WORST Tennis Ball You've Ever Used?

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  1. Automatix

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    Wilson and Penn balls are just baaaad... Dunlop balls are the best IMHO!
     
  2. blitzmage_89

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    i don't hell know why Penn boasts so much that their balls are made in the USA. They suck like hell!

    Our tennis club uses 100% dunlop balls. When I'm playing outside club time I use bridgestone balls.
     
  3. Gmedlo

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    Anyone ever play with Walmart brand balls?


    Don't. They feel like rocks and don't have any fuzz. Worse than any other ball.




    On a side note, Slazengers are the best balls I've ever tried. They keep going strong after several weeks of daily play.
     
  4. mrHan

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    Nassau & Tetron balls
     
  5. martin8768

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    wilson match point suck period. our club is sponsored by wilson so we use the Us open balls we get. the extra durability ones
     
  6. dave333

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    Wal-mart balls suck.

    Penn heavy duty is ok. Wilson US open is great. Dunlop grand prix is great. Prince tour is great. Our club uses 90% prince tour (some of these other balls mixed in).
     
  7. trinidad204

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    Penn is the worst one. i perfer wilson us open and dunlop. but havent tried out the prince tour
     
  8. goober

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    Wilson titaniums were terrible. Played with 3 different cans all bad

    One guy brought these no name brand balls from China that he boasted cost only $1.25/can. No bounce, no fuzz and lasted about a set.
     
  9. lainey80

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    I just found my new favorite tennis ball! Slazenger.

    Wow, I was just going to come on here and say I just used my first Slazenger ball and LOVED IT! My favorite tennis ball!.... I found it to be a lot more bouncy (I don't know technical term), but I am actually trying to find where I can purchase them online, since I don't think they sell them locally.
     
  10. lainey80

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    Where do you buy your Slazenger balls? Do you purchase them locally?
     
  11. Purostaff

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    The worst I've ever used was Wal-Mart (ball with Z logo thingy). Penn and Wilson are pretty bad (except US open). I only play with Dunlop now.
     
  12. bieker

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    beside pressureless balls, tca or w\e i was playing with a basket of about 40 and in 1 hour they all got torn up pretty bad all 40!
     
  13. ofey

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    The best are Slazenger balls. The Hardcourt version.

    I just bought a tube of 4 Wilson Aus Open Balls for A$10/-. Must be the worst balls I've come across.
     
  14. slagvaerk

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    Hehe, yes, you should... :)

    The Slazenger Wimbledon ball is great in my opinion, with a nice playability right out of the can. I'd say the felt is of average durability. ALL balls wear rapidly on high friction surfaces, e.g. Rebound Ace...and if they do not, then their playability is often limited...most european internet-stores carry the Slazengers...

    Besides all the no-brand and all preassure-less balls out there, most major brands are actually pretty OK. :) But, if I have a choice, then I tend to favor the Dunlops and Slazengers, and stay away from the Penn/Head, Wilson US Open (other Wilsons are nicer), Pro Supex, Tyger and Tretorn Z...
     
  15. Gage2k5

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    Penn and Wilson Championships are the worst. Both lose pressure after only a few sets.

    Look for my thread that I will shortly post on a related subject.
     
  16. Surfnsnow

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    Holy Dunlop

    A little while back a ball from the match next to us trickled over and they left without taking it. It was a Dunlop Grand Prix. It seems that 95% of the places around here that actually sell tennis balls sell Penn or Wilson, so that was what we were using. We mixed in that Dunlop and every time it was used we instantly knew and were amazed at how much better it was. Not to mention that our mix of Wilson, Wilson Ti, and Penn balls were all only about a couple sets old, and the Dunlop was obviously very used since the print on the ball was already starting to fuzz off. Not only was it still better than our Penns and Wilsons but it remained usable even after ours all died a few match's later the next week.

    So then I log on here and read this strand of posts and decided to head out and canvas my area of the state to look for Dunlop or Slazenger balls. I found regular Dunlops at Kmart for $1.89 a can. Bought one can, popped it open, bounced one with my bare hands a few times, went back in and bought seven more cans. They really are better than any other Penn or Wilson that I have found. Different feel while playing as well, more solid. I feel like I can really gauge my raquet angle more accurately when varying my grips. And since I still have an oversize, that little extra weight in the ball really transfers into more power off the stringbed.

    I will never use Penn or Wilson again.
    I would like to try Slazengers as well but I've never even seen those before here in CT. And I can't imagine them really being that much better than the Dunlops.
    Thanks guys.
     
  17. tennismx

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    I read your question different than you intended, but I'll tell you my initial answer because it's quite funny.

    The worst ball I ever used was completely dead and had no bounce, and I served with it, and it killed my arm.

    No regard to brand lol. But it was the worst.
     
  18. tennismx

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    Oh, and P.S. I love the pink tennis balls from Target. Serve one to a friend, and totally throw 'em off guard. haha.
     
  19. scorpion2103

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    Penn tennis balls suck.........

    wel maybe it was just the ones from target i bought
    but either way i had opened two new cans of penn championship balls
    and a half hour later all two thirds of them died
    thats th last time i buy penn championship balls again
    i have yet to try the ATP tennis balls
     
  20. madmanfool

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    Slazenger are the worst..they get so fluffy and big and heavy..closely followed with the tretorn arm killers.

    Best balls are Donlup ford and Babolat VS or TEAM. If you never tried babolat balls i suggest you give it a try. Durability is great. Good performance.
     
  21. gerikoh

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    i penn balls when they are overused, i find them smaller and heavier with an added pressure in the bouncing effect.
    i hate slazenger balls if they are used in a wet and dirty court, they easily wear out!
     
  22. Lefty5

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    Wilson has the worst ball. It actually felt like a pressureless ball even though it was not... Luckily after about a 1/2 set we shanked a few in the pool and had to open the Penn's... Serenity Now!
     
  23. bmichaelia

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    I guess it's different strokes for different folks. Responses are all over the place. I find the Wilson US Open balls fine, but at one court I go to no one will play with them. They all love Penn for some reason. Many here said they hate Penns. A lot of people like Dunlops, but you usually don't see them for sale.
     
  24. Ronaldo

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    Most seniors locally complain that the Wilson US Open balls are too hard and rather use regular duty Penns. Have to order Dunlops or any other ball, not sold locally. Btw, anyone use the Gamma Pro Tour ball?
     
  25. Dan007

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    Prince tennis balls
     
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    Dunlop Fort.... or anything Pressureless.
     
  27. fastdunn

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    I think the problem of the popular Penn Chamionship is recent down turn on its consistency of quality, IMHO. Some are ok but some are not.

    Plus now Penn ATP, ProPenn Encore (official balls of ATP) are heavier (and touch bigger I think).

    Coincidentally, Penn was purchased by Head which then introduced Penn ATP(and ProPenn Encore later).

    I think Penn Championship used to be the official ball of USTA but they dropped any sponsorship on any ball. So there is no official ball of USTA, AFAIK.

    All these happened after Head took over Penn. I am not making any speculations on it.

    And AFAIK, TW stopped carrying Penn Championships (I do not know why)
     
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  28. tennismaster888

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    srry if someone has already said this i was too lazy to look through the whole thread...id have to say gamma practice...those things die so quickly..
     
  29. timeisonmyside

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    The "XXX" balls are the worst. Don't even know who makes them.
     
  30. Trinity TC

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    Those ones that come in the plastic bag? Even my dog won't play with them.
     
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    Those are the ones. The "adult" balls.
     
  32. steve57

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    The old Tretorn balls yearsago - they were hard as rocks
     
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    Of the "premium" balls, I would have to say the Penn ATP. The felt got all ruined, and the balls lost their bounce after a set. Awful.
     
  34. Fedexeon

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    I just bought 2 cans of Wilson Australian Open Ball, will try it out this weekend. I do agree that Wilson US Open balls aint that lasting.
     
  35. ewcrider

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    gamma practice balls, and slazenger practice balls are the worst balls i have ever used that were branded. hitting them makes an annoying sound and they play terribly. In high school we used some that didnt bounce at all, but i dont know where they came from. i havent had good times with wilsons either.
     
  36. redsoxrock930

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    gamma are terrible, penn are great.
     
  37. Chopin

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    I love Slazenger's--both standard and the official Wimbledon ones. But my bread and butter ball is probably Penn and Penn ATP. I'm not a fan of Wilson balls in general.
     
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    My friend got this Wilson titanium balls from walmart since the pro store was closed. They weigh about 15 grams more than the average ball and feel extremely heavy on the strings. Bounce is very low and gets worse and worse with time.
     
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  40. KFwinds

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    I'm glad a few people actually mentioned the PRINCE tennis ball; it's also the very worst ball I've ever hit. As one other poster mentioned they tend to fly as if you are playing tennis with a racquetball. I would sooner use Tretorn Pressureless over Prince...

    Penn gets my second vote for worst mainstream ball; the durabililty is terrible and they go dead after just a few sets (I've used many that didn't last an entire match, as well as opened fresh cans that contained dead balls).

    I find Dunlop (Grand Prix) and Slazenger (Wimbledon) balls to be the best, and while I'm not a big fan of the standard Wilson balls the "US Open" version is better than most as far as playability and durability.
     
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  41. Ronaldo

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    Anyone remember using practice balls that had rubber or something inside that rattled?
     
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    Oh yes, but I am trying to forget... ;)
     
  43. downdaline

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    Hate Penn balls. Smack em around a bit and after 3 hours - bald.

    Wilson USOpen play a little more consistently, but also get bald too fast for my taste. And they seem to DRINK water. Drop one into a puddle and it's gone - it'll never right ever again.

    Slazenger balls are nice and hairy (hehe). But unlike Penn, they fluff up later, makes it look like dog fur.

    And the shop nearest to my place only sells these 3... NICE.

    I opt for Penn as the worse.
     
  44. Heipnotik

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    the dunlop balls are the best out there. They had a nice weight. the penn titanium is good. the gamma and wilson are junk. they both usually have a rattler.
     
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    Even though I am new to Tennis but quickly realizing that Dunlop balls are better among other balls because I need durability (for bounce and stiffness) which I get from Dunlop balls.
    I used two cans of wilson championship and they were very bad. They lost their bounce in initial 30 mins warm up.
     
  46. TennisFrkJC92

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    PENN is by far the worst balls ever made. They are dead the second they are taken out of their cans. I compared a 3 month old dunlop ball to a brand new Penn ball and the dunlop bounced higher.... Sad...
     
  47. hershey999

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    Ummmm i just use penn with the numbers on them like Penn 1,2,3,4. They're the only balls i use so i dunno how good they are compared to others
     
  48. Bundey

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    Penn SUCKS! So does wilson. I tried Dunlop for the first time today and I'm sticking with it.
     
  49. Serve em Up

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    I've always preferred Penn Championship to Wilson Championship.Last night I popped a can of Penns. They went flat after about a set and a half. They were terrible. I hope it was just a bad can cause I have about 10 cans left.
     
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    The Penn 1 and 3 are great, but don't ever buy the Penn 2 or 4 -- they're the worst! ;)
     

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