When you go to the store to buy tennis shoes what exactly do you look for? Is it the way they look or feel, or how about the weight or durability of the tennis shoe? These are all key components in picking the right tennis shoe for your game. But what is the most important part of picking the right tennis shoe for your tennis game?
I have been a successful tennis player for quite some time. I started playing when I was about 10 years old and now I am a senior playing at the University of Georgia. In 2007 we were able to win the National Championships held in Athens, GA. What I am trying to say is I have worn my share of shoes and I know what works for me. It might not be the same for you but I would like to share my insight.
I look for a couple different elements when I am choosing the right tennis shoe. First when I try on the shoe it can’t weigh me down. If it feels too heavy and bulky I’m not going to be able to move quickly and swiftly around the court. This is very important because the comfort and weight of the shoe play a big part in your footwork on the tennis court. We all know that once your footwork goes your whole game goes down. So make sure that the shoe is light and comfortable.
Next the shoe must be versatile. It has to be able to mold to your foot with flexibility. Now this is something that is difficult to feel when trying on a brand new shoe because it takes a while for a new shoe to break in to your foot. One thing I do is take the shoe and try and bend it to see how flexible it really is. Normally the more durable shoes are going to be less flexible which could cause blisters and uncomfortable movement on the court.
So we know that the shoe needs to be somewhat light and comfortable when you put it on as well as flexible. Now we need to figure out the durability. This is very important because when you shop for a shoe that is said to be very durable then the other features will definitely struggle. So something has to give. I want my shoe to be durable but I don’t want to lose comfort or flexibility. So see how much buildup there is at the end of the shoe by your big toe. This is a fey factor to see how much tread and durability has been built up in the design of the shoe.