Best Tennis Balls Reviews – 2018 [ Buying Guide ]

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How hectic is that to find out the best tennis balls from thousands of options available on the market?

Do you know that there are about 200 brands that are approved by International Tennis Federation (ITF)?

Each manufacturer produces three types (recreational, championship, and professional) of tennis balls. Not only that, based on the playing court, you can classify tennis balls into two categories (regular duty and extra duty).

Yes, you are reading it right. There are some classifications but don’t worry. To make your journey to a successful purchase, we have prepared this tennis balls reviews and buying guide.

After spending 15 hours of research, we first bought the balls and then tested them one by one. Finally here is the output you are going to read now. During the process, we also took the user’s opinions into our consideration.

Well, the fact is, different types of balls play a direct role in performance. Clay court balls are not usable on hard court. On the other hand, if you are a beginner then you should not use the one that is suitable for an intermediate or advanced player.

Beginners may choose pressureless balls, but in most of the cases an advanced player will never go for the pressureless option, they will go for the pressurized ball instead.

So there are some factors involved in the process of making the wise decision and then buying one the perfect tennis balls according to your need.

3 Best Tennis Balls for Practice – Pressureless Tennis Balls – Comparison

5 Top Extra Duty Tennis Balls for Hard/Green Court – Comparison

5 Top Quality Regular Duty Tennis Balls for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court – Comparison

3 Recommended Tennis Balls for High Altitude Surface

5 Top Tennis Balls for Kids of Different Ages

3 Best Tennis Balls for Practice – Pressureless Tennis Balls – Detail Reviews

1. Penn Pressureless Tennis Balls – Our Best Pick in Practice Ball Category

Durability: 5 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Ball machine/Practice/Recreational
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Perfect for individual practice and to use in the ball machine.
  • High quality felt construction.
  • Good amount of bounce.
  • Long lasting.
  • Easy to store and carry with the reusable plastic bucket.
  • No overpowering smell.
  • Affordable price.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

Penn pressureless balls can be the perfect choice for beginners. You will get 48 balls with a reusable plastic bucket with this package.

How cool is that?

Not really cool if they don’t perform well. But the good thing is they perform well during practicing, and they are ideal to be used in the ball machine.

You will sense the smooth feeling because of the high quality felt construction. What about the bounce and durability? They bounce really well and very much durable. As the balls get older they start gaining more bounce.

2. Gamma Bucket Pressureless – Our 2nd Choice in Practice Balls Category

Durability: 4.7 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.8 / 5
Suitable for: Ball machine/Practice/Recreational
Editor’s Rating: 4.6 / 5

Pros
  • A popular choice among tennis teachers, students, avid players.
  • Does not lose pressure easily.
  • Consistent.
  • Durable.
  • Easy to carry and store with a reusable poly bucket.
  • Made with double rubber core and woven felt for extra consistency.
  • Good bounce.
  • No odor.
  • Dogs like this ball too.
  • Affordable price.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

Another 48 balls bucket, but this time from Gamma. When it is about pressureless practice balls, Gamma is one of the most popular choices among the tennis teachers, students, and players. These pressureless balls do not lose pressure and bounce over time which gives you the consistency and durability.

3. Tourna Pressureless Balls – Our 3rd Choice in Practice Balls Category

Durability: 4.7 / 5
Rebound: 4.3 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Ball machine/Practice/Recreational
Editor’s Rating: 4.6 / 5

Pros
  • These balls never go dead.
  • Perfect to use in ball machine and for practicing.
  • Suitable for recreational play as well.
  • Gives the perfect amount of bounce.
  • Trouble free to store and carry.
  • Bright yellow color gives good visibility.
  • Can be a good choice for dogs, and gym.
Cons
  • Initially, you may not like the smell of the balls. But at times you will get used to it.

Detail Review

These are just perfect to use in the ball machine or for individual practice. Tourna pressureless balls are not bad for recreational playing as well. One of the main benefits you will get from these practice balls is, they never go dead. They bounce less than the pressurized balls and slows the game down for beginners which are very helpful for the hand-eye coordination. Mostly beginners will find this option very useful for learning. For practicing, any level of player may go for this.

5 Top Extra Duty Tennis Balls for Hard/Green Court – Detail Reviews

1. Wilson Championship Extra Duty – Our Top Pick for Hard/Green Court

Durability: 5 / 5
Rebound: 5 / 5
Felt: 5 / 5
Suitable for: Hard court/recreational/local tournament
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Manufactured with exclusive Duraweave Interlocking Fiber Technology, that makes this model extra durable.
  • Provides high performance.
  • Good bounce.
  • Spins easily.
  • Consistent.
  • Extra-duty felt.
  • Control with nylon wool blend.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

This is Wilson’s another great extra duty ball specially designed for hard court. Ideal for local tournaments and recreational play. These balls are manufactured with exclusive Duraweave Interlocking Fiber Technology, which makes them durable and provides excellent performance on the court.

2. Pro Penn Marathon  Extra Duty  – Our 2nd Pick for Hard/Green Court

Durability: 4.6 / 5
Rebound: 4.6 / 5
Felt: 4.6 / 5
Suitable for: Hard court/recreational/local tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.6 / 5

Pros
  • Encore Technology for longer lasting core (22% more longevity).
  • Lasts long. According to Penn’s claim, this is their longest lasting tennis balls.
  • LongPlay felt for extended play.
  • Perfect for hard court.
  • Optimal visibility ensured by Smart Optik felt.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • You may feel it a bit heavy to start with, but after playing some sets, you will get used to it.
  • A bit expensive but you will not regret after using this product.

Detail Review

As the name suggests, Pro Penn Marathon is the Penn’s longest lasting model. This model features exclusive Encore Technology for longer lasting core (22% more longevity), and LongPlay felt for extended play. Not only that, they have Smart Optik felt for optimal visibility, and they are perfect for playing on hard court. This ball is approved for USTA and ITF competitions.

3. Wilson US Open Extra Duty – Our 3rd Choice for Hard/Green Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Hard court/recreational/local tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Made with premium tex/tech industries felt.
  • Durable.
  • Provides excellent bounce.
  • You will have a professional feeling using this ball.
  • Spins easily.
  • Since 1979, Wilson has been the only official ball of the US Open.
  • Affordable to every level of players.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Some users found these balls wear easily. But from our experience, this is not true. We played six sets to find a very little recognizable change in the behavior.

Detail Review

These are made optimally for playing on hard court and made with premium tex/tech industries felt. Wilson manufactures these balls for the professional players. So no doubt, you will get professional feeling playing with this model. Beginners can use these balls too, to improve their performance.

4. Penn Championship Extra Duty – Our 4th Choice for Hard/Green Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Hard court/recreational/local tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Perfect choice to play on hard court.
  • Interlocked wool fiber composition makes the ball durable.
  • Deep elastic seams give reduced cracking.
  • Natural rubber construction ensures consistent feel and reduced shock.
  • You will get satisfactory bounce even after a month.
  • Official USTA league tennis ball.
Cons
  • Sometimes you may see an uneven bounce. But this is very rare. You can overlook this point.

Detail Review

These extra duty balls are ideal for playing on hard court. These are the official USTA league tennis balls. So you know how high the quality is.

Penn is labeling on the can that these are America’s number 1 selling tennis balls, but we can’t guarantee this claim as we did not do enough research on this topic. But like others, we also trust Penn as they are one of the dominant brands in the tennis industry.

These balls have interlocked wool fiber composition, meaning the woolen fiber interlocks the fuzz. This interlocked wool fiber composition makes them durable, while deep elastic seam offers reduced cracking.

5. Penn Pink Championship Extra Duty – Our 5th Choice for Hard/Green Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Hard court/recreational/local tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Made with premium grade wool (optic pink wool).
  • Very long lasting.
  • Have Good bounce.
  • Championship quality extra duty ball.
  • Offers same consistency and feel like other championship quality balls.
  • Easy to spot.
  • Good choice for local tournament play or recreational play.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

The pink felt looks a bit strange, but there is a great cause behind the scene? Can you guess the reason? Yes, you are right. To promote breast cancer awareness, Penn teamed up with American Cancer Society. That is why the felt is pink in color. Penn donates a portion of sales from each can to breast cancer research.

The ball is made with premium grade wool (optic pink wool) to ensure the longevity. They stay firm for weeks after opening the can. These are championship quality products, and usable for local tournaments.

5 Top Quality Regular Duty Tennis Balls for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court – Detail Reviews

1. Wilson US Open Regular Duty – Our Top Pick for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 5 / 5
Felt: 4.6 / 5
Suitable for: Clay/Soft/Indoor/recreational/ tournament
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Excellent ball for clay/soft or an indoor court.
  • Made with premium grade wool to ensure durability and consistency.
  • Provides good bounce.
  • You will have a great feeling using these balls.
  • Official ball of U.S Open since 1979.
  • Easy to spot.
  • Affordable price.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Not a good option for hard court.

Detail Review

Wilson US Open Regular Tennis Balls are the long lasting balls made with high-quality premium grade wool. These are the official tennis balls of U.S Open. Excellent playability and consistency made the Wilson one of the best brand in the tennis industry. Let’s have a look into some of the features, pros, and cons of this model.

2. Wilson Championship Regular Duty – Our 2nd Pick for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4.6 / 5
Felt: 4.6 / 5
Suitable for: Clay/Soft/Indoor/recreational/ tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.6 / 5

Pros
  • Perfect for clay/soft court and indoor court.
  • Duraweave felt ensures durability, consistency, and performance.
  • The Right amount of bounce.
  • Regular duty felt.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Not good for hard or green court.

Detail Review

Another excellent choice to play on clay/soft courts. When it is about playing on a clay court, Wilson and Penn are the top two brands you can rely on, and forget about the rest. This model features Duraweave felt that provides durability and consistency.

3. Penn Championship Regular Duty – Our 3rd Choice for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Clay/Soft/Indoor/recreational/ tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Best for clay/soft or an indoor court.
  • Consistent.
  • Interlocked wool fiber confirms longer wear.
  • Deep elastic seam reduces cracking.
  • Features natural rubber for reduced shock and reliable feel.
  • This is the official ball of the USTA league tennis.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Not a perfect choice for hard court and green court.

Detail Review

This is a very popular option for playing on clay/soft court or an indoor court. This regular duty ball is claimed to be America’s number 1 selling ball by Penn. The interlocked wool fiber confirms longer wear, and deep elastic seam reduces cracking.

4. Pro Penn Marathon Regular Duty – Our 4th Choice for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court

Durability: 5 / 5
Rebound: 4 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Clay/Soft/Indoor/recreational/ tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Ideal for clay/soft court and indoor court.
  • Encode Technology provides 22% longer lasting core.
  • Smart Optik Felt Technology gives maximum visibility.
  • LongPlay felt ensures durability.
  • Good bounce.
  • Spins easily.
  • Excellent feeling.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
  • Number one choice among USPTA teaching professionals.
Cons
  • Not ideal for hard or green court.

Detail Review

Pro Penn Marathon is the longest lasting tennis ball from Penn, ideal for clay/soft and indoor court. Several modern technologies have been implemented in this model including Encore Technology, Smart Optik Felt Technology, and LongPlay felt.

Encore Technology provides 22% longer lasting core. Smart Optik Felt Technology gives maximum visibility, and LongPlay felt ensures the durability.

5. Penn ATP Regular Duty – Our 4th Choice for Clay/Soft/Indoor Court

Durability: 4.5 / 5
Rebound: 4 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: Clay/Soft/Indoor/recreational/ tournament
Editor’s Rating: 4.4 / 5

Pros
  • Good for clay/soft court.
  • Smart Optik felt that increases the visibility by 19% than any standard ball.
  • Tournament grade felt and technical grade rubber core to provide the precise bounce.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Not a good choice for the hard court.
  • You may find these balls too light.

Detail Review

Penn ATP regular duty is the updated version of the Penn ATP World Tour regular duty tennis balls. This the official ball of ATP Masters Series. To ensure precise bounce, it features tournament-grade felt and technical grade rubber core. Smart Optik felt increases 19% visibility than standard balls.

3 Recommended Tennis Balls for High Altitude Surface – Detail Reviews

1. Wilson Championship – Our Best Pick for High Altitude Surface

Durability: 4.6 / 5
Rebound: 6 / 5
Felt: 5 / 5
Suitable for: High altitude – all court
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Suitable for all types of courts.
  • Made with Wilson’s Duraweave felt.
  • Provides great playability and consistency.
  • Perfect bounce for playing on high altitude court at an elevation of 3500 feet or higher.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • You may feel too much pressure from the ball.

Detail Review

If you have already read our previous reviews on Wilson Championship balls, then you already know these are made with exclusive Duraweave interlocking fiber technology. Duraweave felt gives playability and consistency, that will give both you and your opponent a great feeling on the court. The high altitude core makes the ball perfect for playing on courts above 3500 feet or higher.

2. Wilson US Open – Our 2nd Choice for High Altitude Surface

Durability: 5 / 5
Rebound: 4.8 / 5
Felt: 4.7 / 5
Suitable for: High altitude – all court
Editor’s Rating: 4.8 / 5

Pros
  • Suitable for all courts.
  • Made with high-quality premium grade wool.
  • Consistent, durable.
  • High altitude core for best performance on 3500 feet or higher.
  • Perfect for both practice, and competitive matches.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

Like every other Wilson US Open balls, this ball is also made with premium grade felt for consistency, durability, and playability. Every level of player finds this ball as a good option to play with on high altitude court.

3. Penn Championship XD – Our 3rd Choice for High Altitude Surface

Durability: 5 / 5
Rebound: 4.5 / 5
Felt: 4.5 / 5
Suitable for: High altitude – all court
Editor’s Rating: 4.5 / 5

Pros
  • Perfect to play on a court that is 3500 feet or higher.
  • Extra-duty felt.
  • High altitude core for added performance.
  • Natural rubber for reduced shocking.
  • Interlocked wool fiber for longer wear.
  • Deep elastic seam help to reduce cracking.
  • Good amount of bounce.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

These are specially made to play on high altitude court at an elevation of 3500 feet and higher. Besides every other feature that a Penn championship extra duty ball provides, this one has the high altitude core for added performance.

5 Top Tennis Balls for Kids of Different Ages – Detail Reviews

Penn QST 36 Foam Red Tennis Balls – Stage 3 – Age Range:5-8 years

Age Level: 5-8 years
Type: Stage 3 – Foam
Speciality: Low bounce, larger diameter
Suitable for: 36 ft court
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Foam ball. Popular among kids because of the soft feeling and color combination.
  • Ideal for kids ages 5 to 8 years.
  • Recommended to play on 36 ft court, short court, driveway.
  • Low bounce to make the life easy for the kids.
  • Large diameter to make it perfectly visible, and easier to hit.
  • People buy this model for their dogs too.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
Cons
  • Less durable than standard construction balls.

Detail Review

Stage 3 balls are categorized into two types. Standard construction, and foam. Penn QST is a foam ball. Your kid may like the color combination and soft feeling of this model. The size of this model is larger, hence easy to see and hit. Many people buy this model for their dogs too.

Le Petit Kids Tennis Balls-Stage 3 Standard Construction-Age:5-8 years

Age Level: 5-8 years
Type: Stage 3- Standard construction
Speciality: Large size, low bounce, good color combination
Suitable for: 36 ft court
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Designed for ages 5 to 8 years.
  • Ideal to play on 36 ft court, short court or driveway.
  • USTA and ITF approved.
  • The combination of yellow and red color can be pleasant to the eyes for the kids.
  • A bit large in size and the bounce is low, which is exactly what your kids will like to have.
  • Easy to hit.
Cons
  • None.

Detail Review

This is a stage 3 ball. Between the two types of stage 3, this is the standard construction version. Like other stage 3 balls, this is also designed especially for ages 5 to 8 years. A perfect option to play on 36 ft court.

Wilson US Open Orange Balls – Stage 2

Age Level: 8-10 years
Type: Stage 2
Speciality: 50% slower than standard balls, soft, good color combination
Suitable for: 60 ft court
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Designed for ages 8 to 10 years.
  • Ideal to play on 60 ft court.
  • 75mm felt surface, and Dimension is 2.60 x 6.20 x 3.50 inches (L x W x H).
  • USTA and ITF approved.
  • Low compression balls, and 50% slower than standard balls. The slowness gives the player enough time to prepare the hit.
  • Children like the softness and color of this model.
Cons
  • The bounce of the ball is very low. Sometimes you may feel frustrated because of the very low bounce.

Detail Review

This is a stage 2 ball and a perfect choice for ages 8 to 10. As this is a stage 2 ball, so they are ideal to play on 60 ft court. So here are some key features and benefits of this model.

Wilson US Open Tournament Tennis Balls – Stage 1

Age Level: 10-12 years
Type: Stage 1
Speciality: 25% lower bounce than standard balls
Suitable for: 78 ft court
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Designed for ages 10 to 12 years.
  • Perfect for an adult who is about to learn the game or just started learning.
  • This model is perfect for 78 ft court, driveways, and playground.
  • The bounce is 25% lower than standard balls.
  • Easy to hit.
  • Pressurized green felt.
Cons
  • A bit more bouncy than other stage 1 options.

Detail Review

Stage 1 balls are recommended for boy or girls aging 10 years or above, but perfect for the age range of 10-12 years. Not only that, this is an ideal choice for an adult who is about to learn the game, or just started learning.

Gamma Sports Kids Training (Transition) Balls

Age Level: Variation available
Type: Options available for all Stage 3, stage 2, stage 1
Speciality: Variation available
Suitable for: Variation available
Editor’s Rating: 5 / 5

Pros
  • Gamma maintains good quality like other brands such as Wilson, Penn, or Dunlop but the price is lower compared to other brands.
  • Have a bit higher bounce than their counterparts of other brands.
  • These are soft and have low bounce compared to standard balls which help a new learner to learn the game with comfort.
  • Bigger in size compared to their standard counterparts, hence easier to hit.
Cons
  • Less re-usable than other brands.

Detail Review

These are the most popular choice among the kids. You can buy either stage 3 quick (red) dot balls (for 5 – 8 years children), or stage 2 orange dot (for 8-10 years kids), or stage 1 green dot balls (for 9 – 12 years kids and adult who has just started learning). All of these types have a good reputation, and they are popular among the respective age groups. Usually, Gamma kids balls are a bit more bouncy than their counterparts of other brands. But the bounce is easily manageable.

If you are not sure yet about the general characteristics of stage 3, stage 2, and stage 1 balls then make sure to click here to learn about them first.

Tennis Ball Buying Guide

What are the three types of tennis balls that are categorized by major brands?

Well, neither the technology is sitting idle nor the different brands in the tennis industry. As a result, this industry is evolving and becoming smarter day by day to serve different purposes.

The manufacturers divide the balls into three categories based on the quality level. i) Recreational level ii) Championship level iii) Professional level.

Recreational Level

Recreational balls are perfect for practice, and to be used in a ball machine. Particularly in the tennis camps.

If you have just started playing tennis, you can go for this level as the price is comparatively lower than other levels of balls. These are not usable in any tournament or league match.

They produce bounce from their outer rubber shell surface. Here is the interesting part; as the outer surface begins to fade, they start gaining more bounce.

Championship Level

Championship level ball is a step up in the category compared to recreational level. They are usually less expensive than their professional level counterpart.

This type is allowed to be used in the league and small tournaments, or you can say in local tournaments. Based on the playing court a championship level ball can be of regular duty, or extra duty, or high altitude ones.

Championship level balls bring satisfaction to the intermediate players mostly, but beginners also will not face any problem. An advanced player may not want to spend money on this type.

Professional Level

Professional level balls are the highest quality ones among these three levels. Professional players use these balls for the major tournaments. Especially in tournaments like Wimbledon and Australian Open.

Like championship balls, these are also produced to serve the purpose of regular duty, extra duty or high altitude.

No wonder these are good for power, and spin. They have a proper amount of bounce as well. The only problem of professional level balls is that the life span is shorter than other levels.

In Summary

  • Recreational level ones are the right choice for practice or recreational play, and perfect for using in a ball machine. They are also used to train the players in the tennis camp but not in any tournament or league match.
  • Championship level ones are used in local tournaments or leagues.
  • Professional level balls are used in the major tournaments, particularly in tournaments like Wimbledon and Australian Open.

Classification Based on the Playing Court

One question for you.

Name some types of courts we usually play on.

Yes, you are thinking right. We play on a clay court, indoor court, green court, carpet court and hard court.

Is not it great that you can get tennis balls in different types to make your game perfect based on the different courts?

Let’s have a look at the two types of balls based on different court types.

Regular Duty

If you are looking for your best little buddy that are suitable for clay court and the indoor court then regular duty balls should be your best choice.

Naturally, clay court slows down the speed of the ball and reduces the skid. On the other hand, the ball absorbs more clay in clay courts due to extra slides. But if you use regular duty types then they will not consume clay and will help to make the best shot.

How? They have less fluff, and thinner felt that is woven tightly around the core. That means the clay court is not able to penetrate the felt and hence not able to cause the ball to puff up.

Extra Duty

Extra duty balls are usable for both hard court and green court. These are higher quality balls than the regular duty ones.

Due to the nature of the hard court, you need a durable solution that does not wear down too fast and also a heavier one. That is why extra duty balls are the best choice to serve this purpose.

They have the thick felt, made out of high nylon content mixed wool, that is woven on the core. As the felt is woven instead of tightening around the core, that is why the extra duty balls perform longer and better.

In Summary

  • Regular duty balls have thinner felt that is woven tightly around the core. That is why they are perfect for playing on the clay court and indoor court.
  • Extra duty balls have thicker felt that is woven loosely around the core. That is why they are ideal for playing on hard court, and green court.

What are the pressureless and pressurized balls?

This is another factor that you will want to keep in your mind while choosing the best tennis balls based on your need. Let’s know what does a pressureless ball and a pressurized ball mean.

Pressureless Tennis Balls

The beginners often use this type of balls. These are the best choice for recreational playing, to be used in the ball machine, and for practicing. They last long and they don’t lose bounce over the time. In fact, they start gaining bounce as the felt begins to fade.

As these balls last long, that is why they are favorite among the players who do not want to spend money frequently to buy a new one. In other words, they are mostly used by the casual players.

They have harder and thicker outer shell than their pressurized counterparts. That is why you may feel it heavier while hitting them, which some people don’t like.

Pressureless balls are mostly used in Europe while US-based players prefer pressurized ball.

Pressurized Tennis Balls

Pressurized balls are used by the professional players in the tournaments and league matches. These are the ones that you find in a can. The core of the ball is filled with compressed air or nitrogen. The cans also have air pressures inside which keeps the balls from going dead.

Some people use the pressurized balls and keep them in the bag for long, which is not wise action at all. The ball will start causing problems and losing bounce if you keep them outside of the can for too long. As soon as you remove them from can, their decay process starts.

This type balls bounce (because of internal air) higher than their pressureless counterparts, and also able to generate more spin, but their lifespan is very short. A study found that the lifetime of this type is mostly two weeks and they can be used for a single game only.

If you are seeking quality, bounce, and spin over anything and buying a new one frequently is not a problem for you, then you should go for this type.

Classification Based On Your Kids Age

Now comes another interesting part. Thanks to International Tennis Federation (ITF) for introducing the different level of kids friendly balls respective to the court size and based on child’s age level. These are especially for slower play which is very helpful for the learners.

Let’s get some knowledge about them.

Stage 3 Balls (Red)

Stage 3 balls are designed for the kids aged in the range of 5-8 years and are allowed to play on the 36-foot court. Compared to a standard ball, these tend to bounce much lower, which should be the case because the bounce should be within reach of the kids. These are also much slower to hit, larger in size and softer in comparison to the standard yellow ones.

Stage 3 balls can be categorized into two types. i) Standard construction ii) Cut/molded foam.

Standard Construction

The size of the standard construction ones ranges from 7 to 8 cm (2.76 to 3.15 inches), and the weight varies between 1.270 to 1.728 ounces (36.0 to 49.0 grams).

The rebound height varies between 90 to 105 cm (35 to 41 inches).

Cut/Molded Foam

On the other hand, the size of the foam balls ranges from 8 to 9 cm (3.15 to 3.54 inches), and the weight varies between 0.882-1.517 ounces (25.0 to 43.0 grams). The rebound height ranges from 85 to 105 cm (33 to 41 inches).

Stage 2 Balls (Orange)

These are specially designed for the kids ranging from 8-10 years of age and are allowed to play on 60-foot court format. These do not bounce as high as a standard ball. They are softer, slower, and easier to hit.

The size ranges from 6.00 to 6.86 cm (2.36 to 2.70 inches), and the weight varies between 1.270 to 1.728 ounces (36.0 to 46.9 grams). The rebound height varies between 105 to 120 cm (41 to 47 inches).

Stage 1 Balls (Green)

Stage 1 balls are designed for the kids ranging from 9 to 12 years of age. These are typically played on 78-foot court format. The bounce is lower than the standard yellow balls. These are the slower, softer, and easier to hit option. But they have the same size of standard yellow ones.

The size ranges from 6.30 to 6.86 cm (2.48 to 2.70 inches), and the weight ranges from 1.658 to 1.817 ounces (47.0 to 51.5 grams). The rebound height varies between 120 to 135 cm (47 to 53 inches).

High Altitude Tennis Balls

If you want to play on high altitude courts, then you should use the balls that are specially made for playing on high altitude courts. The ITF considers 4000 feet or more as high altitude. If you play with the pressurized ball on high altitude, it will travel a lot faster and bounce much higher which is obviously a problem for all level of players. To solve this problem different brands are manufacturing tennis balls that are entirely suitable on high altitude courts.

Conclusion

We tried to give you knowledge, and guidelines on various kinds of tennis balls. We covered every aspect of considerations that are essential to make a wise decision to purchase one of the best tennis balls from our list. As you have already noticed that we have touched every kind including practice, kids, extra duty, regular duty, pressurized, pressureless, and high altitude court balls. We hope, now you will find it easy to make a decision from our extensive tennis balls reviews guide.

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Like we helped you to familiar with the top tennis balls, we also have a comprehensive buying guide, and top picks on the recommended tennis racquets for beginners to advanced players. You may find that article a helpful one as well if you are planning to buy a tennis racquet in near future.

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