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Guide To Ball Machines

 

Everyone knows that practice makes perfect when it comes to your tennis game, and there’s no better way to fine tune that stroke you’ve been working on than with the repetition offered by a high quality tennis ball machine. Deciding to buy one is the easy part however, deciding which one will best fit your tennis training or tennis teaching needs can be quite difficult. We’ll walk you through some of the things you should consider when deciding which ball machine will best meet your needs.

When we compare ball machines, we look at general features like price, dimensions and warranty. We also look at specific features like propulsion, oscillation and power. Each tennis player wants to use a training tool like this for a specific purpose and our aim is to ensure that you choose the best ball machine to meet your goals.

General Features:

 

These are the obvious aspects you would likely think of first. First, you need to assess your own budget as well as the logistical aspects of housing and storing a ball machine in your home or facility. The weight of the machine is also important and may not be something you think of until you have to move it around!

The next thing you need to consider is tennis ball capacity. This is an important feature but remember that many manufacturers report that most players do not come close to using the entire capacity. 300 balls may sound good now, but you might change your mind after you’ve had to pick them all up a couple of times. You should also consider the warranty of the ball machine. You want to make sure your investment is protected and that the ball machine you are buying has the confidence of the manufacturer.

 

Ball Machine Price Warranty Dimensions (Storage inches) Ball Capacity Weight (lbs)
Lobster 201 Ball Bucket Ball Machine $549.00 2 years 12” x 12” x 37” 50 28
Lobster Hybrid 301 Model Ball Machine $689.00 2 years 36” x 13” x 31” 150 31
Lobster Tournament 401 Model Ball Machine $789.00 2 years 36” x 13” x 21” 150 32
Lobster Elite Freedom Ball Machine $799.00 2 years 150 40
Lobster Elite Model 1 Ball Machine $1049.00 2 years 24” x 16” x 19” 150 42
Lobster Elite Model 2 Ball Machine $1349.00 2 years 19” x 21” x 25” 150 44
Lobster Elite Model 3 Ball Machine $1579.00 2 years 150 44
Lobster Elite Grand Slam IV Ball Machine $1899.00 2 years 150 44
Playmate Portable $1695.00 1 year 35” x 21” x 38” 200 65
Playmate Ace $3495.00 3 years 35” x 21” x 38” 200 115
Playmate Smash $4395.00 3 years 35” x 21” x 38” 300 115
Playmate Genie $5995.00 3 years 300 115
Wilson Ball Machine w/Remote & 2 Line $1495.00 1 years 110 38
Wilson Portable Ball Machine Standard $1095.00 1 years 110 38
Wilson Portable Ball Machine w/ 2 Line $1295.00 1 years 110 38
Wilson Portable Ball Machine w/Remote $1295.00 1 years 110 38

 

Propulsion:

 

Spinning wheel propulsion means that the machine uses two spinning wheels to feed the ball, just like a pitching machine in baseball. Air pressure propulsion means that the machine shoots the ball through a tube using air pressure. Be sure to take into consideration the machine’s top speed and ability to feed ball with spin. Intermediate to advanced players will want to practice hitting balls with pace and spin.

 

Ball Machine Spinning Wheel Propulsion Air Pressure Propulsion Feeding Interval (seconds) Top Speed (mph) Electronic Elevation Control Manual Elevation Control Feeds Lobs Topspin and backspin
Lobster 201 Ball Bucket Ball Machine No Yes 3,6,12 60 No Yes Yes $50 extra
Lobster Hybrid 301 Model Ball Machine No Yes 3,6,12 70 No Yes Yes $50 extra
Lobster Tournament 401 Model Ball Machine No Yes 3,6,12 70 No Yes Yes $50 extra
Lobster Elite Freedom Ball Machine No Yes 2-10 70 No Yes Yes $50 extra
Lobster Elite Model 1 Ball Machine Yes No 2-10 80 Yes No Yes Yes
Lobster Elite Model 2 Ball Machine Yes No 2-10 80 Yes No Yes Yes
Lobster Elite Model 3 Ball Machine Yes No 2-10 80 No Yes Yes Yes
Lobster Elite Grand Slam IV Ball Machine Yes No 2-12 80 Yes No Yes Yes
Playmate Portable Yes No 1-20 60 No Yes Yes Yes
Playmate Ace Yes No 1-60 80 Yes No Yes Yes
Playmate Smash Yes No 1-60 80 Yes No Yes Yes
Playmate Genie Yes No 1-60 105 Yes No Yes Yes
Wilson Ball Machine w/Remote & 2 Line Yes No 1.5-10 75 Yes