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HEAD Radical Tennis Balls, Triple Pack (12 Balls)

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Originally tennis balls were made solely of rubber, but they were soon improved by covering them with flannel stitched around the rubber core. Further developments saw the core hollowed and pressurised with gas. The balls are made from high-quality rubber made by Bridgestone and covered with 72% natural felt from Milliken whose felts are used on several other high-quality balls. The iconic Slazenger Wimbledon ball. Along with the Dunlop Fort, it’s one of the most commonly used balls at club level in the UK, and pretty much every player who’s played the game will have used the Slazenger Wimbledon at some point.

While not my personal favourite, it will be top the list for a lot of players as they’re popular at club level, seem to play well even when it’s wet (unlike Slazenger Wimbledon balls) and are simply a good all-round ball that performs well on all surfaces. I’ve always found it a solid ball to play with on hard courts. It’s not the best ball I’ve ever played with, but it is more than good enough for club level play and has always played consistently for me. The balls were manufactured using the ‘clover-leaf’ principle whereby an uncured rubber sheet was stamped into a shape resembling a three-leaf clover, and this was formed into a spherical shape. The X One is durable, and it doesn’t ever really turn into a dog ball. It seems to fluff up a bit, but never really goes beyond a certain point, so you get a consistent speed through the air.The ball is made in the Dunlop factory in Bataan, but it has a denser and fluffier nature than Dunlop branded balls so plays differently. The Dunlop Fort All Court, for example, are bullet-like when new, the Slazenger Wimbledon is plusher straight from the can.

In the 1870s, tennis balls were made from India rubber, which was formed from a vulcanisation process invented by Charles Goodyear.

Head Radical Tennis Balls for all levels

Austin then moved up to the net, “I started off with a few volleys going long but once I worked out my rhythm I was finding it really easy to get my spots, getting nice depth on my volleys and closing it out really well.”

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