Looking for tennis ball similar to Wilson US Open Heavy Duty

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  1. movdqa

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    These have been very hard to find at local stores lately and they've gone up in price considerably at the store where I usually buy them. These are the favorite tennis ball among several people that I play with because they will last for three set on the indoor courts that we use and last for at least two sets on the outdoor courts that we use (they are very abrasive).

    They are also not exceptionally hard like Dunlops which we felt were a bit jarring.

    So we're looking for something with a very durable felt, that isn't too light and not too heavy.
     
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  2. ArliHawk

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    Penn ATP Extra Duty are nice, as are Babolat all court.
     
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    I had a look at the review comments for the Penn and the reviews are all over the place. I don't think that I can find Babolat tennis balls locally - I see mainly Penn, Wilson and Dunlop. There were comments on the Penn ATP Extra Duty that they play harder than the US Open balls. The thing that I most like about the US Open balls is that they last but they don't play hard.

    I may just stick with the US Open HDs.

    I bought a bunch of Dunlops a while ago and one of the guys that I hit regularly couldn't stand them - he said that it was jarring to hit with to his arm - so I just switched to what he uses. It turns out that a lot of other people in my tennis circles like them too. The only downside is that they're pretty expensive compared to most other balls.
     
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  4. Ramon

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    If you're looking for durability, Wilson US Open balls are tough to beat, and comparable balls will be harder to find and usually cost as much. If you want a cheaper ball, I think the Wilson Championship balls are pretty good on durability, and you can find them almost anywhere.
     
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  5. Kurte954

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    The Babalot balls fluffy up terribly on a hardcourt with a lot of grain. On clay they're great for me and hold their bounce a long time. I'm only a 3.0-3.5 so higher level players with more pace and spin would probably have worse problems with these balls.

    I find that the ProPenn balls are similar to the US Open Wilsons and hold up on the grainy hard courts very well... Neither of these balls are going to help you in the price department though...
     
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    I believe that I have found a source of US Open XDs at $2.80 a can and will visit the place tomorrow.

    Thanks for the general comments. It appears that the US Open XD is one of the best for hardcourts out there.
     
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  7. ArliHawk

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    I ordered a case of the Penn ATP extra duty and find them to be great balls, better than us open xd.
     
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  8. movdqa

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    I think that different people have different priority for tennis balls which explains the wide variance on opinions for tennis balls so the question of which is the best will have different answers based on what you are looking for. I am quite happy with the US Open with how we use them - they are just hard to find locally. And they are in the highest category for price.
     
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  9. Maui19

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    That has been my experience as well.
     
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  10. movdqa

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    What are you looking for in a ball?

    I'm looking for something that plays well for two to three hours on a very abrasive court with a relatively soft feel that maintains its bounce for that period of time. I don't need it to last any longer than that. I definitely do not want a hard ball and I saw review comments that the ATP XD is on the hard side.

    I'm planning to pick up 24 cans in about an hour. If you think that the ATPs are similar in hardness/softness as the US Open XD, then I may pick up a four-pack to try them out or maybe just one if they sell them that way in the store.
     
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    I couldn't find the ATP XDs but a friend of mine bought a bunch of 4-packs for 20% off $2.80/can and he sold me two of them so I'm good for a while. We may be playing on clay regularly this summer so next up is to find a good ball for clay.

    What do they use at the French Open?
     
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  12. mikeler

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    From some of the pics posted, it appears they are using the Babolat Roland Garros balls. Less fuzz than their US Open regular duty counterparts. They seem better suited for bigger hitters.
     
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  13. ductrung3993

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    Looking for an answer on this too. And btw Babolats are terribly hard.
     
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  14. movdqa

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    Our local stores don't carry Babolat tennis balls - I may just ask one of the guys that I hit with who has a clay court at his home what he uses.
     
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    I would avoid the Penn ATP ones if you looking for something softer. They are hard though they do last long and have a few people who complained when I used them initially. They offered to use theirs instead.

    The Pro Penn USPTA ones are pretty good as I have used the Wilson US Open ones and they are similar. I do found the Pro Penn USPTA to last a bit longer as the felt doesn't fluff up like the Wilsons. Both are quality balls but the USPTA is no longer available and the Wilsons indeed have gone up in price substantially since the last time I purchased them.
     
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  16. corbind

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    Movdqa where do you live?
     
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  17. movdqa

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    Southern NH along the Merrimack Valley. It's not exactly a booming tennis area.
     
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    I play on both hard and clay courts. I like the USOpen balls on each surface best. I buy them by the case to minimize the cost per can and to make sure I always have a can I can grab on my way out. Here are my preferred tennis balls:

    Hard Court:
    1) Wilson US Open ED
    2) Pro Penn Marathon ED
    3) Dunlop Championship ED

    Clay Court:
    1) Wilson US Open RD
    2) Babolat Roland Garros All Court
    3) Pro Penn Marathon RD

    I know that tennis ball preference changes drastically by climate and altitude. I am in a low altitude, humid climate. This list would be different if I were elsewhere. However, the US Opens would stay at the top.
     
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  19. corbind

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    If someone said, "I wear short year round" it means something VERY different if he lives in San Diego or Anchorage. That's why I like you mention your area and altitude to further help people understand your tennis ball preference. I wish more people had your forethought to put extra relevant info as you did!
     
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  20. Fuji

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    I noticed you guys mentioned Babolat balls, I've had so many issues with them! Every can I've gotten has been dead within an hour or so of hitting and have played terribly on both indoor and outdoor hardcourts.

    -Fuji
     
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    These are the ones I use which are my favorite for clay. I have not tried them on hard courts yet:

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  22. Fuji

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    ^^^^^^

    Hmmm, see I've used these ones on 5 different occasions now,

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    And they die within an hour of match play which just seems crazy when I can use a can of Wilson US Open HD for a match and then 2-3 practice sessions before they are totally thrashed.

    -Fuji
     
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  23. ArliHawk

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    The Babolats mikeler posted are the ones I've used. Those are most similar to your Wilsons
     
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  24. mikeler

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    Fuji,

    The link you posted is from the UK. Is that where you are getting them?
     
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  25. Fuji

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    Nope! :) I get them from local "Sports Mart" as they have quite a selection of balls. I really enjoy the Slazenger Wimbledon ones that they carry as well.

    That being said, since it is a big box chain, they are marked up a bit. Wilson US Open come to around 6-7 bucks a can, Wimbledons are 7, Babolats are 5.50, Penn are 6, etc.

    -Fuji
     
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  26. Loose Cannon

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    To be honest.....everyone in here uses the ones at Wal mart....cause they are the cheapest.. Anyone denying it, is lying
     
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    > Wilson US Open come to around 6-7 bucks a can

    Ouch!

    > everyone in here uses the ones at Wal mart....cause they are the
    > cheapest

    WalMart (online) doesn't carry US Open balls.
     
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  28. Fuji

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    I WISH my local Walmart sold tennis balls. It'd probably save me a few bucks!

    They have absolutely no tennis related items.

    -Fuji
     
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  29. movdqa

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    Our local WalMart sells tennis balls but what they carry is fairly random - though none of the high-end stuff. I usually buy from spots othorety though US Opens are $3.75/can now there. ***** is $3.50 a can. Looking for a source to buy cases of them. I found a team sports place for $66/case which would be fine - I just don't know if I can trust them as I've never heard of the place.
     
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  30. mikeler

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    I used to buy balls from local big box stores and Wal Mart but you get a dead can with every few you buy.
     
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