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kanjii
07-08-2008, 09:42 AM
Are the pros superstitious when it come to using a particular ball or number??? Watching the pros as the ball person gives them 2-3 balls, they seem to pick the two and get rid of the third, kinda studies it. Does anyone know what they are looking for in a ball?

Spatula
07-08-2008, 09:48 AM
They are choosing the best ball(s) available. One may have a lot of fuzz while another may still me tight. I find myself doing the same thing during match play. I try to avoid using the same ball twice in a row if possible. May just be in my head but whatever works ya know!

flash9
07-08-2008, 09:52 AM
I try to avoid using the same ball twice in a row if possible.

Not me - If I win the point I want that ball back! It helped me win the previous point and I will reward it with being my first serve on the next point! :razz:

miniRafa386
07-08-2008, 10:21 AM
i prefer 2's, idk why, i just do.

persondudething
07-08-2008, 01:16 PM
i will walk halfway across the court to pick up a "lucky" ball...

persondudething
07-08-2008, 01:17 PM
i will walk halfway across the court to pick up a "lucky ball"...

counter_puncher
07-08-2008, 02:05 PM
Not me - If I win the point I want that ball back! It helped me win the previous point and I will reward it with being my first serve on the next point! :razz:

hell yeah! agreed.

rockbox
07-08-2008, 02:09 PM
I usually want the hardest ball for my flat serve and the softest for my second serve.

MTXR
07-08-2008, 03:46 PM
more fluff = slower. Less fluff = faster.

CCSurf
07-12-2008, 03:20 PM
1st serve=less fluff
2nd=more fluff
Always for me

pfchang
07-12-2008, 03:30 PM
wow...i was never aware of these fluff differences

topspinalex
07-16-2008, 08:14 PM
hm...thats interesting

RakettoKozou
07-17-2008, 09:05 AM
I just pick whatever looks shinier, haha

kelz
07-19-2008, 01:18 AM
Are the pros superstitious when it come to using a particular ball or number??? Watching the pros as the ball person gives them 2-3 balls, they seem to pick the two and get rid of the third, kinda studies it. Does anyone know what they are looking for in a ball?

yeah.. most professionals don't like serving with the ball they just faulted with.

jmsx521
07-19-2008, 07:02 AM
If we have two balls equally pressurized, but one has more and the other less fluff/texture, the one with the more fluff can grab more onto the strings: It’s better for spin and kick. The one with the less fluff should be more aerodynamic, and should have less obstruction to fly through the air... so, it should be a faster ball, and better for flat shots.

Now, when commentators refer to “New balls: Advantage for the server” and you see pros going for flat aces with new balls, it’s because the new balls have better pressure than the used ones… and a ball that’s not depressurized is still faster than a used depressurized ball with less fluff/texture.

robby c
07-19-2008, 09:32 AM
I rotate so that differences between balls don't get too large.
I also get the 4packs, reg. duty when playing on clay, and heavy duty 4pack for hard courts.
When one goes over the fence you still have 3.
$1.99 at Academy. $2.60 at Target.
Robby C

HyperHorse
07-21-2008, 03:52 PM
Not me - If I win the point I want that ball back! It helped me win the previous point and I will reward it with being my first serve on the next point! :razz:

Don't you two realise the insignifcane of your superstition?
It is just a tennis ball and nothing more. It is you who won or lost the last point, not the ball!!!

Eviscerator
07-21-2008, 10:17 PM
They are choosing the best ball(s) available. One may have a lot of fuzz while another may still me tight.

Correct......

Rorsach
07-21-2008, 10:33 PM
Superstition is probably a large part of it, mixed in with a bit of extra preparation time while they go over the next point in their heads.