The winter cold can make tennis all but impossible to play. This winter has been particularly difficult to prepare for, with temperatures varying up and down every week. The good news is that there are many ways that you can keep playing tennis through the cold. Each Five Seasons Family Sports Club has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor tennis courts that are available year-round. If you would like to learn more about how to improve your tennis game or want to shop for the right gear for you, come
Dress in Layers
The weather in the winter can be hard to predict, and temperatures can vary greatly between sun and shade. Not only can external temperatures shift, but your internal temperature is sure to shift over the course of the game. As you play, your internal temperature will rise. These temperature changes make it immensely important to dress in layers. When you start your warmups, you want your muscles to be warm and toasty to help prevent any potential temperature-related injuries. As the game progresses, you will find your temperature rising and you will need to take off a layer or two. Dressing in layers will allow you to stay comfortable and competitive throughout the entire game.
The Right Gloves
Gloves can be one of the hardest pieces of equipment to come to grips with (pardon the pun). The wrong pair of gloves will make it all but impossible to play effectively. Anyone who has played tennis for any stretch of time knows how important your grip is. A firm grip on your racket will allow you the ability to control your shots and keep your opponent on their heels all game. The perfect gloves should be just thick enough to keep your hands warm enough to be dexterous while being thin enough for you to retain your nimble grip. There are many options of gloves made specifically for tennis, but it is important to try on gloves before buying them. This is one of the rare cases where online shopping can actually be detrimental. You need to find a pair of gloves that
Change your Strings
When the winter cold strikes, using your summer racquet strings is a surefire way to lose games. Your strings will become much tenser and stiff in the cold, not to mention the fact that balls fall flat much quicker. Many tennis experts recommend using gut strings. Gut strings allow for a blend of power and performance that will hold up to some of the harshest conditions you would want to play in. If you intend to play indoors and outdoors, it is beneficial to specialize your strings on two separate racquets.
Don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying the game you love. Tennis can easily be enjoyed indoors or outdoors with the right gear. Come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club to learn more and to pick up some great new tennis gear!