If you’re a tennis instructor or you practice with a tennis ball shooter, you may be in the business of purchasing several hundred tennis balls at a time. Where can you buy tennis balls in bulk?
You may be able to find used balls for well under $1 per ball, but those aren’t going to be high-quality balls that you can seriously improve your game. When it comes to repetitive hitting on the practice court and playing matches with opponents, you need high-quality balls.
Here are some of your best options for locating dozens of balls at a relatively affordable cost.
Where to Find Bulk Tennis Balls
The Deal: 72 balls for $55 (plus $6 shipping) = 85¢ per ball
One of the cheapest online options for ordering balls is Tennis Warehouse, which as of this writing has several bulk tennis ball packages available. The most affordable is a 24-pack of Dunlop tennis balls for $54.95 plus shipping. Shipping is only to the continental U.S. and runs about $5.95 for most locations (slightly less within California.)
That works out to about 85¢ per ball, one of the best prices you can find for a decent brand in bulk. If you’re not a fan of Dunlop, Tennis Warehouse also offers 72-ball packs of brands like Penn ($60 plus shipping), Wilson ($60 plus shipping), Prince ($90 plus shipping), and Slazenger ($99 plus shipping).
The Deal: 144 balls for $80 = 56¢ per ball (after online discounts)
The base price of Penn’s 12-pack at Dick’s is $35 for 12 cans (36 balls), which works out to almost a dollar each. What makes this an attraction option is the fact that Dick’s typically offers some sort of special online coupon. As of this moment (January 2020), Dick’s is offering 10% off orders for new signees to their email list. They also offer $20 a purchase of $100 or more for folks who sign up for text alerts.
Currently, the 12-pack of balls is also on sale for $25. So you could conceivably buy four of these packs and use the $20 off coupon. As it happens, Dick’s is currently also offering free shipping, making the final cost $80 even for 144 tennis balls, or just 56¢ each. That is one of the best online deals you can find anywhere. It’s even better than when we first wrote this article five years ago! Back then the best deal at Dick’s was 69 cents per ball.
Dick’s does not offer all of these promotions all the time, which is why you’ll have to do some comparison shopping on various sites to get the best deal when you’re ready to purchase.
The question of whether to use pressureless balls is one that players disagree on. Some players notice no difference between pressureless balls and standard balls, while others notice major difference in terms of bounce, predictability, and durability.
Interestingly, some tennis machine manufacturers recommend using pressureless balls in their devices. So if you don’t mind using pressureless balls for your practice needs, consider Gamma’s Bucket-o-Balls, a 48-pack that generally sells for a good price on Amazon. Remember that shipping is always free on orders of $35 or more at Amazon.
Other places to buy tennis balls in bulk
eBay is another good option to buy tennis balls in bulk, but you never know what you’re going to get at any given time. If you find a deal you like, make sure to buy from a reputable seller who has positive feedback.
Local department stores like Walmart carry generic tennis balls for less than $2 for a can of three balls, but those tend to be very low-quality, so remember that you get what you pay for. Still, if price is your #1 concern, you can get generic balls for 66¢ or less by going that route. You’ll just have to buy several packages to get the total amount you need.
And don’t forget to recycle those balls when you’re done with them!