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.
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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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Sounds great if it works.
Tennis is pretty terrible environmentally – the plastic strings, the balls, the lead on the racquets, shoes with soles that don’t last…
Not to mention the tour’s airline mileage – players and teams flying over the world each week.
Nice review. Please post a few more reviews of balls which last longer – especially for the EU.
I look forward to hearing how it goes when you get them back out of storage. Finding balls that will last longer is a huge plus!
Wilson Triniti balls will last at least double than any tennis balls in my experience, and even more. If a normal can will last me 3 hours, with the Triniti will play 6 hours , they will become bald with use but still will retain they bounce on the court, give them a try.
Henrik! How did the balls turn out long term?
I’ve been using these balls exclusively for about a year now. They have a ‘pop’ sound when hitting (my friends call it a racquetball sound), but you get over it very quickly. The durability is so much better than any other ball, and the best thing is that you can keep them for serving practice later on – unlike pressurized balls that lose their bounce and feel. And because you can recycle the paper tube (and even buy a case of loose balls!), it’s much better than landfilling those plastic tubes, which can’t be recycled. I won’t go back to the pressurized balls and hope my club’s tournaments will use Triniti balls
can you please add the link for the ball, i could find it anywhere from the links you have mentioned.
I have been using Wilson Triniti pressureless balls exclusively for 18 months now. I love them. They never die! The bounce is amazing. I’m literally playing with the same box of balls I opened I opened in Dec. 2020!! The outside fuzz is completely gone on a few and yet they still bounce. After buying cans of balls that were ‘dead’ after only 2-3 days of playing these seemingly indestructible balls are not only saving me a ton of money, they are helping to save our environment as well. I always feel awful throwing away balls used only a few times that still look good but just don’t have the bounce anymore. There are only so many dogs to donate them to! I just ordered a case of them and plan to share them with my friends since I probably won’t live long enough to use 24 sets of them myself LOL. Try them! I think you will be amazed and love them too.