WORST Tennis Ball You've Ever Used?

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  1. jonline

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    I'd have to say the worst ball I've seen is the Slazenger ball. Those balls have felt that bead up almost immediately, leaving the ball (frankly) ugly and unuseful. Any one else had a bad experience with a tennis ball?
     
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  2. armand

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    Those pressure balls from some cheap stores.

    But among the big 3, definitely Wilson is the worst.

    Dunlop is the best.
     
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  3. pow

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    I have played a tournament when the third ball out of a Wilson can had something inside that rattled. The official opened a new can and tossed me a new ball, as soon as I caught it, it rattled too. We both just stood and chuckled.
     
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  4. AlpineCadet

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    Wilson balls seem to irk me the most. They seem to last as long as one full set, and they seem to look "dead" just after an hour of hitting. I seem to prefer the weight and durability of Dunlop balls.
     
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  5. Ljubicic for number1

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    The slazengers we get here in Australia are top notch and frankly in a class of there own. As for bad ones I would say the cheaper Wilson "match point" are not very good and the dunlops feel very heavy.
     
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  6. aimr75

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    off topic but i agree
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  7. galain

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    Aussie Slazengers are really very good. Dunlop Grand Prix are also right up there for me.

    Worst I ever hit with was some Korean thing called Nassau - terrible! Not a huge fan of Wilson tennis balls either, but these Nassau balls were the $hittiest things I've ever hit with.
     
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  8. l_gonzalez

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    Slazengers are awesome, especially the Aussie Open ones. Someone mentioned that Slazengers fluff up like an afro... i personally quite like this as the ball seems a little easier to control, even if a bit of speed is sacrificed.

    The worse? Wilson balls aren't great, i remember playing with some Wilson titanium balls and they were awful. I can't stand Tretorn training balls or any other Tretorn as a matter of fact, no feel, no control and you end up with a sore shoulder/elbow/wrist or all 3!
     
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  9. ayyhwang

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    I prefer Gamma or Penn or Dunlop
     
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  10. Nuke

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    The Penn "Tribute" balls are rubbish.
     
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  11. aimr75

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    i've tried the "Ultra Vis" slazengers and did not find this to be the case
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  12. Voltron

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    I don't think I've ever played with a ball that's absolutely horrible, so I can't really make any conclusions as to which was the "worst".
     
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  13. topspin-master

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    Wilson The WORST

    The wilson tennis ball are too bad :D
     
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  14. Pro Staff Pete

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    Penn! All of them.

    Personally, I really like Slazenger and Dunlop.
     
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  15. lilxjohnyy

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    i hate using practice balls
     
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  16. zebano

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    I can only get three kinds locally: Wilson, Penn and Dunlop. Compared to Dunlop, the wilson and penn are both terrible. That said, local stores stopped stocking Dunlop earlier this year... grrrr:(
     
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  17. theace21

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    I can't stand the pressureless balls...
     
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  18. Milano

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    Gamma practice, out of 4 cans, 3 cans were dead right out of the box...
     
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  19. stevekim8

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    i say flat balls :D
     
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  20. cujays

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    the wilson us open tennis balls wear out quickly
     
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  21. sdonnelly

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    Agreed! After 5 minutes of playtime they already look like they've been used for a few weeks.
     
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  22. The_1337

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    i agree, my year old wilson titanium bounced just as high as an almost brand new penn.
     
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  23. StealthGnome

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    The pink wilson fell apart when I was hitting. It's hard on the eyes too.
     
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  24. Zets147

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    Penn has 0 durability, I hate them the most.

    I really like Dunlops for their feel and durability.
     
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  25. JLyon

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    Have a had a bad batch of Wilson Titaniums sold at Wal-Mart. I do like Dunlop but they play heavier.
     
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  26. Gimmick

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    All penn balls.
     
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  27. PeakXV

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    Those Taiwanese jobbies that use to come in a plastic bag and you could buy at the dollar store. When they ocassionally decided to actually "bounce" ..... it wasn't shall we sat very "true".
     
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  28. darkblue

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    Penn

    Penn
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  29. darkblue

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    Dunlop Abzorbers were ok - I used them with my ball machine and lasted
    for about 4 months (case of 24 used with Lobster Elite, about 2x-3x a week)
     
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  30. PimpMyGame

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    The pressureless balls always seem to give me arm trouble
     
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  31. YonexDude

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    penn coach
     
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  32. Ronaldo

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    Gammas do not even look to be as large as a regular tennis ball. Spalding balls from back-in-the-day were easily the pits. Too light, won't bounce, stink, stank, stunk. Btw, anyone use Pro Penns and have the name ever stamped straight!
     
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  33. jjjosh

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    just played with penn tribute that felt flat comming out of the can.
    wilson titanium are so heavy, they hurt my shoulder, but they are very durable as advertised.
     
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  34. Richie Rich

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    after playing with penn balls last night i'll go with those. coming from using dunlops the past couple of years the penns were disappointing. maybe it was just the can. i have another can and hopefully they are a little better. otherwise - back to dunlop
     
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  35. phucng_10

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    Pressure-less balls which doesn't bounce and is as hard as a rock.
     
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  36. Fedace

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    Slazenger is the slowest ball i had ever used, i was getting to shots i was never able to reach before. and Dunlop has tendency to become really heavy after some use. the felt lasts longer than Wilson but becomes really heavy, just don't get it wet.
     
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  37. swordman2000

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    i wanna say walmart balls, but i guess i'll get flamed... =)
     
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  38. tennis_hand

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    Wimbledon uses Slazenger. No wonder the game has been slowed. lol..


    Slazenger is part of Dunlop now. Dunlop just keeps the brand for some good products.
     
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  39. kalic

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    Just used Head champioship. Completly bald after 2 hour on clay.
     
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  40. Fishbulb

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    The slazenger tennis balls are excellent quality and IMO the best tennis ball out there. Penn is by far the worst.
     
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  41. jonline

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    I should probably try some nicer tennis balls from the Slazenger line, but thus far I've only played with their basic ball. I just didn't like the way the felt turned afro-ish. Maybe some other Slazenger balls would work better. Good enough for Wimbledon :)
     
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  42. Maco_Andrej

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    Wilson im not a big fan i find them to solid i ratter Dunlop or Slazenger
     
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  43. tennisnj

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    Penn! The absolute worst! Seems like more & more tournaments around where I live are going to ProPenn balls & they're just as bad as regular duty Penns.

    The few times I've used Tretorns, I've gotten arm, elbow & shoulder problems, & I wasn't the only one on the court complaining about them.

    Its a shame, the AD @ the school I coach orders Penn balls, b/c they simply don't last as long as Wilsons or Dunlops. It would be nice if they allowed someone who knows what they're doing (me); have a say in things pertaining to the team.
     
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  44. BiGGieStuFF

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    I'm not too fond of the prince tennis tour balls. they seem light and move through the air very fast. They tend to fly on me.
     
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  45. 888Factor

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    I hate PENN....Dunlops are pretty nice
     
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  46. aidenous

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    never liked Penn. Dunlops & Slazengers are the best.
     
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  47. Serve em Up

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    Regular Balls: I don't like Wilson Championship Balls, the US Open Balls are good. I personally prefer Dunlop Grand Prix for clay.

    Pressuless Practice balls: The Gamma Balls are the pits. They kept on cracking at the seams after only a couple of hits. Plus the felt gets all nappy after just a little while.

    The Tretorn Micro X are the bees knees for practice. They last and last. Their action gets faster as the felt wears down over time. I've had to toss the worn out ones after about a months use. A months use is 4-5 sessions per week. That's pretty good in my book!
     
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  48. darkblue

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    PENN sucks. Last several cans always had at least 1 flat.
     
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  49. jonline

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    Just thought of something else. I used these Wilson US Open tennis balls once and did not like their durability at all. They looked like year-old practice balls after only a few games--virtually no felt left on them. I guess that's not a problem at the US Open though, since they only use the same balls for what is it? nine points?
     
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  50. matchpoint54

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    the walmart athletic works balls. They were going cheap at 1.25 a can once, so I stocked up not knowing what I was getting into. When I opened up the 5 cans, out of the 15 balls, about 10 of them were flat.
     
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