Putting Back The Bounce

October 21st, 2004

“I play tennis a lot and use the balls over and over until they have no bounce left in them.

Is there a way to cook the old tennis balls to put the bounce back into them?”

Malerie Ernst

Liam’s Answer

Tennis is a wonderful game. It’s a great social activity. The game flows at a good “conversation pace”, with the chance for a chat between points. It’s a fantastic way to meet new friends and strike up relationships. You can enjoy a firnedly game, or enjoy a friendly cup or two of coffee while others play.

There’s a reason that the score line is often “love”.

Whenever I’m at a party and there’s a tennis court around, I’m the first to suggest a bit of a hit and giggle. It’s a good ploy if you are trying to impress someone. Especially if you find yourself at a party with Anna Kournikova.

There’s nothing worse though, than when you drop your balls, and they just stay on the ground. A good tennis ball should bounce right back up into your hand.

Some people say that heating your balls in a low temperature oven overnight will return the bounce. These people are known as “sporting goods salesmen”, who know that if you do that, you’ll be back the next day to buy a new set of balls as the first lot are ruined.

The only way to restore bounce to a tennis ball is to place it in a pressurised container an hour or so. The container needs to apply about 17 psi (pounds per square inch). This is about 1/10th of the pressure as that applied by the steam in an espresso machine as it makes a cup of coffee (which is, as you probably already know, about 130 psi). Therefore, if your balls have lost their bounce, make 10 cups of coffee. Your balls won’t bounce, but you’ll have had a lot of time for flirting.

Chris’ Answer

When I need to restore the bounce to my tennis balls, I throw them at an over-energetic dog, who runs off with the ball and loses it. Then, I don’t feel guilty about buying new balls.

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Putting Back The Bounce