Originally Posted by codagalie
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.