What to Do with Old Tennis Balls? (No Jokes Please)

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  1. USS Tang

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    Seriously, they shouldn't be thrown away. Surely they must have some use, and I don't mean for ball machines or serving practice. Any ideas?
     
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  2. SoBad

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    You could donate used balls to the dogs and young boys in your neighbourhood.
     
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  3. OHBH

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    Check your local craigslist page, teachers looking for old tennis balls to be put on desks and chairs are continually posting in the "wanted" section.
     
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  4. db10s

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    Yep, and if you cut them (so that they will fit onto the bottom of a chair) it adds value (if you can call it value)
     
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  5. woodrow1029

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    I donate them to the SPCA.
     
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  6. SFrazeur

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    Donate them to nursing homes, schools, etc.

    -SF
     
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  7. Mongolmike

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    After a match I use mine for practice balls (obviously). I've got a 75 ball hopper. When that gets filled I take out the worst of them and leave them on the court. They always seem to disappear... whether its kids taking them, or players using them... its all good to me. Someone is taking them for some reason.
     
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  8. Chotobaka

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    Seems like everyone I meet on the court has a dog. I bag up my balls and keep them in the trunk so I can distribute them to those folks. Since going with Tretorn Micro-X for the ball machine, my inventory of balls for our canine friends is less ridiculous.
     
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  9. jaggy

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    Local animal shelter
     
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  10. Andyroo10567

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    I usually just bury my racquets inside a box full of balls..
     
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  11. NTRPolice

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    This.

    You can also halve them and use them for "targets" for almost anything. You can put them out on the tennis court and serve at them... shoot them with a gun and zero in your optics... whatever.
     
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  12. anubis

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    I fill my ball hoppers with them and use them for serve practice.
     
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  13. beernutz

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    They make good sliders for walkers used by the elderly or infirm. You just cut an X in them and push them over the bottom of the walker's legs.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I donate balls to Senior centers. They go on the end of their walkers ala Beernutz's.
     
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  16. Tennis Truth

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    I give them out to trick or treaters. They can pick either candy or a tennis ball. Usually about half choose a tennis ball.

    This distributes the balls to kids that want them, and I usually have to buy less candy.
     
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  17. coachrick

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    A word of caution if putting these on walkers or even furniture. A tennis ball on a slick wood floor might as well be felt on glass. Lean the wrong way on a walker or desk that is resting on tennis ball 'feet' and you could go sliding across the room! Let's be careful out there! ;) You'll likely notice that most walkers have tennis balls only on two 'feet'.
     
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  18. 3fees

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    Throw them away or give a few to pet owners
     
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  19. Tennishacker

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    There are better options than the land fill.

    Many good posts on what to do with old balls.
     
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  20. PrimeChoice

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    ship them to a recycling center for a dollar in cold hard cash!
     
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  21. Shaolin

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    I teach tennis professionally and donate about 50-80 balls a month to my local animal shelter and dog park. If you love animals you might consider this option.
     
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  22. hrstrat57

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    +1 on this, they vaporize, like magic!

    The teacher idea is a good one too, neighbor teacher used to beg me for tennis balls for the chairs and desks......

    Neighborhood pups love em too!
     
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  23. volusiano

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    Contact www.rebounces.com and have them send you free shipping labels so you can ship your old balls to them to be recycled. You'll need to collect enough balls (like a few hundreds) before they would accept them. But I've done it several times already.
     
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  24. oragne lovre

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    This is a revelation to me.
    You're not kidding, are you?
     
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  25. dennis10is

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    I do the same thing except I spray contact poison on them. Hopefully some of the entitled 47% will pick them up and hopefully we can drive the number down to 46%.

    This is my "gift" to these Muslim communist hippies
     
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