Contributed by Seth Pamperin, Middle States’ Junior Development Coordinator
In recent years, thousands of kids have used 10 and Under Tennis to learn, and get hooked, on tennis. The red, orange and green balls make learning and playing the game fun and easy, and help get kids rallying and enjoying the sport quickly.
But it turns out these balls aren’t just for 10 and Under players. In fact, they could be for you.
We all agree that we could use some more topspin on our shots, and practicing with red balls can help produce that. Playing with red balls will help players stay low through a shot, producing more topspin and improving consistency. Rumor has it that American superstar Sloane Stephens even uses the red balls and 36′ court in her weekly training regimen.
Orange balls, meanwhile, will help players of all ages with timing, and slow down the game so you can work on your racquet head speed, which in turn will help with generating more topspin and building increased power.
Green-dot balls can be used for juniors and adults, and I love them for my own game. These balls are just 75 percent of the compression of yellow balls, and studies show that when 10 and Under players compete with a green ball versus yellow ball, the points are faster and better constructed. That’s because the players have just enough extra time to make necessary adjustments and be in a better position to strike the ball, instead of being pushed around the court by yellow balls. This makes for great practice for adults, too, since a player can focus on footwork, contact, accuracy, and their overall game.
I’m far removed from my 10 and Under Tennis days, but when I am working on something with my game, or looking to add topspin or another feature to my game, I’ll go out with some friends and use these balls so I have more time to adjust and work on my shots. It helps me groove my strokes compared to hitting with yellow balls, and I notice the improvement when I get back into a match.
Throughout the years, tennis has evolved into a power sport with players like Serena, Venus, and other top pros. It’s further evolved into a sport that requires competitive players to have more weapons than power alone, and finding new ways to train and practice can give players an edge.
So give it a shot. Adding these red, orange and green balls to your hitting session will surely add to your game.