Which pressureless balls for serving?

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  1. Xfimpg

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    Hi
    Can anyone recommend a pressureless ball specifically for serving?
    Something with good felt and not heavy as they used to be known for.
    Thanks
     
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  2. Tamiya

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    MicroX Tretorn seems to be the best whenever talk of pressureless.

    Bought some myself, they're not bad.
     
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  3. Xfimpg

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    Are they significantly heavier than regular balls? Do you notice it when you serve?
     
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  4. Tamiya

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    nah, proper tennis balls all should weigh then same ~59g.
    MicroX just don't feel as rock hard as unfilled permanent balls of old.

    I assume you mean serve practicing?

    How balls fly thru the air has more to do with their fluff condition though.
    Worn old or slicked down fur on brandnew goes faster & straighter.
    New fur fluffed up flies slower & curves more thru air on spin.

    Worn bald ball with wicked spin... flys straight, bounce deviates ;)
    Ball that's gotten a damp spot from sitting in weeds at fence,
    you can give it a real weird wobble with a spin serve 8)
     
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  5. Chotobaka

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    Recently I have seen Tretorn Micro X Comfort balls advertised, in addition to Micro X. They have different packaging but both use the same micro cell technology to maintain pressure. If anyone has info on how the Comfort version plays vs the original and knowledge of distribution, please share.
     
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  6. Xfimpg

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    Yes, same here.
     
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  7. Tamiya

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    spotted a Tretorn display at a LPS showing a ball with a big spikenail thru it

    Is that it? Didn't get time to take a closer look that day
     
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    I have Tretorn Micro X and Micro X Comfort. A couple years back I bought a ball machine and was looking for the best pressureless ball I could find. I have had tennis elbow issues before so I felt I owed it myself to really find what might be easiest on my arm. I knew I was already probably setting myself up for a disadvantage by using pressureless balls at all since they have a history of resulting in arm / elbow issues.

    It took quite a bit of hunting just to find that Tretorn actually made a comfort version of their ball. It then took more time to find someone to buy it from. Ultimately, the only places I could find that even stood a chance of having them seem to be the U.K.. I'm in the states. I found a place called "www ********** dot com" and sent them an e-mail. A little back and forth dialogue gave me some confidence they might be OK to purchase from them so I did. I should go on record and let people know these balls aren't cheap. They are probably the most expensive out there, but since they last for years I consider them a good investment.

    They've been nice and I have the regular Tretorn Micro X balls mixed in with them. There isn't any way I can tell the difference, but that doesn't mean there isn't a difference. Naturally, you can tell the difference if a pressured ball is mixed in there. They just make a slightly different sound coming off the racquet, but I wouldn't give it up. It is just such a hassle to constantly cycle through pressured balls when you have a ball machine. I'm going on 2 years with the Tretorns and I'm a heavy user of the ball machine. They look great and still hit very well. Shockingly, my tennis elbow has also improvide and almost gone, but I attribute this more to changing my service motion than anything. Still, just as the original poster was asking, I do think the Tretorns are far and away the best pressureless ball to practice serving. I use them all the time for serve practice. If you are like me and need to ensure you have the best for your arm and elbow then you might want to try and hunt for the Comfort version, but as I said I do struggle to tell the difference.

    I hope that helped.

    PS - I really think Tennis Warehouse should carry the Tretorn Comfort tennis balls. I think I probably wrote them to see if they had them before feeling forced to buy overseas. I might write them again to encourage them to sell these balls. Others might consider doing the same if they think they might purchase these balls from them. Personally, I would prefer to buy within the states.

    PSS - I noticed the forum is stripping out the URL for the place I bought the Tretorn balls from. It isn't like they are competitor of Tennis Warehouse's because Tennis Warehouse doesn't sell this product. Again, I wish they did. I would have bought it from them if they did. Anyway, if you want to know the name of the company I bought these balls from in the U.K. I would simply do a Google Search on "Tennis Nuts Tretorn Comfort" and choose the first result.
     
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  9. newpball

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    How would you notice that?
     
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  10. The Meat

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    I've been using Micro X for years just to serve with, the initial heavy feeling goes away after 1 or 2 sessions of serving.
     
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    Thanks for confirming that the Micro X Comfort actually exists out in the wild. I haven't seen them here in the USA but will contact RMS (master distributor for USA) to get more info. I am in the same boat as you, my Micro X balls are still going strong after years of heavy use. Anyone who does not think these ball are the best of their type need only hit Micro X alongside Penn pressureless or similar ilk. I agree, TW should carry these -- maybe it is an exclusive/master distribution issue which effects pricing farther down the trough.
     
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  13. Chotobaka

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    Yeah, that's a link for Tretorn and Micro X Comfort balls in tubes all right. Now show us the link that allows for Micro X purchase. Or a link to 72-ball buckets. Search for tennis ball purchase on that site and you get ugatz. Go back to start, man and report back.
     
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  14. Ronaldo

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    Still have two buckets of 96 balls of Micro X balls. Want to try the Comfort balls. Shirley you found an retail outlet by now.
     
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    Great review and contribuation, thanks.
     
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    I bought the white bucket of 48 Penn pressureless balls, which I use to practice serving. Mind you, I'm a beginner, but they seem fine to me. They do seem to fluff up slightly, but it doesn't affect my serves. It was a great buy- I think I spent $45? The bucket they come in is good quality. Three quarters of the lid flips open (and stays open!) which makes easy ball retrieval.

    Dave
     
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