Lobster Sports Elite 1 Portable Tennis Ball Machine (21x14 x 20- Inch)
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- Designed for maximum durability, its 42-pound ergonomic design and oversized-wheels allow for easy transport, even with a full hopper of 150 balls. A 4- to 8-hour battery helps ensure plenty of court time between recharges.
- The full corner-to-corner sweep of the Elite Model 1 will challenge a wide range of players from advanced to beginners alike.
- Oscillation: Random horizontal Speed: 20 to 80 mph Ball capacity: 150 Feed rate: 2-10 seconds Power: battery Court time: 4-8 hours
- Includes Basic Battery Charger
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If your focus is having fun and improving your tennis game with an affordable battery-operated tennis ball machine, the Elite One is the perfect choice! Enjoy playing against such advanced features such as full corner-to-corner random oscillation to help you work on your forehands and backhands, up to 60 degree lobs to practice your overheads - a feature not available on any other ball machine, speeds of up to 80 miles per hour to improve your reaction time, and heavy top and back spin choices to perfect your ability to return whatever comes your way.Elevation: electronic0-60 degrees Weight: 42 lbs. Spin: top, back Remote: optional Fast charger: optional Warranty: 2 yearsOptional Accessories Available: 2-Function Wireless Remote Control 1 -Amp Fast Charger 3-Amp Premium Fast Charger Storage Cover External Battery Pack
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- Received machine timely. It was packed very well. Good dibs to the Seller.
- Have taken it out 5 times and it is AWESOME. The speed and power of the machine is exceptional
- It does flats, topspin and underspin. In addition, it does horizontal - side to side placement. You will be running a lot.
- We charged it for 24 hours prior to using. After 4 hours, it was still going strong! Great workout!!
- We used 48 balls. More than efficient
- Man, spent a grand on this and they screwed up the handle. The handle is cheap and flimsy
- Very hard to collapse the handle. You have to press the button very hard to bend it over the machine.
- Where the handle bends over, it is RAZOR sharp. If you do not watch out, you can easily cut your arms and shoulder (later on this below). Instead of building a collapsing handle bar (think elbow), why don't Lobster have a "sliding" bar instead to collapse the handle?
- Picking this up and putting it in any car is a challenge!!! You have to put your arms in the front of the machine and back of the machine. You better have long arms!! Or two people lifting this. Couple issues with this. The machine is 40 pounds. Fortunately, I lift a lot and 40 pounds is not an issue esp if you use your legs; however, if you are lighter in stature, this might be a major issue. It is INDEED heavy. I wished they made it to allow the user to lift the sides instead! Second thing, when you lift it in the front and back, the "bend in the handle" cuts against your shoulders and arms. If you don't watch yourself, you can easily tear some skin. The design of the handles and the lift of the machine was done horribly! I would recommend Lobster to fix this. This could possibly lead to a major lawsuit. Note: I put this in my X5 SUV. The "sharp" bends in the handle has already scratched and torn off the plastic sides of my trunk. After the first two times that I transported in my trunk, I learned to put a TOWEL over the sharp handle bends.
- Wheels are okay. Wish they installed firmer and larger wheels. Good idea would be to replace the existing wheels with "Rollerblade" wheels.
Overall, the "tennis and hitting" machine itself is awesome. However, due to the handles and unorthodox way of transporting the machine, I downgraded the Lobster from a 5 to a 4.
Tennis level (I am 46 and played Division 1 tennis)
Balls used (I tried Gamma Pressureless, and was very disappointed. I moved to regular pressured balls, and so far have been happy with their performance)
Length of time used (I've used it now for about 4 weeks, at least 2x/week)
Machine Type (Elite 1)
Battery Care (Did you overcharge your battery, by charging it overnight/more than 24 hours? If so, you ruined your battery's life. I did not.)
How I am using it (I am not traveling with it, so no picking up and loading into car. I would not want to do that with this machine, and thankfully I roll it out and down to the court.)
Type of court (Red Clay)
So far, I am very pleased with this machine. I will update this review if anything I write in it changes. It has proven to be reliable, and arrived fully charged and ready to use. The wheels work well and seem sturdy, although even bigger ones would be nice. I did not get the remote, and while it would be nice, it is certainly not essential for use (and I have no plans to buy one).
I have found one setting with speed and distance and spin that I have been hitting cross court ground strokes with only. It delivers a consistent ball. While it can hold 150 balls,, but if you are going to roll with it and tilt it at the appropriate angle to get it moving, I am only able to keep about 40 balls in the basin (the others are in the hopper), otherwise they are going to spill out of the basin.
I have found that using an air compressor after 4 weeks of use was helpful to remove the dirt and accumulation of fuzz from the balls. I will continue to use that every few weeks.
As I mentioned in the intro. I bought Gamma Pressureless balls because Lobster recommends using pressureless. The Gamma batch of balls I received was poor and I sent them back. In their place, I put all the balls I've played with since the start of 2017, and had a much more consistent bounce and delivery. I called Lobster to inquire deeper into the pressureless recommendation: it's NOT for the well being of the machine, but rather for the consumer. In other words, Lobster believes that pressured balls will go dead within 1-3 months time, and they don't want consumers to be annoyed that they have to replace the balls so often. They reported that pressureless might last up to 6 months. I'm going to go with the used pressured balls and see how it goes, as it's going well so far.
With about 85 balls, I estimate the machine can go about 10-12 times before the battery dies. That's not very impressive for me, as I'm turning it off during the ball collection period. The charge time can be anywhere from 3-8 hours, depending on how dead the battery is. That seems good to me. Overall, I'm happy with it. To be able to practice tennis strokes, and have a reliable machine to do it with, is a luxury. Why didn't I think of this earlier?