For those of us who play on HarTru (and have to sweep afterwards ourselves), the decision comes, “what is the best way to sweep the court?”
From my experience of doing and watching others, there appear to be three popular methods to sweep the court:
1) North/South – This method sweeps from the net to the back fence in overlapping rows. This is the way I usually do it, because it makes it easier for the player sweeping the lines to follow right behind you.
2) East/West – This one goes side to side, running parallel to the net. It is good to do this occasionally to prevent buildup of material under the lines from sweeping in only one direction.
3) The Great Circle Route – I don’t really understand this one, which players sweep around the outside and end up with smaller circles in the middle of the court.
Which way do you sweep and why?
However you do it, there are some things you should consider (which many of the soft court novices ignore)…
• Don’t pick up the brush on the court. This will leave a pile of HarTru and debris on the playing surface.
• Sweep the whole court. Chuck Kinyon’s pet peeve… players who don’t sweep much beyond the baseline or sidelines.
• Sweep the center T. I like that little mark to be clean (I know, I am anal).
• Put the brushes back where you found them. If the court owners keep their big and line brushes in a certain location, return them there.
• Don’t lean the brush on its bristles. Both the court and line brushes are meant to be hung. Leaving them on the ground will ruin the bristles.
You have any other “pet peeves”?
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