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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2010 Wimbledon Tennis Gear Notables - The Men

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
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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.

Check out Sergio Tacchini apparel at Amazonand Do It Tennis.

However, Djokovic is still wearing the adidas Barricade tennis shoe and swinging the Head YouTek Speed Pro Tennis Racquet.

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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.

Check out the RPM Blast at Amazonor at Do It Tennis.

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June 3, 2010

Big Day for Sam Stosur at the French Open, Big Day for Oakley Too

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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.

Stosur wears Oakley Enduring sunglassesin a variety of colors. Today she wore Pearl Whiteshown below.


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June 1, 2010

May 4, 2010

Eroddicks from Stick It Wear?! - tennis boyshorts with a signature twist

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.

Check out other Stick It Wear?! posts: Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and Rivalries.

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Prince Offering Up to $50 Back on Prince Shoes or Racquets

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

Step 2: Log onto to redeem your reward!

That's it! Enjoy!


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May 1, 2010

Stick It Wear?! Releases Updated "Rivalries" Designs

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.

Not crazy about the Stick It Wear?! logo on the front, I prefer it on the back shoulder. But loving the new "V" - adds a nice design component.

Check them out on the Stick It Wear?! website.

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April 30, 2010

April 9, 2010

Ball Machine Week: Playmate Serve Lift

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

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.


  • 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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