Differences in Tennis Balls
It’s bad enough that we have to figure out what type of tennis racquet that we like to play with, never mind the fact that there are differences in tennis balls that you have to worry about also. Growing up middle class so to speak, we didn’t worry about the differences in tennis balls. We played with whatever tennis balls we had, or whatever tennis balls we could find outside the tennis courts. The only differences in tennis balls to us were which ones we used to play tennis with and which ones we used to play street hockey with. Ah, those were the days.
Most people, even a lot of tennis players don’t know that there are differences in tennis balls. In fact, many tennis players who just play leisurely like a lot of my friends probably couldn’t even tell the difference from one tennis ball to another. After all, a tennis ball is a tennis ball right? Wrong. There are different tennis balls made for all kinds of different playing situations.
There are basically two main types of tennis balls. The differences in these tennis balls are pressurized versus pressure less. Pressurized tennis balls are filled with air or nitrogen. Pressure less tennis balls are just a solid core which has no air or nitrogen injected into it.
Pressurized tennis balls are typically cheaper at the outset but as the air slowly begins to escape from the ball so does the bounce tend to diminish. On the other hand, pressure less tennis balls don’t lose their bounce as much but the fuzzyness of the ball starts to wear off with the extended play that you will get out of them. They will outlast the pressurized balls possibly being somewhat cheaper in the long run.
Then there are extra duty and regular duty tennis balls as well. So what are the differences in tennis balls labeled extra duty versus the regular duty ones? Extra duty tennis balls are geared for rougher surfaces as they are more durable. Hard courts, asphalt courts and even grass courts do well with the extra duty tennis balls. Indoor tennis courts and clay tennis courts do quite well with the regular duty balls. There are also tennis balls specifically geared for higher altitude regions, 4000 feet above sea level, where the pressure in the ball has been adjusted specifically to bounce properly at those altitudes.
So there is a quick recap of the difference in tennis balls. Don’t let the differences in tennis balls confuse you enough so that you don’t go out and play. The key is to get out and enjoy the game of tennis. The differences in tennis balls can make a difference in your game but I would rather see you out on the courts playing than worrying about the differences in tennis balls and not playing.