best balls for my ball machine

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  1. ga tennis

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    Just got my ball machine and wanted to know what you guys think are the best balls to order to use in it???
     
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  2. tball

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    Tretorn Micro-X
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

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    Bump.

    Any other opinions? I'm sick of buying a bag at a time and slowly replacing the 'underperformers'.
     
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  4. Fifth Set

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    Ball machine use has been covered in many of the "best tennis ball" threads.

    Frankly, some of the ball machine users seem to be solving for a number that is less than 3 but greater than 4: "I'm tired of dead balls in my machine but I don't want to spend any money on tennis balls."

    If by chance you are willing to spend money to put good balls in your machine, try the Prince Tour Extra Duty. They bounce strong, have good felt and are very long lasting. They are not cheap at about $4 per can of 3.
     
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  5. BLX_Andy

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    Just use the Penn balls from Costco. They're a large amount and they're cheap. Good if you need to fill up a ball machine imo.
     
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  6. West Coast Ace

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    Searched - found this thread. Hence the bump

    Little grumpy there?

    Yes, hence the question. Thought you'd put together 2 and 2 - I've done the 'buy bags of practice balls and throw in old match used balls' thing for a while...

    Thanks. Saw the Prince well received in other threads - but wasn't clear the advice was for live hitting or machines (with spinning wheels).
     
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  7. tennisblog365

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    Depends on what you are looking at quantity vs quality. Penn is cheap and on a different level of flufiness of a ball, which I find too slow. Wilson US Open Extra Duty, are the balls I love playing with, but are way more expensive than Penn. It's better to buy them at a wholesale market like Costco (has a card annual fee $50 though)
     
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  8. doccao

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    Tetron micro X sounded good so I purchased a bag of 72.

    First impression after an hour (Silent Partner Star):
    These balls did not have the right bounce, felt dead and heavy to hit, seems to die flat upon contact with the court. Maybe the need time to break I (keep telling myself), or else I just wasted $130.

    Next time, I'll stick with new regular balls & replace them when they go bad.
     
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