Something is up with new tennis balls

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  1. t135

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    In the past six months, it's become a consistent problem that new Wilson and penn balls are soft right out of the can. The high end us open balls and others like them seem fine, but the standard issue balls are terrible.

    Anyone else noticed this?
     
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  2. The Meat

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    Penn's naturally die after a session or two.

    Wilson Champions should last a little longer. Be sure to inspect the balls through the can before buying them, some are defects. Wilson has seriously been lowering the quality on all of their products.
     
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  3. West Coast Ace

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    I have had some issues; but these are balls I bought a while ago. At first I was writing it off as heavy conditions (early morning humidity) and dirty courts - but the last 3 weeks my Sunday hitting partner and I both realized at least 1 ball out of 3 seemed to be dying fast - after approx. 20 minutes.

    @Meat - I've always had better luck with Penn's and longevity. In my experiences, Wilsons are light and fast out of the can but fluff up faster.
     
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  4. The Meat

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    My Penn's deflate around the hour mark, Wilson's felt is kind of terrible. Penn for some reason has the right felt and Wilson has the right core. I wish they could make a hybrid of the two balls....:(
     
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  5. Bartelby

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    Sometimes manufacturers seem so keen to keep their price point that they cost cut and sacrifice quality control.
     
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  6. 2ndServe

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    the balls I've bought at Target look the same but they are definitely sub standard to me.
     
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  7. bkpr

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    I've had four or five cans out of my box of Dunlop Fort Elite balls produce soft balls. There was a reduced 'pop' when I opened them. Upon inspection of unopened cans I could tell which were the duds from how much I could/couldn't push the unopened lid down.

    And many of the Penns we use at the club seem to have unevenly stuck felt; there's is typically a small crease/fold of about 6–7mm perpendicular to the rubber seam in one spot. Out of the six three-ball cans I've used in league games to date, at least four balls have had this imperfection.

    So yeah, I think something's up.
     
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  8. tennisnj

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    I unfortunately bought 4 cases of Penn Championships (worked out to be less than $1.50 a can) from a local big box retailer & 1 entire case was dead in the cans. I've noticed Penn's lately have been very erratic in their QC. A can barely lasts 3 1/2 sets of high level competitive doubles on the gritty, VERY slow hard courts I play on. Wilson on the other hand has been pretty consistent in their QC & playability. I can get about 4 sets out of a new can before they get put in the tennis camp bin with them. Dunlop on the other hand I can easily get 5 sets out of them w/o having to open a new can. Always amazes me though you can talk to 50 posters on here & they'll give you 50 different answers to the 'best ball' & why, but what very few on here discuss is: Court conditions (speed, cleanliness of court & height of bounce, etc.,) & level of play.
     
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  9. struggle

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    for these reasons, i buy only a few cans at a time, regardless of brand or model.
     
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  10. West Coast Ace

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    Probably a good idea. At least until Congress forces the manufacturers to post a Use By date on the can. :)
     
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  11. The Meat

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    I do the same, buying cases doesn't save you enough money if you have to pay for shipping as well. I can pick out my balls by looking through the can.
     
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  12. GlenK

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    I have switched to the Penn Marathon balls. They are great for HCs. I have not tried the regular duty but will order some next.
    The Marathon's are much better right out of the can, and the longevity is excellent.
     
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  13. Fearsome Forehand

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    Tennis balls have a shelf life. They will go flat even inside a pressurized can if given enough time. I have opened new cans from last season only to discover they are flat. If the box/can that you purchased has been in a warehouse for a while, they might well be dead. Take them back where you bought them and exchange them if possible. The flat ones become practice balls, good for hitting serves, but not for play.
     
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  14. hyperion99

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    I've noticed recently that a lot of the Us Open Extra Duty balls go dead extremely fast.
    I now use Penn ATP Extra Duty tennis balls for the past 2 months and cannot be happier.

    They last much longer (and have better quality)than the Us Open Extra Duty tennis balls and their $18 dollars cheaper(for purchasing the case)IMO.

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Pen...nis_Balls_24_Can_Case/descpageHEAD-ATP24.html

    http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Wil...is_Balls_24_Can_Case/descpageWILSON-USOC.html
     
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  15. Rabbit

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    I have never had that issue with Dunlops. I buy a case at a time and keep them over season if I don't use them. They are always good. And I store them in my garage where it gets both uber hot and cold.
     
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  16. ArliHawk

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    I like the ATP balls a lot, but also really like the Prop Penn Marathon. They last even longer than the ATPs, so I might have to splurge for the Pro Penns next case I buy.
     
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  17. mikeler

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    I only buy the regular duty Penn Marathon balls. They are easily my favorite soft court ball now.
     
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  18. db10s

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    I like Marathons on clay and the ATPs on hard.
     
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  19. Fearsome Forehand

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    IIRC I have had some Dunlops go flat. But, I have found Dunlops tend to hold their bounce longer than other balls so maybe it is less noticeable with Dunlops. No idea. :)
     
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  20. athiker

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    I used to buy almost exclusively Penns, they seem to be the most popular around here, but have lately started using Wilsons. The Penns seem a little heavier and less lively vs the Wilsons...nothing scientific...just my impression. I buy both at Target.
     
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  21. Relinquis

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    i use slazenger wimbledon ultra vis mostly now... no issues at all.

    Wilson US Opens are good too. I use those sometimes, but mostly use the slazengers.
     
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  22. Readers

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    I agree completely, slazenger wimbledon ultra vis is awesome, I use USO now, they are good, but only because Slazenger is 6.99 a can here.
     
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  23. Rjtennis

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    I buy cases off Penn's all the time and have rarely have any issues. Usually Ill buy 2 or 3 cases at a time and i don't have problems with dead cans.

    The Wilson USO are good balls but they really fluff up and slow down big time after a set.
     
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  24. GlenK

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    Good deal. I figured they were. Love the extra duty version!!
     
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  25. mikeler

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    The extra duty tend to fuzz up worse than the regular duty.


    I've only used the extra duty version once but I was pleased with them as well.
     
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  26. 3fees

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    I use several mfg's of tennis balls, a new can of Penn Championships lasts about 2 sets then they look quite feltless, the felt is on my strings and the surface.lol
     
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  27. mikeler

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    Awful balls. Spend the extra dough and get the Marathons.
     
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