Why Is There Fuzz on a Tennis Ball?

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The fuzz on a tennis ball is there because a tennis ball is repeatedly hit with great force, which causes a great deal of friction on the strings. Find out why the fuzz eventually gets pulled off of a tennis ball with help from a USPTA certified tennis pro in this free video on tennis equipment.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name's Lincoln Ward, and I am the director of the Austin Tennis Center here in Austin, Texas. Today we're going to talk about why there's fuzz on the tennis ball. Well, the fuzz is on the tennis ball because you keep hitting the ball so hard. Now, the ball actually starts off pretty fresh, and as you hit the ball and brush your strings up against it, you putting friction, start causing friction between the strings and the felt on the tennis ball. That starts to pull the felt up off of your tennis ball, making it kind of hairy, almost like six o'clock shadow, and then after a little more time, that hair starts to mat together to form these little fuzz balls. So, that's why there's fuzz on a tennis ball. I'm Lincoln Ward. Thank you.


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