Tennis balls can be quite pragmatic. There’s so much you can do with them. You can play cricket, give it to your dog to chew on, play catch and lastly, of course play Tennis. Although a lot of tennis balls may appear the same, there are myriad categories in which they vary. Let’s find out how and why to discover the best tennis ball for you.
Pressurized vs. Non Pressurized
The most basic differentiating factor in Tennis Balls is the internal pressure of the ball.
A non-pressurized Tennis ball is the one that has no artificially induced internal pressure which bounces and is rigid from the outer fuzzy surface know as Felt. The easiest way to identify these balls is to look at the packaging. These balls are generally sold either loose or in non-pressurized packs. These balls are soft to touch and can be effortlessly squeezed. The major advantages of non-pressurized balls are longevity and durability. They do not get softer over time and retain their shapes while giving a consistent bounce. Check out some of the different types of non-pressurized balls.
The most basic ball in the Tennis ball range is the one that has all the abilities to be your perfect practice partner. If you’re a beginner or an intermediate/advanced player looking for a bucket full of balls to practice your serves or a session of hand feeding, TB800 is the one.
The TB120 has a very similar function to the TB800 except this one is more suited for kids above the age of 9 years. It is subsequently softer than the former Tennis ball and comes with a Green dot on it which makes it easy to identify. When a Tennis ball is softer, it automatically translates to lower bounce. The soft feel, low bounce and light weight make it a safe and easy option for junior beginners to use for exploring the sport of Tennis.
You probably have guessed what this ball does based on the flow. TB100is the ball for your little ones when they are hitting their first forehands. This is the softest ball in the range and guarantees the safety of your child. The Tennis ball also comes with a red strip that makes it easy for the child to spot and is bigger in size than the other Tennis balls thereby aiding the vision of the new Tennis player.
Pressurized balls are Tennis balls that are induced with an internal pressure and packed in a pressurized can. The way to identify them is to check for an aluminium seal on top of the can (similar to the can of your favourite aerated drink). These balls are used by intermediate/advanced players for drills, rallies and also competitive matches. Pressurized balls are the choice of professional tennis players and are used in all tournaments including Grand slams.
Pressurized Tennis balls give three advantages over non-pressurized balls
The first in the list of Pressurized Tennis balls, the TB530 is the perfect practice companion for intermediate players who are looking for a durable Tennis ball with lots of spin and bounce. It can also be used by players who have been using the TB800 looking for an upgrade on speed, spin and bounce. For advanced players, this ball is not recommended since the ball is not built for very high swing speeds and spins.
The Tennis ball of choice for the Moselle Open, TB920 is designed for the players that are at the top of their game and want maximum performance from their Tennis ball. This Tennis ball is my personal favourite and is my constant partner during all my training sessions. As compared to the TB530, this ball has a higher bounce, speed and spin and is a lot more durable. A higher percentage of natural Felt makes this ball last very long and is suitable to play matches at all levels. If the pros trust it, who are we to question its quality!
The Tennis ball is designed to last! Do you play on one of those courts that are apparently a clay court but you can’t really see much clay on it? Do you play on a court that should be a hard court but is actually cement? Or do you play on a court with a lot of inconsistencies? Then this is the ball for you. The highest amount of natural Felt ensures this Tennis ball never goes bald and keeps it bounce, speed and spin constant throughout rigorous sessions. My personal preference in its usage is on clay courts as it slows down upon impact with the court, thereby providing a much better pure clay court experience. But you can use it as you feel fit.
Choosing the right Tennis ball is as important as choosing the right Tennis Racket or Tennis shoe. It can single-handedly alter your Tennis experience and help you achieve your Tennis dreams.