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.
We could talk about the big win, as usual, for Nikein this year's men's final between Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych - Nikehas them both head to toe. But that's pretty apparent. Here are our two less obvious notes:
Djokovic's Move to Sergio Tacchini Sergio Tacchini
We've known the Joker to be an adidas guy, but things change. We may be late to the party on this news, but we're big fans of the old school brand, Sergio Tacchini.Classic, clean, perfect for Wimbledon.
Rafa's New Strings
As part of his standard excellent color commentary of the Wimbledon final, John McEnroe made note of the specific string Champion Rafael Nadal was using, Babolat RPM Blast. The RPM Blast is the new string used by both Nadal and Andy Roddick - its a good string for big hitters like those two. It sports an 8-sided cross-section which adds extra bite on the ball for added topspin and slice. New high density co-polymer polyester monofilament combined with a new cross-linked silicone coating provides even more spin and greater ball control.
I don't remember if there's ever been a grand slam final played by someone wearing sunglasses, but we have one as of this very moment - congratulations Sam Stosur in her romping of Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2.
It's not everyday we get to write about women's chonies here at the blog, so we'd like to thank Stick It Wear?! for alerting us to a new offering, the Eroddicks...get it? Erotic...Andy Roddick...Eroddicks...oh nevermind...
Pick your favorite tennis personality, they come in: Agassi, Sharapova, Safin and Nadal. They come in 3 colors: white w/ pink, black and gray, with a screened emblem on front
with the Stick It Wear?! designer signature. They're 95/5% cotton/spandex boy shorts...I hear the hiphugger style is comfortable for everyday wear but I'll have to take the ladies' words for it.
If it is time for that new racquet or new pair of tennis shoes, Prince is making it much easier and more affordable with a special offer that lasts until May 15, 2010. They are giving $25 back to any U.S. player who purchases any NEW EXO3 racquet priced at or above $150 US (pre-tax), and $50 back to any U.S. player who purchases any NEW EXO3 racquet priced at or above $150.00 US AND a NEW pair of Prince footwear priced at or above $70 (pre-tax).
How it works:
Step 1: Make your Prince purchase before May 15th
If we haven't made it clear before, we love the designs coming out of Stick It Wear?!. We covered the Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe designs, and we just learned about the release of their updated rivalries designs.
They've always had McEnroe/Borg, Agassi/Sampras, and Federer/Nadal, but these new designs have a twist, a big 'ole "V" in the middle, just in case you couldn't tell these folks were arch enemies.
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
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.
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