a player’s experience, but also indirectly contributes to the health and longevity of his career.

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