Where To Find Cheap, Inexpensive Tennis Shoes.

When shopping for tennis shoes, one must consider all the options. However, there may not always be a shoe that can meet all the tennis players needs while not hurting the wallet.  Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’re just stepping on to the court for the first time, choosing a tennis shoe is an essential part of the game.  Because of this, I have compiled a list of cheap tennis shoes and where to find them. I have rated them on a scale from 1 to 5, looking at popularityfoot support, and comfort. I will also evaluate each shoe based on court surface type.

Tip #1 

Stick to Strictly Tennis Shoes on the court. When you use running, training shoes or any other shoe on the tennis court, they aren’t specifically designed for lateral movement which most tennis shoes are. Because of this, it is extremely beneficial to get a long-lasting, durable shoe.

Tip #2

When Shopping for tennis shoes its also extremely important to remember that there are three common types of court surfaces being grass, hard, and clay. With each of these surfaces comes a different shoe type.

Tip #3

Most of the shoes discussed in this post are Value Tennis Shoes. What this simply means is that they incorporate both the technology of an explosive, lightweight shoe and highly supportive, durable shoes. These technologies cater to both and are simply priced lower because of value and older technologies. They will do fine for a beginner or casual player and may even work for serious and intermediate to advanced players. I myself have often used these shoes and loved them!

Pronated vs Supinated and Ideal Feet

Taken from Midwestsports.com information section, a tennis player can have either pronated or supinated feet.

– Pronated feet simply means that you will notice excessive shoe wear on the inside area near the balls of the feet. Most of this wear is due to the motion is on the side to side movement of the feet. Because of this, you will need to have serious lateral support to protect your ankles and feet. Over 60% of the population have pronated feet.

– Supinated feet simply means that you will that you will be using mostly your heel for movement and support. The outward portion of the foot makes initial contact with the ground and the foot/ankle rolls. Supination puts a lot of pressure on the smaller muscles and the toes of the foot.

– Ideal if this is your foot, you’re in luck! Your weight is distributed evenly and your foot isn’t putting any strain on your toes or heel. Unfortunately, your shoes will still wear out, but they will be evenly distributed :).

Nike Shoes

For Men:

Nike Air Zoom Resistance Tennis Shoe

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– Price $80.00 – $100.00

– Mostly 3-5 Star Reviews on Tennis Express

– Zoom Air Products are mostly good for shock absorption and responsiveness.

– Court Surface: Hard

– Discounted Price compared to regular cost

What is so good about these shoes is that they are inexpensive for Nike and yet contain the frame and model of the more expensive line shoes. The zoom airframe promotes shock absorption which is what tennis players need.

For Women:

Women’s Court Air Zoom Zero Shoe

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– Price $84.50- $100.00

– Mostly 5-star reviews

– Discounted Price Compared to Regular Price

– Court Surface: Hard

You’ll find that the technology of the soles in this shoe is cutting edge. Taken from the website, the zoom zero shoe creates contours that are designed to make explosive movements more efficient and added cushioning during heel strikes which are designed to help tennis players especially. You’ll find that the extra padding of the heel makes for an even more comfortable performance.

Adidas Shoes

For Men:

Men’s Barricade Club Tennis Shoe

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– Great! Price $69.95 – $80.00

– Only 5 Star Reviews

– Most Durable Shoe on the Market

The Technology contained in this shoe is the same as Nikes, but different in a sense. Adiwear makes for an extremely useful and functional sole to “grip in all directions”. Another great perk for specifically Adidas shoes is the extended warranty. Adidas recognized that tennis players go through many shoes, so it has a guarantee that if you use a pair out in the first sixth months, you can get a new pair free!

For Women:

Women’s Barricade Classic Bounce Tennis Shoe

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– Amazing! Price $44.95-74.95

– Mixed Reviews

– Rated by Tennis Express as a “Top 6 Clay Court Tennis Shoe”

– True “Bounce” will happen.

Like stated above, Adidas shoes are profoundly durable and steady, they contain only the best Adituff technology so they will hardly ever wear down. Because of this, this shoe is great for Pronation and Supination of the foot. Named as such, these shoes really bounce and make sure that your feet are light and easy to move with.

New Balance Shoes

For Men:

Men’s 786v2 D Width Tennis Shoe

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-Price $67.95 – $74.95

-Mostly 5 Star Reviews

Superior Shock and Durability come with this Shoe. Great Supportive Fit around the toes and the cushioning and flexibility.

For Women:

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Women’s 696v3 B Width Tennis Shoe

– Price $39.95 – $59.95

– Mostly 5 Star Reviews

The sole is enhanced with durability in high wear areas of the shoe and increase traction in the herringbone pattern.

What’s The Best Shoe Overall?

Although many of these shoes are great, there really is no one “best shoe”. From personal experience, I enjoy Nike shoes from time to time but I realize that some Adidas shoes I owned for years have still got their form and hardly any wear and tear. I would recommend buying one brand at a time and chose what makes the most sense to you. There are many pros and cons to each of the shoes and brands I reviewed. But according to cost these shoes are top of the line and will give you the most value!

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Tennis Footwork Drills – It Starts With The Feet.

In the sport of tennis, it is extremely beneficial for you to maintain and improve your footwork. You need to be able to get to the ball by chasing it down with your feet. You need to be able to set yourself up for the shot with good feet placement and form, and lastly, you need to diversify your movement whether it be a lateral step, a forward step, or a split step.

I have taken some ideas from other coaches around the internet and from my personal experience and have suggested some specific tennis footwork drills to utilize in order to increase mobility.

Most of the footwork drills that you will be practicing cannot be done without an agility ladder. There are some very inexpensive ladders on the market and a quick Amazon.com search reveals that you can find one from anywhere from $10 to $20. Cones will cost you the same if not cheaper. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone who is reading this to purchase a ladder and cones as an investment to help with these drills.

Side Shuffle/Lateral Movement

Lateral Movement is probably the #1 style of movement that will be used in tennis. You will constantly be at the baseline moving to the right and to the left over and over again. There’s a potential to run multiple miles in a tennis match. You must be well prepared, energized and ready to move. The following Footwork Drills will prepare your body for fast, explosive movements that will prepare you for tennis practice and matches.

– Two Shuffle Feet in Each Box

Work from one side to the other by placing two feet in each box all the way through the ladder

(Make sure that you’re doing 5 sets right and left both ways, make sure you keep the arms tight together)

– Crossover Step 

Work from one side of the ladder to the other by crossing over each foot and placing one foot in each box.

(Do 5 sets with 10 seconds in between each set. Make sure your arms are close to your body tight together)

– Two In Two Out

Work from one side to the other making sure you step both feet in and both feet out in each box at a fast rate.

(Make sure your arms are close to your body tight together)

– In and Out Jumps

Work from left to right making sure both feet land in the box and jump out and take two quick jumps before jumping back in.

– Rotation Drill

Set up two cones in the middle of the lines from the center hash mark to the baseline, with either the ball-machine or a partner feeding, circle each cone and stroke a forehand and follow back and stroke a backhand, shuffling each way.

Split Step

The Split step is a very important type of footwork ability for tennis players. Part of the reason it is so important is that it is an anticipatory movement that you ideally make as your opponent is hitting the ball. If practiced correctly it will help your agility all over the court and explosiveness to the ball.

A proper Split step is performed by jumping 1 to 2 inches above the ground, ideally, it is timed at your opponents moment of contact with the ball.

As you can see, once you are in the air you have to spread your legs apart, and the width of this spread varies by player to player. You would essentially want a gap of about shoulder-width apart to spread your legs during the split step. Upon landing, you need to be ready to explode towards the ball with complete force. As a rule of thumb it is essential that you bend your knees in order give yourself more stability.

A good exercise to practice the split step with a hitting partner is to rally normally but practice timing bending your knees, jumping 1 to 2 inches above the ground, and landing right as your opponent hits the shot.

You can even practice this skill alone if you position yourself on the baseline facing the net and imagine you have an opponent on the other side of the net. Every time you imagine your opponent hitting the ball, perform a split step all the while making sure you have balance and upon landing run to the right corner of the baseline and then side shuffle step back to the middle of the court. After this repeat the same process going to the left corner and side shuffling back to the center. Ideally, repeat this exercise three times and take breaks of 60 seconds.

Forward Movement

The third type of footwork is forward movement or sometimes called transition game. What this type of footwork is good for is moving from the back of the court to the front of the court to hit aggressive shots, volleys, retrieve drop shots, and lastly to hit overheads. This part of tennis is vastly overlooked today because of the popularity of the back of the court baseline game. It is important however to train these skills using this exercise.

Set up your cones in a line from the baseline to the net. Practice without the racket quick feet at one cone and then after 5 seconds of quick feet at each cone, sprint to the next cone up. After 5 seconds at that cone sprint again, keep doing this until you reach the net and then backpedal back.

With a partner set up the cones in a line to the net. Have the partner or coach feed you a ball and hit a forehand or backhand at the baseline, then sprint to the next cone and have your coach or partner feed you another forehand, make sure you are staying balanced all the time. After this have your coach feed you a volley at the next cone, sprint to the next and then have your coach/partner feed you an overhead to hit. After practicing this drill you should feel more comfortable moving forward and hitting different shots although those will be discussed in a later post.

Integrating The Skills In Practice

Always make sure when you practice by yourself, with your private coach, or with your team to work on footwork first. Footwork is easily the most important type of skill in tennis and is as essential as a serve. Work hard on your footwork and make sure that you bring a ladder, if your legs aren’t somewhat tired after practicing these few skills then you did not work hard enough. Perfect practice makes perfect and from my experience as a coach, I always see a lack of footwork in my athletes. If you can integrate these tips and use them effectively I estimate you’ll be in a better position than at least 50% of your competition.

Integrating The Skills In Matches

As mentioned above more than 50% of the athletes I see aren’t moving their feet enough to really help their game. If you can diversify the types of movement that your feet have, there is no reason that you cannot improve, win, dominate, or give yourself a competitive edge in whatever level of tennis you are participating in. I think integrating these skills into matches is somewhat of a natural thing and it will happen the more your practice. Think of your body of having a mind of its own and when it learns something new it will absolutely take time before it becomes second nature, but eventually, it will.

Tennis Serve Technique – Tips to master the service motion.

The first and most important shot in tennis is and will always be the serve. Think of it is the essential shot that starts every point. Serving has changed over the years from becoming just a shot to start every point, to a massive weapon that can be bombed upwards of 155 mph professionals and amateurs alike. If you want to make yourself into a modern tennis player, you must be able to master the service motion, the most fundamental part of your game.

You can use the following guide on the proper tennis serve technique to master your ability to serve. I first will talk about the beginning of your serve (the grip and the toss), the middle, (knee bending and racket motion) and then the finish, (hitting your serve and pronating your wrist). I will even talk about the three serves (kick, slice, and flat).

Pick a position

You will need to be parallel with the baseline in order to start your service motion (With your right foot if you’re right handed). The best place to be is approximately six to eight inches behind the baseline place your left a few inches in front of your right foot in order to form a T. Move your left foot up to the line and place your left foot in about three inches.

Get a Grip!

The typical grip you are looking for is the “shake-hands grip” called the Continental Grip in most tennis teaching circles. You literally want to pick up the racket and hold it on the edge like you are going to hammer a nail with the frame of the racket. This Continental Grip is what you will use for your Serve. It will be used for the “Overhead” or smash shot as well as the grip for volley shots but those will be discussed in a later post.

Toss it up

You will NOT have a good serve until you can control your toss. This is as close to an absolute truth in the tennis realm as it comes. Without a toss that is consistently above the head at the right height, the correct lack of spin, and tossed from the fingertips instead of the palm, can only get so far. I like to teach my students that you should take your racket arm and ball arm in different directions(racket arm down, ball arm up) and imagine the racket is an extension of your arm and the racket face is your hand, think of your hand as throwing, not hitting the ball and your racket meets the ball at the peak of your toss. Your toss should be landing six to eight inches in front of your front foot if you tossed it up correctly.

Bend it like Beckham

As soon as you throw the ball make sure that your arms are moving in opposite directions as well as your knees are slightly bent. You will have to practice “throwing” the ball and hitting it with your racket. It is also optimal to have the toss mechanics under control before you attempt to add lower body mechanics to your serve. The lower body mechanics need to be in-sync with upper extremities and ball/racket movements.

Contact with the Ball

As you contact the ball make sure you imagine the racket as your hand and the contact point as the point of release of the ball. Keep your feet on the ground; as you get better you can start jumping up. The key to a great serve is a balance; if you’re not balanced, your toss is going to end up too far either in front or behind you a lot of the time.

Follow all the way through

For the complete benefits of a proper serve, make sure that after you’ve hit the serve, keep your head up and finish the stroke by bringing the racquet down to your left pocket. Your wrist should be pronating. Look up a video on wrist pronation to get the full benefits of a complete pronation. Only after you finish the stroke, then look down the court.

Timing is key.

With practice, you will learn that there is subtle nuance and timing to every part of your serve. Most of the professionals on the ATP World Tour can make this motion flow within their body and each little part of them flow effortlessly and in a linear fashion. What I want you to do is flow in a linear fashion from the toss to the follow through. and follow the exercises and keep practicing in order to achieve this.

The Flat Serve

The first serve variation and often the most common is the “flat” serve. You can replace flat with the word speed and it would work. The aim of this serve is to get little to no spin and all power on your ball. Most of these serves are placed towards the body or T of the service box in order to ace or win a quick, free point. When hitting this type of serve (I recommend hitting the kick serve first) you toss the ball 6 to 12 inches to the right of your right shoulder and follow the previous progressions mentioned in this post to hit the ball. You really want to do some shadow swings and to practice with your racket hitting straight through and forward to the ball and make sure that racket it following through forward as well.

The Kick Serve

The second and most essential variation of serving is called the kick serve. It gets its name from the vast amount of spin that is generated from the pronation and racket to ball contact of the ball. It is said that a player is only as good as their first serve. Most club and professional players used some type of kick serve as a second serve. I would certainly recommend using the kick serve as your second serve. In order to hit this serve you need to toss the ball directly above your head and when you make contact with the ball you are brushing up against the ball, pronating with the wrist to the right and following through with your racket to the right. One of my teachers always said to think of the kick serve pronation as your racket is your hand and the tennis ball is a “beach ball” and you’re rolling the beach ball in the sand just to emphasize the brushing motion.

An exercise you can use to practice your kick serve is to hold your racket above your and trap a tennis ball in between your hand and the racket as you’re holding it above your head. Once you have this position roll the tennis ball on the strings of the racket with your hand and practice brushing up the ball with your racket so the ball comes out. It may take some time to master this pronation technique but it is certainly worth it.

The Slice Serve

The Slice serve is my personal favorite serve since I like angles and if you can master the slice serve it can be used to open up the court for a vicious forehand or just to simply catch your opponent off guard. The toss position for this variation is tough to really pinpoint, but ideally, you want the toss to be to the right of your right shoulder. For the exercise, I have to give credit to Pete from crunch time coaching on YouTube.

His drill went something like this: You remember skipping rocks as a kid right? Well to practice the slice serve you are doing exactly that. You begin by flicking your wrist below your waist, then progress to flick your wrist with your racket cutting into the ball with your strings. You then toss balls and stand at the service line flicking your wrist with the racket and toss the ball trying to get it over the net into the service box. You then progress from flicking your wrist below your waist to positioning it above your head and making sure it goes over. If you can flick your wrist correctly you will have the strings working in a great way to apply slice to the ball and practice this variation of serving.

Mastering your serve.

In order to master the proper serve technique, you will need to master the progressions of the service motion. This really cannot be stressed enough.  It all starts with listening to instruction, following through with practice, and not getting discouraged. You will have all the tools at this website. To review, we talked about positioning, which leads into the correct Continental Grip, into the racket mechanics which lead to body mechanics and follow through. We talked about the three serve variations and each exercise for each variation. Follow the exercises and keep practicing in order to achieve the perfect flow of your service motion and once you have mastered a fluid service motion you will be well on your way to mastering the game of tennis!

About Alex

Hello! Welcome to my website. 

My name is Alex Townsend and I am a 23 year old tennis enthusiast who has an interest in spirituality, exercise, nutrition, reading, yoga, meditation, existentialism, and self improvement. Here you will find all sorts of tennis resources that include products, advice(mine and others), links to pages, books, recommendations and a progression guide of my making.

My Experience With Tennis. 

Tennis & I share somewhat of a love story. I picked up the game when I was 9 years old on whim with a family member. From there I fell in love with the game and have been steadily playing since then. Thats a total of 14 years! Of these 14 years I learned a vast amount of my tennis knowledge through online sources, (YouTube, Personal Websites). I figured giving back is natural.

I admire tennis so much because I liken it to chess. It is mostly played in the mind, as well as an equal oppotunity to play an external opponent. Because of this physical-mental challenge there is much to explore. Tennis has a complexity that in my opinion no other sport has. 

Along the way I have played competitively for my high school and college teams for a total of 7 years. From 2004 onward I have followed professional tennis religiously and deeply enriched my understanding of the game from then on. I have worked as a  professional coach for about 6 months and I aim to bring my expertise from coaching to my website.

The game has evolved since I have started playing. Mostly now it is about athleticism and a strong baseline game which I will talk about more as the site gets started. 

The Modern Day Tennis player needs to know how to: Serve, move laterally, hit a Forehand, hit a Backhand, hit Volleys, and keep a good head on their shoulders.

I Have A Lot To Give.

As I have said, my profession for the past six months has been the coaching of students. I am not PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) or USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) certified yet, however my goal is complete this certification and share my complete and total knowledge of the ins and outs of the game of tennis here. Think of it like this, I am coaching you from the comfort of my home.

Tennis Is A Lovely Game

What really inspires me is to pass down my knowledge onto those looking for answers. My answers include product reviews and placement, an advice post, commentary on the professional game and strategy for the novice player.

While browsing the website feel free to introduce yourself to me and ask away any questions you have about tennis or life in general!

Tennis starts with love,

Alex

Founder of Lovely Tennis