DURA Fast 40 Pickleballs are the original seamless plastic whiffle ball specially designed for pickleball
This is an excellent training aid that can be used in place of the “toss ball” that is mentioned throughout many of the Youth Sports Club's baseball videos. Excellent for batting practice, toss drill, off the tee, and for various fielding drills. Pickleballs prove to be a safe, extremely durable and effective piece of equipment.
- USAPA/IFP Approved for Tournament Play - The Original Pickleball - Durable one piece construction manufactured to exacting standards
- Engineered and Designed to bounce and fly true and straight. 40 holes, rationally molded, no seam, stays in round.
- Official Ball of the 2016 United States of American Pickleball Association (USAPA) National Tournament
- Used in the US Open Pickleball Championships, Every USAPA National Tournament, and hundreds of other tournaments around the country
- Ideal for outdoor pickleball as well as baseball and softball drills
Product DescriptionDURA Outdoor Pickleballs also known as DURA Fast 40 Pickleballs are the original seamless plastic whiffle ball specially designed for pickleball by "the company that invented the game" Pickle-Ball, Inc. They are designed to perform well in outdoor conditions but can be used both indoors and outdoors. Like all outdoor pickleballs they have thick walls to increase the life span and playability of the ball in rough outdoor conditions. The name of the ball is short for “durable” and these balls live up to their name.
The ball is made by injecting hot liquid plastic into a mold. The mold is closed and rotated multi-directionally to spread the plastic evenly around the walls of the mold creating a strong one peice ball. When the mold has stopped spinning it is opened and the new ball is removed from the mold. Sometimes there is a minor parting line from the seam of the mold, this is not a true seam and does not affect the play or durability of the ball. Look inside the ball and you will not see a seam.
Once the plastic has cooled and hardened 40 holes of two sizes are post-drilled into the ball. This patented hole configuration was engineered for strength as well as performance providing a ball that bounces and flies true even in outdoor conditions.
Weighing 0.92 ounces these balls fly straight even in windy conditions. The weight also makes them a fast ball, compared to the softer and lighter Jugs Indoor Pickleball. The Dura are also a rather big, the ball measures 2.9375” in diameter. The ball has an average bounce height of 32”, promising lively response to every hit.
Relatively new to the sport but have played in 3 tournaments in Naples. Knowing this has become the official ball at all 3 tournaments and the US Open, I preferred to purchase these over the Onyx balls typically sold at Dicks. After all, why not use the official ball if you plan on playing tournaments. This ball is also great for the dink game as many other balls tend to fly off the paddle. The only downside, is one ball cracked easily but it's likely due to playing with a banger. Otherwise, love the feel of this ball and might as well practice using the official tournament ball.
Love these pickle balls! I'm in a group of 16 players and growing who play outdoors 3 times a week year round in FL so we've had opportunities to try many different brands of pickle balls! I am the first in our group to buy these Dura balls and they are a big hit! We all really like the spirited bounce and the white color is unique and very easy to see. In fact now my white Dura balls are the favorite to play with! I think that, maybe, I even play better! Box is shipped promptly and the pickle balls come well protected from the bumps of shipping.
Dura Fast 40 balls are the best on the market for outdoor play. The balls that came with my pickleball set wore out after about a year. I bought balls from Wal-mart.com and Dick's sporting goods. One set was for indoor use ( not stated on website) and the other set was made from a softer plastic, this made them harder to play with. After spending $35 on useless balls I will never use anything but Dura Fast 40.
History of Pickleball
1965 – After playing golf one Saturday during the summer, Joel Pritchard, congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, successful businessman, returned to Pritchard’s home on Bainbridge Island, WA (near Seattle) to find their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment and could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. At first they placed the net at badminton height of 60 inches and volleyed the ball over the net.As the weekend progressed, the players found that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface and soon the net was lowered to 36 inches. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.
1984 – The first composite paddle was made by Arlen Paranto, a Boeing Industrial Engineer. He used the fiberglas/nomex honeycomb panels that commercial airlines use for their floors and part of the airplane’s structural system. Arlen made about 1,000 paddles from fiberglas/honeycomb core and graphite/honeycomb core materials until he sold the company to Frank Candelario.
Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity. The number of places to play has more than doubled since 2010. There are now nearly 4,000 locations on the USAPA’s Places to Play map. The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity within community centers, PE classes, YMCA facilities and retirement communities. The sport continues to grow worldwide as well with many new international clubs forming and national governing bodies now established in Canada and India.
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