What are pressureless tennis balls like?

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  1. btpayne13

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    I've heard that pressureless tennis balls are brick-hard, but they're good for practice, and they last longer than pressurized tennis balls. What else can you tell me about them?
     
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  2. ClubHoUno

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    Get the expensive ones - Tretorn Micro X.
     
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  3. TennisVet

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    they bounce way higher than normal pressured balls. once u play with them long enough, they will look like crap but will bounce just like a new ball. sometimes they chang directions after bouncing too
     
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  4. btpayne13

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    I'm going to get the Penn pressureless. The Tretorns looks great, but I don't want to spend that much money quite yet.
     
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  5. jwbarrientos

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    They are good, I feel them heavier than regular ones.
     
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  6. HitItHarder

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    Pressureless balls tend to be heavier because the balls typically have a thicker rubber shell for a core. That is why they bounce without pressure.

    The heavier balls tend to feel harder as well.

    I have hit with Gamma, Penn, and Tretorn Pressureless balls. I personally think that the Tretorns are a little softer than the Penns. The Gamma's weight wasn't the problem, it was the felt. They did not hold up at all.

    I don't know that there is a big different in the Penns and Tretorns. I personally thought that a higher number of my Tretorns had a more consistent bounce after a longer period of use (three months).

    As far as comfort, I believe they are similar as well. I have hit Tretorns in my ball machine outside with a full bed of poly in 25 degree weather. It was fine, so you may want to try a few out before you buy into all the "hard as a brick" talk.
     
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    I have used a variety of pressureless balls in my SP Pro and have found Slazenger to be the best value for me. That said, I wouldn't recommend using them for practice play or serve practice. I can get crazy spin on pressureless balls that I can't replicate with regular balls.
     
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  8. mlwang80

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    pressureless balls combined with poly will result in some soreness. The balls just seem heavier and as a result I will tend to get some pain the day following a practice session.

    They make great dog toys however!
     
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  9. rschuller

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    honestly,

    the only thing I ever used pressurized balls for is improving my raquet head speed. There good for that though.
     
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  10. MonkeyMuggs

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    I recently bought 2 buckets of Tretorn Micro X balls for my ball machine. After hitting with them 4x I am very impressed with them! They may be a tad heavier than some pressurized balls, but not by very much. There are certain new pressurized balls (not sure but I think Dunlops) that I find weight even more than the Tretorns. I like the feel of the Tretorn Micro X ball. I would like, and will eventually try, the Penn's as well.
     
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  11. parasailing

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    I too use the Tretorn pressureless balls but after 6 months or so, they lose all their felt and shoot out of the machine like a canon.

    They are much harder than hitting with regular balls but will save you money in the long one since they keep their bounce.
     
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  12. liftlobby2

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    tretons are very lasting. but towards the end, once all the felt is all gone, it sux. so it doesnt matter even if it can retain its bounce.

    if you want to get a lot of balls (i.e. you have a large ball hopper or ball machine), then you can consider pressure-less balls.

    if you only need like a few balls say 10-12, you can consider using competition balls and changing them at shorter intervals or when they lose their bounce. Cos 10-12 balls is not going to save you big money even if you choose pressure-less balls (factor in the difference in play)

    i would say pressure-less balls are cheap, training balls. so no point paying that price for tretons.
     
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  13. charliefedererer

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    If you are in the US where pressurized tennis balls are cheap, stick to them for practice sessions, match play and practice serving. That's because the pressureless balls have a stiffer rubber to give them that bounce without any pressure. That stiffness greatly increases your chance of getting tennis elbow, shoulder and wrist problems.

    Pressureless balls are a must for ball machines to maintain a consistant bounce over time. The Tretorn Micro X are clearly the best, with a softer feel than others. That's because it contains 70 million micro bubbles inside to maintain the equivalancy of a pressurized ball.
     
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  14. slow_duster

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    Dick's sporting goods has Penn balls. I printed a coupon online, and got a great deal on a bucket of balls!!!! They are not the same as regular balls, but much better than hitting dead balls.
     
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  15. Frankauc

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    for info, i weighted the tetron micro x and they weight 56-57g and my a pressured ball like dunlop championship weight 59g

    so its not true that they are heavier..

    as for the felt, i didnt tried them yet but i bounced them on my racquet and compare with the dunlop and they feel great, not much different. But it's not like real hitting so maybe i will find that they feel harder
     
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  16. Kick Serve 14

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    They're heavier and harder than pressureless, however, they last MUCH longer...
     
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  17. LuckyR

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    They feel heavier off of the strings but they are not actually heavier on a scale.
     
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  18. Baselineg

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    They are okay for a ball machine, but i wouldnt try to play with them they're rock hard and dont bounce right on clay.
     
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    You should try Tretorn Micro-x balls then because the ones I have aren't close to being hard as a rock and they bounce the same as pressurized balls on clay as far as I can tell.
     
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  20. Chris Rizutto

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    The Tretorn Micro x are hard and heavy but they bounce very well for a long long time like years. You will wear the cover off before they stop bouncing well.
     
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  21. slow_duster

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    I use in a ball machine, they act more like regular balls when they get older, maybe month or two. Kinda stiff when new.
     
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  22. COPEY

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    My experience with Tretorns was the same as the above poster. Even still, I wasn't impressed enough to want to commit to buying 2 buckets of them to fill up my machine. I don't know though...I'm considering revisiting pressureless balls. The kids I teach didn't care for them, but I may give them another whirl for personal use.
     
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  23. Ambivalent

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    Pressureless.
     
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  24. David123

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    wow i may consider getting a 3 pack if its avialable of pressureless balls to see how they play and how long they survive.
     
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  25. David123

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    It's annoying, because i just bought a pack of US open balls for $6 and after around an hr and a half and around 15 min warm up and 2 sets, they already feel dead and dont bounce.
     
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