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  • Writer's pictureAndor Csorvási

How to choose tennis balls

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

There are many kinds of tennis balls on the market. To chose the right one, you need to take into the consideration your playing level level, your age and surface of the court.

If you are a beginner player, try to avoid rigid balls, which bounce pretty high.

For beginners, there are four type of tennis balls:

  1. soft balls, which are used during the first lessons, at very early ages;

  2. red balls, which bounce 3/4 less then a normal ball, and are used by kids below 8 years old;

  3. orange balls, which bounce at 1/2 of a classic ball, and are perfect for kids aged between 9 and 10;

  4. green balls, which bounce at 1/4 of a normal ball, and are made for kids 11-12 year old.

Regular tennis balls, weigh 57-59 g and and have a diameter of 6.5 - 6.8cm; they bounce from 135 to 150 cm. There are many brands which offer good quality balls, like Dunlop, Slazenger, Babolat, Wilson, Head, Prince, Yonnex, Tretorn, Tecnifibre, and more. I prefer to use Babolat - red, yellow and green balls for beginner players, for recreational players I recommend Dunlop Fort or Slazenger balls, because they offer good value for money.

Should you invest in your own tennis balls?

When buying good quality balls, you're looking for two main characteristics:

  • consistency in bounce

  • durability

An adult who regularly plays tennis (let's say twice per week), would need to buy new sets of balls, after 2 - 3 training sessions, to preserve the consistency of his play.

If you haven't played for a long time, remember to open the ball can two days before the training, the ball feeling will be more friendly, not so rigid ;)

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