The Three R’s of Tennis Balls


April 18, 2013 by Parveer Mann

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Those three words are engrained into most of us when we are learning ways to protect the environment. However, they should also be on our mind when we are trying to figure out what to do with our old tennis balls before a new outdoor season begins.

A nifty use of tennis balls: A doggy bed (Image available on

A nifty use of tennis balls: A doggy bed (Image available on

It doesn’t matter if you use Wilson, Penn, Prince or Dunlop. Eventually, each ball reaches a point where it doesn’t bounce as high or have that consistent feel off the racquet. In this case, they are promptly replaced with a fresh can but many of us don’t know what to do with the old ones except chuck them away.

I’ve faced that dilemma but have come up with some ways to make each tennis ball go further. In general, my old tennis balls seem to funnel down to the less organized sports I play. I start using them as an alternative to hockey pucks or baseballs in casual pick-up games and when they are especially worn out, the rubberized shell makes a perfect handball. Other times I’ve given them off to a playful dog or cat and see them have their chance with it.

Howcast gives you seven other ways to use your old tennis balls (some uses seem more fun than others).

Do any of you have any other fun uses for your old tennis balls or sports equipment in general?


4 thoughts on “The Three R’s of Tennis Balls

  1. Cole Phelps says:

    Tennis balls are definitely the most flexible piece of sports equipment you can get. Another use for tennis balls could be at the bottom of chair legs to silence them when moving, especially useful during an exam session in school.

  2. Mark Darovny says:

    Yes, they were perfect for street hockey (and we played foot-hockey with them in grade school too)

    How about an instant massager for tired feet – put one on the floor and roll it around under the soles.

    You could run a line through and use it as a bobber for fishing.

    Colourful garden edging.

    Cut them in half and arrange on garage walls to prevent damage to car doors. Or arrange them in patterns as wall art.

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