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Best Tennis Balls for On-The-Court Action

DATE POSTED:June 9, 2021
Let us help you find the right tennis balls for your level of engagement.
Let us help you find the right tennis balls for your level of engagement. (Pixabay/)

Tennis is a popular sport that has spanned the centuries. The first match was volleyed all the way back in the 1500s among European royalty. We still love it today whether royalty or regular citizen. Tennis took off to new levels in the 1960s when major championships were opened to professionals and amateurs. The onset of TV coverage in the 1970s caused its popularity to further soar. It can become your personal sport of choice too. Let’s start with finding the right tennis balls.

These are best suited for hard surfaces, but you can play with them on all indoor and outdoor surfaces.
These are best suited for hard surfaces, but you can play with them on all indoor and outdoor surfaces. (Penn/)

It’s the official ball of the United States Tennis Association because of the quality. Suited for hard courts, but used on indoor and clay courts as well, these tennis balls are covered with heavy-duty felt. This helps them stay dynamic for set after set. They make a high-altitude ball, too, which is all tournament quality. Do you know who has the fastest serve in tennis? It’s 6 foot 10 John Robert Isner, who smashed a serve at just over 157 miles per hour! So how about grabbing a fresh can of these for your next game?

Buy: Penn Championship Tennis Balls

Built with an exclusive Duraweave felt, these are USTA and ITF approved, so they'll work just fine for a neighborhood game as well.
Built with an exclusive Duraweave felt, these are USTA and ITF approved, so they'll work just fine for a neighborhood game as well. (Wilson/)

Playing on grass, clay court, or traditional hard surface? These Wilson balls are great for all types. The surface is crafted with a special kind of felt that gives them durability, so when you take the lid off the can, grab that top ball and bounce it, it’s still nice and springy. You’ll find this with the Wilson tennis balls even when you don’t remember the last time you played. Do you know why a zero score in tennis is called “love?” There are guesses the word “love” comes from a distortion of the French word for egg “l’oeuf,” because a zero is shaped like an egg, and a zero is sometimes called a goose egg. “L’oeuf” was mispronounced by non-French speakers to eventually sound like “love.” Hopefully, these balls will deliver your opponents many scores of “love” in future sets.

Buy: Wilson Prime All Court Tennis Balls

For lessons or for use with a machine, these can be stored in a bag instead of a can.
For lessons or for use with a machine, these can be stored in a bag instead of a can. (Gamma/)

Pressureless balls keep the same bounce and consistency through many trips over the net or over the fence. If you’re coaching or teaching one of the most classic court games, or just throwing balls to exercise your pet, this bag of balls is a great choice. They’re also a good option to use if you’re practicing with tennis ball machines. We chose yellow, but they come in orange, blue, or pink as well. Another perk of pressureless tennis balls is that you can play them on all court types. There’s no hassle opening cans with those sharp edges either because these come in a handy tennis ball bag.

Buy: Gamma Bag of Pressureless Tennis Balls

An easy way to learn the sport is to see how the ball rotates, which is why these two-tone balls are great for coaching and teaching kids.
An easy way to learn the sport is to see how the ball rotates, which is why these two-tone balls are great for coaching and teaching kids. (Penn/)

The red and yellow designs on these youth tennis balls are great for training young tennis players to track the motion of their shots. With these 36 balls, your child can see their backspin while learning to cover a 36-foot court. Fun fact: we’re thankful we can play tennis nowadays with suitable shoes and comfortable clothing. Did you know in 1877 when the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament started, the women wore long dresses? We think they probably didn’t rush the net much back then.

Buy: Penn QST 36 Tennis Balls

You may not land in the Olympics, but you can set yourself up for success with these USTA-approved tennis balls.
You may not land in the Olympics, but you can set yourself up for success with these USTA-approved tennis balls. (Green Dot/)

Once you start using these, you’ll notice they’ll give you an extra spring in your step. Not pressurized to a high level, the green dot on the balls lets you know that they’re pressurized to achieve a livelier bounce. This allows them to have a longer playing life than other tennis balls. With 50 balls in the zippered bag, you can cover the court with a lot of practice balls before collecting them for the next round. Did you know that Venus and Serena Williams were the first sisters to both win Gold Medals in the Olympics? That’s a lot of practice time.

Buy: Tourna Pressurized Green Dot Tennis Balls