Tennis ball decision

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by kanjii, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. kanjii

    kanjii Semi-Pro

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    Are the pros superstitious when it come to using a particular ball or number??? Watching the pros as the ball person gives them 2-3 balls, they seem to pick the two and get rid of the third, kinda studies it. Does anyone know what they are looking for in a ball?
     
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  2. Spatula

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    They are choosing the best ball(s) available. One may have a lot of fuzz while another may still me tight. I find myself doing the same thing during match play. I try to avoid using the same ball twice in a row if possible. May just be in my head but whatever works ya know!
     
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  3. flash9

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    I want that ball!

    Not me - If I win the point I want that ball back! It helped me win the previous point and I will reward it with being my first serve on the next point! :razz:
     
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  4. miniRafa386

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    i prefer 2's, idk why, i just do.
     
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  5. persondudething

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    i will walk halfway across the court to pick up a "lucky" ball...
     
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  6. persondudething

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    i will walk halfway across the court to pick up a "lucky ball"...
     
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  7. counter_puncher

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    hell yeah! agreed.
     
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  8. rockbox

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    I usually want the hardest ball for my flat serve and the softest for my second serve.
     
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  9. MTXR

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    more fluff = slower. Less fluff = faster.
     
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  10. CCSurf

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    1st serve=less fluff
    2nd=more fluff
    Always for me
     
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  11. pfchang

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    wow...i was never aware of these fluff differences
     
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  12. topspinalex

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    hm...thats interesting
     
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  13. RakettoKozou

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    I just pick whatever looks shinier, haha
     
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  14. kelz

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    yeah.. most professionals don't like serving with the ball they just faulted with.
     
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  15. jmsx521

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    If we have two balls equally pressurized, but one has more and the other less fluff/texture, the one with the more fluff can grab more onto the strings: It’s better for spin and kick. The one with the less fluff should be more aerodynamic, and should have less obstruction to fly through the air... so, it should be a faster ball, and better for flat shots.

    Now, when commentators refer to “New balls: Advantage for the server” and you see pros going for flat aces with new balls, it’s because the new balls have better pressure than the used ones… and a ball that’s not depressurized is still faster than a used depressurized ball with less fluff/texture.
     
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  16. robby c

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    I rotate so that differences between balls don't get too large.
    I also get the 4packs, reg. duty when playing on clay, and heavy duty 4pack for hard courts.
    When one goes over the fence you still have 3.
    $1.99 at Academy. $2.60 at Target.
    Robby C
     
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  17. HyperHorse

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    Don't you two realise the insignifcane of your superstition?
    It is just a tennis ball and nothing more. It is you who won or lost the last point, not the ball!!!
     
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  18. Eviscerator

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    Correct......
     
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  19. Rorsach

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    Superstition is probably a large part of it, mixed in with a bit of extra preparation time while they go over the next point in their heads.
     
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