Tecnifibre balls?

TF Courts? They’re OK. To me they play pretty light and quick, kinda like a Wilson US Open. They wear down quick under hard hitting. At the price I prefer Dunlop AO as to me they play a little softer and are very consistent even though they fluff up quick.

TF has an X1 ball that is supposed to be nice but I’ve never seen any US retailers carry it.
 

TomTennis495

Professional
I love tec. Play their racquets. Have the bag. Even enjoyed their strings though not my preference. I did not like the quality of their balls. Not lively enough.
 

Devil_dog

Hall of Fame
I got some of the TF Court balls from my local tennis shop. They reminded me of a cross between Penn Marathons and Wilson USO balls. They play consistent and they last longer than just about any ball I've used. Some guys think they play heavy but they're definitely don't fly like Dunlops can.
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
TF Courts? They’re OK. To me they play pretty light and quick, kinda like a Wilson US Open. They wear down quick under hard hitting. At the price I prefer Dunlop AO as to me they play a little softer and are very consistent even though they fluff up quick.

TF has an X1 ball that is supposed to be nice but I’ve never seen any US retailers carry it.

I have some of the X1, will report.

J
 

Rysty

Rookie
IMHO the X-1 is one of the best balls out there. Good quality, and better durability than US Opens, for example. The other Tecnifibre ball we have here in Europe is called "Tecnifibre Club", it's cheaper and not bad either but not as durable as X-1.
 

SlowTiger

Professional
They fall in between diadem balls and us open balls. They come from the same factory, play similar but the felt doesn't last as long as us open balls
 

Dags

Hall of Fame
I used the X1 extensively about 10 years ago - timeline included because some other balls have changed factories since then, and there's a chance this might not be relevant.

They were my favourite ball for performance, but durability became a problem when I started hitting with a more advanced group (at the top end, someone who had spent time at an academy and another who used to have a junior world ranking... at the bottom end, me). With the bigger hitters, they were done in a session. These are 4 ball cans and on carpet. I might expect that on acrylic, but on carpet you really expect 2 - 3 reasonable outings. So my impression was that they were great, provided you kept them away from people who have been performance players.
 

lychee_boy

New User
I use to love these tennis balls, but after they changed their rubber formula composition to their X D-Core technology they feel as hard as the US Open - Extra duty balls which IMHO are murder on your arms. I defected to using the Dunlop Fort balls, they give you a great feel while still maintain a degree of longevity.
The new Dunlop AO balls don't seem to last and are pretty light, I'd take the ATP balls over them but they have a durability issue; for the record I'm playing on hardcourt in hot and humid Singapore.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Super high quality ball, but they have a lot of felt so not recommended for wet clay courts because they get quite heavy.

J

Some say its Hard ball. not sure if its true ? is this better than that Yonex premium ball ? another ball not many play with
 

onehandbh

G.O.A.T.
Super high quality ball, but they have a lot of felt so not recommended for wet clay courts because they get quite heavy.

J
I like balls with a lot of felt. Many balls have felt that gets ripped off by the strings too quickly.
Comprehensively better. Propenn quality has been all over the map the past two years.

J
The last can of Pro Penn marathon balls I tried a few months ago was really crappy. Less felt and wore out faster. Up until then, they were my favorite tennis balls.
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
Do I have to take the plunge and buy a full case at $134 or has anyone found a site selling them by the can? I googled and found only cases available apart from Amazon selling 3 four-ball cans for $40.
 

Papa Mango

Professional
Do I have to take the plunge and buy a full case at $134 or has anyone found a site selling them by the can? I googled and found only cases available apart from Amazon selling 3 four-ball cans for $40.
You can DM me and I can let you know can availability
 

smg

New User
I used the X1s for a match play event. They held up pretty well through 3 rounds of Fast4 pool play with 4.0 players. The four ball cans were good for extending play, I think. None of the players had used them before (most use ProPenns) but the consensus was that they liked the balls. Held their bounce well, maybe a touch lighter than ProPenns, and a lot more durable that US Opens
 

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
All the brands seem to be having problems maintaining high pressure for their premium balls compared to the past including ProPenn/Penn Tour, Wilson USO, Dunlop AO/ATP - so, balls become flatter/lower bouncing much faster and also there are more cans in each case that have low pressure from the start. This makes it harder to hit winners with a lot of RPM, makes it harder to end points and favors flatball hitters - this is the main issue that many players complained about at the AO that there was a huge difference with the balls when they were new and after a few games. The pros beat the crap out of the ball and change its performance fast within 3-5 games while at the 4.5+ rec level, we see the change happening over 8-10 games these days. In the past, premium XD balls would have good bounce at the rec level for longer before the bounce started getting lower on hard courts - maybe 15-18 games.
I am guessing that the Tecnifibre X1 XD ball holds it bounce better? I’ve been disillusioned by the lack of quality of ProPenn this year - 3-4 cans flat from the start in a case, bounce gets lower faster than the past. Why am I paying 30% more for them now than before the pandemic? I guess it is the same as paying more at restaurants while getting much worser service as seems to be the trend.
 
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mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I like balls with a lot of felt. Many balls have felt that gets ripped off by the strings too quickly.

The last can of Pro Penn marathon balls I tried a few months ago was really crappy. Less felt and wore out faster. Up until then, they were my favorite tennis balls.
i noticed the quality of the ProPenn ball changed for the worse from ~2021. The balls no longer had the liveliness nor the durability they used to have. i found the Penn Tour and US Open balls had the same drop off in quality. Dunlop Grand Prix, ATP, and AO balls along with TF X-One, Club, and Court ball quality hasn't dropped off.
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I am guessing that the Tecnifibre X1 XD ball holds it bounce better? I’ve been disillusioned by the lack of quality of ProPenn this year - 3-4 cans flat from the start in a case, bounce gets lower faster than the past. Why am I paying 30% more for them now than before the pandemic? I guess it is the same as paying more at restaurants while getting much worser service as seems to be the trend.
The TF X-One ball retains bounce much longer. The ProPenn balls aren't flat because they're still hard when squeezed but they just don't bounce. I've experienced some PP balls where they begin to bounce better after they've been hit for a bit. You can beat some life into them so to speak. :laughing:
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
Do I have to take the plunge and buy a full case at $134 or has anyone found a site selling them by the can? I googled and found only cases available apart from Amazon selling 3 four-ball cans for $40.
here's my list of good tennis balls based on recent purchases:

Dunlop Grand Prix
Tecnifibre X-One (the best imo)
Tecnifibre Court
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
The Champion balls are "ok", but a serious step down from the Court.

The court balls wear out incredibly quickly. My rep said I would be better off with Championship in my teaching carts.

Last year I bought 64 cases Pro Penn, 24 cases US Open, 12 cases Roland Garros, 12 cases TF Court, 24 cases of X1.

J
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
Seems the ProPenn balls don't bounce like they used to. They hit the court with a thud and barely bounce even when they're new.

All different sizes, some come out of the can flat, some hard as baseballs. Really sad.

I just use them in the teaching carts and I sell members TF balls so I don't have to deal with the complaints.

J
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
The court balls wear out incredibly quickly. My rep said I would be better off with Championship in my teaching carts.

Last year I bought 64 cases Pro Penn, 24 cases US Open, 12 cases Roland Garros, 12 cases TF Court, 24 cases of X1.

J
While the Court XD ball does wear out fast, the US Open XD ball wears out even faster. o_O
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
You ain't lyin.

Wilsons are good for wet clay courts because they have less felt.

Also for serving real fast.

J
with these balls , Felt wearing out isn't bad in the 2nd set. but ball starts to die and lose that bounce, in the end of 1st set. that's what makes it intolerable. it takes away big time from your serves and serves that normally don't come back starts coming back in the 2nd set which is very annoying.
so ALL USTA leagues should require a new can of ball after each set.
 
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