My son is about to progress from mini orange balls to mini green balls, due to his LTA age group and the recommended ball speed he should be using. Most of the time he uses green or orange, and these are essentially softer and don't come off the racket or ground with as much ferocity or pace as standard tennis balls do. His tennis coach has said that practicing with yellow balls (regular balls) is okay but he mustn't reach too high or it'll give him shoulder problems, but that using a really good quality ball is paramount for consistency.
He was given some Head balls as a present recently by one of our friends who knows he's into his tennis, and although we tend to practice with the balls that are at the tennis club, on the rare occasions the clubhouse isn't open, we'll use whatever we have. These balls make such a difference because of the quality - beforehand we've had whatever tennis balls we've got hold of, usually some cheaper ones, knowing that there will always be balls available at the club. What a difference these Head balls make though - the consistency is reliable, and the way they're designed really makes a difference.
It's all in the design of the contours of the ball. Essentially, two semispheres of vulcanised rubber are fused together with air pumped into the middle of them, and this is what gives the ball its bounce. These Head balls maintain their bounce, and we've been practicing with our son stood far back so he can take the ball at the right height. For my wife and I playing though, taking these balls at the right height for us, which is ideally at the top of the bounce, they work really well and feel really good when you hit them.
I'm not going to pretend I completely understand the science behind creating a tennis ball, but I do know the difference between bog standard balls that we have used and then using these ones. Our son would still prefer to use green or orange balls until he's big and old enough to use full yellow balls, and as the clubhouse is usually open this is fine, but my wife and I are able to take full advantage of the duration of these balls. We play quite a lot of tennis, and it's nice to feel reassured that the ball isn't going to split after a couple of hours of bashing it around the court.
You get two packs of 3 here, and while the price of just under £7 may seem a lot, the balls are kept in a sealed container until they're ready to be used, and this container will extend their lifetime as well. I guess you can also feel reassured that they are Head balls, equipment from a reputable company rarely going to let you down. They put money into the science and technology of creating products such as this, and this kind of has to be reflected in the price.
It's worth spending that little bit extra to know that the balls will last longer and you're getting quality and consistency out of them. You may find like we did that by talking to your local tennis club that you may be able to find products such as this at a much cheaper rate, but if you don't have this liaison, then you could do a lot worse than spending around the £7 mark on a set of really quality balls.
I play tennis once every two or three weeks, depending when the court is free and when my friend is free. I am a half decent player (against other half decent players) until it comes to serving! I can return anything and am reasonably proficient at a drop shot but serving really lets me down. I deciding to purchase a racket and some balls as the ones at the tennis court I go to are terrible. They have been used for the last 500 years by the look of them.
I picked up these tennis balls for £1 for a pack of three. Not a bad price and the fact that I only play every few weeks means I shouldn't need to replace them for quite a while. Combine this with a new tennis racket and I invested around £25.
The bounce is good and I have found that either the racket, the balls or a mix of the two have helped my game. I find myself running less and making the ball do most of the work. You can really give these balls some hammer. Making a clean connection with the tennis ball gives a great noise and a "bouncy thud".
They are bright yellow which is expected and so far haven't faded and look like new. I play indoors so this may have something to do with it, but they have had around 5 or 6 hours of tennis and look spotless.
The container they come in feels sturdy and I still carry the balls around in it to stop them from rolling around. I think the fact that these tennis balls were only £1, perform brilliantly and come with a tube to carry them in, is astounding.
For £1 I really can't complain. You get three balls that are all fluffy. I am sure after time they will fade but after 5 games, all the balls are still in perfect condition. I never really thought that the balls can make that much difference in tennis, but compared to the dull, non-bouncy balls that the court owners provide, these have improved both mine and my friends game and we are finding much more enjoyable.
When I need to replace my balls, I will look at buying this brand again.
I used to play tennis quite regularly a few years ago and decided to buy a new racket and a few tennis balls since they are pretty useful to have if your going to play this sport!
They arrived quite quickly and i'd ordered 3 tubes, and i have to say i was impressed, they were much better than the ones i had previously used at my old tennis club as these seemed to almost glide over the net as they appeared to travel faster and further.
I got about 4-5 hours of peak performance out of them however i will still use all of them as i'm not really that fussy about the quality of them after a few hours of use of out them and once they are a bit battered they are great to give to children to play and throw with. Even after this i'm sure they would also make a great dog toy to throw about with them and this may discourage any puppies from chewing shoes if they have these as a replacement.
They bounce well and haven't split on me yet. Pricing was good however i do feel they could be better, however saying this i recently say on Amazon that a pack of 3 tubes of Head tennis balls was i think £8.99? Wish i'd of seen that earlier!
Great balls (Careful) bounce well and are still going to good use for a knock about with my friends and family. Would definitely buy these if your looking about for any. Much better than any Poundland 'Professional' Ones!
These Head tennis balls are made from two half-spheres of vulcanised rubber, sealed together and filled with air. This helps make deformation of the ball consistent, resulting in buoyancy and general bounciness. Making the felt cover that encloses it bright yellow, makes it easier to see. Particularly when it's howling towards you in excess of ninety miles an hour. There are all sorts of colours available, but bright yellow is regulation standard.
If, like me, you've wondered about why they are fuzzy, there is a reason for that too. It reduces aerodynamic drag during flight, resulting in better direction and accuracy. All of this makes every ball essentially the same ball, again and again. There are a number of manufacturers, including the likes of Slazenger and Dunlop, but Head is as good as any, and usually the most reasonable when it comes to the checkout. (A fiver)
I mentioned some time ago that tennis balls can be used for more than just Tennis. Anyone who has a dog will most likely have bought them for their precious little woo-woo, whether said canine is a yappy Chihuahua or a fang-dripping Rottweiler. Best used with a dog that has boundless energies (your terriers or "working" dogs), it helps tire them out without doing the same to you.
For those of us who have ever watched Rocky, you can "pat" the ball onto a hard surface, alternating between palms to increase speed of response and hand-eye co-ordination. It is fun, too. Particularly when competing against fellow males or siblings.
Head is a company that produces good quality sporting products for a reasonable price. This gets three stars from me.
While I would like to pretend I play tennis all the time, though I do from time to time, more often than not I buy tennis balls for my Westie Quincy. I have however gone out to my local park where we have 4 tennis courts in the warmer months with my boyfriend in a big to get fit and when I got fed up with that (as I often do) that's when these became Quincy's favourite plaything. In terms of using them for actual tennis they are light but not overly so and manage to perform well even on our quite dodgy tennis court surface. They have quite a decent bounce but unlike some cheaper tennis balls I have used they also do have a bit of weight to them which I find makes the game a little more fun as you aren't constantly running after lost balls when they go AWOL. For my own use they are perfect however I'm unsure how well they might fare in a more professional setting, although in fairness like I said the surface I often play on isn't exactly perfect and they are fine there.
One thing I noticed about these tennis balls in particular was their durability. I've owned mine since last summer and though some are a little brown from being out in the garden, they are still in perfect working order and the felt has remained on them very much in tact. This is also quite something when considering how often my dog is spotted with a tennis ball as he frolics around the garden, although he is more of a 'carrier' than a 'chewer' so I'm unsure if they would last for this kind of use if you dog were the latter.
These tennis balls comes in two pressurised containers of three. They look quite professional and would make a good gift if whomever you are gifting them to is a particularly sporty person. The lid simply pops off and you can easily store them away back in the container after use, although mine are all stranded in the garden! The tubes are quite thin however and may not last all that long if you don't look after them.
They cost me £4.99 from Argos when I purchased them there last year with a racket when I was interested in taking up the sport. I thought this was a very reasonable price and especially in terms of the quality you get for the price. For a brand name this is also quite reasonable however for a no-name pack of tennis balls you could probably get them much cheaper at the expense of quality.
Overall I think these are excellent tennis balls. I get a lot of use out of them when I need them and when its a little too cold for me to bother getting active (like right now if I'm honest!) my dog can get lots of fun out of them and so do I throwing them for him to catch when we're out and about in the garden or the park. I think the price is very reasonable for their quality, and they are long lasting and of high durability.
After starting playing tennis during the summer with friends and family, it soon became a regular hobby . So I decided to buy some decent tennis balls to practice with my friends. Unfortunately, my first attempt at buying decent tennis balls failed miserably as the cheap tennis balls lacked bouncing ability and durability. So I asked a friend and he immediately recommended these HEAD tennis balls (pictured above).
I went to my closest sports shop to see if they had some and luckily they did at a price of around 8 pounds.
they come in a metal cylinder that is suitable for every day storage unlike the cheaper plastic ones that last less than a few days.
When I tested them out I found that the quality of these balls is great as the bounce ability is good both on indoor and out door courts. However, they do become slow and heavy in wet conditions (but most all tennis balls do this). I am just saying do not expect any miracles.
These balls are so long lasting as they are clearly made from a more premium material when comparing with cheaper balls. I have now had them for 3 months and non have worn out completely (but I only use them once a week). So if you are a keen tennis player you might want to buy more or get more expensive balls. Overall, if you are a leisurely tennis player looking for decent tennis balls then look no further.
Both my children are keen tennis players and belong to a local club. My oldest son trains several times a week and participates in lots of competitions including a county league. When the team are playing a home match the deal is that you provide the balls. It is essential that new balls are used with an unopened tube being given to each pair of players. Our club always uses head tennis balls as these are considered to be top quality and are also approved by the international tennis federation. The balls are purchased by the club coach at a discount from a local sports shop. However Head tennis balls are widely available and I see Argos are selling 2 tins,containing 6 balls, for just £4.99.
The balls are packaged in a sealed pressurised tin with each tin containing three tennis balls. The tin is easy to open via a ring pull. When not in use the balls can be stored in the tin with a lid to keep them in place. The balls look like other popular brands being covered in yellow felt but with the black *head* logo emblazoned on the ball. The balls have an excellent bounce;especially when they are new! They are suitable for all types of playing surface including clay and astro turf.They can also be used on indoor courts. If you play recreational tennis,then these balls will last you for ages without losing their bounce. However if you are a more serious tennis player then the balls will need to be changed on a regular basis as the more they are used the less predicable the bounce will be. When they are training my sons squad will be able to use the same balls for several sessions. However when playing competitively the balls will need to be changed after a few games. I am just glad it is not me for has to supply them!
I believe that if you are serious about any sport then it is important to use the right equipment as this can really improve your performance. My son has two head tennis racquets as this is his preferred brand and the one that suits his game the best. He also thinks that head make the best tennis balls,although as someone who is no longer a player I am not convinced! All branded tennis balls will lose their bounce eventually,no matter what the initial cost! However the head brand does seem to make balls that have a consistent bounce and I have never seen one split.
When the balls are no longer any use to play a decent game of tennis,my son brings the balls home for our setter. They are a lot cheaper than the balls on sale in our local pet shop and despite being well chewed,they still remain in tact! They also have enough bounce for the dog to enjoy a good game of catch!
If you are interested in finding out where you can play tennis locally,then I suggest you check out the LTA website where you will find a full list of tennis clubs and coaching programmes. Tennis really is a great sport !
I am not a professional tennis player, or even a particularly good one, but I do enjoy playing and used to play fairly regularly with friends and in a small club.
The balls come in two tubes which are used for storage when they are not in use, and are around £8 from the nearest sports shop to me. While it is much cheaper to buy individual balls at around 50p, this set is still worth it simply for the tubes (I've lost many a ball simply because I haven't had anywhere easy to keep it). The tubes show the head logo, are red in colour and have a pop cap - similar to a pringles tube (as shown in picture), they stand up freely so are easy to store. The balls themselves are the traditional bright green and also show the head logo (also shown in the picture).
I've used a few different types of tennis balls and a problem that many of them seem to have is that they lose their bounce after a few hits (in some cases the balls can even split upon impact!). I've never had this problem with this set of tennis balls, and they are very good for having a long life. The balls are also great on a variety of courts (I've used them on concrete and grass courts) and so are good for people who are looking to play on grass courts as some balls seem to have problems bouncing on grass.
However, one problem is that if they get wet they tend to lose their bounce - which isn't great considering where I live is a very wet area. Though this problem is universal over tennis balls so I wouldn't necessarily count it against Head.
Definitely worth getting for any casual tennis player (though I can't comment on how good they are for more serious players) and they are probably the best around for their price!
I have been playing tennis on and off for a few years and although I am not particularly good I do enjoy playing. I am not a member of any club but my local park has some excellent tennis courts which are free to use and are lit up so can be used even on the dark nights. Of course with them being free to use you do need to bring your own equipment.
Luckily with the courts being free it isn't an expensive thing to do even if like me you only play once in a while. Other than a racquet all I needed was some balls which I bought from argos for only £7.99. They are made by Head and are pretty decent considering how inexpensive that they are.
You get six balls for the money which come in two packs of three. The balls come in a tube which once opened can be used for restoring the balls in. The balls look just like every other tennis ball I have ever seen and are covered in yellow felt and have black branding on them.
They definitely look the part but the most important thing is that they actually work well for their purpose too.
The balls have excellent bounce and seem to hit off the racquet really well when I am serving or returning a serve.
The balls are approved by the International Tennis Association and are suitable for use on all surfaces. I can't vouch for their effectiveness on other surfaces but on hard surfaces like I play on they are good. I did donate one to my mums dog and when walking her at the park I threw the ball for her several times and I was pleasantly surprised with just how much bounce it got on the grass.
They are also really hard wearing and although I only play occasionally I have yet to have to replace the balls since buying them. They still have their bounce and only one ball has burst open and that was from a particularly hard serve which hot the edge of my racquet. Even the one I gave to my mums dog lasted it quite a while before she managed to chew it to pieces.
I don't really have anything bad to say about these tennis balls. For me they are ideal and I think they are really good strong and bouncy balls. Whether Andy Murrey would agree I have no idea but for the non professional who only plays occasionally for a bit of fun these balls are great value at under £10 for 6 of them and they do perfectly fine for me.
Tennis is a great sport as there are public courts everywhere and do not need to spend much on your equipment to get started. Disappointingly my nearest courts have been turned into basket ball courts but there is one little tennis court left which we spent a lot of time on playing tennis and having fun.
==Price and availability==
The balls are available for £1.00 pounds for three and they come in a plastic sheath. For a branded product this is a good price. You can buy them from Sports Direct who for some reason always have a sale on, alternatively you can buy them online through retailers such as Argos. They are around £7.00 for 6 and are usually sold as two packets of 3.
The balls are standard tennis balls with a high visibility yellow coating interrupted with rubber lines. The whole ball is made from rubber and has a lovely thudding bounce to it when dropped. The balls start off quite fluffy but after a while they end up smoother. I guess this is a sign that you need to replace them, or give them to my mum's dog to play with instead.
Tennis can be a much harder game if you do not have the right balls to play with. You will find it easier if the balls are newer and fresher as they will have plenty of bounce which means you will find it easier to control the ball and return it. We played with a non-branded ball that was a joke, it was rubbish at bouncing and it felt really heavy when it hit the racquet. It was hard to return balls as you had to hit much harder. Since playing with the new balls, you can really tell the difference and even serving was a completely different experience. Three balls is enough for us, we do not have ball boys so we may as well chase the ball around the court and only have a couple to play with at one time.
I will continue to buy branded tennis balls as the quality is much better. They make the game more fun and so far only one of the balls looks a tad bald. We have been using it all summer so I will get rid of this one to the dog to finish off and we still have two good balls left. I would buy these again, they seem completely adequate and very cheap.
The outer packaging might be a bit on the cheap side with these tennis balls but there is nothing wrong with the product inside th plastic tube especially when I only paid a £1 for these at Sports Direct, I did not exactkly have high hopes that they would last very long given that price but given that we only play tennis on the odd occasion rather than on a very regular basis I figured that did not matter that much. However these have proven to be a real bargain as out of the six only one is showing any real sigh of wear after a summer of playing and so we still have five pretty good tennis balls.
The plastic container is a bit flimsy looking with a plastic flip top lid. Unlike more expensive tennis balls that come in a pressurised container these are just in a normal one so they are probably not suitable for avid tennis players however I suppose they would be fine for practicing. Given our limited ability provided the bounce is true then that is all I can ask.
In terms of actual bounce they are certainly very consistent and the fly through the air perfectly well, the bounce is probably a little lower than some balls that I have played with however that could also be something to do with the different court surfaces as well. We did use them on holiday on a clay court and they did not seem to bounce as much as some other ones that we used one of the days when we played with another couple who had all the gear.
Apart from one of the six they have stood up to the rigours of a summers play and apart from a slight dimpling or fraying on a couple of the balls they all still look in pretty good condition. Certainly given the incredibly cheap price that I got them for I cannot complain as they have proven to be a good bargain.
My husband and I regularly play tennis at our local courts and although neither of us claims to be the next Roger Federer we do enjoy a game or two, especially when the weather is good (not so much this year of course!). I must admit that my other half is way better at controlling his shots than I am and I frequently hit the balls over the fence and into the scrub land adjoining and spend ages searching for them. This is why cheap balls like this are a great thing to stock up on when you can find them.
I bought two tubes of these Head balls (with 6 balls in each tube) for the bargain price of £2 per tube during a clearance sale on sportsdirect.com (a fab place to pick up any sports clothing and equipment very cheap - although they use Yodel for delivery which can be a nightmare).
The balls feel of a good quality, they bounce well and are firm to the squeeze, the surface material does not go scruffy too quickly either and we have used these balls quite a lot since I bought them last year, none have gone to bits yet (although a couple have been irretrivably lost to the nettles).
The tube is a sturdy plastic resin and has a pop open lid which fits back on very easily, the tubes we have have maintained their shape well and been very robust, chucked in and out of cars and bags quite frequently.
I would certainly buy these balls again, as a non-professional player just wanting decent balls for knocking around they represent great value and quality.
Now that the summer months are here and the tennis is back on the TV, my older kids and I are back to being interested in playing tennis and pretending to be as good as Nadal or Federer. We are lucky enough to have community tennis courts about 200 metres from our house and so around this time every year, we become interested in playing tennis again. None of us are serious tennis players and so it really isn't worth spending a lot of money on our tennis equipment. I opted to buy a tube of Head 6 Pack of Tennis Balls because they are the right price and also because they are a decent product for the price. A Head 6 Pack of Tennis Balls currently costs only £4.99 from Argos (www.argos.co.uk) and I feel this is a really great price as it equates to only about 80p per ball.
The balls come in a tin style tube which stores the balls between uses. It has a pop on and pop off style lid and so it does keep the balls secure when then are being stored in the tube and so it's not a matter of having to rummage around to try to find a loose tennis ball. Each tube contains 3 balls and so you don't need to lug around all six balls at any one time unless you feel there is a need for that. The tube is also pressurised and so this means that the tube will help to prevent the balls from going flat prematurely.
The balls are the traditional yellow and they have Head Championships printed on the balls. Like most tennis balls, they are yellow as this means that they are easy to see regardless of the surface you're playing on and also in poorer light conditions. I'm not an expert with tennis balls quality, but certainly for the purposes of knocking around with family and friends these balls are absolutely fine and they are robust enough to last several months. After a while the yellow surface of the balls does become very worn and eventually even bold - and so they will periodically need replacing.
Overall, I think these Head Tennis Balls are perfectly fine for general use. I'm sure they would not be something that would be used by the professionals, but we're not all Nadal!
I am a huge fan of tennis and my grandparents have there own tennis court, they are too old to use it now, but my family meet up quite a lot to have a game! We had the same tennis balls for years and they were completely rubbish. we decided to get a lot more and were looking for something cheap and cheerful. These were on sale at sports direct for £1 for a plastic container of 6. Im sure they were more expensive somewhere else, but we decided to get 5 packs so we had lots to last us for the year. Looking on the internet, a pack can cost you more than triple than what we paid so Im rather happy. I will now go into a little more detail on the product.
They come in a large plastic container which tells you what to do with them etc. It says head and you get 6 per plastic container. The container is handy to store the balls after you have played as it keeps them in good condition and easy to store in the cupboard. These balls were not pressurised like more expesnive ones but this doesn't bother me as I am not brilliant at tennis and just wanted a few balls to play with. The balls themselfs have the word head written on them. Head is a famous brand for tennis equipement and I also own two Head tennis raquets which play very well.
how do they play:
They play very well, they are not too bouncy and not too hard. Some cheap balls I had bought in the past had a terrible bounce and wouldnt get off the ground. These have also been very durable and after almost 2 months they seem to play just as good as the start. I understand you should change balls quiet regulary but I don't play too often (2 or 3 times a month) so they work for me. these balls are great for a knock about. If you are a serious tennis player/expert these may not be for you. These may be better for the dogs after a few weeks of play! I don't have anything to complain about with these as I paid a very cheap sale price for them. I probably would not pay full price for them (I would buy other ones on offer )
These balls have been very good for the price that I paid. They have lasted a while now and work well. I have lost a couple due to some terribly overpowered volleys, but apart from that I cannot complain. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to play a little bit of tennis or just likes using tennis balls for games of catch or garden cricket! These are very useful and great for kids and adults. Once they have lost there tennis playing life you can always chuck them to your dogs who would apreciate that! Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped. Very happy with my purchase! Josh
Sports Direct (a shop I seem to visit an awful lot!) had these Head Tennis balls on sale for the bargain price of 39p each. Although they were unpackaged, I thought I'd give them a try as I'd just bought some new tennis rackets and I wanted to make use of the courts in my local park. I'll admit it: I'm one of those people who has an annual love of tennis that begins after the French Open and lasts until Wimbledon has finished. Despite this, I know enough to recognise that Head is a well-established tennis brand that also manufacture some pretty handy rackets and holdalls.
Of course the lack of packaging meant that the balls weren't pressurised and protected from moisture as Head intended. They also featured a little red dot on each one- I'm unsure what this means but it might signify that they're imperfect in some way.
However, this certainly wasn't reflected in the balls' 'playability'. They're just the right weight to sit up nicely without pinging off the racket and flying into the next town. As they're a tiny bit smaller than standard size I'm not sure I'd recommend them for children but for a fairly laid-back knockaround they worked just fine.
While conditions weren't exactly helpful, the balls didn't perform well in the durability stakes. We played for nearly 2 hours on a court still damp from the night's rain and the balls soon lost their fluorescent yellow colour and became more of a mustard-y hue. Also, some of the felt started to collect in places meaning they lost their spherical shape slightly. Not that we noticed but it might be more apparent during our next game. Towards the end of the game a passer-by threw an old dog-chewed tennis ball into our court, mistaking it for one of our own. In truth, you couldn't tell the difference in terms of looks...
While the Head tennis balls I bought weren't very durable I'd still recommend them as a bargain option. When properly packaged and stored, I'm sure the balls would last much longer and it's likely the ones we used had minor imperfections.