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codagalie 07-05-2013 08:58 AM

Do you only play with new balls?
 
Hi,

I am just curious about this, and would like to hear from you guys what you think.

I'm not really picky about balls. I will play with any used balls, whatever I have available in my bag. Sometimes only used once, sometimes 10 times or more. The few times I bought new balls were to please other players, but not really for myself. Yes, I'm cheap.

However, I've noticed a lot of people are "ball snobs". By using this term, I don't mean to offend anybody here. It's your business whatever you like to do with your money. It's just that some people only like to play with new balls. And if they are playing with used balls, when they are losing, they will blame it on the balls. Which doesn't make sense, because we are both playing with the SAME balls.

I think these people, when they have to play with used ones, they don't do as well, because they are so used to playing with new balls. And to people who are not as picky, it makes no difference.

Sure, new balls got a nice bounce to it, but I think one can play well with older balls too. It's all in the mind.

What do you think? Do you only play with new balls? Why? Or are you like me, who just wants to play, no matter the ball condition?

For the record, I am a league player, and have been playing for 6 years, I'm a 4.0/4.5 borderline (female).

LeeD 07-05-2013 09:24 AM

Male high 3.5 player, used to play A/Opens 30+ years ago. I"m old.
"Play". That is the operative word.
Pick up doubles with friends, any decent ball.
Practice sessions, mostly hitting, any decent ball.
"IT COUNTS" matches, only new balls.
Practice matches, any decent balls.
Most weak hitters bring dead balls.
Lots of big hitters bring really lively Wilson balls.
Average hitter like me brings new DunlopHDHardCourts, the heaviest and hardest balls.

sureshs 07-05-2013 09:34 AM

I use a ball compressor and reuse my balls many times

LeeD 07-05-2013 09:39 AM

:)
I hope you're not one of those guys with a ball compressor, visor, elbow and knee braces, sweatband, the full tennis kit, and rally all the time....:)

Ronaldo 07-05-2013 09:57 AM

Only use new balls for matches. Used balls for practice, microwave them to add pressure.

goober 07-05-2013 10:00 AM

Practice- used balls

Practice matches- usually new. Usually will rotate turns as to who has to bring the new cans for doubles. In singles sometimes will use old balls

League matches- new balls required.

sureshs 07-05-2013 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by LeeD (Post 7565807)
:)
I hope you're not one of those guys with a ball compressor, visor, elbow and knee braces, sweatband, the full tennis kit, and rally all the time....:)

ball compressor: yes
visor: yes
no to all the others

LeeD 07-05-2013 10:10 AM

Just wondering, thanks.
LOTS of guys with my description beat me, so it's not a generalization I was after, but rather an image.

mikeler 07-05-2013 10:17 AM

For matches I only use new balls. I rarely practice.

codagalie 07-05-2013 10:19 AM

Ha ha. Microwaving, that's a good idea, however don't they go bad again after half an hour? Do you bring a microwave to the court with you ? =)

codagalie 07-05-2013 10:21 AM

Suresh, I like your ball compressor idea. BF tried to build one before, but failed at it (it leaked), maybe will go back to that again.

sureshs 07-05-2013 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by codagalie (Post 7566108)
Suresh, I like your ball compressor idea. BF tried to build one before, but failed at it (it leaked), maybe will go back to that again.

It is available. Search for Tennis Ball Saver.

Lukhas 07-05-2013 10:39 AM

Any decent ball will do. Better to have new balls for matches though. On the other hand, I don't like pressurised balls after it was opened up, since they deflate really fast. Guess there's still Tretorn Micro X for the indestructible kind. Never tried, often mentioned for practising.

LeeD 07-05-2013 11:56 AM

I"ve noticed a lot of weaker hitting players like to bring opened balls to the courts, well fuzzed, but kinda soft.
I get that from old farts also.
Big hitters seem to bring new balls. Most seem to use Penns. Very few like the Wilson balls, because they fly too far, fast, and high, making for short rallies.
I usually bring a new can of DunlopHDHardCourtChamps. They seem to fly a little slower than Penns and Wilsons, are heavier and when new, a little knappier, and can sustain a long rally a lot of times. Did I just describe myself as an old fart who's weak hitting?

Ronaldo 07-05-2013 12:13 PM

Used regular-duty Wilsons yesterday. They are light, fast, and bounce high.

LeeD 07-05-2013 12:19 PM

Problem with Wilson regular balls is that dumb guys like me THINK they can hit serves up to 120 mph with them, on hot days, of course. Hot to me is 70 degrees. Of course, I cannot hit anywhere near 120 for real, but the balls bounce so high at the backboard that I think/wish/hope I can serve like in my youth.
For me, normal bounce height on flat first serves with Dunlops are maybe 28-36" high, while using Wilson's, they always bounce 36-46" high at the backboard.
Yes, I KNOW my first serves poke in only around 100.

Avles 07-05-2013 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by codagalie (Post 7565496)
Sure, new balls got a nice bounce to it, but I think one can play well with older balls too. It's all in the mind.

Sure you can play well with old balls-- in fact, I probably play better with them as I'm far from a big hitter.

But I don't want to get spoiled by playing with old balls all the time and then have trouble dealing with incoming pace and higher bounces when playing with new balls. And it's not really fair to a bigger-hitting opponent to play with old balls so I'd never attempt to use them in a match.

Plus I find it's just more fun to play with livelier balls, and I'm playing tennis for fun. I'm a very cheap guy in general but I've realized that paying an extra couple bucks to always play with new balls is well worth it to me.

S&V Specialist 07-05-2013 02:52 PM

I only use new balls, unless I am giving a lesson one of my neighbors kids (I used pressureless balls for lessons). Reason being that the people I play with are very skilled and we usually shred through the felt within 12 games. When rallying or practicing, the felt goes even quicker.

ollinger 07-05-2013 02:53 PM

What about playing poker with a used deck? I've played in the same poker group for over two decades and even in this social game it's customary to have two unopened decks when you host the game. We're all good friends. Do we really think a guy who brings out two used decks (as has happened very infrequently when someone "forgets" to buy new decks) is doing so because he's marked the cards? I don't think so, yet everyone is queasy when used cards are presented.

Ronaldo 07-05-2013 03:02 PM

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Originally Posted by S&V Specialist (Post 7567874)
I only use new balls, unless I am giving a lesson one of my neighbors kids (I used pressureless balls for lessons). Reason being that the people I play with are very skilled and we usually shred through the felt within 12 games. When rallying or practicing, the felt goes even quicker.

We are all over 50 playing dubs with sore joints. Light, lively, regular duty balls please everyone. And their joints


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