Beginners on the tennis court use balls that differ from those used by pros. Foreverfit tells you about the different kinds of tennis balls. 

Unless you are a tennis player, you probably don’t know that there are 6 major varieties of tennis balls.  Each has a certain set of characteristics, that make them different.

A player selects the right type one, based predominantly on prowess, and the kind of court being played on. Read on, to get an idea about the different types of tennis balls.

#1 Pressurized and Pressure-less Tennis Balls

This is the first category in tennis balls. Pressurized balls are the professional-level balls, which are more bouncy and known for their speed. These are the most common type, in the market. However, they have an expiry date of two weeks,  after which they tend to lose their pressure, and become harder and less bouncy.

On the other hand, you can use pressureless balls, which do not have internal pressure. Instead, these are dead and hard, right from the beginning. Used majorly by the beginners for practice or for casual play, these get their bounce from the rubber shell.

Unlike the pressurized balls, these are harder and less likely to lose their bounce after a certain period of time. Hence, they have a longer life, and are heavier than their counterparts.

#2 Extra Duty and Regular Duty Tennis Balls

This differentiation comes from the court you are most likely to play on. You would want to opt for extra duty tennis balls, if you are more likely to play on hard courts and on grassy surfaces. Importantly, these balls have thicker felt surface, which offers a better bounce than the others.

Regular duty balls are designed predominantly for clayey or indoor courts, which are smoother and less hard in nature. These balls have a thinner felt layer, that prevents them from absorbing too much clay, and provides a better bounce, even on such surfaces.

#3 Beginners and Specialty Tennis Balls

Designed especially for beginners and small kids, the beginner’s tennis ball come in three different categories with 25%, 50%, and 75% pressure, to restrict the bounce and the reach of these balls, making it suitable even for kids.

Specialty tennis balls are specially made tennis balls for professional players, which are designed to reduce arm impact. These increase the length of the bounce, and improve other aspects of play, too.