De-waterlogging tennis balls

atennisrand

Banned
After playing 3 sets with a new set of head championships in the rain on an extremely wet synthetic grass courts and the balls were seriously damp and waterlogged afterwards.

I let them dry off on their own then put them in front of a fireplace for the night and they are now dry on the outside but still seem to be waterlogged on the inside and don't have a very satisfying bounce.

Could someone please recommend a good waterproof set of balls and also a good method of de-waterlogging tennis balls that have already been affected.
 

phucng_10

Professional
I have never heard of a water-proof ball so I can't answer your question. Usually, when it starts to pour like crazy here, I stop playing because playing in the rain will just put more weight on your arm due to the water.
 

Capt. Willie

Hall of Fame
Simple solution for waterlogged balls, it's called a trash can.

As for playing in the rain, good way to get hurt...than you'll have bigger problems than wet balls.
 

dancraig

Hall of Fame
You could try rolling them out on a sunny court, rolling them over occasionally.
Might not work as well there now, since you are in winter.
 

ManuGinobili

Hall of Fame
they probably didn't get enough heat from the fireplace... but too close and they burn and who knows what's next

In the third world this is what we normally do:
Leaving them out in the sun is probably the best way to do it (winter sun = guess not then)
Try put them through a cycle in the dryer?
Some guy told me you can put some balls inside the hood of your car... right behind the grill or something... and it gives the same result... Highly experimental so just FYI
 

atennisrand

Banned
they probably didn't get enough heat from the fireplace... but too close and they burn and who knows what's next

In the third world this is what we normally do:
Leaving them out in the sun is probably the best way to do it (winter sun = guess not then)
Try put them through a cycle in the dryer?
Some guy told me you can put some balls inside the hood of your car... right behind the grill or something... and it gives the same result... Highly experimental so just FYI
Hah, thats actually quite an interesting set of ideas there, thanks for the feedback :)
 

Kirko

Hall of Fame
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Simple solution for waterlogged balls, it's called a trash can.

As for playing in the rain, good way to get hurt...than you'll have bigger problems than wet balls.
wet balls no matter if promoted as "waterproof" are worthless period.
 

fattsoo

Semi-Pro
Simple solution for waterlogged balls, it's called a trash can.

As for playing in the rain, good way to get hurt...than you'll have bigger problems than wet balls.
Wet balls is never good

all joking aside...Unless you are training to play in a rain tennis match, I wouldn't recommend playing in the rain. It put more strain on your arms as you are having to hit the ball harder to get it over the net. And the court can get really slippery, and it is worst when there's a lot of dust on it before the rain.
 

atennisrand

Banned
Wet balls is never good

all joking aside...Unless you are training to play in a rain tennis match, I wouldn't recommend playing in the rain. It put more strain on your arms as you are having to hit the ball harder to get it over the net. And the court can get really slippery, and it is worst when there's a lot of dust on it before the rain.
Yeah we kinda had our hands tied, we were playing competition and others were waiting for the courts, and you know how it is, if there is light rain and playable courts (they were synthetic grass and were not flooded) you just have to continue.
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
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Couple of weeks ago I was out hitting serves by myself with my practice balls. It had rained the night before, and the balls picked up a lot of grime from the court.... too much grime really.

So I took them home, and since they were practice balls only, I ran them through my wash machine (without soap of course). We've got a front loader, so there is really very little water in the drum anyway, and the balls kinda sloshed through the water. I stopped the cycle after about 10 minutes, then threw them in the dryer for about 40 minutes on a low heat. The sound was pretty impressive (if you've ever washed a pair of tennis shoes, then threw them in the dryer... you got the idea), but they came out clean and dry. Very clean in fact, and I didn't really notice any drop in performance. Granted, they had lost a lot of fuzz in the first place... that's why they were practice balls, but I'd do this again if need be.

Oh, and if you're married or have a live-in, DO NOT throw your wife's delicates in with the tennis balls. Trust me on this. NOT A GOOD IDEA!
(I'm joking... didn't really do that.... or at least won't admit to it!) :oops:
 

Blade0324

Hall of Fame
I would never play on wet courts no matter what the situation. Great way to get injured. I would also not even give a though to the balls if they got wet, I'd simply throw them away and start with a new set. Once they get wet they will never be the same. You also said that you played 3 sets with them. For me balls are usually toast after only 2 sets anyway so 3 they would really be garbage.
 

shanker

Rookie
I washed and dried 75 tennis balls this weekend with no ill effects. I did use soap and hot water then dried them with a bunch of towels to dampen the sound. See pretty good to me and a few of them seem to have regained their fuzz a little.

Greg
 

Mongolmike

Hall of Fame
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The good think about using soap to clean them... the next time you use them on a damp court, the residual soap in them will leave a sweet little ball spot so you can check line calls! And it'll help keep your strings clean too! :)
 
Don't any of you practise hitting the ball up in the air with a continental grip while slicing, to get all the surface water off???
That's what I did if my balls ever got wet...
 
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NadalFan1990

Guest
I have never heard of a water-proof ball so I can't answer your question.
Try the Slazenger Wimbledon balls
if you have a D I C K' S Sporting Goods near you, I guarantee you'll find them there
 
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