What tennis balls do you guys recommend?

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  1. Tecnifibre Fan

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    As the thread title says, i play mostly on hard courts and occasionally on clay where i prefer to use my own set since the balls the club provides change between Head, Dunlop and Slazenger. I've always been meaning to try Tecnifibre Balls. I've used 50 cans of Wilson Championship balls already and they are ok, they loose a lot of pressure after opening the can and between days of play. Do you guys recommend even using pressure less balls?
     
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  2. 2nd_Serve

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    Those Wimbledon balls that TW has in stock. THey're twice as good, twice as durable, and way better than any other ball.
     
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  3. rockbox

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    I heard the new technifibre balls are really nice but I haven't used them yet. My favorite balls right now are the pro penns. I also like the penn ATP because I can get 4 balls for 2 bucks at the big sporting goods store in town. Dunlop grand prix's last a long time but they are slightly hard and heavy for my tastes and fuzz up a lot.
     
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  4. [d]ragon

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    dunlop champs are my favorite. grandprixs are abit stiffer but they are better for practice (good durability).

    pro penns are also nice. good pop and last pretty long
     
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  5. zidane339

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    Pressureless balls arent any good. They feel likethey didnt lose any pressure (hence the name) but they actually dont bounce anymore very quickly
     
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  6. ClubHoUno

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    Tecnifibre X-one - beats Dunlop Roland Garross and Slazenger Wimby UltraVis in every category. Only problem, you can't buy them in the US - but you can in Europe :D
     
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  7. galain

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    I really like the high vis Slazenger Wimby balls and have also played a lot with Dunlop Grand Prix's. Recently discovered Babolat something or others and they are a nice hit as well.

    Never had much time for Penn or Wilson balls - they felt quite light and hard to me.
     
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  8. Tecnifibre Fan

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    Alrite, thanks for all those suggestions, i'm looking at Penn balls now for their great price. I don't like the Wimbledon balls though, i've played with them last year in england. I'm ordering some Tec X-1's from london with a friend of mine, that should work out. I really like the Dunlop Champs though the some of the ones that dunlop makes are string breakers, super hard.

    Do you guys feel that the ball used really changes your gameplay? I tend to use the same balls both on clay and hardcourts and they feel so different on both surfaces, i play very differently on both types! I now have racquets strung specifically for both surfaces.
     
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  9. nCode747

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    i like babolat balls
     
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  10. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    This will happen to any pressurized ball you buy. Don't expect any different if you buy a brand of balls based on this thread's recommendation. There are many good balls on the market, Wilson US Opens, Dunlop Grand Prix, and Penn ATP balls are among them.

    Personally, I find the US Opens to be better than the other two I mentioned.
     
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  11. Kirko

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    my fav. balls are the Prince balls either reg. or extra duty both are very lively out of the can. something I personally like.
     
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  12. Bud

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    Another vote for the Dunlop GP.
     
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    Do you mean Tecnifibre TOUR One? I thought "X-1" was their mutifilament string...

    Anyways, I always use Tecnifibre Tour One balls. They cost about 50 cents more than a can of "regular" tennis balls at my local shop, but they're worth about TWICE what a regular can of balls are worth.

    I will never use any other ball if I have a choice. The Tour Ones are the best balls that I've ever played with, by a longshot.
     
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  14. TheShaun

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    wilson us open are my #1 choice.
     
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  15. alcap26

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    I did a google search for the Technifibre and the show the Tour One as an option to buy in the USA. Is this similar to the X-one? I am a huge fan of the Slaz Wimbeldon Ultra Vis but I like to try others just to see if there is something better out there.
     
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    depends on how old you are. if you are young, probably Dunlop or Wimbledon ultravis balls are the best and they last the longest. if you are Old, then probably Penn ATP tour balls. Penn balls are not too heavy and it won't hurt your arm.
     
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  17. rockbox

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    Tour-ones are the only ones available in the US probably due to pricing pressures. The X-ones are tecnifibre's high high end balls and are available elsewhere.
     
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  18. the wise wizard

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    grand prix's are where it's at (2 turntables and a microphone)
     
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    My absolute favourite ball is the Babolat TEAM, but now I have tried Technifibre balls and i´m very impressed. I tried two balls, the "Tour One" and "X-One". Tour One was recommended for indoor-play but i used them on clay and they felt a bit to light for outdoor-play. They was nice the first 25-30 minutes of play but then they feel was not what i hoped for.

    The X-One on the other hand was a really really good ball. Very solid feel and pretty fast. Compared with example Tretorn Z-Tour this ball last way way longer.
     
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  20. kelz

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    pressureless balls for serving
     
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    The cheapest i can find.

    Most balls you guys mention cost over 3 to 4 euro's a piece.
     
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  22. Tecnifibre Fan

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    I agree with the pressureless balls for serving bit, as i was saying bout the wilson championship's i used for a long time, i though that between consecutive days of play, they lost pressure a lot, a nightmare during the monsoon. I was thinking of getting pressureless balls for the rain season. Anyways my club's providing slazenger balls right now, they're ok, but i think i will try the dunlop GP's that you guys have suggested, i already ordered 10 can's of the tech x-1s. Thanks guys.
     
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  23. ClubHoUno

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    They use X-one for their premium series all round - not just their strings.

    See this thread: http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=203246&highlight=technifibre

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  24. ClubHoUno

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    I think the Tecnifibre X-One is the best pressurized ball ever - beats Slazenger Wimby UltraVis and Dunlop Roland Garros French Open.

    I don't know if the Tecnifibre Tour One ball is identical to the Tecnifibre X-one ball :confused:
    We can get two balls in Europe from Tecnifibre and X-one is their ultimate Premium ball :D

    My guess is that Tour One is almost as good as the X-One. Tennis Ballsa in the US are lower priced and people normally open a can for each set they play. The tennis balls in Europe are more expensive and last somewhat longer. Therefore I think the X-one ball will hold its pressure for a longer time than the Tour One ball will. This is just me guessing away here - I have nothing to proof this, just a guess.

    Best thing is to try two cans of both and see if they are the same.
     
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  25. socrates2007

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    I love Dunlop Grand Prix's.
     
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  27. Richie Rich

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    gamma balls do suck, but what in the world makes you think the tecnifibre balls play anything like gamma balls?
     
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    In the US (most commonly found)

    Tier One (the best balls - pro level balls):

    - Wilson US Open
    - ProPenn or Penn ATP
    - Dunlop Grand Prix
    - Prince Tour (becoming more and more prevalent in the US - pretty quickly to)


    Tier Two (aimed at the sport/enthusiast player):

    - Wilson Championship, Wilson Titanium
    - Penn Championship, Penn Titanium
    - Dunlop Championship


    Tier Three (aimed at the "Gee Brain, watcha' want ta' do tonight? Same thing we do every night Pinky, play tennis." or recreational/casual player):

    - Penn Court One
    - Unknowns like Athletec, generic "XXXX" no names
     
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  29. imajica77

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    Gamma Balls Do Not Suck. The Newer Gamma Pro Tour Balls Rock. They Are By Far My Favorite.
     
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  30. IanRadical

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    I like Wilson balls best.
    The Wilson US open ball are also good.
     
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  31. slice bh compliment

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    Wilson, Penn and Dunlop Championship balls are good.....for me to poop on.
    Each company's top ball is halfway decent (Wilson US Open and Penn USPTA/ATP).
    Dunlop Grand Prix Hardcourt and Dunlop Abzorber balls are great.
    Slazenger Wimbledon Hi-Vis are the best.
     
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  32. Tecnifibre Fan

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    I went out and tried the Dunlop Championship and Dunlop Grand Prix balls, i played with both on both hard courts and clay, basically i conducted a playtest,
    I did the same thing for Championship and GP (to me their almost very similar)
    anyways, so here's what i did:
    Used a can of each on hard courts for two days and one set per can a day(to simulate the leaving of the balls in the bag and taking em out the next day). Then on two other days, used a can of each on clay for one set per can a day. The result was impressive, the hardcourt balls, still have a lot of felt on them still and is hardly fuzzy(my dad hits a lot of topspin). The bounce hardly has varied and the stiffness of the ball is still almost the same. While the clay court balls had a slightly different result, the balls are fuzzier compared to the hardcourt balls, the bounce and stiffness are almost at the same level though as the hardcourt ones and the huge difference- i lot of dust on the balls. The clay court balls though don't seem to run as long for me as the hard court ones do, that is indeed suprising to me since I expected it the other way round.

    PS, out of the 8 cans i had, i had one flat ball.
    I am getting 10 cases of Tecnifibre X-1 balls next month

    Conclusion: I'm sticking to dunlop GP till i do a play test on the X-1's.

    Thanks guys for all the suggestions, i've found the ball that i prefer the most.

    Thanks people,
     
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  33. tenis

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    OK, I have some connection to Europe, what balls should I get? I mean very good ones. I'm thinking Tecnifibre X one or Tour one, Babolat - but what code or maybe Treton, but again I don't know which one. Can you please make it clear -players from Europe- which shoul'd I get? Thanks.
    PS: no Slazengers, I can get them, here in US
     
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