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Lobster Sports elite grand four tennis ball machine
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- The Grinder DrillThe Grinder tries to wear down his opponents physically and mentally, waiting for the other player to make a crucial mistake. This player hits high, loopy, moderate spin shots that will challenge all players.
- Power Baseliner DrillThe Power Baseliner is a player who is explosive in their shot selection, playing with pace and aggression and minimal spin. This player exhibits an attacking style, known as "first strike" tennis.
- All-Courter DrillThe All-Courter is a player type that focuses their game on tactical savvy. He/she can compete well from the baseline and will come to the net to finish points. When playing this type of player, expect a great deal of shot variety.
- Includes 1-Amp Fast Charger
- Optional Accessories Available: 20-Function Wireless Grand Remote Control 3-Amp Premium Fast Charger Storage Cover External Battery Pack
|Special Shipping Information: This product may not be available for 1 or 2 day shipping due to federal regulations that require it to ship via ground ship methods only. This product can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states.
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Along with distinctive design, the Lobster elite grand four offers unrivaled fully random oscillation - balls are tossed throughout the entire singles court mixing up ball speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation.
Equipped with 6 pre-loaded, 6-shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play (power baseliner, all-courter, grinder, moonballer, slicer, lefty), these incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin to prepare you to play against the most challenging player styles, all at the press of a button.
Offering an expanded oscillation function with three versatile positional settings; narrow, medium, and wide, the grand four will sharpen your forehand and backhand ground strokes while improving your footwork exponentially.
All these features can be controlled by Lobster's remote for Apple which allows you to use your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or iPod as a remote control!
The Lobster grand ball machines are battery-powered and portable with oversized wheels that make it a breeze to transport over any surface. The foldable handle and reversible hopper make it easy to fit in your car or store in your garage. When folded down, the machine is approximately 29 x 21 x 15.5 inches.
Battery run time is 4 to 8 hours which can be extended with optional accessories such as the a/c power pack or external battery.
Comes with Lobster's standard 2 year warranty.
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I like this machine a lot. It does what it says it will, and it does it well. I ran it through its paces when I got it (and the weather improved) and it performed flawlessly.
I regret not getting the remote. But $300? C'mon! I decided I wanted the advanced features of the next model up, over the convenience of the remote. I just wish they had an option for a remote that just paused and started the machine. As the remotes for the Elite I-III models do. I may at some future date buy the $300 one and retrofit it.
Get it from Amazon. Same price, free shipping with Prime. 'Nuff said.
However, when I used it for the second time a few days later, some of my balls got damp by rolling through some small melting snow rivulets of water by the fence. When the wet balls fed into the machine it freaked out and promptly shut itself down saying it was jammed. I went home and cleared the balls out and it started up again just fine. I called Lobster and confirmed that damp or wet balls will jam the machine.
I also discovered a broken main power switch on my unit and asked them to replace it. Very nice people but I received the wrong part--twice! At that point I called Amazon and explained the problem and they resolved it promptly. Also a very nice person. Hooray for Amazon!
I have found that the machine's accuracy is affected by wind, temperature and humidity. And pressurized balls have a different trajectory and bounce than unpressurized ones. The degree of wear and pressure also affects the balls. Not a lot, but some. It kinda adds to the fun if you have a few pressurized mixed in with the unpressurized. That way you don't get complacent about where they are going to go.
All in all I am very happy with the model and what it can do. I'm getting a good workout, my strokes are getting better and I don't bore a tennis partner with my inconsistent playing.
Now Spinfire and Silent partner looked good and offered good feature but always throws the ball at the speed set by you vs. varyng speed that Lopster Grand IV offers. Thsi featre to me is unique and must as in real match play you don't get balls at the same speed. Moreover, Grand IV offers 6 preset match plays which I found it usefully.
Lopster is also lighter an easy to carry with you in a small car. I have Chevy Volt and its fits pretty well. I have been using this machine for the last 2 weeks and love it. Unlike Spinfire pro with lopster the whole machine moves so you predict which direction the ball is coming.
Overall a great investment if you want to improve your game. Now I can play hours together without looking for a partner to play with. Yes, I burn a lot of calories.