Get your balls

How many balls do you have?

  • Two

    Votes: 4 21.1%
  • More than two

    Votes: 15 78.9%

  • Total voters
    19

sureshs

Bionic Poster
A guy at the club texted yesterday that he went to several brick and mortar shops including Costco and they were all out of tennis balls. At one store, he was told that tennis balls have become like toilet paper at the start of the pandemic.

I told him to buy a case of balls from our favorite online store.

So guys stock up on your balls.

Poll above.
 
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A guy at the club texted yesterday that he went to several brick and mortar shops including Costco and they were all out of tennis balls. At one store, he was told that tennis balls have become like toilet paper at the start of the pandemic.

I told him to buy a case of balls from our favorite online store.

So guys stock up on your balls.

Poll above.
I go to brick and mortar shops to buy brick and mortar; why would I buy tennis balls there?
 

TagUrIt

Hall of Fame
I’m confused by the title and poll? It doesn’t correspond to your post. I buy tennis balls by the case so much cheaper than by the can. Either online or at a nearby tennis retail shop. I’ll buy my favorite tennis balls from whoever has the best price.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
I told him to buy a case of balls from our favorite online store.
We have noticed that ball prices have gone up.
Used to be able to get a can of decent balls for $2.00 not too long ago. Then it went up to $3.00... And now even low end balls are pushing towards $4.00.

Cheapest single can of balls on TW is $3.49.
 
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mike schiffer

Semi-Pro
and the quality is poor...large seam "warts"that affect the bounce....poor bounce and longevity....and Penns wont repressurize in my Gexco tennis ball saver....I'm off Penns for sure...unless there are made in Thailand..
 

Cindysphinx

G.O.A.T.
That's interesting.

For our spring league, players now have to bring balls. Pre-Covid, the league supplied the balls.

And yes, Costco was out. So I had to buy balls on-line, here at TW. For the first time.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Most people are buying at least a half of case online correct? I've always purchased a case. The Costco balls are inconsistent, you never know what you may get.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Most people are buying at least a half of case online correct? I've always purchased a case. The Costco balls are inconsistent, you never know what you may get.
Never heard of the option of buying half a case. We buy a case with overnight shipping -- only $5.99 shipping in CA!
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Never heard of the option of buying half a case. We buy a case with overnight shipping -- only $5.99 shipping in CA!
in some cases you can buy s few a four cans online. I can see where you could buy place three orders of four cans. Periodically, I can get free shipping on case from a place in Maryland. I just hate paying shipping for anything.
 

bobleenov1963

Professional
Most people are buying at least a half of case online correct? I've always purchased a case. The Costco balls are inconsistent, you never know what you may get.

Why would anyone buy tennis balls at Costco or Walmart during the pandemic? Buying online is the best option.

Tennis warehouse offers free shipping on Dunlop tennis balls for the past six months. That's what I am using these days.
 

silentkman

Semi-Pro
Why would anyone buy tennis balls at Costco or Walmart during the pandemic? Buying online is the best option.

Tennis warehouse offers free shipping on Dunlop tennis balls for the past six months. That's what I am using these days.
I have not used Dunlop balls in years. The last ones i used for clay courts were actually in can and they were great. My preference is the US Open ball. I actually tried a can of Daidem balls and they were good.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
That's interesting.

For our spring league, players now have to bring balls. Pre-Covid, the league supplied the balls.

And yes, Costco was out. So I had to buy balls on-line, here at TW. For the first time.
That is what you should always do. I buy all my tennis stuff at TW. Even bought a Pickleball paddle and balls from their sister site.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
It is good to support TW and buy online...
But why the hell would there be a shortage of tennis balls?
:unsure:
Have you not been carefully following my posts about the surge of tennis? Up by 20 to 40% over previous years. Full 10% of Americans playing tennis.
 

bobleenov1963

Professional
Have you not been carefully following my posts about the surge of tennis? Up by 20 to 40% over previous years. Full 10% of Americans playing tennis.
Golf is also booming during the pandemic, in increase by 20% in 2020 compare to 2019. Even the 12pm and 1pm tee times are also booked solid.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I have a full case of nicer Wilson US Open tennis balls which I ordered online for matches.
I also have a half case of the "costco" PENN balls for general practice I picked up from Walmart because Costco was out.

Costco has stock of PENN at all our local stores.

Now. Try finding a decent mountain bike...
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Have you not been carefully following my posts about the surge of tennis? Up by 20 to 40% over previous years. Full 10% of Americans playing tennis.
Very strange as Californa courts were shut down or greatly restricted for much of 2020.

Even when restrictions slowly began to ease, we had dunderhead bureaucrats taping off every other court for months -- demanded one court distancing!

Now we have a great big tennis boom with zero evidence of any correlation. Oh the irony.

Players were also being advised to purchase two cans of balls per match to allow for personal balls... The USTA site says players can share balls so it appears that silly myth has also been debunked.
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Have a case of Gamma and another of Babolat balls, dozen cans of Wilson balls. Never got a chance to use them last year. Bucket of 96 Tretorn Tommy Two-Tone Micro-X balls too. Tough to use when it is gonna snow tonite & tomorrow. Guess who is the April Fool?
 

Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
We know that. It is odd that a tennis boom occurred in 2020, during a time when courts in California were greatly restricted.
It is a sport with natural social distancing. My partner and I are always miles apart in more ways than one.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
The growth was most later in the year
Tennis boom! All in the midst of the virus. Who would have ever thunk it when courts were being padlocked in CA.
Have you noticed any rise in ball prices? Prices should follow the law of supply and demand
:rolleyes:
 
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sureshs

Bionic Poster
Tennis boom! All in the midst of the virus. Who would have ever thunk it when courts were being padlocked in CA.
Have you noticed any rise in ball prices? Prices should follow the law of supply and demand
:rolleyes:
Did toilet paper prices increase? I don't think so.

Most tennis balls sold in the US are made in China. The immense manufacturing scale keeps prices affordable though ups and downs, just as it does for rackets (the latest models don't count as they are prestige-priced), shoes, clothes and bags.
 

toby55555

Hall of Fame
We have noticed that ball prices have gone up.
Used to be able to get a can of decent balls for $2.00 not too long ago. Then it went up to $3.00... And now even low end balls are pushing towards $4.00.

Cheapest single can of balls on TW is $3.49.
In the U.K. a decent can is about £4.75 ($6.61). We do however buy in cans of 4, I think you mainly buy in 3?
 

antony

Rookie
It's true. Wilson US Open sold out at my walmart. usually $4.

I just ordered 24 cans of Dunlop AO balls from TW for ~$4/can
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
How the hell are they 30% cheaper than in my third world country?

* Aha, it is a 3 ball can, right?
How the hell do people in third world countries afford those prices?

We do note that balls in America are much cheaper than in the rest of the world, including Europe. Maybe those Europoean Socialists tax the hell out of balls like they tax everything else.
 

cha cha

New User
Hence the starving children. Too many parents playing tennis.
You may have a point here. I got my Angell racket with a mere 25% premium for the customs office.
For reference, how much does an RF97 set you back in the US?
 

antony

Rookie
Hence the starving children. Too many parents playing tennis.
You may have a point here. I got my Angell racket with a mere 25% premium for the customs office.
For reference, how much does an RF97 set you back in the US?
About $249.99 MSRP, but you can get them lower. Add some sales tax. How much does an RF97 set you back in the EU?

I think I can get an Angell racket here in the US without customs
 

cha cha

New User
Good for you.
The cheapest RF v13 I can see in my country is the equivalent USD 320.


* Thought it would be a nice little comparison. The average salary here is about 21k a year. : - )
 
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Ronaldo

Bionic Poster
Never ever paid more than $2/can for three balls, even Babolat's..........................................well buck a ball for Tretorn MicroX!
 

antony

Rookie
Never ever paid more than $2/can for three balls, even Babolat's..........................................well buck a ball for Tretorn MicroX!
Are those the equivalent of 3* ping pong balls ie US Open, Australian Open balls
 
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