"Soft/Arm Frindely" balls

Discussion in 'Other Equipment' started by Pynot, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Pynot

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    Hello,


    Does anyone know any soft but cheaper balls like Head ATP and Wilson US Open?

    I've tried Dunlop Championship All Surface 4-ball can, they look as hard as billiard balls.


    Thx.
     
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  2. mikeler

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    "Dunrocks" are the hardest out there. I'm not really a fan of Penn, but they seem to be the easiest on the arm.
     
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  3. ewberner

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    I felt that Wilson Championship balls were fairly soft feeling balls. Some Penn balls I have had were literally solid out of the can. Even after 4 months in the hopper they are still hard as a rock and don't bounce much. Too inconsitent.
     
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  4. ductrung3993

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    I second this. Babolats are pretty hard too.
     
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  5. ThomasTerrible

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    The US Opens are quite soft I think..

    "They look as hard as billiard balls"..?? If I use my shirt 5 times without washing it, it still looks soft...
     
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  6. tball

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    The softest I've ever played with are Slazenger Wimbledon.
     
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  7. maxpotapov

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    I second that. And eye-friendly too, they stay bright as long as you play with them.
     
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  8. rk_sports

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    Völkl balls I think are the softest I played so far... only drawback is that they last just about for 1 match (max 3 sets)
     
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  9. JPW

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    So is there mostly a consensus around what the best all-around ball is? I know people might have their favorite, but I'm really looking for what MOST people consider to be the best.
     
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  10. Ramon

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    I don't think this thread is about the best all-around ball. That subject has been beaten down in other threads. I've basically found that you get what you pay for. The premium balls (Pro Penn, Wilson US Open, etc) are generally better overall than the championship balls, but no one agrees which one is best overall.

    I like softer balls also, which is why I'm partial to Penn, but I'll buy other brands too. On the cheaper end, Penn Championship balls are soft, but I think Wilson has better quality control because I still find flat Penn balls on occassion. I can usually get Dunlops for cheaper, but I found their quality control to be lacking. On the higher end, I like the quality of the Pro-Penn Marathon balls, and they are softer than the Wilson US Open balls, but the Wilsons last longer.
     
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  11. Pynot

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    Thanks everyone for the answers.

    It seems to me that there is a relation between hardness and durability. The softer it is, the less it will last?

    Thx.
     
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  12. mikeler

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    I'd say the answer to your question is generally "Yes".
     
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  13. maxpotapov

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    There are exceptions to this rule, Slazenger Wimbledon Ultra Vis / Hydroguard (4 balls silver tin can) are very arm friendly and very durable. Up to 10 hours for 8 balls on indoor carpet or some gummy/smoother hardcourts, and I talk about putting some pressure and spin on the ball.
    I've ordered another case of those recently, too bad TW does not carry them.
     
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  14. Woolybugger

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    10-and under orange balls :)
     
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  15. cghipp

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    I like the Penn balls that I buy by the case at Costco. I also like the Wilson US Open balls.

    I absolutely hate the Wilson Titanium balls - they feel very hard and unyielding to me, like the underlying rubber (or whatever the material is) is stiffer than other balls. I don't even like to warm up with them and I would gladly open my can myself rather than play with an opponent's Wilson Titaniums.

    For a while, my club was selling Prince balls, and I liked the way the felt and thought they were a little more visible, too. But a local shop owner told me that while people liked playing with them, they had a relatively high incidence of pressurization failure in the can, leaving the balls DOA.
     
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  16. Ronaldo

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    Try regular duty balls. Feel lighter and a bit easier on your joints. Not durable but you can't always get what you want. But if you keep playing with rocks you'll get exactly what you need.
     
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  17. toedragger

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    I third that. On probably my fourth case of these. Absolutely love them, and everyone in our league agrees these are very arm friendly, good performing balls.
     
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  18. willlee

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    I usually play with Wilson or Penn Championship balls. They are fairly soft IMO, especially if you get the regular duty ones which are lighter and have less felt.

    Stay away from TI balls - very hard. Picked up a pack of Penn Tribute for the first time today and was not impressed - even harder than the TI balls.
     
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  19. mikeler

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    Just hit with Penn Marathon regular duty balls today for only the 2nd time. Used them for about 3 hours with 2 singles sets and 2 doubles sets. They still looked great after all that, held their bounce, felt soft/light and are very bright. I think they will be my new ball of choice.
     
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  20. floide

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    Slazenger Wimbledon, as said by many. Impressive softness.
     
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