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Its Wimbledon and normally the municipal tennis court are full of once a year players in Northampton. I did it as a kid after school and in the summer holidays and almost a right of passage. I was OK at tennis but like many sports you get so good at it and then the lack of natural ability takes over and you are the same as everyone else and the kit goes away until next summer. But in Northampton the cuts have bitten hard and all the attendants for the tennis courts and bowling greens etc have been made redundant and its now book online and get a code to tap into the lock to open the court. It’s not been popular and the courts are mostly empty now. The youngsters are ok with online transactions and occasionally dragged away from Call of Duty on the Playstations and can be seen on the tennis courts but the bowling greens are completely empty in the sunshine and it’s so sad. The old folks simply wont do online transactions through fear of fraud and don’t play the only sport they still can anymore. I offered to help out by using my local newspapers connections to run an article on it and try and get local libraries to take bookings in cash on their library card but no luck yet.
I do play a bit and still hit with mates when I can. I’m reasonable at tennis but like most people can’t serve and end up doing the limp wristed second serve. If you want to beat your matches or even play local league just get serving coaching and you will be hard to beat. My ground strokes are OK and I am really good at the net (Northants Badminton County championship semi finalists in 1980) but my back hand is pretty terrible and barely makes the net. This s why I like to use slightly softer tennis balls like Wilson or Slazenger. Head can be rock hard new and really fly off the racquet. I use a generic Dunlop racquet and so the ball doest fly off that. Problem solved. The softer the ball the slower it moves and so the longer the rallies and the more fun. But tennis is still a sport of total concentration and the near the ball to the top of the net the more chance of winning and that is a mind messer. I admire pro tennis players immensely for dealing with that aspect of the game. Hit ball fast over the net and clear by an inch.
Head are not cheap tennis balls. You get 4 in each tube. If you are not the best at tennis then you will need more than 4 balls at your local court as you will lose some over the fence in the foliage. Or they get mixed up with other players and then you have that awaked moment that your balls are cheaper than theirs and they think you are trying to steal theirs. If you buy them from a posh sports shop in Wimbledon week you will get ripped off and charge as much as £8 for 4. I bought mine on sale in Sports Directs permanent sale for £1.50 a tube at half-price their retail price.
The bounce is good on grass and better on hard-court. You get a nice ping with a good racquet contact and wear seems light after the summer use so far. I prefer some ‘give’ in the ball as it helps to control placing and pacing better and not react too much with the racquet. At the moment I am trying to develop topspin play which is critical to being competent at tennis because it helps the ball dip into court better. Service wise the Slazenger ball is like any other with me as my service isn’t the best and so not reacting with ANY brand of ball correctly. I serve like a medium pace village dobbler with the occasional quick one on target but mostly leg side filth.
The balls have about six months life in them for occasional players but about a month for club and pro players. They come in a sealable tube that stops them rolling all over the place and so helps keep them stay dry. Wet tennis balls fuzz up and don’t bounce. But dried out the Slazenger don’t seem to lose performance so a bonus. Where I would say more expensive balls are worth buying is they stay harder longer and what guy or girl wouldn’t want that when it comes to performance.
I play a bit of tennis in my spare time, and occasionally have been known to actually hit the ball over the net (and on occasions clean over the big fence surrounding the court - much to the amusement of the other players!!) I don't think Wimbledon has anything to worry about just yet, but with my extraordinary hitting talents, I occasionally lose my tennis balls. Hence, when I was in the market for some new ones, I came across these on Amazon for around £8 for 4 delivered. They seemed to have highly rated reviews, so I thought they must be good (and perhaps may improve my game!).
Slazenger is a well known brand in the field of tennis and they have a history of making good products, where these balls seem to follow that trend. They are delivered in a tube, which is handy to store them in. Interestingly, underneath the plastic cap on the tube, the tube is sealed with a ring pull lid opening, which I haven't seen before when purchasing tennis balls, probably because I've always tended towards the cheaper ones.
Taking the ball out, the first thing you notice is the brightness (hence the name Ultra VIS) which makes the ball very visible during play. The ball is also packed with some hidden features. From the website, it says that the molecular compound has been improved to give a consistent performance. It also claims to have extra durability and responsiveness, and utilises a hydrograde technology to allow 70% higher water repellency. They are also approved by the International Tennis Federation which does carry a lot of creditability for these balls.
OK, so the manufacturer makes a lot of claims with this ball, but how is it in reality when you actually play tennis with it? In the hand, it certainly feels like a quality ball, which is difficult to describe, but you just know when you hold it, it is something special. It's a little like looking at a sports car - it doesn't have to do anything, but you just know that it is good. When you play a match with these balls, they do seem to fly straight and bounce well. Bounce it on the ground and it does appear to be quite springy with a sort of 'no nonsense' bounce back. As an experiment, I did pour water on it and it does repel it very well.
But after using these balls for about 3 months now, the main thing that I have noticed is the durability. Playing on both grass and concrete surfaces, I've often found that my older tennis balls wore out very quickly. They would lose their yellowness and start to get all sorts of scuff marks on them. But these Slazenger ones haven't suffered that fate. They are still very bright - which is very useful for me to help me find them again after I have hit them over the back fence!! With use on the different surfaces, they show little sign of scuffing, and after quite a lot of use, they still retain that quality feel in your hand, with that same 'means business' bounce back when you bounce it on the ground.
In summary, these are perhaps slightly more expensive that most sets of tennis balls. But after having used them for a while, I can see how that little extra cost makes a big difference in terms of quality, performance and most notably, durability. Hence, I can highly recommend these to any budding or regular tennis player.
From when I started playing tennis fairly teenage years, it became apparent very quickly how important my choice of tennis balls would be. Never before had I appreciated the huge difference between the tennis balls you through for your dogs to play with, or those you kick around in a playground at school and those you play serious tennis with. I now realize.
I used to get stick from my friends when discussing this issue, but the difference is important. When you play tennis, you want a ball that bounces evenly, acts the same shot after shot and doesn't surprise you. But perhaps most importantly, when you open that seal on top of the tin, you want to know with relative confidence that all those 3/4/5 balls are going to be pretty much identical. With these balls you get that.
The Slazenger Wimbledon balls are not actually brand new. They have been used at Wimbledon by the pros. As you may or may not know, tennis balls are actually only used for around 7 games of a match in the professional ranks. When they change at Wimbledon, they go on to resell them as the rest of us can find more than adequate use for them. Any dead balls will more than likely be noticed by the pros in two or three hits, let alone when they are tested before being "re-tinned".
Because these balls were originally made especially for Wimbledon, the quality is unquestionable. However because they have actually already been opened and used (by used they could have been battered by the likes of Nadal and Federer!) they should not be used in serious match scenarios, but in fact offer the perfect training ball! Play with the same balls as the pros, it can only get better if you're playing with the pros!
Usually, a tennis ball is just a tennis ball. Or so I thought until my son started playing tennis at the local club and actually started doing really well. We looked into it a bit more and with competitions all the time we've learned quite a bit more about the sport. A racket is not just a racket and a ball is most certainly not just a ball.
Slazenger work hard at the quality of their products - they are a highly respected manufacturer. These balls are no exception, and although my son's level requires slower paced balls, we do sometimes practice with regular balls so he can get used to the speed and then adapt to the balls he usually plays with. Our local tennis club has some of these, and we were told that they're not cheap so we had to look after them when using them and make sure we returned them.
Initially, we weren't sure what was special about them. They hadn't been opened at the time, and it was interesting to see a ring pull lid preventing the air getting in and depressurising the balls. I hadn't thought this would have been the case, but it was. There is still the plastic lid on the case to keep them in and protect them from the elements when you're not using them. The balls themselves have a slight luminous hue to them, moreso than other balls I have used from new. They're more yellow as well, the ongoing debate as to whether official tennis balls are yellow or green edging towards yellow on this occasion.
I imagine this brighter colour would be more of use on a green grass surface, but we play on outdoor concrete courts, and if anything it was a little off putting to start with, as the ball blurs more in the air with the extra brightness. But you couldn't fault the quality of the ball itself. Smooth flight and striking, well weighted and it just feels so much better playing with them. The club has had them now for quite a while, and although they've lost their initial zip, they still hold better than a lot of the other different types and brands of ball that they have there. You can get good loft and spin with them, and there are no uneven bounces as the ball deteriorates.
This does sort of justify the price, which comes in at around the £8 mark for a tube of 3. Yes, this seems quite a lot for a mere 3 tennis balls, and my son's latest racket was only a few pounds more from the club albeit it at a discounted rate, but you get what you pay for in this case. Once the balls have been used a bit, the brightness doesn't have such an impact, although this is still off putting at the start, but the main thing is the quality of the ball. Slazenger have used technology to good effect here, ensuring the tour core extra cloth coating maintains the quality of the ball for longer. As with most products, you could buy cheaper ones, but they wouldn't last as long.
I'd certainly say it's worth forking out an extra little bit of money to get the quality of product here. If you have a hunt and pick and choose your right moment, you can occasionally find products like these well discounted online or in store, but this could be anywhere and at any time. When you do though, it'll be a bargain, as I feel you get value for money with these. Quality product that maintains standard for a long time. Recommended.
Having been enjoying the Wimbledon hype and suddenly feeling the urge to join in the summer season of tennis I promptly went to kit myself out. I bought these Slazenger Wimbledon Ultra VIS Tennis Balls in Sports Direct for the bargain price of £2 with an RRP of £7.99 remaining on the barcode sticker.
The balls are a pack of three and come in a cylindrical tube that snugly holds the three tennis balls. The tube is appromitely 25cm tall and is an all over metallic purple colour. The Slazenger panther branding and name are in a bold white font on the top and a the Championships Wimbledon logo in green and white is the central logo on the case whom the balls are 'exclusively used and endorsed by'. The Slazenger type Ultra Vis is written below this and they are names as being a premium ball for use on all surfaces.
I love opening a new pack of tennis balls, its the almost fumey smell you get for the first few weeks of having them, call it odd but I relly like it. This pack is opened like a tin of tomatoes, having a ring pull mechanism, which keeps the balls protected and pressurised before their use. The balls themselves are luminous yellow coloured making them perfect for playing on grass as they stand out really well, with the Slazenger logo again and Wimbledon Ultra Vis written on them.
These balls are meant to give an ultimate performance due to the technology that has been used in them, this is called the Tore Core, a molecular compound and hydroguard technology making the cloth upto 70% more water repellant than a standard tennis ball and thus giving optimum performance. This is why so many clubs and professionals use Slazenger balls having been innovative and improving their products for 125 years.
I have used these balls on both uneven grass areas as well as hard ground tennis courts and can vouch that on both accounts these balls were brilliant. The bounce and control on them is supurb and after over three/four outings with one ball it shows very little signs of wear though the pressure is not quite what it was. I am not sure of the average lifespan of a tennis ball but these pretty hard core sessions plus we will probably get another out of it seems ok to me. I have not yet experience using these in the rain as I am a fairweather tennis player!
These are available online (Amazon etc) and in all good high street sports shops, I think we gor a bargain with these balls and would certainly recemmending spending a bit more to get these which have exceptional bounce and are very hard wearing compared to cheaper balls I have bought.
Well, with Wimbledon Fever hitting us I thought I'd review the Slazenger Wimbledone Ultra Vis Tennis Balls.
** Price and Availability **
These tennis balls are available in all good sports shops - Sport Soccer, JJB Sports, independent stores and online at retailers including Amazon.
The RRP is £9.99 but they are usually on offer - at the time of writing they are £6.50 on Amazon and this is what I paid. I rarely see them at full price. This is for a tube containing four tennis balls.
** Looks **
The tin is regal in purple and holds the Wimbledon lawn tennis logo on the front. Each ball is the regulation yellow (Wimbledon originally started with white balls to match the dress code but when colour television became widespread this was changed to yellow for better visibility on television).
** The Science Bit **
Yep, there's a lot of technology in these tennis balls! Apparently the Ultra Hi Vis tennis ball are created to ensure the ultimate performance. A molecular compound of the 'Tour Core' guarantees consistently high performance. Also, durability and responsiveness is provided by a lighter weave of finest wool cloth. The 'Hydroguard' technology ensures 70% higher water repellency than in a standard tennis ball. The Slazenger Ultra High Vis tennis balls are approved by the International Tennis Federation making them professional standard.
** Use **
Well, I am no professional, but I find these balls to be much better in the court than cheaper balls, which can go brittle and do not have as strong a bounce. The balls last the average user (who doesn't serve at over 100mph!) and given that they're around the same cost as unbranded / non 'performance' tennis balls, are definitely worth purchasing. If you're into tennis - I'd highly recommend buying these balls, as they are an easy every day ball.
So Wimbledon is in full swing and I am enjoying tennis on the television and on the court. I play on a hard court with my partner; we don't pretend to be experts and I have never received any coaching, however we both love a good game. We have a decent Slazenger racket each, therefore we wanted to get some good balls to play with that would help improve our game.
I bought these balls because they are approved by the International Tennis Federation
*Price and availability*
I bought these balls from my local sports shop and they were marked down for half price. I paid £4.45 for them and got four balls in the tube. They are currently on Amazon for £6.50 after being marked down from £9.99.
The balls come in a nice Pringles style tube so you can keep your balls safe and not have them rolling around your house.
There are four balls in the pack. Each ball is supposed to be extra durable and responsive. This is provided by the lighter weave of the finest wool cloth.
The balls are extremely bright which provides higher visibility on court.
The balls are equipped with 'Hydroguard technology,' this makes the balls 70% higher water repellent than standard tennis balls.
Without researching principals of physics, my first experiences of the ball are that they are incredibly bouncy. They work fantastically with our rackets and a slight hit of the ball, invokes a great amount of speed and spin. The balls are a pleasure to play with. We lost one during our first game which was really disappointing but with the slightest touch of the racket the balls were sailing all over!
I'm not sure if it's because of the different weave of the cloth but they seem to go bald pretty quick which has an effect on how bouncy they are. I don't really have the money to be replacing the balls as often as they do at Wimbledon, so I was a little disappointed with the length of time they last. However, they are really good balls and don't seem to soak up as much water off the court which helps keep them nice and light for play.
The balls are a lot brighter than any I have played with, which is nice for playing in early evening light, like we do.
I would definitely buy the balls again; I just wish they would last longer!