Walmart Tennis Balls

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  1. Capt. Willie

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    Walmart has these cheap generic tennis balls called "Athletic Works" for $1.49 a can. I was thinking of getting a case to fill my ball hopper to use for serving practice. Any thoughts on this? Anyone ever try them? I know they are going to be crappy but it's only for practice.
     
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  2. TheShaun

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    never tried them but why not try a can before you splurge on the case...
     
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  3. Loco4Tennis

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    ive hit with them before, they seem to go flat quick, but my biggest issue with them was the plastic seem where the two hal;fs of the balls meet, they forget to sand it properly, or grind them smooth before the add the felt, so you actually see the circle arround the ball, sometimes leaving extra glue which then affects the bounce,
    i would go with the wilson usopen ones from walmart as well, much better for long time play, but very hared right off the can, only a small difference but its a much better ball in my experience
     
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  4. Leelord337

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    don't buy those, they totally suck, the worst balls ever made. i would say to go to academy and buy the penn atp balls (4 per can) for $1.89 a can. the athletic works balls are already flat when you get them out of the can. they are more for dog toys. words of advice: DON'T BUY THEM, or better yet, just buy a lot of used name brand tennis balls on e bay cheap
     
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  5. Bundey

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    Worst balls ever. They bounce one inch.
     
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  6. Loco4Tennis

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    if your looking to buy new balls and then use then for practice afterwards for several practices, i would stay away from PENN,
    penn balls are good right off the can but they losse pressure quicker then the wilson
    ive been noticing that wilson uses ticker rubber on the balls making them harder right off the can, but after the first hitting session they hold their pressure good and feel good several practices latter
    dunlops are great, but they are expensive
    if your looking for practice balls, go to the auction site and get somethere, great price for ok bounce for practice only tough
     
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  7. ndtennis

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    yea those wilson balls there arnt much more money. you can get more bang for your buck that way.
     
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    The Athletic Work balls are the worst I've ever played with. In less than a set, I recall splitting a ball mostly in half - the rubber part. I've never had that happen with Wilson or Penn balls. I can usually find Wilson, Penn, and Dunlop balls for less than $2 a can on sale, so for a few dimes more per can, I'll take a more durable ball.
     
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  9. Northern_Attack

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    Why would you buy a tennis ball made by Wal-Mart? I just bought a 15 pack of Penns for 30 bucks and I have found Penn to be a good brand.
     
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  10. Seifersquall1

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    When I began playing tennis, I bought like 15 balls for a cheap price and when I hit with them, they didn't even bounce. The people who were playing next to us offered me to use their tennis balls XD
     
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  11. daddy.dirtsurfer

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    Good luck for getting TE soon! Wouldn't buy them but buy one with better brand. Even I am from Sydney!
     
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    Thats one good way to impress the girls, keep an athletic works ball in your pocket and make sure it's almost wripped in half, then do a hard flat serve and pretend you flattened it by serving, then you'd have a girl on each arm walking out of the tennis club, :grin:
     
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  13. Capt. Willie

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    I want to thank everyone who commented on this especially those of you who have actually used the Athletic Works balls and gave your thoughts on them. I will probably pick up one or two cans of every type they have that is under $2.00 and go from there. They don't have to be the best balls as I only plan to use them for serving practice but it would be nice if they hold up a bit.
     
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  14. Capt. Willie

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    "TE"....Tennis elbow? I think that is more technique than equipment. I've never had tennis elbow in 30 years of playing....only a shoulder problem from a light weight racquet once. I can't imagine even the worst balls made (or even hard pressureless balls) causing tennis elbow.
     
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  15. Capt. Willie

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    Yeah, chicks dig the big serve. :rolleyes:
     
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  16. Ferrari1190

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    yeah theyre pretty bad i use done can when i first stated playign and the fuzz just clumps up it comes of the ball ans clumps onto it and it also goes flat. pressureless balls would be better for practice
     
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  17. spiritboy3

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    reccomend u slazengers ball very good brand even i like dunlop better 6 dollar for about 10 balls dunno how many cans why not ???
     
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  18. bigjimbofan

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    Exactly.
    Use a little common sense.You get what you pay for.
     
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  19. zacinnc78

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    the athletic works are truly awful ive tried them ....the ones i used were warped too(unpredictable bounce)
     
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  20. jesus_l11

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    at SA i get dunlop grand prix tennis balls for .47 each pack of 3 balls so i get a 6 pack for 3 dollars;)
     
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  21. Loco4Tennis

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    ok, i have to ask where and how?,
    oh yeah and also "what wrong with the balls"??
    and just to make sure, we are talking about tennis balls here right??
    are they used??!!
    what is SA??
    wait, who cares, i wanna gets dunlop 3pk for 47cents too, please provide more info
     
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  22. jesus_l11

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    yeah i get them at sp*rt* Au**ori*y they are the balck packaged dunlops not the green package they are brand new and nothing is wrong with them
     
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  23. goober

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    Are you talking about the ones with JMac on the cover? Those were a great deal but I don't ever remember them going to 47 cents/can. The were $1.60 which was still cheap so I bought a whole bunch and told other people about the deal. Now they are sold out and I haven' seen them around here in S.A.'s for several months.:mad:
     
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  24. Jackie T. Stephens

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    When I first started playing tennis I used those, they suck!! the ball barely bounces.
     
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  25. 757tennis

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    those wal mart balls feel like lead to hit i bought some and only used them for like 5 min and threw them away
     
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  26. jesus_l11

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    i open the 6 pack package and buy them individually and they somehow cost me .47 cents
     
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