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Lobster Sports Elite 1 Portable Tennis Ball Machine (21x14x 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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The controls are sensitive and turn very easily, so I sometimes inadvertently change my perfect settings after getting them right where I want them.
The machine is heavy, and I have difficulty lifting it in and out of the trunk of my car. Remember to lift with your legs! Better yet, get some help.
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?
For my health, I've been dropping weight and just overall feeling better. For my tennis game, there is nothing better one can do for their game than to get into the repetition of hitting ball after ball after ball. I am very excited about what the Lobster Elite 1 is doing for my groundstrokes. On some other days, I take my basket of balls out to work on my serve. Very soon, I will be unbeatable at the club.
Also, and this is a crucial component, the customer service I have received from the Lobster home office has been nothing short of exceptional. I had one minor issue on the elevation mechanism and it was promptly amended by them, no hesitation. They clearly stand by their product, because they know what a valuable and quality piece of machinery it is, and they make every effort to know that each of their customers is satisfied. I am impressed.
If you're serious about taking your tennis game to the next level, you will buy a ball machine. And if you're serious about making smart decisions in your life, you will make that machine a Lobster.
I couldn't be happier.
Doug from LR, AR
Plus, it nicely throws slow shots appropriate for kids learning eye/hand/racquet coordination and timing so the kids are enjoying more than I expected.