Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by MarcusInKensington, Jun 18, 2014.
What is your current favourite ball from the list below? If "other", please specify.
Easy choice, Head ATP anytime.
None of my choices are listed.
Prince Tour or Pro Penn Marathon.
I second this.
So how is this better than US open balls ?
REAL question is this IF you are just throwing away the ball after 1 set, What would be the best ball for you ???
if you are concerned only about playability and not duration of play
Pro Penn Marathon on hard courts
US Open Reg Duty for soft courts
The regular duty US Open are good. The extra duty fluff up too much but they may be addressing that. I recently participated in a Wilson ball test and one of their prototype US Open extra duty balls did not fluff up. It was actually my favorite hard court ball that I've used to date.
Loved Prince tennis balls but can no longer find them in my area. Lately I've been buying up the Wilson hardcourt balls...but only the ones with "100" on them instead of 1, 2, 3, or 4.
Dunlop Grand Prix but if the courts are dark, ProPenn Marathon.
Cleanskin tennis. Cheapest itf approved ball in Australia and plays like Wilson us open. Can't be beat if you wish to use new balls very time you practice or have to fill a basket. These are not seconds balls they are the top shelf stuff.
As far as I am aware Cleanskin are winding down the business. The ITF and Tennis Australia approval has not been renewed.
Would have liked to see them press on with the ball in the market.
Third. The two best balls sold in the US are not included in the poll?!
Penn ATP Extra Duty
If I lived in the US, or both Prince & Penn balls were readily available here in the UK I may have included them.
As it is I don't, they're not, so I didn't.
IF I threw balls away after 1 set I could consider WUSO balls. Since I prefer balls with the best playing characteristics keeping pressure for more than a set the Heads are hard to beat. If duration of play was my only concern Yonex Tour would be the choice, but they don´t have good enough feel and playability. :razz:
Oh that sucks. Better get bulk supply while I can....if i still can.
Just ordered 20 boxes. Set me back a bit but long run will work out far cheaper.
Pro Penn Marathon, at least in FL Hardtru courts are my favorite. They seem to hold their cover best, they neither get thin, nor do they fluff out. And they don't absorb the water from the clay at night like other balls.
Wilson US Open, feels lighter and "faster" but loses the cover fast and if the court has underground watering, just absorb way too much water and gets super heavy fast.
Pro Penn Marathon are my current favorite. Though I have not been a tennis ball snob until recently, so have not tried too many.
I voted Head ATP from the list because it performs pretty well on faster syn grass courts which I play. They bounce higher than most and hold up well in damp conditions. Mantis Tours are similar and probably slightly better on this surface, playing well over a longer period. But, either of these two and I'm happy
Shocked that I'm the only person who has voted for the Tecnifibre X-One... They are spectacular IMO, and am surprised no one else agrees!
I think the US Open's feel heavier on Har Tru. They do seem to absorb more water.
I did not realize at first that you are in the UK, which explains why you didn't include Prince Tour or Pro Penn Marathon in the poll.
Same concept explains why nobody is jumping on the Tecnifibre X-One bandwagon. These balls are not available in the US.
If they were, I'm sure many of us tennis ball fanatics would try them and probably like them too!
These are my favourite ball, but the price was getting hard to stomach. For the past couple of years I've been using Mantis Tour, which I find almost as good. Unfortunately the price of those is creeping upwards, so I may have to re-evaluate when the current box is done.
Of the others on the list:
Dunlop Fort - hate them. Hard and heavy, particularly in winter.
Head ATP - good for an hour or two, but they don't last anywhere near long enough.
Slazenger Wimbledon - nice weight and bounce, but fuzz up more than any other ball I've played with.
US Open - I had a single can of these, and thought they were great. Bought a box off the back of that, and they played very differently - didn't last as long, and fuzzed too much. I'm not sure whether it was a bad batch, but I haven't gone back. (as a note, in the UK they only seem to sell the Extra Duty.)
Australian Open - had a single can of these too, and almost picked them ahead of the US Open. May check them out again.
Penn hands down however at the moment have a case of Slazenger Wimbledon sitting on my shelf
Prince Tour balls are available in Charlotte at the 'mom & pop' shop that is on S King Street...as well as here at Tennis Warehouse!
has anyone tried the new Wilson Tour Clay Green ball? I picked up a couple of cans yesterday. Will give them a try this weekend.
You just wasted your money! Nothing special and too expensive.
I fully agree. I tried more or less all kinds of tennis balls available on my market and nothing comes close to Tecnifibre X-One balls in metal cans. However, I heard that some premium Tretorn balls are made in the same factory (Bridgestone-Tecnifibre), play the same, but are much less expensive than Tecnifibre.
The worst balls by far in terms of durability are Wilsons, 30% are dead after one hour of hitting, and sometimes even right after opening.
It is probably the pressureless Tecnifibre XLD balls that are made in the same factory as the Tretorns. (The pressureless Tretorns are awful, so wouldn't expect too much from the XLDs).
There's an online shop selling X-Ones on special at the moment... £9.95 for 8 balls. I bought enough to last for a couple of years!
Tonight I played against a chap who bought some Wilson Australian Open balls to use. What a weird ball! Straight out of the can they feel soft, but fly really quick through the air, then on landing they just die. Couldn't get a feel for them at all.
We had a tournament years ago pull out the Australian Open balls. Everyone thought they were dead cans of balls and asked for more. We opened more cans and all of them were dead. Terrible ball.
Wimbledon Ultra vis
US Open. It is the heaviest of the major balls and most used in USTA tournaments. I find if I practice with lighter balls I leave balls short in a tournament. So I'm buying a case of US Open from TW about every 4 months or so.
Penn ATP for me
Wilson Australians are better than wilson US opens.
my vote for Dunlop fort, a little heavy when fresh but the most durable in my opinion.
I was at Stanford watching Bank of the West WTA tournament this past week and saw the players were hitting with Penn tennis balls with orange lettering, anyone know what type of balls these are?
Slazenger's Wimbledon ball, no doubt.
Current Favourite Ball
I play a couple of times a week, always using new balls each time and have tried most brands over the years. I just purchased a box of Technifibre X-One and I found these balls to be the very best, so good I could even use them for a second session as effectively "fresh" balls. A bit more expensive than the larger brands but worth the money in my opinion.
Penn ATP Extra Duty (ATP 3's).... the only good ball on the market these days.
I prefer Dunlop Grand Prix.
Out of the ones listed, probably Wilson US Open
I really like Prince Tour XD balls.
Heres a vote for the Tecnifibre X-ones, IME (though limited) its playability lasts longer than most tennis balls and the felt is of very good quality. Downside is it is a bit more expensive.
Tretorn serie+ hands down but are hard to find in the US
+1. My local tennis store sells them. Just wish I could get a case of them.
I'm liking the Pro Penn Marathon's on Har-Tru.
Nice ball, bounces well, easy on the arm.
Always get compliments from my bargain shopper tennis buddies who always show up with Wal-mart Penn's and Wilson's.
If they played golf, they'd be hitting top-flites (rock-flites).
Which HEAD ball are you referring to ? any in particular ?
^^^ This one. Apparently same ball as Penn ATP.
Pro Penn Marathon are my favorite.
For the lower tier balls, the Penn Ti are surprisingly not all that bad; seem to be a bit heavier than the Penn Championship balls.
im with this group
Penn ATP extra duty
Prince Tour, I play on hard courts and love them.
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