Best Tennis Balls

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by AlfaAce, Nov 24, 2012.

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What's your favorite tennis ball?

  1. Dunlop Championship

    13 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. Dunlop A-Player

    5 vote(s)
    1.7%
  3. Dunlop Grand Prix

    24 vote(s)
    8.0%
  4. Pro Penn Marathon

    38 vote(s)
    12.7%
  5. Penn ATP

    39 vote(s)
    13.0%
  6. Penn Championship

    18 vote(s)
    6.0%
  7. Wilson US Open

    77 vote(s)
    25.7%
  8. Wilson Championship

    11 vote(s)
    3.7%
  9. Babolat French Open

    16 vote(s)
    5.3%
  10. Other

    59 vote(s)
    19.7%
  1. lgbalfa

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    i actually prefer volkl tennis balls.
     
  2. BLX_Andy

    BLX_Andy Professional

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    Whatever my academy/high school has. But I'll say Penn ATP.
     
  3. junior74

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    for clay or hardcourt?

    Babolat French open is the best for clay, I think. It has predictable bounce and doesn't feel as "dead" as a lot of other balls for clay. Wilson, Penn and Head balls become fluffy and dull after 1 hour. Babolat FO lasts three times as long, at least on the synthetic clay court on which i play :) I'm sure it's a different story on other surfaces...
     
  4. finalfantasy7

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    got a question, do the pro pen's extra duty marathon balls last longer than Pro Penn Marathon? anyone noticed a difference between the two? (as i'll be playing outdoors with them, concrete courts)

    just realised tennis warehouse don't have either anymore? out of stock/stop selling them?

    thanks
     
  5. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    It is hard to tell either version of the Marathon apart from the other.
     
  6. max pl

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    if you read the description, the extra duty ball is made for hard courts where as the regular ball is, i would assume, made for softer surfaces.

    and what are you talking about, they still sell them. the product name doesnt have marathon in it, but the pro penn balls are all marathon balls.
     
  7. finalfantasy7

    finalfantasy7 Semi-Pro

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    ok, when i first looked on tw, i was just scanning with my eyes for marathon.
     
  8. finalfantasy7

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    so has anyone outside the u.s bought these (penn marathon), as i want to try these out, but the charging fees from tenniswarehouse are too much + you cant transport these across the pond, due to air pressure- "TE" replied to me.

    Any place in U.K/europe sell these, as TE Europe dont, and i ve tried amzon&eb?y/ google searches no luck.
     
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  9. SCRAP IRON

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    There is no debate when playing on Har-Tru. The Wilson soft court ball is the best. No comparison. I was at a club 10 years ago and I opened up a can of Penn soft court balls just to be nice, and one of my doubles opponents hit them into the bay behind the courts! He immediately opened up a new Wilson can and replied "We don't use Penn balls around here." True story...
     
  10. TimeSpiral

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    ProPENN Marathon Extra Duty is a great ball for hard court matches. I love them.
     
  11. mrags

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    Buy Marathon balls if want something that is bad for your arm, inconsistent, and hard, but lasts a long time. They should all be dumped in the bay.
     
  12. BHiC

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    I voted other, because I couldn't find the option for "every ball that does not say Wilson US Open on it". Absolutely hate those balls, after about 3 games they fluff up and you can't hit a winner to save your life.
     
  13. finalfantasy7

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    got some marathon, thx to a guy on here,

    best ball by miles
     
  14. g4driver

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    While there's no debate in your mind, I'll take a Penn ATP over any ball Wilson makes on Har-Tru, including those fancy new Wilson Har-Tru balls. Disclaimer: I play with Wilson frames, but their balls are inferior IMO to the Penn ATP on Har-Tru. I played with those Wilson US. Open Regular Duty balls too, before I learned how much better the Penn ATP balls are.

    Have you ever tried a regular Duty Penn ATP on Har-Tru? I am not talking about the Walmart version of the Wilson Regular Duty or the standard Penn Regular Duty, but specially the regular duty verison of Penn ATP vs US Open Wilson both on Har-Tru?
     
  15. Shangri La

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    Dunlop Grand Prix balls are like rocks!
     
  16. LafayetteHitter

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    I wish the Prince balls were still available. They were by far my favorite.
     
  17. henman_fan

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    Dunlop fort or Slazenger Hi-viz wimbledon.
     
  18. Matchball

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    I love the Slazengers Hi-Vis, too !
     
  19. Kalin

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    +1

    Slaz Wimby balls have always been the best imo; they hold their felt and bounce well and are just the right wight and hardness- solid but not like rocks
     
  20. SystemicAnomaly

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    Have you tried the regular duty balls rather than the extra duty ones? I suspect that you (or whoever you are playing with) hit(s) a lot of fast, low-skidding balls. The only times that I've seen the extra duty balls fluff up significantly by the 2nd set is when playing with someone who hits a lot of fast, flat or underspin, balls.

    They're baaack! I just noticed that the Prince Tour balls are on the Prince web site again. They were my favorite as well. Has anyone tried this new Prince Tour balls? Are they as good as the previous balls?

    It is my understanding that Prince defaulted on payments, when they declared bankruptcy (in 2011/2012?), to the manufacturer of the Prince Tour balls. I believe that Prince had to find someone else to manufacture the resurrected Tour balls. Hopefully the new balls are as good as the old ones.

    http://catalog.princetennis.com/Balls.aspx?146=855
     
  21. smeags86

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    Has anyone tried Babolat Championship Ball. Our club just got a case to try for play test. I must say they are quite a bit nicer other balls IVe played. At our indoor hard court club. We usually play us open and occasionally Penn ATP.

    The babolat balls play fast if not faster than the penn, without being as hard or as heavy. They feel a similar wAit to the Wilson us open.

    Neither my partner or I could return each others serve first set with these balls. Anyone know much about these balls?
     
  22. marco forehand

    marco forehand Rookie

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    Yes I have tried the newly available Prince Balls, they are as before. My favorites.
    Too bad they are no longer middle of the pack in terms of expense. On a per ball basis they are the most expensive (based on buying a case of 24). Another site was offering free shipping (normally not applied to tennis balls) last month so I bought a case.
    I had been playing the Babolats. I have a case of them as well. They are a little softer and don't keep their pressure as long.
     
  23. struggle

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    it sucks to have ***** and the marts as your only place to buy balls around here.

    US Opens are cheaper at the club than at Richard's.

    guess i need to order some. never done that.

    Edit:

    I play on indoor hardcourts in winter. They are fairly gritty, not sure the "brand".
    I play both regular and extra duty balls at times, but regular duty are noted for
    "soft and indoor".

    Indoor due to lack of wind? What is it?
     
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  24. Overheadsmash

    Overheadsmash Semi-Pro

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    I like Penn ATP regular duty on the har-tru and soft indoor courts, and the heavy duty ones for hard courts.

    Wilson US opens last a bit longer, but they always felt harder to me and I don't feel as connected to the ball with the Wilsons, especially when hitting a kick server or something like that.

    Anybody else notice that?
     
  25. Devil_dog

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    FWIW, USPTA ProPrenn balls seem to last the longest, in my experience.
     
  26. bruintennis

    bruintennis Semi-Pro

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    Haha. I feel the same way about the Wilson US Open ball. I feel like when I hit it, the ball doesn't go anywhere and there's a hollow "pop" sound too. I fully agree with your statement that you can't hit a winner to save your life with the US Open ball!
     
  27. Knife

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  28. AllAmerican85

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    Best Ball

    My favorite is Wilson Us Open on hard court and Dunlop Fort All Court on clay.
     
  29. Matchball

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    I tried it last week. It played well and kept its bounce. Plays similar to Penn Championship extra duty balls. Note: The X-Ball markings on the ball wore off fast.
     
  31. Matchball

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    Was it the Tour version?
     
  32. edberg volleys

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    IMO, the best balls ATM are Wilson Australian Open balls absolutely.
     
  33. Big Jeff

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    Prince Balls by far. They are back and play the same as before.
     
  34. Thomas59

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    Wilson USO have always worked the best for me.
     
  35. Fintft

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    Slazengers (4 can ball) all the way. More durable and heavier then most, if not anything ready available, imo.
     
  36. hray4clay

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    I have been absolutely thrilled with the new Penn Marathons (the blue can?). They retain there fuzz and liveliness much much longer than any Wilson except the US Open and they are cheaper than that ball. They are the best new ball on the market in many years!!
     
  37. hray4clay

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    Here in the "swamp" (Myrtle Beach) Wilson US Open are $4.50 per can. Pro Penn Marathon are $3.49 per can and play just as well if not better than the "other" ball. Those "blue cans" are the best new balls on the market. Durable and lively and the weight is perfect like the Wilson USO and much UNLIKE the standard Wilsons or those horrible Dunlops.OMG
     
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    Judging by the poll results, I am unsubscribing to the thought of subscribing to this thread.


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