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Q & A: Dead vs. New Tennis Balls

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
What is the difference between a dead (old) tennis ball and a new one? And how does it affect your game?
- Cindy Almanzar (age 17)
Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral, FL US
Cindy -

The difference is that 'dead' tennis balls have gone flat. This is because they start of pressurized, but after time, some of the air leaks out of the inside of the ball and the ball looses pressure. For some info on why this happens, check out

Less pressure inside the ball means that the ball won't bounce as well. To find out why this happens, take a look at  (It's the same for tennis balls as for basketballs.) Naturally, when the ball doesn't bounce as well as you expect it to, your game probably won't be as good.


(published on 10/22/2007)

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