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MTXR
02-03-2006, 10:59 PM
When the pros are getting ready to serve, they are choosing tennis balls, what exactly are they looking for?

DaveGrable
02-03-2006, 11:09 PM
They're looking for any sort of minor imperfections in the tennis ball. First, they check to make sure the ball is a perfect sphere, measuring the circumference and diameter. Then they inspect the surface material, making sure there are no minor dents or pock marks that may affect ball speed. Then they check for excess fuzz and choose a ball who's fuzz has been trimmed to exact tennis specifications. And lastly, using their hand, they check the temperature of the ball, making sure it is room temperature -- exactly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. A ball too cold or too warm may affect play.

It would take a normal person a good 15 minutes to make all these measurements, but pros can do it in a matter of seconds. That's why they are pros.

MTXR
02-03-2006, 11:23 PM
Troll.

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THE ANIMAL
02-04-2006, 01:28 AM
They're looking for any sort of minor imperfections in the tennis ball. First, they check to make sure the ball is a perfect sphere, measuring the circumference and diameter. Then they inspect the surface material, making sure there are no minor dents or pock marks that may affect ball speed. Then they check for excess fuzz and choose a ball who's fuzz has been trimmed to exact tennis specifications. And lastly, using their hand, they check the temperature of the ball, making sure it is room temperature -- exactly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. A ball too cold or too warm may affect play.

It would take a normal person a good 15 minutes to make all these measurements, but pros can do it in a matter of seconds. That's why they are pros.

You forgot they also compare all there weights with there finger tips to make sure they are all the same weight and abide to atp rules when they lob the balls away the ones they dont want there the ones that are .0025 of a gram out so there not wanted.

vllockhart
02-04-2006, 04:59 AM
They're looking for any sort of minor imperfections in the tennis ball. First, they check to make sure the ball is a perfect sphere, measuring the circumference and diameter. Then they inspect the surface material, making sure there are no minor dents or pock marks that may affect ball speed. Then they check for excess fuzz and choose a ball who's fuzz has been trimmed to exact tennis specifications. And lastly, using their hand, they check the temperature of the ball, making sure it is room temperature -- exactly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. A ball too cold or too warm may affect play.

It would take a normal person a good 15 minutes to make all these measurements, but pros can do it in a matter of seconds. That's why they are pros.

Har har har har

bigserving
02-04-2006, 08:30 AM
It would take a normal person a good 15 minutes to make all these measurements, but pros can do it in a matter of seconds. That's why they are pros.

They are also checking the moisture content of the fuzz in each ball in relation to the relative humidity on court that day. A ball that is not moist enough will fly too long. A ball that is too wet will be served into the net. The players sometimes instruct the ball kids to dry the balls with a towel.

PBODY99
02-04-2006, 10:04 AM
When the pros are getting ready to serve, they are choosing tennis balls, what exactly are they looking for?

The lucky one of course. :) I think it is just a part of the pre-point refocus pattern they have.:cool:

pistolpeege
02-04-2006, 10:20 AM
The ATP have hidden a special ball with the words "Your a winner" on it.

Kinda like Willy Wonka, the pro that finds it will spend an amazing afternoon seeing how balls are made, and even get to try a few new types.

Thats what happened Kiefer. He though he found it one day, but it was a fake. he's been peed off since.

The last time it was done was in 1994. I cant remember the name of the pro that won it, but I havent seen him since.

The story goes that the writing is quite small, so they have to check carefully, thats what takes the time....

Pistol

davey
02-04-2006, 10:32 AM
Federer looks for the heaviest one to pound down his opponent's thoat.

Clijsters looks for the one that most reminds her of Hewitt's fuzzy balls to help motivate herself to hit the ball harder.

battousai555
02-04-2006, 10:34 AM
The ATP have hidden a special ball with the words "Your a winner" on it.

Kinda like Willy Wonka, the pro that finds it will spend an amazing afternoon seeing how balls are made, and even get to try a few new types.

Thats what happened Kiefer. He though he found it one day, but it was a fake. he's been peed off since.

The last time it was done was in 1994. I cant remember the name of the pro that won it, but I havent seen him since.

The story goes that the writing is quite small, so they have to check carefully, thats what takes the time....

Pistol
Good one!

TennisDog
02-04-2006, 10:37 AM
Balls with a lot of fuzz hanging off slow down quite a bit especially when they come off the racquet at over 130 MPH.

MTXR
02-04-2006, 06:28 PM
finally a response that i was looking for. So the less fuzz the faster...

PM_
02-04-2006, 07:07 PM
They're looking for any sort of minor imperfections in the tennis ball. First, they check to make sure the ball is a perfect sphere, measuring the circumference and diameter. Then they inspect the surface material, making sure there are no minor dents or pock marks that may affect ball speed. Then they check for excess fuzz and choose a ball who's fuzz has been trimmed to exact tennis specifications. And lastly, using their hand, they check the temperature of the ball, making sure it is room temperature -- exactly 72 degrees Fahrenheit. A ball too cold or too warm may affect play.

It would take a normal person a good 15 minutes to make all these measurements, but pros can do it in a matter of seconds. That's why they are pros.
Was this supposed to be funny?

dennis10is
02-04-2006, 07:46 PM
Confucius say "one ball in hand is worth more than two in shorts". At least for tennis purpose, not necessarily true for other physical activities :)

ATXtennisaddict
02-04-2006, 08:05 PM
Holy **** you guys are hilarious LOL