A controversial use of tennis balls

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  1. sureshs

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    Why this section: Real rec players are here and no one reads the Shoes or Odds and Ends.

    I always buy several Federer vapors from TW at a time in a certain size and use it for tennis, work, and everything else. One shoe pinched me slightly above the left big toe.

    So I took a tip from Serena and tightly shoved a tennis ball overnight into that area and in the morning it was loosened up!
     
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  2. LeftyRighty

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    Of course, Serena is never wrong! end thread...

    lol...but no, its not very controversial at all. She probably learned that the same place I learned it from, grandparents and parents lol. My grandpa always had home remedies like that off the top of his head. He also told me eating molded cheese is good for you...but I've never tried lol (he lived to be 94 so maybe there's something to it lmao)

    anyway...It's a good tip though.

    They do make actual things for this that are the shape of a foot and go into your shoes to break them in or stretch them. I don't know what it's called, but I have a few here that he had.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    They come with screws to adjust the tension. They are the kind of stuff advertised in airline magazines which you never end up buying.
     
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    Can't you use shoe trees as well?
     
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  5. sureshs

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    What are they?
     
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  6. Overdrive

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    Shoe trees?

    A shoe tree is a device to preserve the shape of the shoe and stops it from developing creases. Overall, it preserves the life of a shoe. It's a reusable alternative to rags and newspapers.

    Higher quality shoe trees are usually made out of cedar to control the order and absorb moisture.
     
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  7. OrangePower

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    Wait, which area was that again? And really, knowing that it's now loosened up is just more information than we here want to hear.
     
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  8. sovertennis

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    Haven't we all heard enough of Serena and her shoving of tennis balls?
     
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    Serena actually admitted that her shoes didn't fit her properly? Sponsors don't love that.
     
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  10. skiracer55

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    Let me get this straight...

    ...this is a Hot Tip that we all ought to Pay Attention To, which is "If your tennis shoes don't fit, shove a tennis ball into your tennis shoes...or, possibly Some Other Area We Can't Talk About in Polite Company"...is that the Zen Koan for today?
     
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  11. Ronaldo

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    Tip is safer than BITD using a razor blade to open a tight shoe.
     
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    razor blades? :shock:

    BITD we'd soak new/tight boots in water, layer on 3 thick socks
    then wear the boots walkabout until they were dry again.
    Slap on a thick coat of beeswax & they'll be custom molded
    to your foot, most comfortable fit you'll ever get.

    Can't afford to waste tennis balls at $10/can back then :???:
     
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  13. Ronaldo

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    Meant running/athletic shoes
     
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  14. Tamiya

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    yea football boots, all leather though... your x-trainers probably don't have much hide in them
     
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  15. Ronaldo

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    X-trainers did not exist back then. Actually ran in Nike Cortez. Would also slice the soles to increase flexibility. Learned to remove my feet first.
     
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    Dunno, I think my first Nike Cross Air were around 1990.

    Someone said to heat them up for that, so I tried the microwave.

    Damned Nike factory uses hotglue... :???:
     
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  17. Fedinkum

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    Great tip!! Nike shoe is always a little too narrow for me for comfort!!
     
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  18. Tamiya

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    go wear a different brand, I've given up on finding wider Nike

    or too scarred from 1980s brush with that pair of high top Jordan in hot pink.... :shock:
     
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  19. Ronaldo

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    Adidas Barricades and the old Feathers take forever to break-in. May try overnight ball stuffing.
     
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  20. sureshs

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    Alternative is New Balance which has wide, double wide etc (the ratings start with E). But somehow I love the Fed Nike shows.
     
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    Stuffed them last night too. Will be stuffing them for few more nights. I need to travel this weekend, and long hours on a plane make my feet swell up. Need some loosening of new shoes for that.
     
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    Saw a tip yesterday where someone suggested partially filling a ziplock bag with water, place it inside the shoe, and freeze it so the slight expansion of the water/ice will give a little bit of a stretch. Not sure I'd ever have the need try that out because I already have several pais of shoe trees.
     
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  23. goober

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    You can buy shoe stretchers if you want to expand your shoes properly. I just buy shoes that fit to begin with and if they don't fit I don't buy or I return them.
     
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  24. sureshs

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    Life is not that simple. Shoes are hand-made and there are even subtle variations for the same models of the same size from the same company, heck even from left to right. Also, your feet have subtle variations too. The 9.5 vapors I get from TW are usually good, but occasionally one will slightly pinch me, but it will be gone soon. Since I am going to be traveling soon, I am using the balls to get the stretching done faster.
     
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  25. Fedinkum

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    Thanks Tamiya, Sureshs, and Ronaldo for the suggestion. I should add that the only exception is the Cage Max. Of all Nike shoes (free joggers, Vapors, & CBs), Cage Max is the only one that I am comfortable with.
     
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  26. Tamiya

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    they are shaped for alien feet :twisted:
     
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    So Nadal wins over Federer again?

    I used to wear them but they were heavier than the Fed shoes.
     
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    Wish all shoes had the Prince/Ektelon NFS shape.
     
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  29. Sumo

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    FYI, there are a lot of cheeses that have mold in them. Odds are you've already been eating moldy cheese.
     
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  30. tennis tom

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    "Real rec players" isn't that an oxymoron?

    Not quite sure what is so "controversial" about shoving a tennis ball into your shoe, maybe if it's part of a foot fetish?

    Here's some more ball stretching tips from Serena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIfboXi4mmU

    I must say her French boyfriend/coach is a lucky fella', hope he doesn't suffer the same fate as Bernard Tomic's hitting partner.
     
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  31. sureshs

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    Blue cheese already has mold in it.
     
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  32. tennis tom

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    I love blue cheese, give me the MOLD, bring it on, do not fear the mold, it's good for you--penicillin is mold and it's gotten me through a lot of jams in my formative years.

    Sureshs, I admire your post count, it will take me a long time maybe forever to catch up with you. Your tennis ball shoe stretcher is very resourceful and a great savings on costly shoe trees. I'm always looking for clever uses for used tennis balls to recycle them and to justify my tennis addiction. Maybe there could be a sticky here for clever re-uses of tennis balls. I use them for door stops.
     
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  33. sureshs

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    Old age homes. Something to do with cutting holes in the balls and putting them under chair legs or something.

    Another use is for dogs. I once saw a neighbor carrying a bag of old balls. He said he was giving it to a guy with two dogs.
     
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  34. Ronaldo

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    Kindergarten classes use old balls on chair legs.
     
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  35. Tamiya

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    they use them for the frame walkers, cushion the legs


    i cut slots and use them to bumper furniture when the kids were toddlers.
    Glass coffee tables & desktops dangerously at eye level for 2yos.

    Ball is softer & less sharp edges than any commercial kiddy product available.
    Cheaper too, even if i had to go buy brandnew pressureless fuzzys.
     
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  36. Tamiya

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    in another hobby... we cut halves to use as track markers

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