First things first – if you are in a tournament or league that serious, you should always use new balls.  That is a given.  However, what about your practice balls?

Tennis balls are probably the most affordable things that you need to play your favorite game, but you might still want to make your balls last as long as possible. Buying new balls when you need them can help you enjoy a better game, however, so it’s best to replace your balls as necessary. Luckily, looking for a few things will help you determine when to trade out your old tennis balls for new ones.

Lack of Bounce

When your tennis balls don’t seem to bounce like they used to, it’s probably time for a new set. You can try bouncing them on the court and comparing them to a newer ball to get an idea of the difference. Once your balls stop bouncing like they should on the court, however, you can still use them for practice; when they get a little bit older, they often still bounce well on the wall.

Lack of “Fuzz”

The fuzz on the outside of a tennis ball is there for a reason, and once it begins to fade away, it’s time for a new set. Take a look at your tennis balls, and consider swapping them out when they don’t seem to be very fuzzy.

Excess Dirt and Grime

Although tennis balls can still work well when they’re dirt, dirt and grime can affect their bounce at times. Plus, overly dirty balls can be difficult to clean, and they can get other things in your tennis bag dirty. Once your balls become really dirty, it’s often best to give them to the neighborhood dog so that you can replace them.

Flat Feeling

When you squeeze your tennis balls, you can generally tell if they are flat or not. Carefully squeeze them in your hands, and consider swapping them out for some that are fully inflated.

They’re Overly Cheap

Although it might not seem like there is anything wrong with practicing with cheap balls, they often don’t work as well as the higher-quality ones and can affect your game. If you have really cheap balls, it’s not a bad idea to invest in better ones so that you can enjoy a better game.

There is no reason to play with low-quality, old or overly-worn balls when there are plenty of high-quality and affordable options out there. If you have noticed any of the above-mentioned things about your tennis balls, now is probably the time to buy a new tube or two to play with.

About The Author

Ron has started several businesses around technology and communications. He founded the WorldWide Tennis Association to use his technical skills to improve tennis players ability globally to compete, get ranking and have fun without unnecessary barriers.