Like choosing what type of food to have for dinner, what beer brand to drink, or what kind of wine you like … most players have a favorite tennis ball they prefer to play with.
A Reader’s Question …
USPTA Elite Professional, Alan Anastos writes, “Which is the preferred ball of choice? Which ball is usually brought to the courts by your tennis friends? For me, it’s typically Penn or Wilson.”
“Do you and your friends exclusively use extra duty on hardcourt and regular (all court) duty on clay?”
“Fun fact: The men and women use different balls at the US Open. The men use extra duty balls and the women use regular duty Wilson US Open balls. Wait what? Regular duty is for clay, right? The US Open is hardcourt. So why does Wilson even brand a ball as such? Cha-ching! The reason the women use the regular duty variety is because they play faster than the extra duty balls, which have more felt.”
For Me …
Dunlop – Years ago, I used to swear by Dunlop Grand Prix balls. I loved the sound the made when you struck them solidly; and they lasted longer for practice balls than anything I ever found.
But I also found them hard on the arm. Seems like the thing that made them sound good and last longer also made them cause more vibration through the arm. My local Florida tennis pro used to use them as his teaching ball; but switched due to arm problems (which then went away).
Wilson – Many tournaments use these balls; but I find them livelier than I like; and they seem to fly a little off my racquet.
Penn – You can usually find “regular” Penn balls somewhere for $2.00 to $2.50 a can; and they are good balls to play with. But I have found that the slightly-more-expensive Penn ATP ball is just a little better made, has a reasonable bounce, and lasts just a little bit longer than the cheaper ball. They are tough to find in the stores; so I normally buy them online by the case (at about $3.00 a can) through Holabird Sports in Maryland.
So I guess for me, the Penn slogan is true, “The Ball Matters.”
How about YOU, what is your ball of choice?
Another Life Saved?
Jerry Ratledge writes: On the medical front, all the “heart surprises” chronicled in your blog inspired me to ask my family physician to order a battery of tests. The important coronary calcium score came back at 748, indicating a high risk of a heart attack within the next three to five years if left untreated. I’ve been referred to a cardiologist for further diagnosis and treatment. Many thanks, George, for increasing our cardiac awareness.
Experts say if you take good care of your body, it can last a lifetime!
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