Which tennis balls?

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Which ball?

  1. Dunlop Grand Prix XD

    32.9%
  2. Wilson U.S Open XD

    35.5%
  3. Penn Xtra Duty

    17.1%
  4. Prince Tour XD

    3.3%
  5. Dunlop Champ

    11.2%
  1. 300Gkid

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    I am looking to buy a case of good-quality tennis balls, so i'm not stuck using the Sports Authority version of Penn Xtra Duty. I want these to first play well, but also have good durability so i can serve with them after 2-3 matches.
     
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  2. slice bh compliment

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    Dunlop Grand Prix Hard Court.
    Dunlop Abzorber.
    Slazenger Wimbledon.
    ProPenn USPTA ball.
    Prince tournament.
     
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  3. 300Gkid

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    slice, what is so good about Grand Prix balls? I've been hearing bad reviews about fluffing ect............
     
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  4. Owen0501

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    For balls that last, great for practise serving and practising in general, it has to be Tretorn Micro X. They play and and feel like pressured balls and last forever...... ok until the the felt goes! Seriously though, for pressureless balls they play as close to the real thing as you're going to get! I used to use Wilson US Open - fantastic balls, retain bounce for up to 4 sets; Penn Championship and ATP - don't last and can feel a bit heavy; Dunlop Grand Prix - they're used at my club. Whilst they last there's something about them that I just don't like (can't put my finger on it!). Of course these are only my thoughts, others might prefer them or the Penns.
     
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  5. Dashbarr

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    ive always liked penn...
     
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  6. Swissv2

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    rawr, Dunlop GP ftw!
     
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  7. slice bh compliment

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    Tretorn Micro Xs will last the longest in the hopper.
    But the Dunlop keeps its pressure the best out of all the pressurized (typical) balls. The felt feels great, too. I do not think it fluffs up like a Wilson US Open. Nor does it stay flat like some cheaper balls.
     
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  8. Solat

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    slazenger :D
     
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  9. BigServer1

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    YES! Those are great balls. Gotta love four in a can too...
     
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  10. Bogie

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    really any dunlop or slazenger are the best balls by far imo. if you want to get into mino details and specifics, then i prefer the grand prix and the wimbledon balls
     
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  11. Voltron

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    Slazenger, then dunlop grand prix, and then if you can find them......technifibre balls, they're actually really nice.
     
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  12. Tennis Man

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    Dunlops are the best
     
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  13. ryoga_77

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    dunlops are the ones that i use
    coz theyre cheaper than any balls available in our club.
    and theyr good. wimbledon slazenger are good too but more expensive
     
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  14. Tom Terrific

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    Best Ball, period.

    Penn ATP Tennis Balls (aka Penn Professional) are the best balls made. It is the official ball of the ATP and is the official ball in 10 of the top 14 tournaments worldwide. For hard court surfaces get the Extra Duty Felt variety. (do NOT confuse this ball with the lesser quality Penn Championship Tennis Ball)

    This Penn ball is the #1 choice of ATP players, including Andre Agassi and Juan Carlos Ferrero and is the official ball of the ATP and of 10 of the top 14 tournaments worldwide.

    Official ball of the ATP Tennis Masters Series
    (Replaces the Penn Tennis Masters Series ball.) As the Official Ball of the ATP, this Penn ball is played by top tennis players in premier events around the world. It features tournament-grade felt and technical grade rubber core for precise bounce. This USTA and ITF approved ball is available with extra-duty felt for long play on hard surfaces.

    The list price on these balls is higher than any other ball, but they are worth it. You get what you pay for. Compare them all online.
    See a picture and more by typing into your web browser:
    "ATP mid west sports tennis outlet"
    Then, click on tennis balls to compare and decide which is best.
     
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  15. TonyB

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    You're a salesman's dream come true.


    Penns are good, but they're not that good.

    Dunlop Championship balls in the blue can are great, solid, durable balls. I've tried the Grand Prix and they fell WAY short of my expectations. And although the Penns are decent, they don't even come close to the Dunlops on hard courts. Penns are dead after one or two hitting sessions. The Dunlops are good for at least 4 or 5.
     
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  16. theace21

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    Penn seems like the most popular with the group I play with. I also like the Dunlops...
     
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  17. OK.

    OK. Guest

    you forgot slazenger, there the best, closely followed by dunlop grand prix :D
     
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  18. Tom Terrific

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    Great credentials, eh? Penn ATP outclasses the rest.

    What other ball, other than the Penn ATP, can lay claim to its credentials? (here's a hint: none)

    Everyone has a personal opinion, but the ATP and most of the biggest tournaments and a lot of pro players put the Penn ATP on top of their lists. They all know a thing or two about tennis. Maybe even more than we do?

    I don't work for Penn.
     
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  19. M Dean

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    my personal fav's are tretorn balls, wilson takes the 2nd place.
     
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  20. mctennis

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    Me too. Also the fact they are still made in the USA. Buy American if you can.
     
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  21. whoster69

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    I've heard that the Tretorn Micro-X balls don't spin as well as the pressurized balls (a concern for players that use a lot of spin). Can anyone confirm this?

    Regarding the Penn balls, Costco sells the Penn Championship Extra-Duty Felt balls for about $1.98 a can. Are these the same as the Penn ATP balls?
     
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  22. theRadical

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    I prefer Wilson us opens above all else. But I like to get the bucket of penns just because they are so cheap at costco
     
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  23. rhcolt07

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    I chose Dunlop GPs, and the Wilson US Open would be second choice.
     
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  24. ibringtheHEAT

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    Wilson US Open
    Wilson Match Point
    Almost all of the Dunlop balls

    and once I tried a set of tennis balls from Walmart, they were actually store brand and they held up well.
     
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  25. Thrasher

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    Don't buy anything from Penn or Wilson, except for the Penn USPTA ball. Otherwise both Penn and Wilson are terrible. the Prince aren't much better. You can't go wrong with Dunlop,Slazenger,or Tretorn. They are the best balls out there by far.
     
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  26. Samp

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    the wilson us opens
    the us open uses them
    either that or the slazengers
     
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  27. headfan91

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    what slazenger balls are better, wimbledon, or championship? The wimbledon balls are so expensive! anything similar for a better price?
     
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  28. iplaybetter

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    I tend to use what is around and be less picky, but i have age and funding limitations. In most situation, school, i would just like some live balls.
     
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  29. _Fich

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    Wilson has never let me down before (Except some of their raquets).
     
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  30. squints

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    I used penn when I first began because they are alot more prominent and you can buy them in bulk. My high school used gamma's, they didnt last too long either. My college and friends currently now use the Wilson Us Open. Those are pretty nice. But I really do prefer the dunlops. They seem to be made at a better level of quality and last longer.
     
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  31. babolatisduhbomb

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    slazengar are amazing
     
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  32. S H O W S T O P P E R !

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    I stick with Penn Tribute 3-packs at Wal-mart. Great, really long lasting balls.
     
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  33. 2ndserveace

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    Love the wilsons, but the prince tours are good also.
     
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  34. mtnpaul

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    Why does Tennis Warehouse not carry ProPenn USPTA balls? I really like them.

    Also, does anyone know where I can get them at a discount for a large quantity (~50 cases)?

    Thanks,

    Paul

    mountainpaul "at" gmail "dot" com
     
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  35. slice bh compliment

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    Either TW playtesters just prefer the ATP ball or it's got something to do with a USPTA exclusive dealer deal with teaching pros and pro shops.

    I buy a case at a time from my club's pro shop. The guys there give me 10% off, and obviously they pay the shipping costs. Good deal all around.
     
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  36. SquashPlayer

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    got a case of the dunlop grand prix as a result of this poll and I do not like them at all...too hard and flighty

    Propenn is the best ball I've played with, they last and last and hit well
     
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  37. rev200g

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    Recently went out to try different balls and here are my findings best to worst:

    Dunlop Championship All Court
    Playability is very good. It is a lively yet durable ball which is easy on the arms. Very consistent bounce and good visibility. Still has life after 6 x 2 hour sessions with medium to hard strokes.

    Dunlop Grand Prix XD
    Playability is good. It is less lively than the Championship All Court balls and is heavier and harder on the arm. It is however slightly more durable than the Championship balls though. Good visibility and consistent bounce. It does fluff up a bit but not so much to affect play.

    Wilson US Opens
    Playability is good with a bounce similar to the Grand Prix. Slightly less heavier and harder than the Grand Prix but more so the Championship balls. Less durable than either other Dunlops with most of its felt being worn away much quicker.

    Wilson Titaniums
    Playability is good with a very lively bounce. However durability is poor with its felt coming off very quickly.

    Penn ATP Professional Extra Duty
    This ball is very similar to the Grand Prix ball being a bit heavy and hard feeling with similar durability.

    From a cost point of view, the US Open and the Penn ATP balls are the most expensive at ~$4.99 per 3 ball tin (Vancouver, B.C.). Both Dunlop balls at my local Wal Mart is very reasonable at $1 per ball in their respective 3-ball and 4-ball tins. I prefer the Dunlop Championship balls for its superior playability over the Grand Prix's superior durability. Hope this helps. Cheers!:)
     
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  38. mr.flash

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    I've been getting dunlop and penn balls free for so long i can't remeber buying or even thinking about new balls. But from what i prefere, Dunlop grand prix were the best.
    I've also heared good things about Slazinger Wimbledon.
     
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  39. Booyah

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    wilson us open or penn.
     
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  40. scorpion2103

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    Dunlop all the way

    i just bought a case of dunlop GP
    i prefer them over penns
    i dont mind wilsons
    ive had quite a few bad experiences with penn
    i bought two cans of penn championship balls and 2 of the balls had absolutely no pressure they were like sponges.
    maybe its just my bad luck but it was enough for me to stay away from penns
     
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  41. Kill-It

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    Well, if you want ~$1 per ball, i got the Slaz Wimbeldons at Dick's for ~$4 with tax.

    Since Dunlop owns Slaz, you're still buying Dunlop.
     
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  42. skyman1700

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    I'm currently using Wilson US OPEN Extra Duty balls for the harcourt. I just want to know if the Slazenger Wimbledon balls are better and where should I go for the lowest prices in the US?
     
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  43. skyman1700

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    How about the Dunlop Roland Garros French Open balls? Are they good to use on the hardcourts even though they are made for Clay Courts. Also, where's the best places to buy them at a low price in the US?
     
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  44. TnTBigman

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    it depends on the surface your playing on. i'm all hardcourt. Penn xtra duty felt are the best. Not heavy like the wilson and they last about 4-5 2hr sessions among 3.5-4.5 players.
    I get em at Wal-Mart and Target for $1.89 each.
     
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