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Playing Tennis in the Winter Weather

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 12/13/18 1:16 PM

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Winter is here and if you are trying to continue to play tennis, you have two options. You can escape the cold and join one of the many indoor tennis leagues at your local Five Seasons Family Sports Clubs, or you can continue to play outside. If you are dedicated to continue to play outside, our many outdoor courts are ready to be played on year round. In order to play in the cold temperatures of winter, you need to change your game and the way you prepare to beat the winter chill. If you would like to learn more about how you can keep playing the game you love no matter the weather, come into your local Five Seasons today.

The Right Gear

The first step in preparing to play tennis in the winter cold is to make sure that you have all the right clothing and equipment. In order to protect yourself from the cold, you need to make sure that you wear multiple warm layers. As you play, you will heat up and need to remove a layer or two in order to stay comfortable. Dressing in layers will allow you to stay warm and comfortable throughout the game.

In order to keep your shots consistent and to avoid breaking your strings, you should switch to softer strings. As the temperature drops, your strings will become stiffer. We recommend switching to multifilament, or something comparable to keep your strings functioning well and to avoid breaking strings mid game.

Warm-Up

Warm-ups are an important part of any workout, but it becomes even more important in cold weather. When temperatures are low, your muscles will tense up and need extra time to become limber and avoid potential injuries. It is a good idea to include a 10-20 minute stretching and light exercise warm-up into your routine to get fully prepared. After your stretching routine, try doing a light jog around the courts, doing some line touches, and trying a few practice serves to warm up your legs and arms. Just 10-20 minutes can easily help save you from injuries and keep you healthy all winter long.

Play Style

The cold air of the winter has a drastic effect on how your tennis balls function. The cold temperature hardens the rubber and makes the air pressure inside the ball drop. This means that you will have to use a bit more strength to get the ball over the net. This drastic change in the way the ball behaves can make winter tennis a completely new and much more taxing game. You can always try using specially designed high altitude balls that are more resistant to cold and have a different air pressure inside to compensate for cold temperatures and certain altitudes.

Just because it is wintertime doesn’t mean that you have to stop playing tennis. You can easily join one of our many indoor tennis leagues for everyone from experts to beginners, or you can continue to play outside. Come into your local Five Seasons Family Sports Club today to see how you can play tennis all winter long!

Topics: Tennis

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