What's the best tennis ball

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  1. Tom Rohrbacher

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    Ok, let's get the ball rolling.......
    I tend to prefer the USPTA Pro Penn ball but some fellow pros are saying that the Dunlop Grand Prix are better. The Wilson US Open balls seem to be livelier. What's your take?
     
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  2. TennsDog

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    My personal favorite is Dunlop brand, any kind. I try to stay away from Wilson US Open, as I have a couple of experiences with them having something loose inside and rattling around. I like the feel of Dunlop.
     
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  3. gmlasam

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    Based on my experience with Dunlop, Penn, and Wilson, I would say Dunlop is the most durable and long lasting overall. Dunlop does not lose pressure as quickly, and the felt also last much longer. Wilson would last second for pressure lost, but the felt does not last longer than dunlop and Penn. Penn would rank second for felt durability but air pressure does not last very long compared to dunlop and wilson.

    Anyone else have the same experience?
     
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  4. Match-Point

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    gmlasam, your experiences are identical to mine. Dunlop Grand Prix, IMO, is the best hard court ball, by far. They are not widely sold, so I have to order from the net.
     
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  5. PHSTennis

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    I dont really like US Open Balls... We used them for a hs tennis match.. I sucked with it... I get more bite playing with the penns...
     
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  6. kninetik

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    Dunlop maintains pressure the longest and unlike Penn, the ball didnt get all fuzzy after an hour of hitting.
     
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  7. RickN

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    The Wilson doublecore balls are quite durable.
     
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  8. kninetik

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    I've seen a description of those. I went out looking for them in large sport retailers but none carry them.... How is the double-core compared to normal tennis balls?
     
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  9. kreative

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    dunlop grand prix are by far my fave. durable, and felt lasts. pro penns are also nice, but only last one outing before feeling flat. wilsons are rock hard, and fuzz doens't last.
     
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  10. PHSTennis

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    Double-cores are for practice... they are much heavier than normal balls, and you wouldnt want to use them for a set, it lasts pretty long but the fuzz doesnt last like kreative mentioned.
     
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  11. Kirko

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    The best are Slaz. with Dunlop Grand Prix an extremely cloes 2nd. The rest are not worth any mention at all.
     
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  12. Eug

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    I'd have to agree with Kirko for the most part. Slazenger balls are highly visible due to there optic yellow felt and simply perform the best. Dunlops are my everyday tennis ball. Penn tennis balls come next and the rock hard wilsons are last.

    Edit: The wilson US Open balls have some felt problems. After I play with them, the felt turns all nappy and super hairy. Dunlop rules.
     
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  13. finchy

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    dunlops are great. they hold air quite nicely. currently, i use wilson titanium core balls. they are playing very well. they are holding air very very good. and the fuzz isnt wearing off one bit.
     
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  14. waterpro

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    I haven't used the Dunlop Grand Prix, but I have used the Dunlop Championship or whatever their other line is and I like them better than Penn and Wilsons.
     
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    Slazenger- Grass Court Balls for Grass: Hard Court for Hard:All Court for Clay etc.. Easy to get in Australia
     
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  16. K!ck5w3rvE

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    Wilson US Open's are the most lively by a long way, i dont like the double core but slazenger are great. The US Open's wear out too quickly, and don't try and play with Penn if the weather is cold. There you go.
     
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  17. shissncg

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    The dunlops last the longest, by far. The Penns are good for 1 set then they fuzz up. The wilson US Opens are ok for a while but they get pretty fuzzy and sound a little dead. The regular wilson balls aren't too good.
     
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  18. A. Tacker

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    I've been around the game for over 30 years and can tell you that the Dunlop Absorber is the best ball out there currently. They wear quite well and don't lose their shape, while Wilson, Penn and others wear like crap and their covers become smaller, while their seems become wider. What's more, they're also better for your arm and and have 15% less shock, multiply that 15% by the amount of times you stroke a tennis ball in one match....one week....one year...
     
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  19. rooski

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    Suprising comments....especially about Dunlop balls. FWIW here's my take on the balls that I play:

    Wilson US Open - Great feel, good pressure maintenance, poor wear, great sound on impact, (my favorite ball)

    Wilson Championship - gone way down in quality , feel, and durability over the years...but not as bad IMO as Pro Penns (below).

    Wilson Ti ball - Awful. Terrible feel, too big, too heavy...but they last a long time....too long. I hate them so much that I try to give them away anytime I am forced to play with them

    Dunlop All Court & "Championship" - horrible feel, spongy. They also feel and look OS to me. I must say, I have never ever really liked Dunlop balls (30 yrs experience) but after reading some of the above comments I may have to try the Grand Prix XD's

    Pro Penn - Used to be my fav's but QC on these balls leaves a lot to be desired. The feel on the newer versions of Pro Penn feel like they have to much felt on them to me. They feel hard on contact, and make a muted sound when they hit the ground and when they hit the strings. They also seem to be too heavy. My least favorite ball at the moment.

    I haven't seen the Wilson Double Core and Pro Staffs in stores yet so I haven't played them. The Pro Staffs sound interesting so I'll give them a try if I ever see them.
     
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  20. louisc

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    The new Prince NX Tour balls followed by Slazenger Ultra Vis Hydroguard, IMO.
     
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  21. Just bought a couple cases of Dunlop Grand Prix for clay/indoor courts, I think the ones that are 15 percent brighter than other balls or something. We'll see how they do on some red clay. Can Slazenger balls be had for American prices anywhere?
     
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  22. sorkang724

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    DUNLOP all the way !!!
     
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  23. kicker

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    the best tennis ball (hands down) WAS the Penn Masters Series

    I cant for the life of me figure out why they were discontinued!
     
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  24. devilish_duke

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    Dunlop Grand Prix and CHampionships
     
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  25. tennisphotog

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    Slazenger are the best, hands down. Dunlop Grand Prix in second.
     
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  26. Michael82

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    Yes! I found one site. search the tennis+b o o m (no space). If the slazenger balls are in stock, the price is ridiculous. They were sold 9 pounds (16 bucks) per can two years ago in UK. But I would not recommend Slazenger UltraVis for clay court though.
     
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  27. serveitup911

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    1) Dunlop Grand Prix
    2) Wilson U.S. Open
    3) Pro Penn
     
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  28. quest01

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    The best tennis balls are the Penn ATP Extra Duty. Why i feel this is the best ball because its the most popular brand. Penn is a brand that you will find in pretty much any store. It is also the most widely used brand on the court. Its also the official brand tennis ball of the ATP tour. Penn is used in more tournaments than any other brand. The reason why its used the most is simply because its the best.
     
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  29. Michael82

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    A=B, B=C, Hence, A=A! Great!
     
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  30. texcoug

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    I have played with some of these Ti balls -- they never die, but they are bit heavy.
     
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  31. texcoug

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    I would be interested in buying some for reasonable prices. I play with Penn ATPs -- a guy I play with bought 20 cases from a place like Sam's Club and sells them to me for $15/case (of 12). Hard to beat those prices. I would like to try Prince or Dunlop for reasonable prices (or Slaz).
     
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  32. denver82

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    I like the Double Cores for training as they are decent and last ages! However, I would have to say Slazenger is my favourite overall, especially for playability.
     
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  33. Ljubicic for number1

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    My take:
    Dunlop Grand Prix last long but feel very heavy.
    Wilson double core just plain bad
    Wilson US Open great on carpet dont last on a hard court
    Slazenger hardcourt balls in a class of their own on all surfaces!!!! love em.
     
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  34. nwidiyantoro

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    Definetelly "Dunlop Fort" it's the most playable tennis ball. Not too heavy and not to light, it's a stable tennis ball.
     
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  35. ttwarrior1

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    i just dont understand how we cant agree. ONe has to be better. It cant be a preference thing with balls
     
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  36. DADYO

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    Babolat all the way, there's nothing that feels as nice as hitting a babolat ball that just came out of the tube :D
     
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  37. louis netman

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    A bit pricier, the Dunlop ABZORBER ball is THE BEST ball made. 15% less shock (multiply that times the # of times you strike the ball).... AND it wears nicely and uniformly...Penn, & Wilson can not compare..
     
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  38. Proud Pusher

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    Where can I get the Dunlop Absorbers? I was under the impression they
    were discontinued awhile back?

    Thanks, Ken
     
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  39. cruzersi99

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    Dunlop????

    They may last a long time, they are great if you are a teaching pro and feeding balls, but these things are hard as rocks, and terrible for your arm. I can't stand doing any continous hitting with the Dunlop (i've never hit the "absorber" model).

    I'm partial to any classic (non-practice) Wilson, or Penn ball for extending hitting or match play. One hour and done.
     
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  40. ttwarrior1

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    people keep saying grand prix balls are heavy, if thats the case im not interested
     
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  41. Aussie Baseliner

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    I would have to agree with other users slazenger balls seem the most consistent in regards to palyability , wear and performance but I play on syn grass so judgement call should be made , meaning different brands for different surfaces. I also believe that my club gets a discount on Slazenger for the use of their tennis balls . I have played with Wilson , Penn etc but none seems to last (imo)
     
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  42. peter

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    Oh. They _are_ pretty good. If you throw them away every 9'th game or so and replace them with new fresh ones...
     
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  43. Ash_Smith

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    The Slazenger Wimbledon Ultra Vis ball is easily the best ball out there, if I couldn't have those I'd probably go for Pro Penn ATP.
     
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  44. Aeropro joe

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    i use the grand prix's exclusively and nothing compares as of yet but i want to try the slazenger balls where can i get them?
     
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  45. Aeropro joe

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    this is all well and good if you want to bring 5 cans of balls with you for each match, in the pros they open up new cans during the match so the durability is not an issue but for the rest of us, we need a ball that lasts, so you can still afford to string your racket up.
     
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  46. Michael82

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    If you look carefully on page 2, you'll get the answer.
     
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  47. Fatmike

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    I tried many and wilson championship (that are amongst the least expensives) are the one who last longer....
     
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  48. tennisnj

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    What about the Slazenger Ultra High Vis ball on dirty hard courts? Aside from seeing the ball better, they definately didn't last as long as any other ball we normally use. Did I just get a bum can? Are they not known for their play on 'dirty' hard courts?
     
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  49. Aeropro joe

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    ah yes i see how clumsy of me sorry :p
     
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  50. Calboymatt

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    i like Penn ATP they are a good all around ball.
     
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