The environmental impact of padel/tennis balls

Tennis and Padel Balls are a Major Threat to the Environment 


Let's start from some numbers.


Each year approximately 300 million padel & tennis balls are produced.

Eventually all are dead and unplayable.

As soon as the balls are out of their original pressurised cans, and depending on the playing style, they loose pressure at an incredible rate.

A padel ball loose its playability in around 2 to 4 hours (one or two matches). Many professional players prefer new padel balls every match.

During the WPT, new padel balls are always used every match.

padel hitting a ball

Some find new life on the bottom of walkers, creative arts projects or in the mouths of energetic dogs, but a vast majority end up in landfills…


 walker using tennis balls as feet  tennis balls art
dog with balls in mouth landfill


Tennis balls are non biodegradable take 400 years to decompose that translates into 20,000 tonnes of non-compostable (rubber) waste.

That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building up to the 62nd floor!


There are solutions and a great one to start saving some balls or at least expanding their lifespan is using pressurizers.

Time to try something different, get a Head pressurizers!


How do they work?

Padel balls usually have a pressure between 11 – 14 PSI. A padel ball dropped from a height of 2.54M should bounce between 1.35M and 1.45M.

There are multiple factors that influence the loss of pressure of the balls:

The cold / heat, the altitude, the level of play, the sport that is practiced Tennis / Padel, the assiduity, the level of play, number of impacts, the quality of the rubber and the surface on which the sport is practiced generate a stress to balls that increases or decreases the number of times it can be recover and used.

Juanjo Munoz from Head Pressurizers/ explains some of the details



HEAD PRESSURIZERS collection is ecological, sustainable and cost-effective. Its success lies in the insertion of an O-ring to seal the air inside the products and thus maintain or recover the pressure of the tennis and padel balls. They will always be like they just came out of the store.

The experience behind these products guarantees their quality and functionality.

In order to best maintain your balls it is strongly recommended not to exceed the pressure required to maintain or extend the lifespan of your balls. this is listed below for reference.

pressure chart for padel balls


Do they actually work?

The answer is a resounding yes! Despite having to consider a multitude of factors including the climate you are playing in, the hardship the balls go through in your matches and the subtle differences in materials, by using pressurizers you basically recreate the environment of a brand new can of balls, therefore, given enough time you will store them like new and therefore prolong their life saving you a lot of money in replacing the balls, but you will also do a favour to the environment as you will not need to dispose of old balls!


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