What balls are you guys using?

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  1. supersimonlu

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    Is HEAD ATP more common, or Wilson 1? or DUNLOP? or Babolat?
    Which is the best? Just your opinions.
     
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  2. ArliHawk

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    Finishing up a case of Penn ATP now, bu will move on to Wilson US Open.

    The Wilson US Opens and the Babolat All Court are my favorites to use.
     
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  3. Chotobaka

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    I am on my last case and a half of USA-made Pro Penn's. I doubt I will be paying a premium for Chinese-made Pro Penn going forward.
     
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  4. texacali

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    The green, round, fuzzy kind. Kidding. Like Dunlop most but also use whatever is on sale.

    Anyone remember the 1970's WCT gold tennis ball? Not even sure who made them. I used to love those b/c there is no way you could get them mixed up with all the green ones on the other courts.
     
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  5. robbo1970

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    Dunlop Fort Allcourt at the moment. 3 tins of 4 balls for £10.

    They seem pretty good.
     
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  6. gramdacious

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    Penn Extra Duty, always consistent
     
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  7. mikeler

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    US Open regular duty are pretty nice on clay. I'm not as big a fan of their extra duty balls but they are OK too.
     
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  8. Larrysümmers

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    Penn coach. 1.75 a tube. and lasts just as long as. hardly any fuzz to them so they fly through the air. play on a fast surface and they just skid lol
     
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    Everyone around here chooses DunlopHDHardCourtXFelts if they have a choice.
    Lasts 4 sets. The heaviest, knappiest, slowest moving, ball around, but you can hit full out and actually maintain a rally.
    Wilsons are good for one hit rallys, and last 7 games.
    Penns last double that, and you can hit two shots per rally.
    Dunlops, most rallys can last 5 shots, everyone going for winners (and playing well).
     
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  10. Vlad_C

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    Wilson US Open.
    Because these are used at all the local tournaments here where I live, so it makes sense to practice with the same.
     
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  11. Tennis888

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    My favorite ball by far is the Wilson US Open!!!
     
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  12. !TIMMY!

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    US Open extra duty here as well. Also got some Head that were 3x4 ball tins for like £8.
     
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  13. supersimonlu

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    What's the difference between HEAD ATP & Wilson US OPEN? I think HEAD ATP bounces higher, and sounds better. Or, it's just my feeling?
     
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  14. westpac690

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    I use Penn ATP. They retain their bounce a little longer than the US Open's
     
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    Penn ATP Regular on Har tru, and the Heavy Duty when I play on the duracourt 2. They don't get real fuzzy or fluffed up, and they are not as hard as the Wilson US open balls.
     
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  16. ThomasTerrible

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    Wilson US Open. Only thing available locally at a reasonable price. Babolat Gold can be bought off an outlet store about 50 miles away for the same price..
     
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  17. tennis_balla

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    I buy balls by the case for my basket cause I coach for a living. Babolat Gold balls didn't last for crap, the Babolat Team balls were very good however. Yonex Tour balls lasted a fair bit as well.
    The best playability so far has been the HEAD ATP balls, but will see how long they last me as I've only had them a short while so I'd have to report back at a later date.
     
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  18. Surecatch

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    My own.

    ;)

    Dunlop or Wilson, if I have a choice. It doesn't matter much to me though. The best real answer I have is...fresh ones.
     
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    Wilson US Open for playing.

    Tretorn Micro X (yellow/white so people do not steal them) for drilling or getting drilled - they are pressureless and last forever.
     
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  20. Rozroz

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    can you link me to the exact product please?
    couldn't be sure..
     
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  21. finalfantasy7

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    ive used head radical - very durable, good for flat hitting, not much spin.

    wilson US open - very nice carnt comment on durability used it 1 really liked them, Heavy balls

    slazenger hi vis - very nice, alot of spin, power but durability not good especially outside fluffs up very quick, but keeps it bounce but not spin when used. very light ball

    Slazenger hydroguard - good, average nothing bad/worth talking.

    slazenger extra life - really liked this kept its fluff outside for a bit, kept its bounce, really liked this

    slazenger open ball - couldnt tell the difference between this and hydrguard

    slazenger tournemant ball - so far best ball ive used, only bought 1 can should have go more, very fast ball with, lots of spin, light ball, not as light as hi vis

    going to try some PENN championship balls next
     
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  22. slowfox

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    I really like the Gamma Pro Tour balls lately. Seemed a bit odd and heavy when I first opened up a tube, but after rallying a bit I started to enjoy them. Usually play with Penn. And Wilson US Open are really good.
     
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  23. GoSurfBoy

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    Dunlop Fort Clay Court. On hardcourt.

    Nothing better. 5 sets at Open level, still in fantastic hitting condition, all still bounce even.....and 4 in-a-can.
     
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    Dunlop Grand Prix -- for matches. Everything else -- for practicing.
     
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    Do you find the U.S. made Penns are much better quality than the Chinese-made Penn?

    I guess Penn has stopped manufacturing in the U.S. since I couldn't find it on Google.
     
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    Wilson US Open Extra Duty

    The best price/performance ration here in Sweden
     
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  27. supersimonlu

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    Uhhhh,seems so many guys are using Wilson US Open, i will try. Can anyone tell me the difference between WIlson US Open and HEAD ATP?
     
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  28. ewberner

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    Pro-Penn Marathon or Penn ATP. Both are great
     
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    Tecnifibre......brought back 4 cases last month - I have crazy customers here paying upto $15 a can!!!! There excellent balls (maybe the best I've ever used) but I wouldn't pay $15........
     
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  30. ewberner

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    Where did you get them from? Europe?
     
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  31. gavna

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    By them in France and Spain......retail in Europe for a can (4 balls per) is almost 10€ - when I get a case it's almost half that - I love the fact folks here find them so novel -
     
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    Slazenger Wimbledon balls, Penn ATP
     
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  33. paul_tennis

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    I've played with both and IMO they are the one of the best tennis ball I've used. Pretty close in durability, perhaps the US Open is a little better in that area.

    I've found that the Slazenger Wimbledon Balls are the hardest feeling and higher bouncing ball I've ever played with. Monstrous bounce on clay and hard court, didn't like them. Never tried them on grass.
     
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  34. Roger Wawrinka

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    Wilson US Open Extra Duty are just a bit to heavy for me. I've been using Penn ATP Extra Duty which play very well, but I love Babolat Roland Garros and Tecnifibre X-one. The only trouble with these are Tecnifibre is hard to find and the Roland Garros balls do not last very long.
     
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  35. Dreamcastin

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    wilson is slightly better durability, wilson has more felt(more spin and slower through the air and off the court than the head atp. I use to use the head but switched to the wilson for the extra durability. I actually like the babolat balls the best, but there expensive and more of a pain for me to get.
     
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  36. Babolatbarry

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    I use tennis balls
     
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  37. tennisplayer1993

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    i usually use Penn balls but i've used official US open balls before. those were awesome. it was at some charity
     
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  38. Chotobaka

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    I am still running through my back stock of USA Penn Pro. I got a great cash deal on several cases. Teaching pro friends (who used to use USA Pro Penn) have told me the new Marathons are not as good, but I have not had to use them yet. I have been rationing my stash for matches. As a matter of principle, I refuse to pay the same money for balls made at a fraction of the cost to pad Head/Penn's profits. Plus, it has gone to being a mass market ball. Not insignificantly, their closing of the Phoenix factory to make products at near-slave labor wages left a very bad taste in my mouth.
     
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  39. Chotobaka

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    These are made in a joint venture factory between TF and Bridgestone and are reportedly very good balls.
     
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  40. Rozroz

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    well? what's the verdict please? (with link to the exact product if possible :) )
     
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  41. finalfantasy7

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    just got some penn 2day, dont know when i be playing next? as its been raining everyday in UK, carnt play indoor cuz only get 1hr to play, never get 2hrs+, so aint worth it.

    see whats the weather like on weekend
     
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  42. LeeD

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    Bought some WilsonHDHardcourts the other day. First stray from Dunlop or Penns in over 10 years. I wanted to see how fast my serves would go, and how high they'd bounce.
    Well, 2 of the 3 were very Penn like. Not bad. ONE of the 3 is pure Wilson, the knapp compressed flat, the ball getting light and hard, and used by almost everyone for first serves...everyone who noticed.
    I'd say the ONE bounced at least a foot higher than the other 2, on both first and second serves.
    Great quality control.
     
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  43. Rozroz

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    at least you HAVE indoor courts. lucky Brit ;)
    in the meantime, can you just post a link to which exact Penn balls you bought?
     
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  44. finalfantasy7

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    Rozroz which country you live in?.... here indoor courts are expensive for me £15 a hour.
    I hope thr not fake - bought them of ?bay, when i opened them the wrapper on all 3 came off. Ive got a question why on all 3 tubes the number written on the balls are all different?:

    [​IMG]
     
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  46. Rozroz

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    thanks for those pics, man.
    well best thing is to test them first.
     
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  47. Tony II

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    Head ATP - on clay - all characteristics degrade over time evenly
     
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  48. Rozroz

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    they way i understand:
    mostly 2 types of balls.
    the punchy, hard crisp type
    or the soft 'easy on the arm' ones.
    the softer Penns are too soft for my taste.
    best for me is find a good mix.

    i think those Penn of yours bounce really low.
     
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  49. ArliHawk

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    Using Wilson US Open HD right now, but will probably go to Babolat when I'm done with this case.
     
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  50. zapvor

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    the head pro penns are awesome

    also the white us open extra duty
     
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