INTRODUCTION TO HAR-TRU COURT SURFACES
Developing champions since 1932
The first Har-Tru court was constructed in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1932 and the brand was born. Har-Tru is consistent, timeless, and intimately acquainted with some of the greatest moments in the history of the game.
Clay-court tennis is all about the journey and not the end. It reflects hard work, patience, and endurance. It rewards those who think before they act, who are creative, and who are flexible. It can humble you and it can make you feel invincible. Not surprisingly, the skills required to win on clay are the same skills required to win in life; hence it is the right surface for players of all ages.
For three-quarters of a century now Har-Tru courts have been preferred by avid tennis players and the reasons have never changed, even most clubs and school programs in our country in the last 25 years changed their clay courts to hard courts (too expensive to maintain them), just to find out recently how much of a huge mistake it was. And again every famous club, tennis academy or college and university programs are building back courts with Har-Tru surface because it is very important for developing future top tennis players and generally healthy good club tennis players.
10 REASONS TO CHOOSE A HAR-TRU SURFACE
It’s the surface 88% of the world’s top 10 players grew up on
You will develop essential core footwork and balance skills that play on other surfaces just doesn’t teach.
You will develop a complete all-court game.
You will learn how to construct a point and beat higher-ranked players.
You will improve your patience and persistence and learn to handle adversity better.
Playing on Har-Tru will improve your endurance.
What you learn on Har-Tru allows you to succeed on all surfaces.
You are seven times less likely to be injured on a Har-Tru court than on a hard court.
Har-Tru allows you to play more hours a day and more days a week without over-stressing your joints.
In short, you will add more game to your life and more life to your game.
The best thing for a Har-Tru court is to play on it as frequently as possible and always maintain them in good playable condition.
Brush the court right to the very edges after each use. Make sure the court gets brushed at least once a day.
Water adds stability to a court. Use an automatic sprinkler system or HydroCourt to keep optimal moisture present
Brushing: Brushing a Har-Tru court redistributes the loose top dressing material and smoothes it out after play.
Watering: Water keeps a court firm and stable and ensures proper traction. Watering should take place as needed to keep court conditions optimal. At most facilities watering is done overnight and once during the middle of the day. Whatever the schedule, it should be designed to provide the court with enough water to keep it playing well until the next watering cycle.
Rolling: Rolling a court will make it firmer and faster. It also helps prevent too much loose top dressing material from building up on the court surface. Rolling is particularly important for tennis courts coming out of the winter in a freeze/thaw environment and should happen daily in this setting until the court reaches an optimal compaction. Subsequent rolling can be done as needed to achieve desired playing conditions. Rolling is most effective after the rain or in the morning when a court has moisture in it.
The annual reconditioning process includes four segments: cleaning, leveling, top dressing, and laying lines. It has to be done every spring, it is pricy and demands a lot of work but it needs to be done in order to have all the benefits and advantages of a nice playable clay court.
Cleaning – Remove the tapes and all leaves and debris and lightly scrape court to remove oversized particles.
Leveling and Rolling for 2-4 weeks – Scrape down high areas (such as where the lines were) and patch low areas repeatedly with everyday rolling to get court compact and leveled..
Top Dressing – Add new Har-Tru at a rate of two tons per court after blowing away the old dead material from courts. Soak the courts so that the new material bonds with old base, keep it wet and roll for a couple of days to make it compact and hard to prepare for installation of tapes.
Laying Lines – Install new line tapes. Re-using tapes is acceptable if the texture has not been worn off. Rolling down the tapes and court for one week to make it court surface playable.