Top Question Answered: Which 10-S Linesman Line Sweeper Do I Go With?

Here at 10-S Tennis Supply, a very popular question we respond to is “Which is better to sweep the lines of my clay court – the Fine Bristle or Stiff Bristle Linesman?”  While both of these “Line Sweepers” will get the job done, we will typically recommend one over the other.

A little bit about line sweepers: 
After any type of play or maintenance to a clay tennis court, you will inevitably find that there is a fair amount of clay scattered across the top of your white lines.  Years ago tennis maintenance tool designers developed the line sweeper to focus that sweeping / cleaning motion solely on the lines to sweep the lines clean.  The active part of these sweepers are on the bottom end of a long handle and consist of four hard roller wheels spaced perfectly on each side of the white tennis line.  Then in the middle, a circular brush rolls across the top of the line, simultaneously kicking off the clay, and brushing the line clean, much like a broom.  As you push forward, the wheels turn and the brush turns, giving the line sweeper the momentum to clean the lines with ease – giving the court a freshly groomed look.

After the initial design of the line sweeper – it evolved to give people two options of brushes to choose from: Fine Bristle or Stiff Bristle.  Let’s examine each of those a little closer.

10-S LINESMAN FINE BRISTLE LINE SWEEPER

10-S Linesman – Fine Bristle

The 10-S Linesman line sweeper with Fine Bristles has a positive locking action and a textured brush for an easy-to-use, yet firm brushing action. It is constructed of aluminum for years of rust free use.  Assembled with fine / soft brush.  Click here to see the Fine Bristle Linesman in action.

 

 

 

 

10-S LINESMAN STIFF BRISTLE LINE SWEEPER

10-S Linesman – Stiff Bristle

The 10-S Linesman line sweeper is the most popular line sweeper on the market. The 10-S Linesman has a positive locking brush action and a textured coarse/stiff brush for an easy-to-use, yet firm brushing action. It is constructed of aluminum for years of rust-free use. Replacement brushes and parts available.  Click here to see the Stiff Bristle Linesman in action.

 

 

 

Now the big question – WHICH DO I GO WITH?

While both of these line sweepers will “do the trick”, it has been our experience over the years that more people prefer the Fine Bristle Linesman.  While one may be inclined to think the Stiff Bristle brush would do a better job cleaning the lines, it can actually “catch” and skid across the lines and miss a fair amount of the clay you are trying to remove.  Which is why we recommend the Fine Bristle Linesman.  We have a fair number of customers that are “believers” in the Stiff Bristle Linesman – and choose that model each time, but when at a crossroads, we will most often recommend the Fine Bristle based on years of feedback and real world testing.

So there you have it – one of our most popular questions answered.

Custom VS. DIY Tennis Windscreens

Tennis windscreens – whether for function or for fashion – are a great asset to any court or facility.  They provide privacy, allow you to see the ball better while in play, and just look darn good on your fences! However, as many of you probably know, once you have decided that you cannot live without windscreens, you must then decide on whether to have custom screens tailored to your facility, or to roll up your sleeves with a Do-It-Yourself option.

IF YOU WANT LOGOS OR COLOR OPTIONS

If you want logos, then you must have custom screens measured for your facility or court(s).  There is no such logo option available on the rolls of DIY windscreen.  Your screens will look fantastic with the logos or names of your club/community, but please be prepared to wait a little longer to have your order delivered to your doorstep.  Additionally, some of the custom windscreens might be available in colors other than the standard green and black, giving you more control over the finished look of your court.

We recommend the Tuffy windscreen with its Chroma-Bond Imprinting option for your logo’d screens!  As the Official Tennis Windscreen of the USPTA, it is our most popular option by far for custom screening, has the longest warranty, and is an all-around quality option.  This brand of screen is also available in 20 different colors, allowing you to match school/team colors, or make your courts stand out with a brighter hue!

IF YOU ARE UNDER A TIME CRUNCH

If you are under a time crunch with no time to wait for custom screens (even without logos, it can take a couple weeks), then perhaps you should look at the DIY options available to you right away!  For tennis courts, 1o-S Tennis Supply offers a roll of 120′ long screening, called 10-Shade Plus, that features grommets along the top and bottom, with the option to cut along the sides to create pieces which will fit the fence sections of your court or facility.  It is offered in rolls either 6′ or 9′ high, with color options of green or black.

In case you are unsure on the process of properly cutting and installing this windscreen option, we have an instructional video to help you out!

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE GUESSWORK OUT

If you are not excited at the prospect of cutting your own windscreen pieces, you might be better served with custom-cut screens.  This way, each portion of the fence has been carefully measured and each piece of windscreen cut to those specific dimensions before it gets to your door, with no guesswork in sight.  These pieces of screen will be grommeted on all four sides, and most screens even have the option of including standard half-moon flap vents, or bound/hemmed windows.  These vents can be very helpful in high wind areas, or for those facilities that like to have some visibility through the screen.

For help on properly measuring for [any type of] windscreen, and installing the custom screens, our videos can be found below!

IF YOU NEED AN ECONOMICAL OPTION

Custom-cut windscreens (especially with logos) look great on any court, but will usually cost more than a roll of DIY windscreen.  If you are in need of a more economical option for the windscreens at your facility, you might need to choose the roll which you will cut yourself.  If you are more concerned with having the best-looking screens possible, or have just a few small pieces to replace, you might consider the custom cut screens.  If you are unsure which option might suit you best cost-wise, the friendly staff at 10-S Tennis Supply would be happy to provide you a free estimate!

If you are local to the South Florida area, and are interested in getting your court(s) professionally measured for windscreen, or to have those screens installed, 10-S Tennis Supply may be able to help!  For a better look at these instructional videos (as well as other product and instructional videos), or for more information, please visit our website at 10-s.com, or call 800-247-3907.  

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Information about these tennis balls, or any other products, can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

4 Best Products for Bocce Court Maintenance

Recently, the team here at 10-S Tennis Supply presented an article on the, “8 Maintenance Tools Every Clay Court Facility Needs.”  However, we wanted to provide some advice regarding the best court maintenance tools for all of our bocce court owners out there!  As bocce courts cover a much smaller area, some tennis court maintenance products are not ideal for bocce courts, and vice-versa.

4′ AUSSIE CLEAN SWEEP

Tennis court owners will likely recognize this maintenance tool – perfect for removing leaves or other debris from the courts.  However, while the 8′ Aussie is perfect for tennis courts, the 4′ Aussie is best suited for bocce courts, with its smaller size allowing for more maneuverability on the smaller court surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4′ Aussie Clean Sweep – Product Code: SL9004

30″ LUTE/SCARIFIER

Lutes are commonly used on courts to break up hard-pan, scarify hard-to-reach areas, and spread new material.  The 30″ version is our most popular lute used by tennis court professionals.  However, this is one tool that can be a big help on your bocce court as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

30″ Contractor’s Choice Lute/Scarifier – Product Code: VL1052

7′ 10-S ELITE DRAG BROOM

This broom is great for smaller facilities where tow model brooms are not feasible options.  Which makes it a perfect bocce court solution!  It has soft bristles to nicely groom the court, and a padded handle for more comfort during use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7′ 10-S Elite Drag Broom– Product Code: SA1000

HEAVY DUTY 24″ x 24″ HAND ROLLER

As a bocce court owner, you’ve probably searched for the ideal solution to the problem of, “How do I roll my courts?”  The Heavy Duty 24″ x 24″ Hand Roller is the solution you are looking for!  While this roller is not ideal for tennis courts, it works well on the bocce surfaces.  It can also be filled with water to add additional weight while rolling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heavy Duty Hand Roller 24″ x 24″ – Product Code: PG1002

Information about these or any other products, such as Bocce Ball Sets, can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

Top 5 Products to Check Out for the Upcoming Tennis Season

Looking for something new and different for your court or facility?  At 10-S Tennis Supply, we are always on the look-out for items to make your life a little easier, your court a little nicer, and your experience a lot more fun.  That being said, we are excited to present some new products that you might want to check out! Information on these items can also be found in the 10-S Tennis Supply catalog, as well as at 10-s.com.

Custom Net Logos:

We all love showcasing logos on our windscreens, but now you can get logos for your nets!  This set of 4 net logos can be customized to your logo, club name, or sponsor’s logo.  Attachable by ty-raps, the Net Logos are made to fit between the posts and doubles lines, and are perfect for tournaments or to display all year round!

Custom Tennis Net Logo: Set of 4 – Product Code: ETNET5000

Quik-Stiks Single Sticks: 

This set of Quik-Stiks Single Sticks can be collapsed down to 1/3 of their original size, making them easy to store or carry with your tennis gear!  They have plastic ends to keep from slipping, and a measurement line to ensure perfect placement on the net.

Quik-Stiks Single Sticks Set – Product Code: CF3000

10-S Teaching Cart Caddy:

Teaching Pros especially will love this new 10-S Teaching Cart Caddy (available May 2017), which attaches to the back of almost any teaching cart.  There are storage compartments for all of your necessities – including space for a water bottle, clipboard, keys, or a wallet.

10-S Teaching Cart Caddy – Product Code: IG4500

Streamliner Tennis Net:

We are so excited about the patent-pending Streamliner Tennis Net!  In addition to all of the perks of our highest quality nets, we have added a custom rope bottom – which allows water, material, and debris to pass underneath the net, and will never bunch on the ground.  This allows for a cleaner, streamlined look and prevents premature net wear on the bottom of the net.

Streamliner Tennis Net – Product Code: AX5000

Indoor/Outdoor Foosball Table:

Of course, there are always those rainy days where getting out on to the court just might not be an option. Add some fun back into your rec room or Pro Shop with this new Indoor/Outdoor Foosball Table!  It features unbreakable players on anti-rust telescopic rods, side and corner rails to keep the ball in play, and a high-speed glass playing field.  It also includes a cover and 5 balls.

Outdoor Foosball Table – Product Code: 8M9000

8 Maintenance Tools Every Clay Court Facility Needs

We all know that clay court facilities – while worth the work – require a lot of maintenance to keep the courts in their best playing shape. And here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we often get asked the question of, “What tools do I need to maintain my clay court?”  Well, here are the top 8 clay court maintenance tools you might want to have on hand for your court or facility.

LUTE/SCARIFIER

The Lute is an incredible tool to have in your arsenal for court maintenance.  How better to break up hard-pan, scarify hard-to-reach areas, and spread new material?  We recommend the 30” Standard Lute/Scarifier.  This is our most popular Lute used by tennis maintenance professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30” Standard Lute/Scarifer – Product Code: VL1052

DRAG BROOM

The Drag Broom is another great tool for clay courts – especially sprinkler-irrigated courts – and helps your courts to have that “freshly groomed” look.  These brooms come in a hand model to be pulled manually, or in a tow model – which is an especially good option for multiple court facilities.  The 7’ Aluminum Drag Broom is our pick for this category!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7’ Aluminum Drag Broom Hand Model (Shown) – Product Code: SL2002
7’ Aluminum Drag Broom Tow Model – Product Code: SL1002

LINE BROOM

No maintenance routine would be complete without a Line Broom to clear stray clay off of the lines and ensure your courts are in top-shape and ready for play!  The 10-S Linesman fine bristle line sweeper is your easy-to-use tool for the task.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


10-S Linesman Fine Bristle Unit – Product Code: WL2004

LINE SCRUBBER

If your clay court lines have stubborn spots of hardened material that your Linesman can’t touch, you might need to have a scrubber on hand to clean off the lines.  The extra-stiff bristles on the Proline Line Scrubber can help you clear up those trouble spots and get you back on the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Proline Line Scrubber – Product Code: WL3002

 COURT RAKE

Court Rakes are a necessity for HydroCourts, to keep the courts groomed, in shape, and properly scarified.  However, on a sprinkler-irrigated Har-Tru court, a court rake can be a nice add-on, especially for the perimeters and un-played areas to keep algae from forming.  For this category, we recommend the Classic Court Rake, as well as the Gator Rake (Standard or HydroCourt Model).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Classic Court Rake – Product Code: VW2002
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gator Rake HydroCourt Model – Product Code: VG1000HY

AUSSIE CLEAN SWEEP

If you find your court accumulates a lot of debris, such as leaves or pine needles, the Aussie Clean Sweep could help you out!  This tool is pulled by hand, and with the 8’ length, can clean up your court in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Clean Sweep 8’ – Product Code: SL9002

 SPREADER

When it comes time in every maintenance routine to add new clay material or calcium to the court, you might find yourself wanting to save time and add the clay from a spreader, rather than by hand.  This helps with even distribution of clay, and depending on the size that you prefer – these machines can hold multiple bags of material at once without reloading.  The 42” Gandy Spreader (show below) can be found in a hand or tow model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42” Gandy Spreader Hand Model – Product Code: TG1012

 ROLLER

Rollers are mostly utilized on Har-Tru sprinkler-irrigated courts to groom after new material is added, and also to tamp down lines.  They can be a nice addition on a HydroCourt, but are not as often needed or widely used on the sub-surface irrigated courts.  There are different kinds to suit your court or facility’s needs – ranging from fully powered stand-alone units, to tow-behind rollers, to a hand-roller for the 1 or 2 court home or facility.  One popular and recommended unit is the CourtPac 24” Roller (shown below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CourtPac Roller 24” Model – Product Code: PL6024


Information about these or any other products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

 

Top 5 MUST-HAVE Products for the Traveling Tennis Coach

As a Tennis Coach or Teaching Pro, traveling from court to court means you need quality products that are easy to carry and store in small spaces, such as the trunk of your car. Here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we have compiled a list of the 5 must-have products that you won’t want to leave home without!  Some of these products are new, and some are tried-and-true, but they are all available at 10-s.com, and are sure to be useful tools for a Coach-on-the-go.

COACHING CART
If you are looking for a quality mobile teaching cart, we recommend the EZ Travel Cart 150.    The bag lifts out of the cart, which can be folded easily and stored in the included carrying case.  Extra bags are available, which makes this cart convenient for site-to-site use!

EZ Travel Cart 150 – Product Code: IG7150

BALL RETRIEVER
After regular play or drills, every Coach needs a tool to retrieve the balls quickly and efficiently.  The 10-S Ballport Deluxe has handles that rotate and lock up or down, as well as rolling bars on the bottom to help ease balls into the basket and hold them in.  It has an 80 ball capacity, and is made of tough polypropylene.  Wheel this basket from your car to the court and you’re all set for practice!

10-S Ballport Deluxe – Product Code: IG3095

TRAINING DEVICES
Training devices can be incredible tools to help your students hone their agility, running, and decision-making skills, or can be used to clearly mark training areas. We have given you 2 options on this category – the Econo Spots, and the Agility Cone Set.  The Econo Spots are 9” in diameter, and come in sets of 6 individually-colored flexible plastic spots.  The 2” tall Agility Cone Set has 20 cones (5 each of yellow, black, white, and orange) and can be stepped on without breaking.  Best yet, they are both small training sets that can be easily transported!

Agility Cone Set – Product Code: HSKLZ-207  

Econo Spots – Product Code: HX1094

AGILITY LADDER
As a teaching Pro or Coach, you know agility ladders can be very useful to aid in your students’ agility and footwork training.  The Quick Ladder Pro has an accordion-like fold, resulting in a compact ladder that wastes no training time with its tangle-free setup and breakdown!

 

Quick Ladder Pro – Product Code: HSKLZ-105

PRACTICE TENNIS BALLS
Practice tennis balls give coaches the quality and benefits of top brands like Wilson or Penn, at a discounted price.  These balls are ideal for recreational play or for use in a ball machine or teaching basket.  They come in cases of 24 cans / 72 balls.

Wilson Practice Balls –  Product Code: KW1003

 

Pro Penn Coach Balls – Product Code: KPP300 

Information about these or any other products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

Top 5 Ways to Tell if Your Hard Court Needs Resurfacing

Here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we know the thought of resurfacing your court can be daunting, and you might not know if it’s entirely necessary.  Have no fear – we have developed a list of red-flags to help you make the right decision!  As time goes on, the luster begins to fade on your once brand new tennis, basketball, Pickleball or shuffleboard court.  So, how can you tell if the time has come to resurface your asphalt or concrete court? We are here to help!

Top signs your hard court needs to be resurfaced:

  1. Cracks and root damage are growing by the day
  2. Water stays on the court for hours after a rain
  3. Mold and mildew are starting to take over your court
  4. Paint is faded to the point you can see the blacktop or concrete underneath
  5. Lines are disappearing into the surface – you can’t tell if a ball is in or out


If any of the above sounds like your court’s current situation – or your courts look more like the “Before” image than the “After” image, it’s time to resurface!

For those “Do It Yourselfers” out there who want to tackle the resurfacing project at your facility, 10-S Tennis Supply can provide you with the tools and materials to get the job done right.  In fact, we have two primary products you should consider for repairing cracks and low areas – NovaCaulk and NovaBond.

Information about these products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

If you are located in south Florida and would like to hire a Certified Tennis Court Builder to complete your resurfacing project, consider contacting our sister company – Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. at 800-432-2994 or visit Fast-Dry.com for more information.

If you are located outside south Florida and would like to hire a Certified Tennis Court Builder to complete your resurfacing project, feel free to give us a call at 800-247-3907.  We may be able to recommend a company, or direct you to someone in your area through the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA).

7 Tips to Choose the “Perfect Bench”

A nice spot to relax is something we all seek from time to time…whether it’s during a changeover in tennis to take a quick breather or at the park while the kids play.

But how much time was spent deciding which bench to use at that particular venue? 

It’s not something the majority of people would spend a lot of time thinking about, but there are a number of factors that go in to selecting the “PERFECT BENCH.”

1.)    Location

Probably the most important factor to consider first is where the bench will be located.  If its outdoors and exposed to the weather, that will require a particular type of bench to withstand the elements.  If you envision a cover overhead, you may choose to go with a bench with a built-in canopy or awning.  If you need benches for an indoor facility, say a locker room, you may find that a wooden bench is more aesthetically pleasing.  Start by thinking “Where will this bench be located?”

2.)    Durability

The locale will often determine the durability you are looking for in a bench.  If a bench is exposed to outdoor elements such as sun, rain, wind, ocean air, etc., you will have to take into consideration how long you’d like the bench to stand up for over time.  For example, a bench made of recycled plastic or high-density polyethylene may be your best bet for longevity.  These also give you the additional bonus of never needing a new coat of paint, since the color you choose is the actual color of the material the bench is constructed out of.  PVC and Vinyl benches can also last the test of time – and if ordered in white will keep cool on hot days.

3.)    Color

The color you choose will oftentimes be based on the other aesthetic features of your surrounding area.  For an example, if you have a green fence, with green windscreen and green amenities such as trash receptacles and water fountains, a green bench is probably right up your alley.  The colors available range from white, gray, green, natural wood, cedar and brown – the choice is yours!

4.)    Size

The size of the bench you are seeking will depend on its use – i.e., how many people may use the bench at one given time.  If it’s a bench used for spectators during a soccer or basketball game, the longer the bench better.  If the bench is used for one or two tennis players to take breaks during changeovers, a shorter bench will likely work just fine.  Lengths vary from 4-feet to 8-feet long so choose accordingly.

5.)    Style (Back or No Back?)

The style of bench is easily determined by the purpose it will serve – specifically in terms of the direction you would like people to face.  For example, a bench located between two tennis courts would likely be used from both sides – therefore a bench with no back, accessible for sitting from both sides, is your best bet.  Now envision a park bench facing a pond where you may take the kids to feed the ducks – this would better lend itself to a “classic park bench” style with a contoured back – for comfort.

6.)    Portable or Secure

Do you need the bench to be portable or secured to a fixed location?  If you’d like a portable model, those are typically shorter/smaller and lighter weight, for ease of transport.  A secured bench may be ideal for a high traffic area where it’s important that the integrity of your landscaping/ornamentation is maintained.  Benches that can be secured are readily available.  These are typically fashioned to install bolts through the legs, into the ground material beneath, for example a concrete sidewalk.  Securing a bench will also provide added security to those sitting there since it will not move or flip over.

7.)    Material

All of the factors above will leave you with a number of bench options – once you’ve narrowed down your needs.  The final step will be to determine the material you are most interested in.  The materials available include wrought iron, wood, plastic, recycled plastic (some of today’s recycled plastics even resemble lumber), PVC, aluminum and polyethylene.

10-S Tennis Supply is a premier supplier of benches that will fit every need.  Check out our online store and see just how easy it is to choose your bench.  We’ll even deliver it direct to you!  Visit us at www.10-S.com to view our large selection of Benches or search the keyword Bench in our search bar.

What is the best hardware for hanging windscreens (Ty-Raps, Plastic Snaps, or Rope)?

windscreen-hardware-options

Windscreen Hardware Options – Available at 10-S.com

After many of our customer experienced high winds in the wake of Hurricane Matthew last week, we have had a rush of orders for replacement hardware for windscreens.  In preparation for high winds, we always recommend taking down and rolling up your windscreens to avoid damage to your fence.  Leaving up windscreens can cause them to act as a sail – catching wind and pulling fencing over.  Once the screens are down and the storm has passed, that means it’s time to re-install them.  At that time you may be wondering “what is the best hardware for hanging my windscreens?”  So we hope this article helps!

We recommend the use of 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps (a.k.a., zip ties) for most windscreen installations. High winds can cause damage to windscreens and fences. 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are designed to break with high winds. This releases the windscreen from the fence, preventing structural damage to the fence.

Some facilities use plastic snaps along the top of the windscreen and 50 lb. ty-raps around the sides and bottom of the windscreen. This arrangement allows the ties to break on the sides and bottom in high winds, releasing some of the pressure on the fence.

Rope is generally not recommended as an exclusive fastening agent for a windscreen for the reasons listed above. If rope is used to attach windscreens to the fence and high winds are experienced, the windscreen may act as a sail and bring the entire fence down.

It is permissible to use rope along the middle of a 9′ windscreen to attach the anti-billow tab to the fence, provided 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are used along the top, bottom and sides of the windscreen.

See our instructional video on windscreen installation in the Instructional Videos page of our website.