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Is an artificial grass court a good fit for your home?

Are you considering having a tennis court installed at your property? For many homeowners, the only surface they consider for their new tennis court is a hard court, but there are other options that are growing quickly in popularity. One of the most eye-catching is the artificial grass court. It could be that this would make an excellent choice for your home, but synthetic grass isn’t for everyone.

Firstly, let’s consider maintenance. It is generally the case that if you are a looking for a court that is as easy to maintain as possible, the right choice will probably be a hard court. These are durable, long-lasting and only require regular sweeping to stay in good shape for a long time. However, artificial grass courts are also relatively low maintenance, especially when compared to other court options such as real grass.

Once again, the court will require sweeping to stay in the best possible condition as well as regular cleaning to keep it free from acidic substances such as bird droppings. However this pales in comparison to the level of maintenance involved in the upkeep of a real grass court which requires extremely mowing and watering.

It is also worth mentioning that unlike real grass, artificial grass is an all-weather surface. Real grass will become water-logged very quickly in even light rain, which makes the surface unplayable. Artificial grass drains thanks to its porous nature, so you will be able to use the court much faster after rainfall. This can be a big benefit in the UK where the weather can be so unpredictable.

If you’re not sure whether artificial grass would be a good fit for your home, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with Sovereign Sports today. A member of the team would be happy to go over the details and options with you.

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Is a tennis court a good home investment?

Having a tennis court constructed is undoubtedly a large investment, so it’s not surprising that many home owners wonder whether this is a good way to spend their money. Here are three important reasons why it can be considered an excellent use of your budget for home improvement works.

Exercise

Of course one of the best reasons to invest in a home tennis court is that it is actually an investment in your health. Having the opportunity to play on a tennis court that’s just a few seconds from your home means that you can be more motivated to put time into it. Tennis is a fantastic way to get exercise for people of any age as it is a cardio-vascular workout as well as one that works a variety of muscle groups. If you’re interested in getting in better shape, a home tennis court can be a great way to help achieve this goal.

Prestige

Having a private tennis court on your property adds a level of prestige that not very many homes can boast. If you are looking for an investment that is both a great feature piece for your home and one that you can actually use to spend quality time with your family and friends, this can be a fantastic choice. For an even more prestigious option, you can choose a tennis court surface that even fewer homes have such as synthetic grass or artificial clay.

Adds value to property

Another great reason to have a tennis court installed is that it adds value to your home. If you know that at some point you are going to be leaving your current home behind and moving on to another property then you may be considering the best ways to ensure that it has strong value in the housing market. A tennis court is a status symbol and it will impress potential buyers.

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Tips to improve your serve

Whether you’ve had your own private court constructed, or you just like to play occasionally at a local club, every tennis player would like to improve their game. One of the best ways to do this is with a powerful, accurate and consistent serve. So here are some tips to improve your service game.

The correct grip

What grip do you use to serve? If it’s the same grip that you utilise for forehands you may well be making a mistake, as this can make a big difference to the power, spin and accuracy of the serve. Generally, the preferred grip for the server is known as the continental grip. If you are right handed, this grip is achieved by having the right knuckle aligned with the right edge of the racket ensuring that it is in line with your arm.

There are different types of serve

If you don’t have much experience with tennis and only ever play causally, you might not be aware that there are multiple different types of serve. The two most popular are the flat serve and the top spin serve. It is relatively straight forward in the sense that to achieve a top spin serve you simply add top spin on the shot, while a flat serve is played without any spin.

The important thing to note is that you should focus on one type of serve to master it – yes you game might be predictable for a while, but having a consistent serve is the foundation of tennis.

Improve your toss

One aspect of the serve that is often forgotten is the toss, but it plays an important role on the quality of your serve. Often players will toss the ball far too low which can make it impossible to complete a natural service motion. In an ideal toss, the ball should be high enough that you can hit it when you are arm is fully extended.

The second serve

Finally, remember that even if you have a very powerful and accurate first serve, it is essential that you should spend time working on your second serve. The second serve is a shot that you need to be safe to ensure that you don’t double fault, but too many players make the mistake of hitting a second serve that is too safe, leaving their opponent with an easy winner to hit. It’s important, then, that you should spend time practising for a safe second serve that doesn’t lose too much power.