I picked up tennis about 10 months and if anyone has followed my logs, you'll know that I am completely and hopelessly in love with the sport. My goal is to go up a level by the end of March and I'm really excited to get there. Now that I have a focused goal and expectation, I've noticed how many small changes I'm making on a daily basis to get there.
The one thing I wanted to give here is a plug for my New Balance tennis shoes. New Balance sponsored a big part of PEERtrainer and I have to say that when I found out they wanted to I was thrilled because I love love love their tennis shoes. They've always been known for their superior running shoes and every successful runner I know swears by their gray 991's but I like their tennis shoe.
The shoes have this "AZORB technology" I'm sure there is some fancy "stability" word for it but I'm not sure what it is and at the end of the day, I don't care about the description as much as I care about the shoe. The shoes have a "wall" like feeling that actually freezes your sidestep to help you position yourself for a forehand or backhand. I am somewhat new to the "side-stepping" part of tennis so for me they give me that extra "stop" that I need.
The staff at my local New Balance Store told me people either love the wall effect or hate it and I am a total convert. I am only a recreational player: I play at about a level of 3.0 so I'm not sure if they are right for a high performance player but they are great for me.
The specific ones I have? I've linked to them here: WCT1003 - Womens.