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xtremerunnerars
05-24-2006, 12:29 PM
I have a hopper that holds 80, and i'm buying one that holds 110. I was going to buy a 140, but my coach said that the 140s are too bulky. Is that true?


Also, i'm going to need a way to fill up these hoppers. The 80 one is about half full, so in total i'll need about 150 balls. I've looked on e_b_a_y for used ones since i'd be mostly serving with these, but i haven't been able to win an auction.


What's the best place to buy them, and which balls do you recommend? I've looked at those grand prix balls, but they're upwards of 60 bucks a case!

jamauss
05-24-2006, 12:35 PM
I usually go to a place like Sports Authority and look what their prices on balls are. Usually, you can find them for $1.99 a can or cheaper. Then, you can get a case-worth of cans (24) for $48, instead of $60. And no shipping $$ either. :)

150 balls is going to cost you though. Personally, I wouldn't buy balls from anyone off of E-b-a-y but that's just me.

Kabob190
05-24-2006, 01:43 PM
COSTCO i bought 15 cans for $25. comes out to be cheaper than 1.99 a can

xtremerunnerars
05-24-2006, 01:57 PM
i found 24 cans of wilson titaniums (sealed, all new) for 40 bucks. With the shipping, it'll be about 56$. My coach said he wil get me some tennis balls, so i think this will cover the rest.


Is my search over? Or do any of you have best friends in the wholesale business?

jamauss
05-24-2006, 02:06 PM
24 sealed cans for $40 is a pretty good deal. $16 for shipping kinda sux though. That takes it out of the "great deal" category, IMO. The last time I bought balls online it was for 3 x 24 can cases of Gamma Pressurized practice balls. Since I spent a certain amount of $$ shipping was free. Those balls suck though, so now I just go buy Dunlop Grand Prix by the can from the nearby Sports Authority.

kabob
05-24-2006, 02:28 PM
Sports Authority has standard Wilson hardcourt balls for $1.69 a can last time I checked. Excellent balls, too.

BabolatFan
05-24-2006, 03:21 PM
COSTCO i bought 15 cans for $25. comes out to be cheaper than 1.99 a can

What kinda balls did u get at Costco?

theace21
05-24-2006, 03:26 PM
What kinda balls did u get at Costco?
Penn - you can't go wrong for the price.

Kabob190
05-24-2006, 08:43 PM
ya its penn

BabolatFan
05-25-2006, 09:53 AM
ya its penn
Ok thx. I'm there.

thetenniskid07
06-01-2006, 08:40 PM
Try walmart. I got a case real cheap there.

madevil_zero
06-01-2006, 08:42 PM
get the XXX balls. they are cheap and nice

Kabob190
06-01-2006, 08:53 PM
what balls do they have at wal mart and how much are they?

whats xxx balls?

TENNIS_IS_FUN
06-01-2006, 09:39 PM
I remember one time i went to the 99 cent store and they had one case of 3 balls for a buck...seriously -_- It must have been some special, because after about a week or so, they were gone and i never seen them again since.

TENNIS_IS_FUN
06-01-2006, 09:41 PM
xxx balls are like defect balls that the company cant sell...but the defects are big enough to create a significant difference in play....or serve in your occasion. My suggestion would also be to get the xxx balls....walmart has like penn tribute?

theace21
06-01-2006, 09:52 PM
xxx balls are like defect balls that the company cant sell...but the defects are big enough to create a significant difference in play....or serve in your occasion. My suggestion would also be to get the xxx balls....walmart has like penn tribute?
Often the name brand name is not printed correctly or clearly, but sometimes there are major blemishes and these do effect play. You really don't know until you open the can...

serveitup911
06-01-2006, 10:00 PM
Try Tretorn Micro X. They are an investment because they will be more expensive, but the bounce lasts for years and the felt is heavy duty. They are filled with thousands of air-filled micro-caspules to keep the pressure indefinitely. They feel a bit heavy at first, but it's a quick adjustment.

c_zimma
06-02-2006, 07:50 PM
Wilson Titaniums are $1.56 and are pretty decent.

dancraig
06-02-2006, 07:54 PM
Wilson Titaniums are $1.56 and are pretty decent.

I find the Titaniums good for a basket because they seem to hold pressure better than other balls. They are a bit hard on the arm for older players, but in a basket, they are a good choice.

DRtenniS1112
06-02-2006, 08:34 PM
I find the felt on the titaniums to be terrible. I had an indoor tournament where my opponent and I exchanged heavy baseline bashes and the balls were unplayable after the first set. Not because they were dead but just because the felt was coming apart and had bald spots as well as clumpy patches.

guedoguedo
06-02-2006, 09:56 PM
stay away from titanium they cause cancers

guedoguedo
06-02-2006, 09:57 PM
meant asbestis not titanium

dancraig
06-02-2006, 11:02 PM
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chex
06-02-2006, 11:12 PM
go to you nearest costco or sports authority and you can find 12 or 24 can packs for under $2 a can..
you're going to end up spending around or near $100 to fill up your hopper
.. I mean to get the 150 balls you need to fill both hoppers..

BabolatFan
06-03-2006, 10:29 AM
After the first set on a very hot day with Wilson Ti balls, they got somewhat bald and slowed down. Nothing left to bite on. Penn championship balls are pretty durable.

slice bh compliment
06-03-2006, 01:24 PM
Go to a pro shop that has a good, active account with Dunlop. Tell the head pro you get 15% off wine at the local wine shop and you wondered if he's got a good, similar "case price" on Grand Prix Hard Courts. Take two cases off his hands. They are excellent and they last. Put most in your hopper. Save some for matches.
You may have to time this with his order, but it is well worth a try.

blubber
06-04-2006, 08:19 PM
Question: Assuming you use pressurized balls to practice serves, how often do you change the balls in your hopper or bucket? If your answer is when they go dead, roughly how long does that take to occur?

Viper
06-04-2006, 11:30 PM
Sport Authority has the McEnroe 4 packs of 4 for like $12

topspin kid
06-07-2006, 10:26 AM
or u can do wat i do and take balls from school since they open 9 new tins every match. plus my coach doesnt mind he says take and go practice.

slice bh compliment
06-07-2006, 12:46 PM
or u can do wat i do and take balls from school since they open 9 new tins every match. plus my coach doesnt mind he says take and go practice.

So cool you call them 'tins'. That is a word from a LONG time ago, at least in America. I'm thinking Great Depression to WWII era.

BabolatFan
06-07-2006, 01:38 PM
or u can do wat i do and take balls from school since they open 9 new tins every match. plus my coach doesnt mind he says take and go practice.

Excuse me sir, I wanna get 3 tins of tennis balls. :lol: Sorry just giving u a hard time.

topspin kid
06-10-2006, 04:31 PM
no problem. im just happy that i dont have to spend a lot of money on balls for a harper.since the 1 in school is over flowing.

rasajadad
06-14-2006, 11:50 AM
Go to your local tennis club. Ask if they can give you a bag of their older ones. My club chucks at least 120-150 balls a week that aren't more than a week old.