Best Clay Balls? Dunlop Fort Clay vs Babolat FO Clay

Better Clay balls

  • Dunlop Fort Clay

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • Babolat FO Clay

    Votes: 2 50.0%

  • Total voters
    4

Gato

Semi-Pro
I'm using now Dunlop Fort Clay balls (which is official ball for Masters in Monte Carlo Madrid and Rome) and wondering if Babolat FO Clay balls are better? Worth to try? Dunlop are very good and hold pressure for a long time. Thanks for your opinions.

And general question are these the same balls which are used in these tournaments?

 
The dunlop is the same aS IN THE TOURNAMENT YOU mentioned, and Babolat tells me the clay ball is used in the FO. but I have seen several autographed balls from the FO using a RG ball but an all court ball I believe. Both clay balls hit great, however the all court versions are rough on the arm- suggest the clay court for health-have not had tennis elbow since 1975-played with clay balls since then and use both in 4 ball cans,
 

Gato

Semi-Pro
The dunlop is the same aS IN THE TOURNAMENT YOU mentioned, and Babolat tells me the clay ball is used in the FO. but I have seen several autographed balls from the FO using a RG ball but an all court ball I believe. Both clay balls hit great, however the all court versions are rough on the arm- suggest the clay court for health-have not had tennis elbow since 1975-played with clay balls since then and use both in 4 ball cans,
I'll stick with Dunlop, thanks
 

mikeler

Moderator
I think when I tried the Roland Garros balls they said all court. Most of the people I play with use:



 

navigator

Hall of Fame
Yes, the Babolat French Open All-Court balls are the same as used in the French Open and several other ATP clay court events (including a couple of the Masters series events). In fact, coincidentally, I heard an announcer mention these Babolat balls several weeks ago during one of the clay court events, talking about ubiquitous they are at the clay court events and how much the players like them.

I don't know anything about the Dunlop balls - they may be great tennis balls - but I've been buying the Babolat balls by the case for a few years. I love them - they suit my game perfectly and I'm playing on clay the vast majority of the time. If it was up to me they'd be the only balls I ever use. But... several folks I play with hate them - they're very soft so you have to really rip at them to get any pace. But that's something I really like about them. Just my two cents.
 

Gato

Semi-Pro
Which all court are you talking about? Why they develop clay court version but are using all court at FO?
 

navigator

Hall of Fame
Which all court are you talking about? Why they develop clay court version but are using all court at FO?
They are the same tennis balls.

There is one premium Babolat tennis ball that is marketed under two different names:

Roland Garros Babolat (with the words "Clay Court" on the can - it's a 3-or 4-ball metal can)
Roland Garros All-Court Babolat (3-ball plastic container)

A tournament director in Europe told me they are the same balls (and I've played with both on both hard and clay - I can't tell the difference and I'm very picky about tennis balls). The "clay court" balls are marketed principally in Europe (and perhaps elsewhere for all I know). The "all-court" balls are marketed worldwide (and are the ones you find in the US). I suspect that the reason for putting "clay court" on the cans sold in Europe is because the vast majority of tennis in Europe is played on clay courts so Babolat wants to be clear (to Europeans) that these are clay court balls. I suspect the reason Babolat puts "all-court" on the US balls is because most tennis in the US is played on hard courts, so they don't want folks to think they are *only* for clay courts. But, really, they are very obviously clay court balls. I love using them on hard courts, but, again, they're traditional clay court balls.
 

Gato

Semi-Pro
They are the same tennis balls.

There is one premium Babolat tennis ball that is marketed under two different names:

Roland Garros Babolat (with the words "Clay Court" on the can - it's a 3-or 4-ball metal can)
Roland Garros All-Court Babolat (3-ball plastic container)

A tournament director in Europe told me they are the same balls (and I've played with both on both hard and clay - I can't tell the difference and I'm very picky about tennis balls). The "clay court" balls are marketed principally in Europe (and perhaps elsewhere for all I know). The "all-court" balls are marketed worldwide (and are the ones you find in the US). I suspect that the reason for putting "clay court" on the cans sold in Europe is because the vast majority of tennis in Europe is played on clay courts so Babolat wants to be clear (to Europeans) that these are clay court balls. I suspect the reason Babolat puts "all-court" on the US balls is because most tennis in the US is played on hard courts, so they don't want folks to think they are *only* for clay courts. But, really, they are very obviously clay court balls. I love using them on hard courts, but, again, they're traditional clay court balls.
Thanks, I'm from Europe and I play on clay most of the time.. will try them and compare to Dunlop Clay (official ball of clay Masters)
 
ladies and gentlemen, do not speculate on balls - the RG Babolat ball is definitely different on the all court available in US. and the Clay court available in Germany and France. The all court ball is harder. for all court play and the clay court ball is softer. The Dunlop is for Clay court use. and marked for the Monte Carlo , Italian, tournaments. I asked Babolat why the autographed balls on **** were alleged to be from the FO but were all court and the top stringer at Babo. said they could haver been used for practice only. Again the tournaments like to slow down Men's play with the hard court ball. and speed up ladies. play with the clay court so I do not think that anyone really knows- unless you are there at the moment. The dunlop fort clay will hold pressure if you teach or work and do drills a lot or even use balls for more than one match. The dunlop is the premier ball for clay or just tennis in the world today. Again the FO. ball is different. from clay court to all court. and I am also told the clay court is used in the FO.
 

Dartagnan64

Legend
Dunlop Fort Clay is the best clay court ball.

The Babolat FO all court 3 ball is not the same as their Clay court ball in the 4 ball tin. The all court ball sucks up moisture and gets heavy fast whereas the clay court Babolat repels moisture better much like the Dunlop Fort Clay.

I find QC is better with Dunlop. I've had several containers of flat balls from Babolat.
 

Geoff

Hall of Fame
For those that play on Har Tru the Wilson Har Tru ball is quite good but a bit higher priced.
 

shamaho

Semi-Pro
Dunlop Fort Clay is the best clay court ball.

The Babolat FO all court 3 ball is not the same as their Clay court ball in the 4 ball tin. The all court ball sucks up moisture and gets heavy fast whereas the clay court Babolat repels moisture better much like the Dunlop Fort Clay.

I find QC is better with Dunlop. I've had several containers of flat balls from Babolat.
The main consequence of that being, when courts are damp, the ones which take up more moisture will become nearly invisible during play as they absorb the clay and become the same colour of the court... put that together with playing at dusk or under artifical light.... bam! invisible ball :)

I don't know which ones absorb more or less though...
 
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