The sound of opening a new can of pressurized tennis balls is hard to beat! The somewhat odd smell of gas from the can mixed with the felt and rubber makes for a magic combination that takes many tennis players to their happy place. What happens when it is not a can? Read this Wilson Triniti Tennis Ball Review from Henrik Wallensten.
The plastic can and metal opening are in many cases just thrown in the garbage-bin straight away and the mix of metallic in the opening and plastic makes it hard to recycle. Also, the balls itself are in many countries something you just use for one single practice session and then throw away. The interior pressure starts to leak as soon as you pop the can and the bounce is getting worse after a couple of hours. Here in Sweden, a lot of the pressurized balls are used many more times in the club’s everyday practice and they are used so many times that the felt almost start to wear off completely from the rubber. Here in Sweden, and the rest of Europe, tennis balls are pretty expensive compared to the US with prices often double or triple that in the US.
Wilson Triniti Tennis Ball Review – Environmentally friendly?
With the current focus on the environment, Wilson has produced something that will cause a lot less unnecessary waste from the tennis industry. Welcome to the tennis world, Wilson Triniti! The new Triniti ball is according to Wilson a pressurized ball that is delivered in a paper-can without any pressure. How is this possible? A normal ball would go almost completely flat and unplayable after just a couple of weeks. What Wilson have done is to create a new core, called Engage core made of new plastomer material. That makes the core keep its liveliness four times longer than that in a normal ball. The new plastomer-core weighs less than a normal core and to make the overall weight the same, Wilson has made the new core thicker. This, according to Wilson, gives more spin, more feel, and more control.
But, how does it play? Does it feel any different compared to most balls we are used to? Let´s find out!
Wilson Triniti Tennis Ball Review – How does it play?
In Sweden, we used to have a big following in pressureless balls about 20-30 years ago! All +40-year-old players remember (with a scare…) the Tretorn XL balls. Hard, and heavy as a rock to play with and eternal bounce. I can straightaway say that the Triniti is not like those balls. When you open up the paper box, the Triniti feels quite soft. Softer than a normal pressurized ball. Apart from that they look and feel like a normal ball. No differences.
The first strokes with the ball reveal a little bit different sound and feel at impact with the strings. It´s a bit of a “cracking” sound, almost like the ball could be broken or similar. Not the exact same sound as a normal pressurized ball. The feel is also a little bit different. It feels like you get some extra speed with this ball. Speed and spin. The ball bounces higher when you hit with spin. This is at least what I and two different hitting-partners experienced. But, I have to be clear on this one, this was not a negative thing. It felt like it was easier to play good tennis with this ball. It was fun to try it out and also fun to see that the bounce and performance were the same the first hit as it was at hour five. The wear on the ball seems to be less than a normal ball. I don’t know If Wilson has used a more heavy-duty felt on this ball, but durability-wise, this ball really delivers.
Wilson Triniti Tennis Ball Review – Summary
For a fast-playing pro player with heavy spin, I presume this ball will take some time to adapt to, but for almost every other player, this ball will be a really good ball to use in both matches and practice. The idea with improved durability is really good and for a player that plays one or two times every week and must use a new can each time to get optimal performance, a ball like this with a more permanent bounce will help you save some nice dollars, euros, kronor or rubel 🙂
I will keep this can of balls in my storage for a couple of months now and bring them to court again in December and see how they perform then. If they have the same bounce by then, I imagine a lot of tennis clubs will save nice money on balls that don’t go flat too soon.
Mother Nature approves.
Thanks to Henrik for this review. Now I am curious to test this ball myself. What about you?
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