Ball Machines

November 26, 2010

Black Friday Ping Pong Gift - The iPong

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iPong Table Tennis Training Buddy
Sweet mamma we want one of these.
iPong is a portable table tennis practice machine that plays with you all day long. From casual to a blistering ball-feed that will give you a world-class workout. Adjust the iPong to give you underspin, topspin or heavy topspin balls and blast away. No more waiting for a practice partner. More like a live opponent rather than a 'playback feature,' iPong can continuously shoot more than 100 balls before reloading. It assembles in minutes.

Check out the rest of our Holiday Gift Guide for more great ideas.

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July 4, 2010

Geico Wimbledon commercial touts a Lobster ball machine


We didn't get the Geico ads with the caveman and Billie Jean King at first...and we still may not. But we will say they're funny. But we saw a newer ad during Wimbledon that caught our eye for a different reason - a big fat ad for the Lobster Elite 3 Ball Machine. I don't know if Lobster paid for it, but they sure got a lot of great exposure.

The Lobster Sports Elite 3offers an unparalleled 4-8 hours of court time. Its ergonomic design allows for easy transport with a full hopper (150 balls). The Elite's sports 80 MPH ground strokes, full corner-to-corner random oscillation, sky-high lobs, and heavy spin. Features triple oscillation: not only does this machine sweep randomly from left to right, but it also oscillates vertically, giving you short and deep shots in a random pattern. The ball-hopper can be inverted and the handle removed to easily fit in the trunk of your car. Secured by two pins, the 3-foot, ergonomically designed handle makes it easy to push or pull the machine. Oversized, 8-inch, wheels allow easy movement over any surface: grass, gravel, small steps, even curbs. The sleek hopper holds 150 balls. And the hopper cutout allows you to monitor the ball level from the other side of the court.

Check out the Elite 3 Ball Machine at Amazonor Do It Tennis

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April 9, 2010

Ball Machine Week: Playmate Serve Lift

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The Playmate Serve Lift is killer for serving practice and drills. Not only can the Serve Lift help you practice the most important shot in tennis, the serve return, but it can do so much more. Your opponent often hits a slice with the racquet high in the air, so practice a realistic slice that comes from a naturally elevated position to create a truly game like environment.

-Practice Defensive Lobs Against the Ball Machines Overhead
-Practice Poaching by Reading The Ball Machine's Wide or Inside Serve
-Safety First Stable Design
-Aircraft Aluminum Construction

Learn more about the Playmate Serve Lift.

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April 8, 2010

Ball Machine Week: NEW Tennis Tutor Cube Oscillating Ball Machine

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This Tennis Tutor Cube Oscillating Ball Machine has a random oscillator that automatically throws balls in a sweeping pattern from side to side so you get a great workout while hitting balls on the run.

This machine does what a ball machine is supposed to do, throw tennis balls so you can practice your strokes. Just turn it on, set the ball speed, adjust the elevation if necessary, and you are ready to start practicing.

You can change how often Tennis Cube throws balls from every two seconds to every ten seconds, and anywhere in between so you can practice at your own pace. Tennis Cube holds a full standard pick-up basket full of balls. And Tennis Cube even politely waits ten seconds after you turn it on before it begins throwing balls, giving you time to walk to the other side of the net.

Features:


  • Ball capacity: 150 balls

  • Trajectories: groundstroke to lob

  • Ball ejection speed: 10-60 MPH

  • Ball feed rate: 2 to 10 seconds

  • Oscillator: built-in

  • Playing time with heavy duty battery: 2 to 3 hours typical

  • Anti-jam ball feeding mechanism

  • 10-second start-up time delay

Learn more about the Tennis Tutor Cube Oscillating Ball Machine.

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April 6, 2010

Ball Machine Week: NEW Lobster Elite Freedom Battery Ball Machine

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The Lobster Elite Freedom Battery Ball Machine has a large ball capacity and battery size allow extended play on the court. The oversized wheels and extended handle provides unequalled portability for players who are on the move. It also sports such advanced features such as full corner-to-corner random oscillation, up to 50-degree lobs to practice your overheads, and speeds of up to 70 miles per hour. The full corner-to-corner sweep of the Elite Freedom will challenge a wide range of players from advanced to beginners alike.

Designed for maximum durability, its 35-pound ergonomic design and oversized-wheels allow for easy transport, even with a full hopper of 150 balls. A 2-4 hour battery allows you the freedom to play anywhere at anytime.

Features:


  • Oscillation: Random horizontal

  • Speed: 10 to 70 mph

  • Ball capacity: 150

  • Feed rate: 2-10 seconds

  • Power: battery

  • Court time: 2-4 hours

  • Elevation: manual0-50 degrees

  • Weight: 35 lbs.

  • Spin: none

Learn more about the Lobster Elite Freedom Battery Ball Machine.

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April 5, 2010

Ball Machine Week: NEW Tennis Tutor Cube Ball Machine

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The Tennis Tutor Cube Ball Machine very simply does what a ball machine is supposed to do, throw tennis balls so you can practice your strokes. Just turn it on, set the ball speed, adjust the elevation if necessary, and you are ready to start practicing.

You can change how often the Tennis Cube throws balls from every two seconds to every ten seconds, and anywhere in between so you can practice at your own pace. Tennis Cube holds a full standard pick-up basket full of balls. And Tennis Cube even politely waits ten seconds after you turn it on before it begins throwing balls, giving you time to walk to the other side of the net.


Features:


  • Ball capacity: 150 balls

  • Trajectories: groundstroke to lob

  • Ball ejection speed: 10-60 MPH

  • Ball feed rate: 2 to 10 seconds

  • Playing time with heavy duty battery: 2 to 3 hours typical

  • Anti-jam ball feeding mechanism

  • 10-second start-up time delay

Learn more about the Tennis Tutor Cube Ball Machine.

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April 4, 2010

Ball Machine Week: NEW Lobster Elite Grandslam V Limited Edition Ball Machine

lobster-elite-grandslam-v-limited-edition-ball-machine.jpgThe Lobster Elite Grandslam V Limited Edition Ball Machine is the most cutting edge battery tennis ball machine available. It offers customizable drills. You can program shot locations, speed, spin, and feed rate.

The design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation. This fully random technological advancement allows for the Grandslam V to realistically simulate true match play, a feature that is unsurpassed by any portable tennis ball machine on the market.

Pre-Programmed Drills - Elite Grandslam V LE is also equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play: grinder, all courter, and power baseliner. These incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin to prepare you to play against the world's elite! With the press of a button, you can now practice against the playing style of your choice.

*FOREHAND PLUS DRILL
*ATTACK / DEFEND DRILL
*APPROACH DRILL
*3-Line Function:Narrow, Medium, & Wide

Read more about it here.

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July 19, 2009

Get Your Game in Shape with the Best Tennis Ball Machines

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The Wilson Portable Ball Machine combines state of the art portability with the performance you expect from Wilson. This model includes a remote control with two line ball feed capability. The 2-line feature automatically shoots one ball to the forehand court and then one ball to the backhand court. This allows two players to play with the machine at the same time, or allows a single player to practice alternating forehand and backhand shots. The keychain-sized remote unit starts and stops the ball throws, and also starts and stops the oscillator to position ball throws anywhere across the court.

416WR8MB60L._AA280_.jpgTennis Battery Twist Ball Machine - Battery Powered Model
An excellent opportunity to work on your stroke, the Tennis Tutor Tennis Twist Ball Machine provides a unique spiral design that delivers up to 28 balls in five second increments. It shoots a ball every 5 seconds, the ball arc can be adjusted anywhere from 12 to 20-ft in length, its unique spiral design holds up to 28 balls, the adjustable range design makes it practical for use in driveways, backyards, and even basements, and it weights just 11-lbs weight for easy transport.

41DUX7r3cuL._SL500_AA280_.jpgLobster Elite Grand Slam V Ball Machine
This bad boy offers customizable drills. You can program shot locations, speed, spin, and feed rate... the shot sequences are infinite. While the Elite Grandslam IV offers 3 pre-programmed drills, the Elite Grandslam V offers three additional drills, approach, attack/defend, forehand plus. Full Programmability The Elite Grandslam V offers cutting edge technology allows you to program shot locations, speed, spin, and feed rate, too. The variations of shots are infinite. Create personalized drills capable of simulating true match play. Anyone can transform the weak points of their game into areas of complete domination. Fully Random Oscillation with variable Speed & Spin The Grandslam V offers a revolutionary design allows the machine to throw balls throughout the entire spectrum of the court mixing up speed, spin, trajectory and oscillation. This fully random technological advancement allows for the Grandslam V to realistically simulate true match play, a feature that is unsurpassed by any portable tennis ball machine on the market. Pre-Programmed Drills The Grandslam V is also equipped with three pre-programmed six shot drills that simulate the most popular styles of play: grinder, all courter, and power baseliner. These incredible drills mix up speed, trajectory, and spin to prepare you to play against the world's elite! With the press of a button, you can now practice against the playing style of your choice.

41YWCCK96DL._SL500_AA280_.jpgMaster SAM Model 4 Court Equipment Ball Throwing Machines
eatures variable speed control (15 - 85 mph), variable spin control, variable ball feed rate (1.5-13 second intervals), electronic elevation control, random oscillation, electronic width control, 300 ball capacity, and heavy duty rechargeable battery (4-6 hours). Wireless remote to control ball feed. 2-line drill function.

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July 18, 2009

"Baiardo" Stringing Machines Hit the U.S.

Website-Interface.gifWilson dealers began receiving the first US shipment of Baiardo machines in mid-June. The much anticipated release of Baiardo has Wilson dealers across the country excited to be stringing on the industries most innovative and user friendly machine. Baiardo machines are now in stock and available for immediate shipment.

Adjusts-Height-to-User_article_4_columns.pngBaiardo is the first stringing machine designed using multiple ergonomic features provide unprecedented user comfort. Baiardo automatically adjusts height and tilt 3 times during the stringing process (mounting, mains, crosses) putting the string bed in a biomechanically perfect position. Stringers experience less stress on to lower back, shoulders, neck, arms, etc.

"Outstanding piece of equipment! It looks like Wilson spent extra time to look at every aspect of the stringing process when making this machine," said George Wrigley of Wrigley's Tennis in Punta Gorda, FL.

Lance Holm of Player's Racquet Shop East in Portland Oregon says, "One of the best features of our new Baiardo is that it offers the ability to customize the position for each of the stringers in our shop." The names below are dealers across the country who are already enjoying the benefits of the Baiardo stringing machine.

www.wilson/baiardo

via RSI

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December 10, 2008

A Perfect Ball Machine for Holiday Gift Giving - Tennis Twist

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Tennis Twist
It is a great size for under the Christmas tree, and it is at a manageable price point, especially this year. The Tennis Tutor Twist comes with AC hook up, is easy to use and sets up pratically anywhere. It shoots a ball every 5 seconds and you can adjust the arc of the ball from anywhere between 12 to 20 feet. It can hold 28 tennis balls as well, for the perfect individual tennis workout.

Check out the Tennis Twist

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September 26, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Tennis Twist Ball Machine

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Tennis Twist is simple to use, just turn it on and it shoots a ball every five seconds. The arc of the ball can be adjusted anywhere from 12 to 20 feet in length. The unique spiral design holds up to 28 balls. Tennis Twist is available in AC and battery-powered models. The Battery Model will operate up to ten hours on six "D" size batteries (not included).

Tennis Twist's adjustable range makes it practical for use in driveways, backyards, and even basements. And since it weighs just 11 lbs., it's easily transported to the local tennis courts or park.

A high-impact plastic case, with convenient built-in carrying handle,will stand up to years of use. And its single motor design is engineered to provide years of trouble-free service.

Ball capacity.........................28 Balls
Max. Ball ejection speed.........10-20 ft toss
Ball feed rate.........................5 seconds
Playing time (Battery Model)...5-10 hours, typical
Weight (w/ Battery)................11 pounds

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September 25, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Shot Maker Deluxe

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The Shotmaker Deluxe comes with all the features of the Standard model plus these additional features: Quick Set-up, Player Mode, 6-shot pattern programmability, 6-shot location programmability, shot program memory and 2-function remote control.

Quick Set Up
The Quick Set-up feature provides one-touch shot selection based on playing ability. Just push the button corresponding to your skill level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and Shotmaker will automatically deliver a pre-programmed shot to the middle position at an appropriate interval. If you want something other than the pre-programmed shots, you can use the Quick Set-Up buttons as a convenient starting point, and then adjust the shot characteristics and shot positions as usual.

Player Mode
With pushbutton simplicity, PLAYER MODE (patent pending) simulates a player on the other side of the net. Just push PLAYER MODE, on either the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced buttons, and the PLAYER MODE automatically picks an appropriate speed and spin, then changes both the side-to-side position and the depth of shots just like you were playing someone of that ability. The side-to-side position and depth of each shot are not simply changed in a random or sweeping motion, but are computer programmed to simulte the shot patterns of real players. For instance, beginning players will see more shots towards the middle of the court and more variation in depth of shots than will advanced players. And you are not stuck with only the standard settings, you can customize the settings by adding or subtracting more speed, spin, or elevation as you like.

Programability
The Deluxe model can be programmed to shoot balls in a pattern of up to six shots (SHOT 1 thru SHOT 6), with each shot directed to any of seven different court positions (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) shown on the tennis court diagram, or to a RANDOM position. If a shot selector switch is set to OFF it will not be included in the shot pattern. Indicator Lights show the active
shot position.

For instance, if you want Shotmaker to shoot one ball wide to your forehand (for right-handers), then one ball down the middle, followed by a randomly placed shot, then set the six switches as follows: SHOT 1 to 'B', SHOT 2 to 'D', SHOT 3 to 'RANDOM', and the rest of the switches to OFF.

Shot Program Memory
The Shot Program Memory lets you store shot sequences for your favorite workouts or drills, and then recall them with the touch of a button. The Shot Program remembers every setting on the control panel including Speed, Elevation, Spin, Interval, and Shot Pattern. You can store up to nine Shot Programs that can be recalled at any time. This feature is especially useful in situations where there is more than one user for the machine, as each user can program in their own favorite settings.

Two-Function Remote Control
The Deluxe model includes a two-function wireless Remote Control. The 'Ball Feed' button alternately starts and stops the ball delivery. The 'Oscillator' button alternately starts and stops the shot program. When the shot program is stopped, Shotmaker throws balls only to the one position where the program was stopped. See the Standard Model for additional features.

Specifications

Ball capacity...........300 Balls
Trajectories............Groundstroke to Lob
Max. speed.............95 MPH
Ball feed interval.....1 to 6 seconds
Spin Control...........Topspin/Underspin
Dimensions............38.5"H x 31"L x 21.5"W
Weight...................96 pounds
Power....................120 watts maximum

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September 24, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - TT Plus Dual 2-Line Ball Machine

Tennis Tutor w. Remote & Dual 2-Line Ball Machine
Tennis Tutor Plus w. Remote Control & Dual 2 Line Ball Machine includes all the features of the standard Tennis Tutor Plus with a wireless remote control and added 2-line functionality that automatically shoots to two preset court positions. This model also adds topspin and underspin capability. A simple dial controls the amount of topspin or underspin you desire. The Tennis Tutor Plus measures about eight inches taller than the standard Tennis Tutor.

A 2-line function that automatically shoots to two preset court positions. This feature allows you to practice alternating forehand and backhand shots, or allows an instructor to automatically shoot to two lines of students. There are two 2-line settings to select from,'2-line narrow' and '2-line wide' for added versatililty.

Tennis Tutor features counter-rotating wheel operation and an electronic control panel which gives you fingertip control of ball speed, trajectory, and ball feed rate (the time interval between ball throws). Ball speed ranges from a gentle toss for children to world-class speed. Ball trajectory can be set anywhere between groundstroke and lob, while ball feed rate adjusts anywhere from 1-1/2 to 12 seconds.

You can set Tennis Tutor to repeat shots you need to practice, or to oscillate and direct shots randomly across the court. Tennis Tutor also features an exclusive anti-jam ball feeding mechanism, and a 10-second start-up time delay to give you time to get to your side of the net.

Tennis Tutor has a towing handle extended, it tows just like luggage. The ball hopper opens in seconds to hold 150 balls, which is more than two standard pick-up baskets full of balls.

And because Tennis Tutor is battery-powered, you can take it to any court without worrying about finding an electrical outlet.


Features:

Ball capacity: 150 Balls
Trajectories: Groundstroke to Lob
Ball ejection speed: 10-85 MPH
Ball feed rate: 1 1/2 to 12 seconds
Spin control: Topspin/underspin
Oscillator: Built-in
Battery Type: Lead-acid, solid sealed
Playing Time: w/heavy duty battery 4 to 6 hours typical
Recharge Time: 12 hours, typical
Dimensions (hopper closed): 20"H x 19.5"L x 20"W
Weight: 46 pounds
Total Spin Control

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September 23, 2008

Tennis Tutor Ball Machine Week - Tennis Tower Professional Player Model

tt3157.jpgTennis Tutor Tennis Tower Professional Player Model
The Tennis Tower was designed with the home court owner in mind. For starters, its intuitive control panel design means you don't even need to read the instruction manual if you really don't want to (although officially we still have to recommend reading it).

The Professional Player Model. With the push of just one button, the Player model simulates a player on the other side of the net. Just push either the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced buttons, and the Player model automatically picks an appropriate speed and spin, then changes both the side-to-side position and the depth of shots just like you were playing someone of that ability.

The side-to-side position and depth of each shot are not simply changed in a random or sweeping motion, but are computer programmed to simulate
the shot patterns of real players. For instance, beginning players will see more shots towards the middle of the court and more variation in depth of shots than will advanced players. And you are not stuck with only the standard settings, you can customize the settings by adding or subtracting more speed, spin, or elevation as you like.

The Player model also contains all the features of the Tennis Tower Professional, including the dual two-line feature, conveniently available on an easy-to-use touch overlay control panel. The two-function wireless
remote control is included.

Standard Features Include:
- Speed ranges from 10 MPH to 85 MPH.
- Spin is adjustable from heavy underspin, to flat, to heavy topspin (except Competitor Classic).
- Ball Feed (interval) control adjusts the time between shots from 1-1/2 to 8 seconds.
- Trajectory is adjustable between groundstroke and lob.
- Random oscillator.
- All-in-one control panel.
- 225 ball capacity.
- The Tennis Tower displays the elevation setting right on the control panel.
- A simple 10-segment display shows the elevation setting so you can set it to your favorite spot before firing any balls.
- Comes with a protective all-weather cover.


Specifications

Ball capacity.....................225 Balls
Trajectories......................Groundstroke to Lob
Max. Ball ejection speed....85 MPH
Ball feed rate....................1 1/2 to 8 seconds
Spin Control.....................Topspin/Underspin
Oscillator..........................Built-in
Dimensions.......................44"H x 23"L x 22"W
Weight..............................60 pounds
Power...............................100 watts maximum

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