Best Choice Of Tennis Balls

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  1. JS-1233

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    What's the best choice of tennis balls to be playing with? I've heard thePrince tennis balls were the perfect choice but then i've heard they've stopped selling them? Which would be the alternative balls to go for? I'm going to be playing with a Babolat AeroPro Drive 2013 if that makes any difference
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Pro Penn Marathon.
     
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  3. max pl

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    Penn ATP > Penn Marathon > Wilson US Open > Everything else sucks.
     
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  4. ArliHawk

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    I'm a big fan of Penn balls as well. Can't go wrong with either Penn ATP or Pro Penn Marathon.
     
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  5. JRstriker12

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    Penn ATP are my current favs. I need to try the Pro Penns/Marathons though....

    A friend of mine swears by the Slazenger - Wimbledon balls however.
     
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  6. ART ART

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    Tecnifibre Tennis balls, are right now the best you can buy.
     
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  7. Chotobaka

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    I agree with this. Another option would be Yonex Tour balls -- these are Yonex's premium HD balls. They are made in the same factory in Thailand as Tecnifibre balls (a joint venture between Tecnifibre and Bridgestone that was established a few years ago). The TF and Yonex balls are very comparable.
     
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  8. Slitch

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    Babolat French Open, both the clay-court and all-court version. Nothing plays better imo.
     
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  9. bt johnson

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    That's a good joke!
     
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  10. mikeler

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    These are pretty good balls but they are the most expensive where I live.
     
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  11. ArliHawk

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    I love these balls, but they just don't last very long in my experience. The Pro Penn Marathon last longer than Penn ATP, but it's hard to judge whether that is worth $17 extra.
     
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  12. Chotobaka

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    How are the current Pro Penn balls compared to the original production? I haven't tried them since they moved production to China. Something about killing the last USA-made ball (and arguably the best by a very wide margin); then moving production to a country with vastly cheaper labor costs; charging the same price and, finally,making it a mass-market ball that is available everywhere. I used to swear by them.
     
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  13. JGads

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    Actually, for me,

    Penn Marathon>Penn ATP>Wilson USO > everything else rubbish

    The Two Penns stay pretty equal for about a set and then the Marathon's outlast them in felt and continued bounce. Love them.
     
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  14. gavna

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    Yep BY FAR.........
     
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  15. Dags

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    I love Tecnifibre, but they cost too much. My current ball is the Mantis Tour, which I really like and are that bit cheaper.
     
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  16. max pl

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    yeh theyre both very good, i just remember the ATPs getting a better bounce than the Marathons.

    i'm almost done with my case of Marathons and will be going back to ATPs. the fact that the Marathons jumped in price by like $20/case makes my decision easy.

    and just remembered, i need to stop by ***** to get a few cans of US Opens as I like to play with those once a season just for fun.
     
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  17. Chotobaka

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    After thinking about the Tecnifibre, Bridgestone and Yonex balls that I like so much, I decided to take a look at the countries of origins for tennis balls today...

    Very interesting how many of the higher quality balls (Tecnifibre, Yonex, Mantis, Babolat, Bridgestone, Srixon, Tretorn) are now manufactured in Thailand. All Wilson balls are made there, as well.

    Also interesting to see two brands that seem to have gone downhill in terms of quality -- Dunlop and Slazenger -- are entirely made in the Philippines, the only two major brands manufactured there.

    All Penn's are made in China, as are all Head balls. Gamma and a few oddballs are made in Indonesia.

    Here's an interesting read for the ball-obsessed...

    http://www.itftennis.com/media/118889/118889.pdf
     
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  18. tball

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    Prince Tour (green can) -- arguably one of the best -- was also made in Thailand.
     
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  19. Smasher08

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    Pro Penn Marathons. Nothing lasts longer.

    Nothing comes close.
     
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  20. Chotobaka

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    Insightful. Please share more of your wisdom, but with even more alacrity next time.
     
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  21. illuminotti

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    Dunlop Grand Prix's. They are great out the can and go longer than any of the Penn balls.
     
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  22. max pl

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    dunlop grand prixs were the first case of balls i ever bought based on recommendations here at TW.

    theyre garbage. period.
     
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  23. leroy_sunset

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    I usually play Dunlop Grand Prix Extra Duty (blue can) on hard courts. About as cheap as Penn Champs, but better longevity. For $66 a case, I think they are pretty good.

    Just an FYI, yesterday I played two sets with the Babolat Rolland Garros All Courts. They bounced higher than any ball I have ever played with, and my partner also said the same. The bounce held up well, although the felt did fluff up more than other high-end balls. I put more spin on my shots and had great success. I will be buying some of these for the future, but they won't be my everyday ball.
     
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  24. JS-1233

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    Ok, I was going to purchase the Pro Penn Marathon Extra Duty Balls but these might be hard to get now due to the fact they're not in the UK and ''**DUE TO THE DANGER OF SENDING PRESSURIZED BALLS THROUGH UNPRESSURIZED TRANSPORTATION (ie: cargo planes used by the post office, UPS, etc.), WE ARE ONLY ABLE TO SHIP CASES OF BALLS BY UPS GROUND TO DOMESTIC ADDRESSES (addresses inside the continental U.S. only).''
     
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  25. finalfantasy7

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    ^same problem as you
     
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