Choosing the right type of tennis ball can be a challenge for anyone, whether you’re new to the game of tennis or an experienced player. Fledgling enthusiasts may not even realize there are different kinds, but virtually every player counts on the facility they play at to offer durable, high-quality balls suited for their skill level and style of play.
Pressurized tennis balls are the most common, but there are some distinct advantages and disadvantages to using them – and offering them as a tennis court owner.
What are Pressurized Tennis Balls?
Pressurized tennis balls are, as the name implies, pressurized to 14 psi and typically come in a can with three balls. The can is also pressurized to 14 psi to maintain the internal pressure of the balls. Pressurized balls are required for competitive matches and are ideal for this type of play because of the following benefits:
- Bounce – Pressurized balls offer the iconic bounce most players look for when playing in a competitive match
- Spin – These balls are lightweight and therefore spin easily
- Speed – Again, due to their lightweight nature, pressurized balls gather speed quickly and move fast.
What are Pressureless Tennis Balls?
These balls aren’t pressurized and tend to feel heavy or “lifeless” right out of the box. They feature a thick rubber core and are covered with a strong, high-performance felt material. Pressureless tennis balls wear down with use, softening the rubber core inside and eventually resulting in a ball that’s actually bouncier than pressurized versions.
Pressureless tennis balls are durable and heavier. As a result, they generate less spin and require more force to hit. They are ideal for lessons, ball machines and general practice. We offer GAMMA Pressureless Practice Balls because they’re made from the finest materials and are designed for hours of reliable play.
Long story short, different balls are designed for different functions and personal preference. Match play generally requires pressurized tennis balls; ball machines and lessons are perfect for pressureless varieties. Either type is suitable for all skill levels, though pressureless balls are a bit heavier and require more force.