WORST Tennis Ball You've Ever Used?

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  1. EricW

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    Why do so many people hate Wilson balls? My favorite balls are the "Wilson Championship" balls.
     
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  2. jonline

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    Wilson Championships are much MUCH better than Wilson US Open balls (regular durability).
     
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  3. tennis_hand

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    u sure? lol.
     
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  4. jonline

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    Not in the least. Sounded good at the time! lol BUT, I would say that the Championships do offer a little more durability. I don't play with Wilson much, just grab a case of Penns for 30 bucks.
     
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  5. tomzo22

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    i play with Wilson US open- i think they last well......the felt comes off fairly quickly but by no means is it bald, still very palyable and the retain their pressure well. Good weight to boot.

    Worse balls are penns (not sure what model but they had penn on them and boy did they suck)
     
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  6. K!ck5w3rvE

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    I'll ditto the comments about Slazenger in Australia being wonderful, but I'll also toss in Head, because I've been playing badge with them on grass and they seem to play really nicely; consistant pace throughout an afternoon of matchplay, without a noticeable change from when they're new balls to after when they're older balls.
     
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  7. A.T.S.

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    Spaulding *cry* omg they actually had too much pressure (bought from wal-mart, inexperienced years 5 years old ) and the broke my strings and I started crying LOL
     
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  8. princess bossass

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    Like me some Dunlops. Hitting with Wilson US Opens feel like hitting rocks, and they lose their felt too fast. Don't like Penns either. We bought a case, used two cans of them, and immediately sold the rest on Craig's List.:eek:
     
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  9. BreakPoint

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    Wilson Championship balls were good in the 70's and 80's. Then I think they switched suppliers or cheapened the manufacturing process or something so by the late 90's - early '00, they were the worst. They didn't even last past the warm-up. :-(

    Then a couple of years ago they got their act back together and the quality got a little better to the point where they're back to being comparable with Penn Championship balls or perhaps even a bit better because the Penns have gotten worse recently.

    I still prefer the Dunlop Championship balls the most. The Dunlop Abzorber and McEnroe balls are also pretty good. Don't like the Grand Prix balls though as they're way too hard and have funky flourescent yellow color to them.
     
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  10. keithchircop

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    the worst "expensive" balls i ever used were Pro Penn. i like wilson us open best.
     
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  11. classic tennis

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    Easily the worst balls ever are Volkl, in fact all balls made in China or the Philipines (incl Dunlop)......just imagine the poor sods working conditions? toxic fumes, heat & not health & safety issue in sight......if you dont support them with your money, they will stop. Right that's me off the soap box for a while!
     
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  12. WildVolley

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    The worst were some no name can someone gave me. The ball itself split in less than a set of hitting.

    I don't agree with the hate for Wilson here. In my experience, the Wilson Championship extra duty felt match up with the competing product by Penn. As long as I'm paying less than $2 a can, I'm happy with either product.
     
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  13. ChocolatePie

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    Those trainer balls that seem more than hollow.
     
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  14. Shinpachi222

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    Dunlops by far, closely followed by Wilson.
     
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  15. czech09

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    The cheapest Wilson balls at Walmart for like $1.86 or so a pack. Terrible - don't ever buy those. I've been sticking to Penn since and have been happy.
     
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  16. Bottle Rocket

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    The Penn Tributes are my favorite ball.

    Besides the fact that they are very inexpensive, they are extremely durable. They are the only balls I can play with for 3 or 4 hours and then bring them out again the next day to hit with. They seem to maintain pressure the longest, hold their felt together, and not fluff up like crazy like others. I've probably gone through 75-100 cans of Tribues and I've never had a bad one.

    My vote for the worst has to be Wilson balls, especially those cheap Titanium balls. Those are completely junk. Those Wilson ti thingies are also crap. They don't feel right out of the can, have no durability, and completely lose their bounce after a few hours.

    I've only been able to buy Dunlops a few times and they have always been nice. I've also had good experience with Slazenger, especially playing in rain or wet weather.
     
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  17. ajaxman

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    Tretorn balls are terrible
     
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  18. coolblue123

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    Wilson use to make these titanium balls. They were suppose to last longer... big mistake... they were heavier than usual and felt like we were hitting with boulders...
     
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  19. oliver8

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    Wilson US open balls.
     
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  20. ledor

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    Wilson, agreed.
     
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  21. K-LEG

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    I really don't have a preference, a different ball won't effect my game much to be honest, but if I had to exterminate a specific breed of balls it would be the balls of Penn, I rather use doggy toy tennis balls, just as good...
     
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  22. calvinchang

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    The Wilson Ti balls are the worst I've ever used in my life
     
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  23. Rpp

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    Tretorn are in their own league...clearly the worst I have played.
     
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  24. safinlives

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    The worst "mainstream" balls i have ever played were prince balls. i was forced to play with them in a tournament and they honestly felt like they had been dipped in water. they felt that heavy, and felt as if i was playing on a quick indoor court. screw prince...
     
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  25. king of swing

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    I would definitely say that the wilson ball that come in a red can and a yellow lid (can't remeber the name) are the worst
     
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  26. Mastermind

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    There are some random Gamma unpressurized balls floating around in the hoppers at the local tennis club that I go to. They are so horrible and they actually give an unfair advantage if you have a gnarly kick serve, they'll get up to 7 feet with no effort. They just play so badly its sad.
     
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  27. king of swing

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    they're called the wilson championship
     
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  28. Klatu Verata Necktie

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    I'm one of the few members of this board that doesn't care for the Dunlop Grand Prix Regular Duty balls. I think they fluff up too quickly down here in humid South Florida.
     
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  29. alizad89

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    Any Dunlop ball tournament ball, wilson us open, slazenger, penn tribute, propenn balls (b/c they get SUPER hairy lol).

    I wish everyone would use penn atp balls; communism would work in this case ;)
     
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  30. Banks

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    for me the worst is penn championship... i liek hitting with them but they go dead fast and are bald after a match.


    favorites are dunlop fort when i first tried them i bought them cause i thought it was cool cause the can was aluminum:p , i didnt think they would be that great, but they quickly became my favorites. wilson us open and titanium are my backup balls if i cant find the dunlops.... but luckily my local wallmart seems to have a good stock of the dunlop fort balls.
     
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  31. Silentgunz

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    Those wilson Titanium balls suck.... i used to think they were good but now when i play with them i chop all the fuzz off and theres bald spots
     
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  32. tennisnj

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    Tretorn (Have my arms recovered from them yet, its only been 3 years...) & any Penn tennis ball...I'm dredding this weekend when I have 2 tournaments where Pro Penn is used...
     
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  33. king of swing

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    any pressureless ball suck @ss
     
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  34. tenniskid3119

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    those heavy walmart balls with the weird Z on them. those suck. But of wilson, penn, and dunlop.
    1.Dunlop (Best)
    2.Penn
    3.Wilson (worst)
     
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  35. Gorecki

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    i have tried out Penn Premiere last week (was short on money) and after 10 minutes they went straight to the basket of "Warm Ups".
     
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  36. lakis92

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    Tens are the worst!!!!!!! I don't think you can even find the online at TW
     
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  37. stav_babolat

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    slazenger are good, id say the cheap ones, the orange and green ones are terrible. lol.
     
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  38. Ethan

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    i would say the dollar store tennis balls they don't last long at all LOL, but figures thats why theyre so cheap
     
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  39. Char

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    Wilson Titanium tennis balls are the worst I have ever used. Ugh.
     
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  40. bzazut

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    Head ATP-the worst.
    DTB balls of all brands should be the real thing but cost twice, at least here in Europe.
     
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  41. bossass

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    Wilson US Opens are like hitting rocks. Poor poor durability too.

    Dunlop Grand Prixs are my favorite. I get Pro Penn if I can't find those.
     
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  42. OnyxZ28

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    When I was in China over the summer, I bought a can of their cheapo balls, called "Teloon" -- the balls were as terrible as they come; uneven bounce, flat out of the bottle, felt like crap, crap felt.

    As far as mainstream balls go, I hated the larger balls that came out a while back.
     
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  43. my favorites are wilson US opens but they dont last very long. next would come dunlop champs or grand prixs
     
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  44. koopa_troopa

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    I hit with something called Wilson Advantage? They felt absolutely horrible.
     
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  45. JW10S

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    The Prince balls were the worst...
     
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  46. AsgerHO

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    The new Head bll, not sure what it´s called is just horrible, haven´t tried anything that bad EVER, no touch, no feeling, no hair, no pressure after 1 hour, USELESS

    Surprisingly to me no one has mentioned Tecnifibre balls, the X-one.
    I guess it´s not very well known abroad, but it´s the official ball in most tournaments here in Denmark, and also in the team competitions in all divisions.
    Try it, you won´t be disappointed
     
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  47. Omisoshiru

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    The worst ball i've hit with was this wierd gamma ball, it felt like i was hitting a rock with the racket, on top of that, tennis ball hair was everywhere except on the ball after a few minutes
     
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  48. peter

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    The worst? Franklin pressurized balls. It's the only ball I've experienced where the balls are *dead* when you get them directly from a newly opened can...

    All other balls are wastly superior.
     
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  49. hiltonhead

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    If you're looking for tennis elbow, pop a can of Wilson Titaniums. Croquet balls might have more comfort.
     
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  50. BeeVee

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    This is so so true. I played with those Ti's this weekend and my wrist and forearm have been aching since then.
     

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