Dunlop Tennis Ball Review
Dunlop tennis ball review
Tennis balls have become an increasingly competitive product for brands in recent years as the boom in popularity of tennis has led to a huge increase in ball sales. So we decided to test Dunlop tennis balls
Dunlop is one of the oldest and most respected brands in tennis and in recent years their focus on producing tennis balls has given them huge success both on the professional circuit and in tennis clubs around the world. whole world.
Dunlop is the official ball supplier for the ATP Tour and the Australian Open, so it’s no surprise that all three of their “premium” balls feature these endorsements.
The Dunlop ATP official ball is their most expensive ball in their entire lineup and it’s the exact ball you’ll find used in more ATP tennis tournaments than any other ball.
The Dunlop Australian Open ball has been played in the first Slam of the year since 2019, is approved by the International Tennis Federation and is the second priced ball in their range.
The ATP Dunlop Championship The ball is the lowest price in their top range, is ATP Tour approved and is designed to appeal to both club and recreational players.
As simple as a tennis ball may seem, there are actually two key areas of their manufacture that have been developed in recent years, the fabric and the core. Dunlop has developed a range of 3 different cores and 2 different fabrics which they explain as follows:
HD core: A high spec remastering and re-engineering of the classic Dunlop Fort Core. You get a ball with more durability and more consistent playing characteristics.
HD Pro Core: Ultimate high performance core. The HD Pro Core is engineered using premium materials to create ultra-consistent performance for the world’s tournament and elite players.
maximum core: Dunlop MAX CORE technology is specifically designed for use with a lighter weight non-woven fabric, perfect for all-around playability.
HD Pro Cloth: Ultra-high spec, ultra-visible fabric technology designed for the world’s tournament and elite players.
HD Durafel fabric: A premium non-woven fabric that offers superb consistency with good durability.
The 3 balls tested by Tennishead include the following technologies:
Tennishead decided to put these 3 balls to the test by rounding up some hard hitting tournament players and unleashing them with each of these Dunlop balls to find out what they thought.
Enjoy our review video
This is what our testers interviewed answered after their training session with the 3 different Dunlop tennis balls.
Kenzo kicked off with the Dunlop ATP Official ball. What was the speed of this ball when it was fresh out of the tube?
“I thought that ball was pretty fast. They had a very snappy bounce off the court and felt faster than the other two Dunlop balls we tested.
So how do they compare to Dunlop Championship and Australian Open Dunlop balls?
“The ATP ball bounce was a bit higher and faster than the Australian Open. Once the ball left the floor, I felt like I was being pushed back a bit more than the Australian Open ball. The ATP Championship ball was the weakest bounce of the three we tested”
George, you play tournament tennis and use Dunlop balls on your circuit. Do you agree with Kenzo’s sentiment on the difference between balls?
“I think the Dunlop ATP ball is definitely the most bouncy and it also takes a lot of spin and reacts really well off the court. The Dunlop Australian Open balls are quite fast but I feel like they seem to inflate faster than the official ATP ball while the championship ball feels a bit softer causing them to sit lower on rebound.
Aidan, what did you think of the Dunlop ATP Championship balls. Did they have the same feel as the Australian Open or ATP Official balls?
“My coach uses the Championship ball and I would say it lasts a long time but isn’t as snappy off the pitch as the other two balls we tested.”
If you’re trying to feel your shots, maybe when hitting a drop shot, which of the Dunlop balls is your favorite?
George: “I think the Australian Open balls are a bit better to the touch because they feel softer, but you can definitely get more spin with the official ATP ball”
Ok, so if we talk about the pure speed of these 3 balls when they come out of the box, which one is the fastest?
Kenzo: “It’s between the official ATP ball and the Australian Open ball but I would go with the official ATP ball”
After playing with these balls for a while, say after the first set of a match, which ball stayed the freshest?
George: “For me, the official ball of the ATP retains its firmness and speed the best”
So to sum up the comments of our testers…
If you train a lot, ATP championship balls give you good durability and might be best for a club player who wants better value for money.
The Australian Open ball is a bit cheaper than the official ATP ball and is still an excellent match ball and it is not easy to understand why its price is lower than the official match balls of the Australian Open. ‘ATP.
Last question.. You are leaving for a match, which ball would you choose?
Kenzo: “The official Dunlop ATP ball”
George: “Yes, I would also take the official ball of the ATP”
Aidan: “I would also take the official ball of the ATP”
The official ATP ball is the favourite, but it is also the most expensive. Interestingly, the low cost Australian Open ball is still considered a high quality match ball by our testers, but the official ATP ball kept its firm bounce throughout the match, even in later stages. The ATP championship balls are very good quality balls especially for a club player who may not play as many matches but is looking for value for money or if you are a coach or coached this ball offers also good durability.
The quality of the 3 Dunlop balls was evident with distinct differences between the official ATP ball, the Australian Open ball and the ATP championship ball.
If you’re looking for a low-bounce, durable and competitively priced tennis ball, the Dunlop ATP Championship ball has been unilaterally approved by our testers.
If you want to raise the price and are looking for a ball more suited to competitive players on the match court, the Dunlop ATP official ball and the Australian Open ball will apparently deliver what you want with some subtle differences.
The Australian Open ball appeared to be slightly softer and suited to a player looking for touch and less concerned with generating lots of spin and speed, while the official ATP ball was preferred by aggressive players looking to hit big, high-bounce spinning shots.
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