Softest and brightest tournament grade balls

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  1. tiebraek

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    prince xtra tour are great and have good bounce and maintain it. I haven't played with a more consistent ball. I'm suprised to read that walmart sells them now....Babolats roland garros play similar but to me feel a little lighter..good balls nevertheless..
    penns play very different from the prince..have lower bounce and maybe or maybe not last a set.. I used to love the atp and propenns but their quality changed 4-5 years ago..
    also consistency sucks from can to can..
    Dunlop championship are the worst balls I have ever played..feel like I play with rocks..
     
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  2. mikeler

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    Hmm, may have to try them out when I go through my latest 6 pack of US Open balls.


    The Prince extra duty tours had a nice bounce but a few cans I had, the balls would have pieces break off internally and rattle around inside the ball. Never had that problem with the regular duty version of the ball.
     
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  3. Ronaldo

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    Walmart has the Prince Championship ball, not the Tours. Btw, Penn and Wilson Championship balls are now over $2/can at Wallyworld.
     
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  4. ArliHawk

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    Tried Prince Tours today. Didn't like those as much as the Babolat ball. Pretty sure I might be ordering a case of these this summer.

    On a quest, and tried Dunlop Grand Prix, Prince Tour, Babolat Roland Garros and Wilson US Open. Still like the US Open (which is my club's ball) but the Babolats seem to last as long and fluff less. Would love to know everyone else's thoughts, too.
     
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  5. mikeler

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    Are you talking about hard court balls? Either way, count me interested in the Babolats.
     
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  6. ArliHawk

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    Hard court balls. The Babolat say all court, but seemed just as durable as the other balls and I only play on hard courts.
     
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  7. ArliHawk

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    Probably going to pull the trigger on a case of balls in the next month or so to play on hard courts. Love the Babolat balls, but also thinking about Penn ATP as it could save $20. Unfortunately, I have been unable to try any Penn ATPs.

    Has anybody who used both of these offer a comparison? The reason I want to use something other than Wilson US Open (which I like) is because they are my club's balls. This can sometimes make it difficult to keeps balls straight.
     
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  8. mikeler

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    Penn ATPs are good hard court balls.
     
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  9. ArliHawk

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    Do they feel comfortable? By that, I mean softer. I tried the Dunlop Grand Prix XD ball, and it just felt like hitting a rock. One of the things I like about the Babolat (previously mentioned here) is that it feels softer than a lot of balls.

    For reference, I have no problem with the Prince Tour Extra Duty and Wilson US Open Xtra Duty, so if the Penns are like that, they'd be fine.

    Thanks so much. It's always great to have such a wealth of knowledge on this board.
     
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  10. mikeler

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    In terms of softness with 1 being the easiest on the arm and 4 the hardest, I'd rank them like this:

    1. Prince Tour Extra Duty
    2. Penn ATP Tour
    3. Wilson US Open Extra Duty
    4. Dunrocks
     
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  11. max pl

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    The Penn ATPs are harder than Wilson US Opens the first few hours of hitting, but then soften up considerably and are great to play with.
    But even in their early stages theyre no where near Dunlop levels of hard.

    Right now I'm using a case of Pro Penn Marathons, and although not far off from the ATPs, I think I prefer the ATPs a bit more. Both balls feel the same off the racquet, but the ATPs are a bit firmer and have a better bounce.

    The Penn ATPs are the best ball in their price range and one of the best balls overall.
     
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  12. GlenK

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    I love the Penn ATP's in the summer heat and like the Penn Championship extra duty in the winter.
     
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  13. tistrapukcipeht

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    I use Pro Penn, really the best balls, so soft and durable!
     
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  14. ArliHawk

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    Alright, ordered a case of Penn ATP XD today from this site, so I hope they work well.

    Really like the Babolats, but can't justify the $26 price difference for a case. And I don't want to use Wilson US Open, because it's too easy to get confused with my club's balls.
     
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