TENNIS BALLS

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Using our decades of experience of playing on different surfaces and in varying conditions we have carefully hand picked an exclusive range of tennis balls that, in our opinion, offer the best combination of durability, playability and value.

 

We have grouped them according to the surfaces that we recommend using them on and scored each of their characteristics on a rising scale from 1-5 (low-high) using the following categories:

  • WEIGHT - How heavy the ball feels on your strings when hitting a well centred stroke.

  • SPEED - How quickly the ball travels through the air and away from the bounce.

  • BOUNCE - A combination of how lively and predictable the bounce is.

  • GRIP - How easy it is to apply spin to the ball and how well it translates into ball movement through the air and off the court.

  • WEAVE - The quality and tightness of the felt and how well the ball resists "fluffing up" with repeated use.

  • LIFE - How long the ball will remain in a good playing condition when used in normal weather conditions.

 HARD COURTS 

For training, practice and general play we suggest ...

 

The WILSON CHAMPIONSHIP ball

One of the heaviest but most rewarding tennis balls to play with. Once warmed up this ball is fast and highly reactive. The highly energetic bounce will benefit players that have excellent feel and love to hit hard and fast using plenty of spin for control. Don't try drop shots with this one though... it'll sit up and beg to be spanked! The tight weave and thicker internal rubber that give this ball its weight also give it a satisfying and weighty thump in the strings as well as a very long life. It maintains good pressure for upwards of 10 hours and will comfortably last 4 or more matches. Excellent value and recommended for advanced players!

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 Weight: 4.5          Speed: 4.5          Bounce: 4.5          Grip: 3.5          Weave: 4.5         Life: 4.5 

For full-on competitive match play we suggest ...

 

The WILSON US OPEN ball

We absolutely love this ball!

 

It's heavy enough to fill the strings and it sits in them for a satisfyingly long time. The medium fast pace through the air and high responsiveness to spin makes it great for fast accurate play. The bounce is lively but predictable and really rewards players that enjoy using spins to make the ball move around during its air time and off the ground. It does "Fluff up" quite quickly which will slow its movement through the air but this doesn't appear to drastically reduce its lifespan. In fact it should still last for 2 - 3 matches.

 Weight: 4          Speed: 4          Bounce: 3.5          Grip: 4.5          Weave: 3.5          Life: 3.5 

 GRASS and CARPET COURTS 

For training, practice and general play we suggest ...

 

The HEAD TOUR ball

1 x Tube (4 balls) = £9.00 (including delivery)

3 x Tube (12 balls) = £21.00 (including delivery)

A heavy ball that has a noticeably cushioned feel on the strings. The thick weave offers decent grip and access to spin but does allow for a large amount of "Fluffing Up" which slows the ball through the air. The medium speed combines well with the energetic bounce to allow players to construct points the way they prefer - powerful and fast or steady and grindy. The ball holds its pressure well a should comfortably last for a couple of matches but is slightly let down by the drop in performance due to the "Fluffing Up".

 Weight: 4.5          Speed: 3.5          Bounce: 4          Grip: 3.5          Weave: 3          Life: 3 

For full-on competitive match play we suggest ...

 

The SLAZENGER WIMBLEDON ball

1 x Tube (4 balls) = £9.00 (including delivery)

3 x Tube (12 balls) = £21.00 (including delivery)

One of the smaller and lighter balls available. This one compresses well against the strings allowing for high levels of grip and spin production. It is moderately lively and predictable on the bounce making control relatively easy. Due to its fairly loose weave "Fluffing up" occurs quickly especially when used by heavy spin players. Designed for use at the Championships the lifespan of this ball is shorter than most, in truth, we found that the pressure drops noticeably after just a couple of hours of hard play so we don't recommend using it for more than a match or two at the most.

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 Weight: 3          Speed: 4          Bounce: 3          Grip: 4          Weave: 2.5          Life: 2.5 

 RED CLAY COURTS 

For training, practice and general play we suggest ...

 

The WILSON ROLAND GARROS OFFICIAL ball

1 x Tube (4 balls) = £9.50 (including delivery)

3 x Tube (12 balls) = £22.00 (including delivery)

Newly designed for 2020 this medium heavy ball plays a little slower than other specialist clay court balls. The tight weave resists "Fluffing up" well and the heavier duty internal rubber offers good durability. The downside of these attributes is a less reactive bounce and reduced grip levels. Despite this, there is a nice solid feel in the strings and it will react as it should to whatever spin you apply.

 Weight: 3.5          Speed: 3.5          Bounce: 3          Grip: 3.5          Weave: 4          Life: 4.5 

For full-on competitive match play we suggest ...

 

The TECHNIFIBRE X-ONE ball

1 x Tube (4 balls) = £12.00 (including delivery)

3 x Tube (12 balls) = £27.00 (including delivery)

Quite a light ball with a tight weave means its fast through the air and very reactive. Grip levels are high but it will feel surprisingly hard in your strings. It has good resistance to "Fluffing up" and excellent durability. Be aware that good control will require medium to high levels of spin as it has a very lively bounce and its definitely not a ball for players who prefer flatter strikes.

 Weight: 3          Speed: 4          Bounce: 4.5          Grip: 4          Weave: 4          Life: 3.5 

 ARTIFICIAL GRASS COURTS 

We suggest buying the cheapest ball you can find as this surface deadens ALL spins and bounces so individual ball characteristics are irrelevant.